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  • Courts gone Rogue: "Tennessee courts replace 'mother' and 'father' with 'Parent 1,' 'Parent 2'"

    08/18/2015 11:50:12 AM PDT · by Bobby_Taxpayer · 38 replies
    FoxNews.com Opinion ^ | August 18, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Children will now have “Parent 1” and “Parent 2” instead of a mommy and a daddy, according to Tennessee’s Administrative Office of the Courts. Shortly after the Supreme Court redefined marriage, the state’s Office of the Courts revised its documents. A spokesperson for the courts confirmed to me that the words “Mother” and “Father” had been replaced by the terms “Parent 1” and “Parent 2.”
  • Wash. St. Supreme Court Levies $100,000 Daily Fine on State Over K-12 Spending

    08/13/2015 8:09:44 PM PDT · by brothers4thID · 32 replies
    Education Week ^ | 12/13/2015 | Andrew Ujifusa
    Declaring that state lawmakers have failed to fix the state's unconstitutional system for funding public schools, the Washington State Supreme Court imposed a daily $100,000 penalty on the legislature until it makes firmer commitments to increasing teacher salaries and reducing class sizes. The court's Aug. 13 order is effective immediately, although the court said that if Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, calls a special session and lawmakers pass legislation that commits the state more heavily to reducing class size in K-3 and expanding all-day kindergarten, that daily fine may ultimately be "abated." "Given the gravity of the State's ongoing violation...
  • HOW DO COURT REPORTERS KEEP STRAIGHT FACES????

    08/12/2015 10:36:02 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/12/15 | CiR
    The remarkable dialogues which follow are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and published by court reporters that experienced the torment of staying calm while the exchanges were taking place. Enjoy ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning? WITNESS: He said, ‘Where am I, Cathy?’ ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you? WITNESS: My name is Susan! ______________________________ ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact? WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks. ____________________________________________ ATTORNEY: Are...
  • Defunding Planned Parenthood Is Legal, but Don’t Expect the Courts to Act Like It

    08/07/2015 5:35:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/06/2015 | David French
    The Left’s commitment to Planned Parenthood is extraordinary. Not only are Democratic politicians vowing to shut down the government, if necessary, to keep more than $500 million flowing to the organization that is willing to provide “less crunchy” abortions to maintain the supply of intact baby body parts, some leftists are now claiming that there may be insurmountable legal hurdles to defunding the abortion giant. In other words, even if Republicans can ram legislation through Congress and past the president, the courts will keep the money flowing. Their argument rests on Medicaid. While it would be fairly simple for...
  • Sources: Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane to be charged on Thursday

    08/05/2015 9:55:52 PM PDT · by kvanbrunt2 · 18 replies
    Copyright ©2015 WPVI-TV. All Rights Reserved. ^ | Wednesday, August 05, 2015 05:48PM | Sources:?
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (WPVI) -- Sources tell Action News that Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane will be charged Thursday after an ongoing investigation into a grand jury leak. The exact charges are not yet known. The investigation centered on whether Kane had a role in disclosing information about a 2009 grand jury investigation to the Philadelphia Daily News last year. A grand jury recommended in December that Kane be charged for engaging in a cover-up and lying about her role in the leak. The grand jury's allegations were referred to Montomgery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.
  • Request for protective order in Freddie Gray case (in Baltimore) denied

    07/21/2015 7:41:44 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | July 21, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    A judge has denied the request of State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby to keep attorneys in the Freddie Case from publicizing evidence before the trial. Mosby, who is prosecuting six police officers in Gray's death, wanted a court hearing to argue for a protective order that would bar the release of any evidence — or, if the officers' attorneys agreed, to post all of it online. Mosby said she was concerned that the defense attorneys would leak only evidence that supported their clients' defense, jeopardizing the ability to conduct a fair trial.
  • The Little Sisters of the Poor v. The Big Sisters of the Rich

    07/17/2015 5:18:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 16, 2015 | Carrie Gress, Ph.D.
    While Planned Parenthood does not call itself a religious order, it clearly has many of the trappings of a passionate and serious cult. Mother Celine Therese Vadukkoot addresses guests during a birthday party for centenarians Jan. 20 at the Little Sisters of the Poor's Queen of Peace Residence in the Queens borough of New York. Eight residents celebrating 100 or more years in 2015 were honored at the event. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) It isn't every week that clear bookends of the culture war are so manifestly on display. Earlier this week the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver...
  • Democrats sue state election officials over 2011 redistricting

