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  • Class-action sex harassment suit against trucking company backfires

    04/05/2012 12:51:05 PM PDT · by SmithL · 24 replies
    Court ruling makes it harder for EEOC to pursue discrimination cases in the Midwest, maybe nationally CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- They were learning to become truck drivers, but wound up in a nightmare. In detailed accounts to a federal agency, dozens of female employees of one of the nation's largest trucking companies told of being propositioned, groped and even assaulted by male drivers during cross-country training rides. "I was beaten, I was fondled, I was humiliated and I was taught nothing," one trainee, Ramona Villareal, said in a deposition. But rather than leading to a workplace discrimination judgment, the Equal...
  • 8th Circuit: Attorney Can't Discharge $360,000 Student Loan Debt

    07/10/2009 5:58:17 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 24 replies · 1,698+ views
    Law.com ^ | 7-10-2009 | Leigh Jones
    He garnered some sympathy from two lower courts, but a three-judge appeals panel isn't letting a Minnesota lawyer off the hook from repaying his massive student loan debt. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a bankruptcy court and a district court and found that attorney Mark Allen Jesperson could not discharge more than $360,000 in student loan debt in a Chapter 7 proceeding. The two lower courts had found that repaying the "shockingly immense" debt would create an undue hardship for Jesperson. But the appeals court on Wednesday determined that his "self-imposed limitations," which resulted in a gross...
  • US v. Fincher

    08/16/2008 11:19:29 AM PDT · by RKV · 54 replies · 239+ views
    8th Circuit Court Ruling ^ | 13 August 2008 | Wollman, Judge
    "Machine guns are not in common use by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes and therefore fall within the category of dangerous and unusual weapons that the government can prohibit for individual use. Furthermore, Fincher has not directly attacked the federal registration requirements on firearms, and we doubt that any such attack would succeed in light of Heller."
  • [South Dakota] Planned Parenthood Abortion Center Closes Instead of Following New Law

    07/21/2008 6:29:46 PM PDT · by rhema · 94 replies · 994+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | July 21, 2008 | Steven Ertelt
    Sioux Falls, SD -- Monday was the first day that Planned Parenthood, which operates the only abortion business in South Dakota, had to comply with a new state law telling women the truth about abortion. Rather than tell women abortion kills children and has numerous risks, Planned Parenthood closed its doors. The state law, which the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld last week, required abortion practitioners to inform every woman that she is terminating the life of a human being. It requires giving her information about the mental health complications such as a high risk of depression and suicide...
  • Court affirms law calling unborn 'living human beings'

    07/01/2008 2:59:28 AM PDT · by Man50D · 28 replies · 232+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | June 30, 2008
    A federal court ruled against Planned Parenthood and rejected an injunction against a state law requiring doctors to tell women seeking abortions that they may face serious medical conditions and will "terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being." The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit issued a 7-4 ruling Friday to lift an injunction against the South Dakota informed consent abortion law. Attorneys representing the Alliance Defense Fund filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of the Family Research Council in defense of the law. "A woman's life is worth more than Planned Parenthood's bottom...
  • Judge bans Bible from school, appeal filed

    06/28/2008 3:33:31 AM PDT · by Man50D · 38 replies · 88+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | June 28, 2008
    A brief has been filed in a federal appeals court asking the justices to overturn a judge who ordered a school district specifically to ban the Bible in its policy regarding the distribution of literature to students. WND reported just a week ago when a federal judge declared unconstitutional a Florida law that was used to prevent Gideons from handing out Bibles to students on public property near schools.Now comes another dispute, this one in Missouri and pursued by Liberty Counsel in its request to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis. It wants the court to...
  • Court Backs Mo. Death Penalty Procedure

    06/04/2007 10:28:51 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 341+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/4/7 | JIM SALTER, Associated Press Writer
    Saint Louis (AP) -- A federal appeals court opened the way for Missouri to resume executing inmates, ruling Monday that the state's lethal injection procedure is not cruel and unusual punishment. The case filed on behalf of condemned killer Michael Taylor had effectively halted Missouri executions since early last year. A judge said he wanted to be sure that the three-drug injection method did not cause risk of pain and suffering. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found "no evidence to indicate that any of the last six inmates executed suffered any unnecessary pain," according...
  • Attorney: 8th Circuit's Graduation Prayer Ruling Discriminates Against Christians

    04/18/2006 8:51:04 AM PDT · by TexCon · 12 replies · 501+ views
    GOP:USA ^ | April 18, 2006 | Jim Brown
    (AgapePress) -- A civil liberties attorney is objecting to a federal appeals court's decision to side with a former teacher who complained about prayers at a graduation ceremony in an Arkansas school district. The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of Steve Warnock in his dispute with the De Valls Bluff School District, but denied his request to stiffen penalties against the district. The ex-teacher had argued that a 2004 baccalaureate ceremony violated lower-court injunctions by including prayers by ministers, and the appeals court agreed with him, rejecting counter arguments that the baccalaureate ceremony was a...
  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Kennedy visits Farrington, Hawaii

    02/11/2006 9:59:29 AM PST · by new yorker 77 · 19 replies · 565+ views
    The Honolulu Star-Bulletin ^ | February 8, 2006 | Debra Barayuga
    Students shouldn't take freedom for granted, and the Constitution belongs to them as well as lawyers and judges, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said at Farrington High School yesterday. They need to know the meaning of freedom and pass it onto others less fortunate for democracy to flourish, Kennedy said. He quoted Thomas Jefferson, who once said: "Democracy depends on a virtuous enlightened people." "Overall, I'm very concerned that people think democracy is on automatic pilot -- and it isn't," Kennedy said, before addressing a group of about 150 Farrington and Kahuku High juniors and seniors. "It...