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  • Poll: 55% back rabbis' anti-Arab ruling

    12/15/2010 6:10:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 1+ views
    ynetnews.com ^ | 12/15/10 | ynet
    Survey shows 41% of secular Israelis support municipal religious leaders' call not to rent apartments to non-Jews, as do 64% and 88% of Israel's traditional and haredi Jews, respectively A significant segment of Israel's adult Jewish population agrees with a religious ruling forbididng Jews from selling or renting apartments to Arabs or other non-Jews, according to a recent survey commissioned by Ynet and the Gesher organization. The controversial ruling was issued by a group of 50 municipal rabbis. Some 55% of those polled said they agree with the ruling; 26% of the respondents said they agree with it for the...
  • Funding vote to test Obama’s resolve on ending earmarks (6,600 - so far)

    12/15/2010 8:11:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/14/10 | Alexander Bolton
    Funding vote to test Obama’s resolve on ending earmarksBy Alexander Bolton - 12/14/10 08:36 PM ET Senate Democrats are moving aggressively to pass a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that will test President Obama’s resolve on opposing congressional earmarks. The 1,924-page bill would set aside funding for thousands of earmarks, according to Senate aides tracking the legislation. Obama last month called for an earmark ban, saying in one of his weekly addresses that “we can’t afford” these items inserted by members of Congress “without adequate review.” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) on Tuesday called on Obama to intervene in the Senate’s...
  • Dems Sweat ObamaCare Ruling

    12/14/2010 4:30:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/14/10 | John Fund
    <p>The White House expressed confidence yesterday that ObamaCare will survive a federal judge's ruling that invalidates the law's health insurance mandate. But behind the optimistic facade, many liberals are worried that the current political climate could give the Supreme Court cover to strike down a key part of the law.</p>
  • W.H. denies judge acted politically

    12/14/2010 2:24:28 PM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 12/14/10 | MATT NEGRIN
    The White House doesn’t think the judge who ruled against the health care law on Monday did so because of political persuasions, Stephanie Cutter, an assistant to President Obama, said Tuesday. “We disagree with the result of the ruling, but we’re not questioning anybody’s politics or judgment in this,” Cutter said on MSNBC.
  • No matter how you spin it, yesterday's court decision striking down Obamacare's mandate

    12/14/2010 12:01:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/14/10 | Mark Hemingway
    Ezra Klein, the Washington Post's blogging wunderkind, is a smart guy. He made his name becoming the go-to pundit for health care policy. He understands health care policy as few do in D.C. But if you're looking for an unvarnished opinion about the political realities of Obamacare, he's the last guy I would read. Since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act begin winding its way through Congress last year, Klein has been almost unrelentingly supportive of every proposed version of the legislation. Now that the legislation is in place and we're
  • Breaking: Virginia Judge Rules Individual Mandate Unconstitutional

    12/13/2010 11:36:01 AM PST · by neverdem · 37 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | December 13, 2010 | Daniel Foster
    UPDATED According to multiple reports, a federal judge in Virginia has ruled that part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — is unconstitutional. The ruling by District Judge Henry Hudson says the law “exceeds the constitutional boundaries of congressional power” by requiring individuals to purchase health care coverage under the “individual mandate.” It is the first federal ruling against the law. “Neither the Supreme Court nor any federal circuit court of appeals has extended Commerce Clause powers to compel an individual to involuntarily enter the stream of commerce by purchasing a commodity in the private market,” Hudson...
  • Breaking: Federal judge rules ObamaCare mandate unconstitutional

    12/13/2010 9:58:34 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 39 replies
    Hot Air ^ | DECEMBER 13, 2010 | ED MORRISSEY
    CNN has a breaking alert on a ruling by a federal judge in Virginia that rejects ObamaCare as unconstitutional: A federal judge in Virginia has ruled parts of the sweeping health care reform effort led by President Obama to be unconstitutional. This is the first federal court to strike down the law, contradicting other recent rulings the law was permissible. The key issue of contention was the “individual mandate” requirement that most Americans purchase health insurance by 2014. This case (Virginia v Sebelius) was the lawsuit brought by the states against ObamaCare. This is the test case that had the...
  • Breaking On Fox: VA Judge Declares Individual Mandate In ObamaCare UNCONSTITUTIONAL