    07/08/2015 11:28:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7-8-15 | Patrick Marley & Meg Jones
    A group of Democrats sued state election officials Wednesday over election maps Republicans drew in 2011 that helped give them a firm grip on the Legislature. The lawsuit comes two years after a panel of three federal judges in separate litigation redrew two Assembly districts and blasted GOP lawmakers for drawing the maps in secret. That panel found the two districts on Milwaukee's south side violated the voting rights of Latinos, but it upheld all the other legislative maps, allowing Republicans to keep their advantage in elections. The new lawsuit seeks to change that by arguing the maps are so...
  • Support Grows for States to Ignore the Federal Courts

    07/03/2015 8:47:57 AM PDT · by B Knotts · 74 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 7/3/2015 | Rasmussen Reports
    Following last week’s controversial U.S. Supreme Court rulings on Obamacare and gay marriage, voters believe more strongly that individual states should have the right to turn their backs on the federal courts. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 33% of Likely U.S. Voters now believe that states should have the right to ignore federal court rulings if their elected officials agree with them. That’s up nine points from 24% when we first asked this question in February. Just over half (52%) disagree, down from 58% in the earlier survey. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided. (To see survey...
  • To the Supreme Court: ‘Mother, May I’?

    06/26/2015 10:05:34 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/26/15 | David Hunter
    The government and the Court should stay out of our bedrooms, our churches and especially our bakeries Equal protection under the law does not equate to equal results in American society. Liberal progressives have co-opted and perverted the intentions of the Founding Fathers in order to promote their divisive anti-American agenda: pitting one group against another; in the case of the marriage issue, the gay community against conservative Christians. The concept of marriage between one woman and one man has informed societies throughout history for thousands of years. Despite its religious connotations and inherently stabilizing influence on society, its primary...
  • Court decision frustrates Iowa pro-lifers

    06/23/2015 7:43:10 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | June 22, 2015 | Charlie Butts
    Even though 20 states have banned webcam abortions, they remain legal in Iowa, where a court ruling struck down a ban on the practice. The Iowa Supreme Court has overturned a lower court decision that had upheld the Iowa Board of Medicine's ruling against webcam abortions. Jenifer Bowen of Iowa Right to Life says that equates to lawyers sitting on the bench telling the Board of Medicine their business. "One of the justices said just that: Why should we as Supreme Court justices, attorneys by trade, why should we find ourselves to know more than the Iowa Board of Medicine,...
  • Government Wipes Recent Vaccine Injury Data from Website [Team Obama Hides Truth]

    06/01/2015 7:53:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson.com ^ | 5/31/15 | Sharyl Attkisson
    In March, the federal government removed the latest vaccine injury court statistics—more than a year’s worth of data—from one of its publicly reported charts. It was an abrupt departure from the normal practice of updating the figures monthly. Wiping the latest data means the “adjudication” chart on a government website no longer reflects the recent, sharp rise in court victories for plaintiffs who claimed their children were seriously injured or killed by one or more vaccines. Since January of 2014, twice as many victims have won court decisions than the previous eight years combined.
  • Report: Potential Impacts of Second Circuit’s Ruling Against NSA Bulk Collection

    05/11/2015 5:57:55 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/11/15 | Sierra Rayne
    NSA telephone metadata program Following last Thursday’s federal appeals court decision, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) has issued a legal sidebar on the possible impacts of this Second Circuit ruling against bulk collection on USA PATRIOT Act reauthorization: On May 7, 2015, a federal appeals court issued a decision in American Civil Liberties Union v. Clapper that could have significant implications for both the telephone metadata collection program operated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the legislative debate surrounding consideration of the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 (H.R. 2048 S. 1123) currently taking place in the House and the...
  • Chief Justice Roberts Not Stepping Down Despite Report

    03/04/2010 11:56:48 AM PST · by Ol' Sparky · 107 replies · 4,721+ views
    FoxNews | 3/4/10
    Chief Justice John Roberts is not stepping down from the Supreme Court, despite a celebrity gossip report, a source very close to Roberts told Fox News. RadarOnline.com reported Thursday that Roberts, 55, would be resigning for personal reasons. But the source said the report is "completely untrue." There is "no medical issue, no issue at all," the source said, adding that there is not even a 1 percent chance that Roberts is considering resignation.
  • The Incredible Raisin Heist

