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  • Federal judge says no constitutional right to secret ballot in Boulder case

    09/22/2012 10:41:52 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 22 replies
    The Denver Post ^ | 11:29:23 PM, Sep 21, 2012 | Tim Hoover
    Saying there is no fundamental right to a secret ballot, a federal judge Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by elections integrity activists that challenged whether counties can print ballots with identifying numbers that critics say can be traced back to individual voters easily. ... [Judge] Arguello said activists had not shown the plaintiffs had suffered or would suffer any specific injury that could be remedied by a federal court. She said that even if a ballot could be traced back to a specific voter, it doesn't show that a person's voting rights were violated, saying there was no "fundamental right"...
  • Tobacco health labels unconstitutional: judge [Obama loses again in court]

    03/01/2012 4:48:34 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies · 5+ views
    al-Reuters ^ | 2/29/2012 | Jeremy Pelofsky
    A U.S. judge sided with tobacco companies on Wednesday, ruling that regulations requiring large graphic health warnings on cigarette packaging and advertising violate free-speech rights under the U.S. Constitution... "The government has failed to carry both its burden of demonstrating a compelling interest and its burden of demonstrating that the rule is narrowly tailored to achieve a constitutionally permissible form of compelled commercial speech," U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said in the ruling.
  • Federal judge blocks Florida’s new law requiring that welfare applicants pass drug test

    10/24/2011 3:17:23 PM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 57 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/24/2011 | AP
    ORLANDO, Fla. — A federal judge temporarily blocked Florida’s new law that requires welfare applicants to pass a drug test before receiving the benefits on Monday, saying it may violate the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.
  • Judge halts drug tests as condition of Florida payments

    10/24/2011 2:30:27 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 63 replies
    reuters ^ | 10/24/2011 | Michael Peltier
    Florida will not be allowed to require applicants for cash assistance to needy families to pass a drug test before receiving payments, a federal judge ruled on Monday. In a 37-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Mary Scriven in Orlando granted an injunction barring the state from enforcing the new law until the case is resolved. The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida on behalf of a University of Central Florida student who refused to take the test when he applied for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, a federal program that provides cash assistance to...
  • Girl can sue school for telling mom she's gay

    12/03/2005 5:14:42 AM PST · by bulldozer · 42 replies · 1,358+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12/02/05 | Associated Press
    SANTA ANA, Calif. - A federal judge ruled that a lesbian student can sue her school district and her principal for revealing her homosexuality to her mother. Charlene Nguon, 17, may go forward with her suit claiming violation of privacy rights, U.S. District Judge James V. Selna ruled in a decision dated Nov. 28 and announced Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. Orange County’s Garden Grove district had argued that Nguon openly kissed and hugged her girlfriend on campus and thus had no expectation of privacy.