    12/13/2010 9:21:01 AM PST · by careyb · 348 replies · 3+ views
    Fox News | 12/13/10 | Fox News
    Just in... will keep you posted...
  • Continental guilty over 2000 Concorde crash

    12/06/2010 1:14:49 PM PST · by ColdOne · 12 replies
    News.Yahoo.com ^ | Dec 7th 2010 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) - – A French court fined Continental Airlines Monday over the 2000 Concorde crash in which 113 died, but did not jail anyone for the disaster that effectively ended commercial supersonic air travel. The court found the US airline criminally responsible for the Paris crash, caused by a piece of metal that fell from a Continental DC-10 and later shredded the supersonic jet's tyre, which led to a fire in the fuel tank.
  • Virginia Judge Tosses Health Care Lawsuit

    11/30/2010 6:15:56 PM PST · by freedomwarrior998 · 37 replies · 1+ views
    National Journal ^ | 11-30-2010 | Larry O'Dell
    RICHMOND, Va. - A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed Liberty University's lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's new federal health care law, declaring that a provision requiring most individuals to obtain insurance is constitutional.
  • ATF testimony admits many unregistered machine guns allowed by ruling

    11/18/2010 3:56:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 16 November, 2010 | David Codrea
    Testimony in the case of US v ONE HISTORIC ARMS MACHINE GUN revealed there are untold numbers of unregistered machine guns currently owned by Americans that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives not only knows about, but actually created the conditions whereby this situation exists. Mike Vanderboegh explains at Sipsey Street Irregulars: Let me draw your attention to the sworn testimony of one Richard Vasquez, ATF Assistant Chief, Firearms Technology Branch… from a deposition on 10 September 2009… The relevant testimony excerpt is included in the sidebar slide accompanying this column. The relevant ATF ruling to consult is...
  • Federal Appeals Court Says Military's Gay Ban Should Stay in Place for Now

    10/20/2010 5:19:40 PM PDT · by darkwing104 · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 20, 2010 | Fox News
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court says the military should keep in place its "don't ask, don't tell" policy for now.
  • Obama administration appeals ruling backing gay marriage

    10/12/2010 3:10:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies · 2+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/12/10 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday decided to appeal a judge's ruling that prevented the U.S. government from banning same-sex marriages. The Obama administration filed a notice of appeal with the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in support of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that barred gay marriages, even though President Barack Obama had previously opposed the law. U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro in Boston ruled in July for several gay couples who had argued that the Defense of Marriage Act interfered with the rights of states to define marriage. Massachusetts was the first state...
  • Federal Court Ruling: CAIR Must Answer to Fraud Charges by Five Former Clients

    10/04/2010 3:59:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 10/4/10 | Sun Tzu
    A federal judge in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia has denied a motion to dismiss complaints by five former clients of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR is a Muslim organization previously named as a Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas front group by the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office in the federal criminal trial and conviction of a terrorist funding cell organized around one of the largest Muslim charities, the Holy Land Foundation, which raised funds for violent jihad on behalf of Hamas. CAIR had asked federal court judge Paul L. Friedman to dismiss the fraud cases
  • Judge: Military's ban on gays is unconstitutional

    09/09/2010 6:56:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 117 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/9/10 | AP
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A federal judge in Southern California has declared the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips on Thursday granted a request for an injunction halting the government's "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays in the military. Phillips says the policy doesn't help military readiness and instead has a "direct and deleterious effect" on the armed services. The lawsuit was the biggest legal test of the law in recent years and came amid promises by President Barack Obama that he will work to repeal the policy.
  • Justice Department says it will appeal ruling that undercut Obama stem cell regulations