    04/22/2015 8:47:43 AM PDT · by Baynative · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4/20/2015 | N/A
    Stealing is illegal, unless the government is the thief. On Wednesday the Supreme Court will hear a case on whether the government can seize a chunk of a business’s product to regulate prices. This is a big one. Like much government mischief, Horne v. USDA has its roots in the Great Depression and federal programs to prop up the price of goods by controlling supply. To create raisin scarcity, the government established a Raisin Administrative Committee that manages the supply of raisins through annual marketing orders. Raisin handlers must set aside a portion of their annual crop, which the feds...
  • Politicized Prosecution Run Amok in Wisconsin

    04/21/2015 12:07:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    Natonal Review Online ^ | April 21, 2015 | Rich Lowry
    The knock on the door in the dead of night is the stuff of Darkness at Noon, and of the state of Wisconsin. To the question of whether armed police can storm your house and take away your personal effects and tell you to shut up about it, based simply on your political advocacy, Wisconsin answered for years, “Why, yes, they can — now please, shut up about it.” The so-called John Doe investigations into Governor Scott Walker and conservative groups in Wisconsin have been an ongoing travesty that — now that Walker is entering the presidential stage — should...
  • Dems’ leader calls Rick Scott’s healthcare lawsuit “tea party gone wild

    04/17/2015 6:54:13 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Saint Peters Blog ^ | 4/16/15 | Peter Schorsch
    Gov. Rick Scott’s lawsuit against federal healthcare agency over hospital funding would be a “frivolous” would represent the “tea party gone wild,” House Democratic Leader Mark Pafford said Thursday...
  • Slow-Motion Justice

    04/09/2015 12:02:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 9, 2015 | Michael Reagan
    Justice has been done in Boston, but it's not finished. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been found guilty in the Boston Marathon terrorism bombing. The verdict Wednesday was no surprise. Everyone in the country already knew that Tsarnaev and his dead brother planted two bombs in the crowd at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Even Tsarnaev's defense team acknowledged that he took part in the act of domestic terrorism that killed three and wounded 260 others. After 16 days and 95 witnesses, it took the jury just 11 hours to render their verdict on the 30 federal counts against the...
  • Rolling Stone Ignored Basic Journalism With Bogus UVA Rape Story

    04/08/2015 10:50:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Rolling Stone screwed up. In most media scandals, it's unfair to paint with such a broad brush. When Stephen Glass concocted his fables at the New Republic, he went to antiheroic lengths to conceal his deceptions from his colleagues. Janet Cooke, who famously won a Pulitzer for her Washington Post series about an 8-year-old heroin addict, "Jimmy's World," lied to her editors. That's not the case with Rolling Stone's publication of "A Rape on Campus," the story of the brutal gang rape of a student named "Jackie" at the University of Virginia that turned out to be false. Its failure...
  • Bad News For The Islamic Tribunal In Texas, Muslims Furious

    03/21/2015 9:30:48 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 204 replies
    Dallas Morning News, Mad World News ^ | Posted on March 21, 2015 | by Brandon Walker
    Excerpted from Mad World News: The first Islamic Sharia Court in the U.S. just got some very bad news, and Muslims are not happy.In a close 5-4 vote, the city of Irving ruled to back the Texas state bill banning foreign law from the state. It basically would slam the door in their faces, preventing them from spreading Sharia throughout the country. Now they are accusing the city council of unfairly being targeted.All four of the “voluntary” court’s lawyers were unlicensed in the state of Texas, a third degree felony. Mayor Beth Van Duyne received several phone calls on the...
  • DOJ to Announce No Charges in Trayvon Martin's Death

    02/24/2015 9:59:18 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 91 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | 2/24/15
    ....ABC News has learned Martin’s family will soon be notified that the Justice Department will not be filing charges against George Zimmerman, who shot the 17-year-old after a confrontation in 2012. Thursday marks three years to the day since Martin was killed. Federal prosecutors concluded there is not sufficient evidence to prove Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Fla., intentionally violated Martin’s civil rights, sources told ABC News.
  • Indiscretion: Obama Admits Personally Changing the Immigration Law (and Judge quotes him in ruling)