    08/24/2010 3:15:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/24/10 | Staff
    Washington — The Obama administration will appeal a court ruling that undercut its efforts to expand stem cell research, the Justice Department said Tuesday. The appeal is expected this week, said spokesman Matthew Miller. (Snip) National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins said dozens of studies of promising stem cell therapies — about $54 million worth — would have to stop because of the court ruling that temporarily forbids any additional money from being granted.
  • Judge Mulls Minn. Law That Showed Target Donation

    08/21/2010 11:45:00 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 3 replies
    KSAX ^ | 8-10-10 | Ryan Ruud
    The future of a new Minnesota law that let the public know about polarizing political donations from Target Corp., Best Buy Co. and other companies rests with a federal judge who will decide whether to suspend the disclosure requirement on free speech grounds. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank said Friday he will rule within a month on a request for a temporary injunction to suspend the law, which could free corporations and other independent groups to spend on this year's election without revealing their identities. Abortion opponents Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, the anti-tax Taxpayers League of Minnesota and a...
  • Mexico supreme court upholds gay adoptions

    08/16/2010 6:19:54 PM PDT · by redreno · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/16/2010 | By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO
    MEXICO CITY – Mexico's Supreme Court voted Monday to uphold a Mexico City law allowing adoptions by same-sex couples, drawing jubilant cheers from gay advocacy groups and angry protests from Roman Catholic Church representatives.
  • Court halts Calif. gay marriages pending appeal

    08/16/2010 4:28:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 2+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/16/10 | Lisa Leff - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO – A federal appeals court put same-sex weddings in California on hold indefinitely Monday while it considers the constitutionality of the state's gay marriage ban. The decision, issued by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, trumps a lower court judge's order that would have allowed county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Wednesday. Lawyers for the two gay couples that challenged the ban said Monday they would not appeal the panel's decision on the stay to the Supreme Court.
  • US APNewsAlert (Stay for Prop 8 Ruling)

    08/16/2010 3:56:26 PM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/16/10
    Federal appeals court blocks same-sex weddings
  • Breaking Mark Levin.. 9th Circus of Appeals rules NO gay marriages while case is on appeal

    08/16/2010 3:57:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    MarkLevin.com ^ | 8/16/10
    BReaking Hot!!! 9th Circus flips lid, says hold the marriages off 'til the case finishes appeals..
  • Appeals court stays marriage ruling (Ca Prop 8)

    08/16/2010 4:01:36 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 141 replies
    Politico ^ | August 16, 2010 | Ben SMith
    The Ninth Circuit has stayed Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling in the high-profile Constitutional challenge to California's same-sex marriage ban. The case is scheduled to be heard in early December. So hold the wedding bells. There is some good news, though, for the same-sex plaintiffs: The court warned in its order that it's considering dismissing the appeal on the grounds that the appelants -- who don't include the Governor or Attorney General -- lack standing. "In addition to any issues appellants wish to raise on appeal, appellants are directed to include in their opening brief a discussion of why this appeal...
  • Judge to announce Prop 8 stay ruling

    08/11/2010 9:53:59 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 30 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug 12, 2010 | UPI
    The judge who threw out California's ban on gay marriage said Wednesday he is prepared to decide whether to stay his ruling pending appeal. U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, chief of the court in San Francisco, ruled last week that Proposition 8, adopted by California voters in 2008, is unconstitutional. The court said he plans to issue his decision on a stay Thursday morning. Walker issued a temporary stay last week. If he decides to keep his ruling from taking effect pending appeal, same-sex couples might be barred from marriage in California for several years, the Los Angeles Times said....
  • A Gavel Falls on Marriage: The Proposition 8 Decision

    08/05/2010 10:01:10 PM PDT · by raynearhood · 14 replies
    AlbertMohler.com ^ | August 5, 2010 | Dr. R. Albert Mohler
    Yesterday, a very important gavel fell on marriage. The central institution of human civilization suffered a direct hit, and its future hangs in the balance. The importance of the decision handed down yesterday by U. S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker in California’s Proposition 8 trial will be difficult to exaggerate. Proponents of same-sex marriage immediately declared a major victory — and for good reason. The editorial board of The New York Times declared the verdict “an instant landmark in American legal history,” and so it is, even if later reversed upon appeal. Judge Walker’s decision is sweeping and comprehensive,...
  • Did Judge Make Right Call In Gay Marriage Case?