    02/18/2015 10:25:08 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 17, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The judge [Hanen] sealed his case that the administration’s immigration action is not merely an act of discretion, but a change in the law itself, by quoting Obama himself. “What is perhaps most perplexing about the defendant’s claim that DAPA is merely ‘guidance’ is the president’s own labeling of the program,” said the judge. “In formally announcing DAPA to the nation for the first time, President Obama stated, ‘I just took an action to change the law.’” The Constitution, of course, does not give Obama the power to change the law.
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Facing New Criminal Investigation

    02/05/2015 4:03:28 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 5, 2015 | By JOSH MARGOLIN and SHUSHANNAH WALSHE
    Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as well as members of his administration, a man at the center of the investigation told ABC News. The U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey has interviewed former Hunterdon County Assistant Prosecutor Bennett Barlyn, who claims he was fired because he objected to Christie officials dismissing indictments against political allies of the governor. Barlyn confirmed the investigation to ABC News. It was first reported by the International Business Times. “It is true,” Barlyn told ABC News, saying he was interviewed by federal authorities at his Pennsylvania home...
  • Otter appeals Idaho gay marriage decision to U.S. Supreme Court

    01/03/2015 4:08:47 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has filed a petition appealing the legalization of same-sex marriage in Idaho to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the state’s case is the “ideal vehicle” to resolve the issue for the nation. “The time has come for this court to resolve a question of critical importance to the states, their citizens and especially their children: Whether the federal Constitution prohibits a state from maintaining the traditional understanding and definition of marriage as between a man and a woman,” Otter’s Washington, D.C. attorney, Gene Schaerr, wrote in the 41-page petition.
  • Ohio Leads the Way on Criminal Intent Reform

    12/31/2014 8:45:52 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/30/2014 | Anne Schieber
    Recently passed legislation will make Ohio become the first state in the country to require that a person’s state of mind be a key element of any criminal prosecution. It does this by making criminal intent a default requirement for prosecutions in any newly-enacted crimes, although legislators can dispense with the requirement in a particular proposal. More than simply establishing a default going forward, however, the legislation voids any law that does not require prosecutors to show criminal intent, and requires a review of current criminal offenses. Both chambers of the Ohio General Assembly passed the bill unanimously and the...
  • War over Obama’s Amnesty Moves to the Courts: DOJ Defeat in Federal Court is just the First Battle

    12/19/2014 5:46:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/19/2014 | Hans Von Spakovsky
    The U.S. Justice Department and the Obama administration have lost their first battle in the war over the president’s plan to provide “deferred action,” or amnesty, to almost 5 million illegal aliens. When the judge for a Pennsylvania federal district court held on December 16 that President Obama’s “Executive Action is unconstitutional because it violates the separation of powers and the Take Care Clause of the Constitution,” it must have felt like it came from left field, since the case didn’t involve a general attack on the immigration amnesty plan. No, U.S. v. Elionardo Juarez-Escobar is a criminal prosecution...
  • Wearing American patriotic garb prohibited on a foreign holiday

    12/15/2014 10:49:02 AM PST · by DanMiller · 14 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 15, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Feminists demand that men learn not to rape so that suggestive attire can be worn safely. Hispanics in California demanded that high school students not be permitted to wear patriotic attire so that Hispanics wouldn't feel offended and perhaps become violent. The school complied. A Federal District Court and a majority of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the Hispanics.According to this Rutherford Institute press release, it has asked the Supreme Court to reject a lower court ruling that declared it unsafe for California public school students to wear American flag t-shirts to school. In asking the Supreme Court to hear the case of...
  • Case Tossed Vs. Woman Held 22 Years in Son's Death

    12/12/2014 2:37:43 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    ABC ^ | 12/12/14 | JACQUES BILLEAUD and BOB CHRISTIE
    A state appeals court has ordered the dismissal of murder charges against a woman who spent 22 years on Arizona's death row for the killing of her 4-year-old son. The Arizona Court of Appeals on Thursday leveled harsh criticism against prosecutors over their failure to turn over evidence during Debra Jean Milke's trial about a detective with a long history of misconduct and lying. The court called prosecutors' actions "a severe stain on the Arizona justice system." A three-judge panel of the appeals court said it agreed with Milke's argument that a retrial would amount to double jeopardy..... The appeals...
  • Cage-bound chimp doesn't have same rights as humans, court rules