    08/04/2010 9:43:55 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 4, 2010 | steelers6
    Did Judge Make Right Call In Gay Marriage Case? A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Prop. 8, California's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. Do you agree with the judge's decision? Share your thoughts. First answer our question below. Then click "Leave a Comment." Did Judge Make Right Call In Gay Marriage Case? Yes -- Prop. 8 violates the Constitution. No -- Marriage is an institution between a man and a woman. I don't care what the judge thinks about the Constitution. I'm not sure but shouldn't the voters views count for something? Other (leave a comment).
  • POLL TO FREEP - Do you think today's ruling on same sex marriage will stand? Not do you agree

    08/04/2010 7:51:03 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 7 replies
    WGN TV ^ | August 4, 2010
    Q: Do you think today's ruling on same sex marriage will stand? No Yes View results
  • Federal judge overturns gay marriage ban in Calif.

    08/04/2010 2:15:45 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 187 replies · 1+ views
    ap ^ | Aug 4 | LISA LEFF
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A person close to the case says a federal judge has overturned California's same-sex marriage ban in a landmark case that could eventually land before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Virginia Attorney General Rules Police Can Check Immigration Status

    08/02/2010 11:03:22 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 16 replies · 5+ views
    Fox News ^ | August 2, 2010
    In a decision that could lay the groundwork for an Arizona-style immigration policy, Virginia's attorney general said state law enforcement officers are allowed to check the immigration status of anyone "stopped or arrested." Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued the legal opinion Friday extending that authority to Virginia police in response to an inquiry over whether his state could mirror the policies passed into law in Arizona. "It is my opinion that Virginia law enforcement officers, including conservation officers may, like Arizona police officers, inquire into the immigration status of persons stopped or arrested," he wrote. The decision comes after a...
  • Sebelius dismisses ruling in Virginia suit against healthcare reform

    08/02/2010 10:43:53 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 82 replies · 40+ views
    /thehill.com ^ | 08/02/10 12:20 PM ET | Mike Lillis
    Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius on Monday downplayed a federal judge's decision allowing Virginia's challenge to healthcare reform to continue, arguing it was merely a procedural move that has no bearing on the underlying issues. "We remain confident that the case is solid," Sebelius told reporters during a phone call on the reform law's effects on Medicare spending. Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, a liberal consumer group, echoed that message Monday, saying the ruling "has no effect on the validity of the health reform law."
  • Virginia Fed Ct Denies U.S. Motion To Dismiss Health Care Challenge

    08/02/2010 9:47:00 AM PDT · by BCrago66 · 9 replies
    Virginia Federal District Court ^ | 8/2/10 | William A. Jacobson
    A federal judge in Virginia has refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the State of Virginia challenging the Obamacare health care mandate as beyond the scope of the Commerce Clause and as a violation of the 10th Amendment. The judge allowed the suit to proceed on both grounds. The opinion is a significant victory, but keep in mind this only is the start of the case. The Judge ruled that the case was not defective as a matter of law, and did not rule on the merits. A motion to dismiss, in this context, only tests whether the plaintiff...
  • Breaking News: Virginia AG Rules Police Can Check Immigration Status of Anyone Stopped or Arrested

    08/02/2010 10:02:21 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 87 replies · 38+ views
    Banner headline only.
  • Breaking: Federal judge refuses to dismiss Virginia challenge to ObamaCare