    12/04/2014 4:00:31 PM PST · by PROCON · 25 replies
    cbsnews ^ | Dec. 4, 2014 | CBS/AP
    ALBANY, N.Y. -- A New York appeals court says a chimpanzee isn't entitled to the rights of a human and doesn't have to be freed by its owner. The three-judge Appellate Division panel was unanimous Thursday in denying "legal personhood" to Tommy, who lives alone in a cage in upstate Fulton County. A trial level court had previously denied the Nonhuman Rights Project's effort to have Tommy released. The group's lawyer, Steven Wise, told the appeals court in October that the chimp's living conditions are akin to a person in unlawful solitary confinement.
  • Expected California Supreme Court nominee Leondra Kruger a 'mind blower'

    11/24/2014 3:53:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 24, 2014 | By MAURA DOLAN
    Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he would nominate Leondra R. Kruger, a federal government lawyer, to the California Supreme Court. Kruger, 38, who grew up in Pasadena, was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2002 but has not practiced law in the state since 2009, according to bar records. She has worked primarily in Washington, D.C., where she has represented the federal government in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. She would be the only African American on the court. Kruger is a deputy assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel....
  • Monster Win for Natural Marriage [Great Analysis]

    11/08/2014 12:28:30 AM PST · by GonzoII · 48 replies
    American Family Association ^ | Friday, November 7, 2014 8:53 AM | Bryan Fischer
    Yesterday, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals struck a reverberating blow on behalf of natural marriage and the Constitution by upholding bans on sodomy-based marriages in its jurisdiction.It is impossible to overestimate the importance of this ruling.It means, for one thing, that the issue is now on the fast track to the Supreme Court. If the Court accepts a marriage case by January, a decision will almost certainly be issued by next June.From a constitutional standpoint, the 6th Circuit’s ruling is a model of sound jurisprudence. The ruling observes that the Supreme Court has already settled the question of the...
  • Can executive amnesty for illegals be killed by Congress?

    11/06/2014 12:30:12 PM PST · by DanMiller · 33 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | November 6, 2014 | Dan Miller
    What Obama intends to do by His royal decree on amnesty for illegal aliens is murky at best. Here, however, are a few thoughts.During His November 5th press conference, Obama declined to provide significant details about His contemplated Royal decree on immigration "reform." Jeff, you know, I think if you want to get into the details of it, I suspect that when I announce that executive action, it’ll be bright full of detail." That's similar to former House Speaker Pelosi's "we have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what’s in it....” However, before the ObamaCare legislation passed we...
  • Police can require cellphone fingerprint, not pass code

    10/31/2014 10:15:10 PM PDT · by Reno89519 · 16 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | October 30, 2014 | Elisabeth Hulette
    A Circuit Court judge has ruled that a criminal defendant can be compelled to give up his fingerprint, but not his pass code, to allow police to open and search his cellphone. The question of whether a phone's pass code is constitutionally protected surfaced in the case of David Baust, an Emergency Medical Services captain charged in February with trying to strangle his girlfriend. Prosecutors had said video equipment in Baust's bedroom may have recorded the couple's fight and, if so, the video could be on his cellphone. They wanted a judge to force Baust to unlock his phone, but...
  • Sowell: Local or National Elections?

    10/13/2014 9:22:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 14, 20134 | Thomas Sowell
    Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill once said, "All politics is local." That may have been true in Tip O'Neill's day, but some elections are decisively on national issues — and the Congressional elections this year are overwhelmingly national, just as the elections of 1860 were dominated by one national issue, namely slavery. In 1860, some abolitionists split the anti-slavery vote by running their own candidate — who had no chance of winning — instead of supporting Abraham Lincoln, who was not pure enough for some abolitionists. Lincoln got just 40 percent of the vote, though that turned out to...
  • What the 'gay marriage' debate is really about

    10/10/2014 10:29:10 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 66 replies
    WND ^ | Oct. 10, 2014 | Matt Barber
    Exclusive: Matt Barber warns, 'The courts are tossing around spiritual nitroglycerin' It’s called Pandora’s Box. And the Supreme Court just opened it. Did you actually think the debate over “gay marriage” was about marriage? Have you really come to believe that this cultural kerfuffle has anything to do with “civil rights” or “equality”? Have you bought into the popular premise that this is a legitimate discussion on federalism – that it’s a reasonable disagreement over whether the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause requires that newfangled “gay marriage,” something rooted in same-sex sodomy, a deviant and disease-prone behavior our Constitution’s framers...
  • Courts block voter ID laws in Texas, Wisconsin