    08/02/2010 9:34:09 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 32 replies · 2+ views
    Hot Air ^ | August 01, 2010 | ED MORRISSEY
    The federal bench giveth … and the federal bench taketh away. Federal judge Henry Hudson has refused to dismiss a challenge from Virginia on the constitutionality of the individual mandate in ObamaCare. The case will have to move to trial, and could imperil the entire overhaul: A judge on Monday refused to dismiss the state of Virginia’s challenge to President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law, a setback that will force his administration to mount a lengthy legal defense of the overhaul effort. U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson refused to dismiss the state’s lawsuit which argues the law’s requirement that its...
  • Va. national health care reform lawsuit clears 1st hurdle

    08/02/2010 9:26:53 AM PDT · by ClayinVA · 20 replies · 5+ views
    The Roanoke Times ^ | 8/2/10 | Michael Sluss
    RICHMOND -- A federal judge has denied the Department of Justice's motion to dismiss Virginia's lawsuit challenging the health care reform bill passed by Congress, setting the stage for additional legal wrangling in the high-profile case. U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson's decision was released this morning, a month after lawyers from the Justice Department and the Virginia attorney general's office argued over the motion in Hudson's Richmond courtroom.
  • Va. AG: Cops can ask immigration status (Cuccinelli)

    08/02/2010 9:14:42 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 14 replies · 5+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 2, 2010 | Breaking News
    Virginia law enforcement officials can ask the immigration status of those they stop or arrest, the state's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has ruled. In a legal opinion written in response to a request from conservative Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William), Cuccinelli ruled that police officers and other legal authorities can look into the immigration status of anyone stopped or arrested. A 2008 Virginia law requires that law enforcement check the immigration status of anyone taken into custody on suspicion of having committed a crime. Cuccinelli's opinion could expand such inquiries to those who have been stopped by law enforcement for...
  • Virginia Judge: The Suit Against the Health Care Law Goes Forward

    08/02/2010 9:21:52 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 10 replies · 6+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/02/10 | Ashby Jones
    This just in: Virginia federal judge Henry Hudson on Monday ruled that he’ll let the state of Virginia’s challenge to the landmark health care law passed in March go forward, at least for the time being. * * * The ruling represents a setback that will force the Obama administration to mount a lengthy legal defense of the law. The suit, filed by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (pictured), alleges that the law’s requirement that its residents have health insurance violates the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. Judge's opinion included in full.
  • Gun Sales Expected to Shoot Up - Supreme Court Ruling Seen as Windfall for Firearms...

    07/19/2010 10:00:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 3+ views
    ABC News ^ | July 16, 2010 | RICH BLAKE
    Supreme Court Ruling Seen as Windfall for Firearms Manufacturers, Dealers After a Supreme Court decision affirming the right to bear arms was handed down in June, the owners of Midwest Sporting Goods, just outside of Chicago, started noticed something any retailer would find encouraging  an increasing number of customers. With Chicago's 28-year ban on handgun ownership rendered unconstitutional, more people were coming into Midwest, in Lyons, Illinois, to exercise their Second Amendment rights, according to Noel, the store's owner. He asked that his last name not be published. Lock and Load "It's not like sales suddenly went through the...
  • The Ruling Class Creates its Own Demise

    07/19/2010 11:06:48 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 19, 2010 | Henry Oliner
    In his recent American Spectator article "America's Ruling Class- and the Perils of Revolution" (July/ August 2010), Professor Angelo Cordevilla observed that most of the voters who identify themselves as Democrats are reasonably satisfied that the Democratic Party represents them well, but only a fourth of the voters who call themselves Republican feel they are well represented by the Republican Party. While the Democrats may voice opposition to their elected leaders on select issues, they are more likely to overcome their stands on individual issues and vote the party line at election time. Many Democrats think their party sold out...
  • America's Ruling Class -- And the Perils of Revolution