    10/10/2014 10:45:04 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 89 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-10-14
    AUSTIN, Texas – A federal judge likened Texas' strict voter ID requirement to a poll tax deliberately meant to suppress minority voter turnout and struck it down less than a month before Election Day — and mere hours after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a similar measure in Wisconsin. The twin rulings released Thursday evening represent major and somewhat surprising blows to largely Republican-backed voter identification rules sweeping the nation that have generally been upheld in previous rulings. Approved in 2011, Texas' law is considered among the nation's harshest and had even been derided in court by the Justice Department...
  • Democracy died today in the USA: the Supreme Court (#SCOTUS) killed it

    10/06/2014 9:22:07 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 54 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 6 October 2014 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    Brethren, Peace to you all in Jesus Christ, our Supreme, Merciful Judge. This is in the news at this time: WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The court's order immediately ends delays on marriage in those states. Couples in six other states should be able to get married in short order. That would make same-sex marriage legal in 30...
  • EDITORIAL: The inhumane society

    10/01/2014 5:50:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-1-14 | Editorial
    A prominent animal-rights charity is not a friend of the furry kingdom. Americans love animals, even cats. Eight million stray dogs and cats find their way into animal shelters every year, and the lucky ones are adopted into a warm home with a loving family. Shelters are operated by small charities usually called “humane societies,” whose good deeds are funded by private generosity. The Humane Society of the United States trades on the good of others to finance a radical agenda. In May, the Humane Society and a handful of other radical animal-rights groups had to write a $15.8 million...
  • Dinesh D’Souza Criminally Sentenced While John Edwards and Other Liberals Skated

    09/29/2014 6:42:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 29, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza, one of the most brilliant conservative political writers of the modern era, was sentenced by a judge last week to eight months in a halfway house and probation. He was also ordered to pay a $30,000 fine within 45 days. His alleged crime? He made two contributions to a losing political campaign under the names of friends. D’Souza accepted a plea agreement admitting he used straw donors to donate $20,000 to the U.S. Senate campaign of Wendy Long, a friend of his. Federal campaign law limits contributors to U.S. Senate campaigns to $5,000 each. At first...
  • Conservative Writer Dinesh D'Souza Is Spared Prison Time For Campaign Finance Conviction

    09/23/2014 10:32:30 AM PDT · by drpix · 130 replies
    thesmokinggun.com ^ | 9/23/14 | staff
    Conservative writer/filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was spared prison time today when a federal judge sentenced him to five years probation for violating campaign finance laws....
  • Historic German Trial Against IS Suspect

    09/17/2014 8:20:59 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    Rudaw ^ | yesterday at 02:39 | Deniz Serinci
    Pro-ISIS protesters in Germany. Photo: Veooz. COPENHAGEN, Denmark – A German national accused of fighting for the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in Syria is on trial in Germany, in the first case of its kind. Kreshnik Berisha, a German-born 20-year-old whose parents are originally from Kosovo, faces a prison term of up to 10 years if found guilty. Prosecutor Horst Salzmann wrote in a press release that Berisha “wanted to create a theocracy under Shariah law. He took the oath. He was ready to die for his goals.”  Salzmann said that Berisha traveled to Syria via Turkey in July 2013...
  • Building Legacy Obama Reshapes Appellate Bench

    09/16/2014 4:19:13 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 9/16/2014 | Jeremy Peter
    WASHINGTON — Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law and President Obama’s legacy. For the first time in more than a decade, judges appointed by Democratic presidents considerably outnumber judges appointed by Republican presidents. The Democrats’ advantage has only grown since late last year when they stripped Republicans of their ability to filibuster the president’s nominees. Democratic appointees who hear cases full time now hold a majority of seats on nine of the 13 United States Courts of Appeals. When Mr. Obama took...
  • Building Legacy, Obama Reshapes Appellate Bench