    07/16/2010 4:35:54 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 218 replies · 5+ views
    American Spectator ^ | Angelo M. Codevilla
    As over-leveraged investment houses began to fail in September 2008, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties, of major corporations, and opinion leaders stretching from the National Review magazine (and the Wall Street Journal) on the right to the Nation magazine on the left, agreed that spending some $700 billion to buy the investors' "toxic assets" was the only alternative to the U.S. economy's "systemic collapse." In this, President George W. Bush and his would-be Republican successor John McCain agreed with the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama. Many, if not most, people around them also agreed upon the eventual commitment...
  • John Lott Jr.: Supreme Court Gun Ban Ruling Can Make Us All Safer

    06/29/2010 11:25:29 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 1+ views
    AOL News ^ | June 28, 2010 | John Lott Jr.
    In a sharply divided 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that state governments are not able to ban most Americans from owning most types of handguns. The majority decision, written by Justice Samuel Alito, stated that firearms are "essential for self-defense." Predictably, gun control advocates bemoaned the ruling. But the court's decision is not just correct on constitutional grounds. It will help make the country safer. Another View The gun pushers lobby must be disappointed, since the Supreme Court ruling continues to allow for a wide variety of reasonable gun laws, says Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Center...
  • Democrats quietly cheer high court gun ruling

    06/29/2010 8:24:23 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 62 replies · 1+ views
    When the Supreme Court extended the individual right to own a gun Monday, they handed Second Amendment advocates—many of whom are at home in the GOP—one of their most significant legal victories ever. But who won the day in politics? The Democrats. For them, the court’s groundbreaking decision couldn’t have been more beneficial to the cause in November. Now, Democratic candidates across the map figure they have one less issue to worry about on the campaign trail. And they won’t have to defend against Republican attacks over gun rights and an angry, energized base of gun owners. “It removes guns...
  • Boy Scouts Win Eviction Suit Against Philadelphia

    06/23/2010 4:56:26 PM PDT · by Williams · 75 replies · 1+ views
    Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer
    "A federal jury on Wednesday declared that the city of Philadelphia had violated the First Amendment rights of the local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America by moving to evict it from its city-owned headquarters if it refused to repudiate the anti-gay policies of the scouts' national parent group. In its verdict, the jury of six women and two men found that the city had imposed an "unconstitutional condition" on the scouts and declared that it was not "reasonable" to do so."
  • U.S. Judges Rules Against Drilling Ban (Obama Loses)

    06/22/2010 10:50:26 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 6 replies
    http://foxnews.com ^ | June 22, 2010 | foxnews
    Just heard this on Fox. Came in on the wire just now.
  • Conn. Town Can't Hold Graduations in Church, Judge Rules (To keep separation of liberals and church)

    06/01/2010 5:36:47 PM PDT · by ulster · 27 replies · 690+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5-31-10
    The Enfield school board says it voted to hold services June 23 and 24 at The First Cathedral in Bloomfield because it had enough space at the right price. But two students and three of their parents sued. The judge says Enfield had unconstitutionally entangled itself with religion by agreeing to cover much of the church's religious imagery. She also says the town coerced the plaintiffs to support religion by forcing them to enter the church for graduation.
  • Judge: Conn. town can't hold graduations in church

    06/01/2010 3:40:28 AM PDT · by Man50D · 61 replies · 880+ views
    Republican American ^ | May 31, 2010
    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- A federal judge ruled Monday that two public high schools can't hold their graduations inside a church because that would be an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. U.S. District Court Judge Janet Hall's ruling followed an Enfield school board vote in April to hold graduation ceremonies for the town's two high schools at The First Cathedral in nearby Bloomfield. Board officials said the church, which fits 3,000 people, had enough space at the right price. Two students and three of their parents sued, claiming the decision was an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion. The judge agreed, citing...
  • Eagle Scout's penalty stands

    05/20/2010 1:05:26 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 107 replies · 2,728+ views
    timesunion.com ^ | 5-20-10 | SCOTT WALDMAN
    Matthew Whalen's suspension will stand. On Wednesday night, the Lansingburgh Central School District board of education rejected Whalen's appeal of the punishment and decided not to expunge the blemish on the record of the Eagle Scout suspended for having a pocketknife in his car while the vehicle was on the grounds of Lansingburgh High School. Whalen received a 20-day suspension in September after he turned over to school administrators a 1 1/2-inch knife that he kept in his glove box as part of a car survival kit. He returned to school in October. Whalen has said he does not know...
  • Supreme Court Rules Out Life Terms for Juveniles Who Haven't Killed

    05/17/2010 11:28:20 AM PDT · by docbnj · 60 replies · 2,392+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 17 May 2010 | Jess Bravin
    WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court ruled Monday that it is unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to life without parole for crimes short of murder, with Justice Anthony Kennedy and the court's liberals agreeing that such sentences were cruel and unusual. The case was the latest in a series of milestone opinions by Justice Kennedy that have broadened the scope of the Eighth Amendment, which prohibits "cruel and unusual punishments." Earlier rulings eliminated the death penalty for juveniles and ended it for crimes short of murder. Chief Justice John Roberts, in a break from fellow conservatives, voted with the majority to reverse the life...
  • Supreme Court Bans Life Sentences For Minors In Non-Homicide Cases

    05/17/2010 10:37:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies · 495+ views
    Talk Radio News ^ | 05/17/2010 | Jay Goodman Tamboli
    The Supreme Court ruled today that juvenile criminals cannot be sentenced to life in prison without parole except in homicide cases. Though 37 states, the District of Columbia, and federal law allow judges to impose life sentences without parole on juveniles, the Court noted that only 109 people were currently serving life terms for crimes committed while they were minors. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, relied heavily on Roper v. Simmons, the Supreme Court’s 2005 decision forbidding the death penalty for minors. Kennedy wrote that no theory of punishment justified locking up a minor for his or her...
  • Judge Awards Illegal Alien $145K Before Deportation

    05/10/2010 11:16:04 AM PDT · by beericus · 25 replies · 1,049+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 10-10-10 | Fox
    An illegal immigrant with a long rap sheet got a $145,000 parting gift from New York City taxpayers before he was deported, after city lawyers decided his civil rights had been violated when he was held too long on Rikers Island. Federal rules allow local law enforcement to detain suspected illegal immigrants for 48 hours after their criminal cases are resolved, to give Immigration and Customs Enforcement a chance to pick them up and move them to federal facilities. Former Brooklyn resident Cecil Harvey, 55 — backed by an immigration-rights advocacy group — argued that his rights were violated when...
  • New York High Court Grants Parental Rights to Ex-Lesbian Partner

    05/06/2010 3:13:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 496+ views
    Life Site News ^ | May 5, 2010 | Peter J. Smith
    ALBANY, New York, May 5, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – New York’s high court, the Court of Appeals, ruled Tuesday to give visitation rights over a child born into a Vermont civil union to the mother’s former lesbian partner. The court based its decision on the fact that Vermont courts have interpreted civil unions to confer legal parenthood on the partners. At the same time, the Court resisted efforts to overturn a 19-year-old precedent that holds only a biological connection or legal adoption establishes parental rights under New York State law - meaning that in all other cases where recognizing the laws...
  • Court Ruling Puts Minn. at Risk of Cash Shortage

    05/06/2010 10:45:27 AM PDT · by Son House · 17 replies · 482+ views
    KTTC.com ^ | May 06, 2010 | KTTC.com
    Minnesota risks running out of money if those affected by overturned budget cuts seek immediate back pay. A spokesman for Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Thursday the state doesn't have the money on hand to cover $2.7 billion in cuts thrown into doubt by a Supreme Court ruling. The spokesman, Brian McClung, says while the ruling was tailored to a special nutrition program others hit by Pawlenty's 2009 cuts may ask to have state allowances restored. Legislative leaders met for an hour with Pawlenty and members of both parties emerged to describe the fiscal crisis. Pawlenty has asked lawmakers to...