    09/14/2014 5:07:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 13, 2014 | By JEREMY W. PETERS
    Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law and President Obama’s legacy. For the first time in more than a decade, judges appointed by Democratic presidents considerably outnumber judges appointed by Republican presidents. The Democrats’ advantage has only grown since late last year when they stripped Republicans of their ability to filibuster the president’s nominees. Democratic appointees who hear cases full time now hold a majority of seats on nine of the 13 United States Courts of Appeals. When Mr. Obama took office, only...
  • Freedom of Approved Speech

    09/11/2014 6:54:19 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/11/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    If you believe it is in your best interest to allow government to take power over certain things, it won't be long before government takes power over certain things that are not in your best interest The politicians are always working on tweaking freedom of speech because political correctness has turned out not to be oppressive enough. They use back doors and side entrances to attack freedom of speech, because if they came in the front door, you would know what they were up to, and you would use your freedom of speech to stop them. The political leaders tell...
  • Christie: Casinos, Tracks Can Offer Sports Betting

    09/09/2014 6:38:02 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 9, 2014 | Wayne Parry
    Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration issued a directive Monday allowing the state's casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting, a move likely to be challenged in court by sports leagues. The governor said he took his cue from previous federal court rulings that found that nothing in New Jersey law prohibits the casinos and horse racing tracks from offering sports betting, so long as it's not sponsored or licensed by the state. Soon afterward, one racetrack, Monmouth Park in Oceanport, said it was preparing to offer sports bets "in the very, very near future."
  • Democracy Alliance Bankrolled Court-Packing Scheme

    08/27/2014 4:16:03 PM PDT · by Bratch · 5 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 25, 2014 | Alana Goodman
    A shadowy network of wealthy liberal donors bankrolled an operation to pack one of America’s most powerful courts with progressive judges, according to documents reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon.Now the effort could prevent an Obamacare challenge from reaching the Supreme Court, legal experts say.The strategy to fill the D.C. Court of Appeals with left-leaning judges was aided by the American Constitution Society, a non-profit group that “promotes a progressive vision of the law.” The ACS is funded in part by the Democracy Alliance, a liberal donor network that funnels millions to a web of dark-money member groups.During a fundraising presentation...
  • Court Rules in Favor of Ground Zero Cross, Rejects Atheists' Appeal

    07/29/2014 5:04:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the 17-foot cross beam salvaged from the wreckage of Twin Towers will remain in the National 9/11 Museum, despite the very best efforts of American Atheists Inc. In “American Atheists v. Port Authority of New Jersey and New York” the group asserted that the artifact's positioning in the museum towered "over any other symbols in the vicinity, expressing Christian primacy." It charged that the Latin cross's dominance violated the First Amendment Establishment Clause and the 14th Amendment Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution. The judges found, however, that the...
  • Keys men who won marriage case ask appeals court to send case to Florida Supreme Court

    07/28/2014 9:27:13 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Steve Rothaus
    Lawyers for two Monroe County men who won the right to marry filed papers Monday for the state’s appeal to move directly to Florida's Supreme Court. “We’re filing in the court of appeal, a motion, in layman’s terms, to pass through the jurisdiction of the third District Court of Appeal and to send the case directly to the Florida Supreme Court.....
  • Split Rulings Over Obamacare Point to Another Supreme Court Showdown

    07/22/2014 11:28:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/22/2014 | Jacob Gershman
    Less than an hour after an appeals court in Washington ordered the Obama administration to turn off the spigot of federal subsidies to consumers through U.S.-run health-care exchanges, an appeals court in Virginia ruled that the subsidies should be allowed to keep on flowing. With the future of Obamacare hanging in the balance, the back-to-back opinions raise the likelihood of another Supreme Court showdown over the the president’s marquee law. The two circuits split over an issue fundamental to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. That is, whether the Internal Revenue Service had the authority under the statute passed...
  • On the other hand: Fourth Circuit upholds ObamaCare subsidies for federal exchange consumers

    07/22/2014 11:15:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/22/2014 | AllahPundit
    Well, this is awkward.Unlike the D.C. Circuit, which split 2-1, the majority here was 3-0. Even so, the most noteworthy thing about the opinion is how tormented the court seems in trying to determine what Congress intended when it said that subsidies should be available only on “an exchange established by the State.” From page 20:Page 24:Page 28:If they can’t decide what the key phrase was designed to do, why don’t they follow the D.C. Circuit’s lead and stick with the plain text? In the first excerpt above, the court frankly admits that the language of the law seems...