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  • Wisconsin court ruling may reshape state political landscape

    07/19/2015 8:03:41 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-17-15 | Todd Richmond
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A court decision ending an investigation into the activities of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's recall campaign could transform Wisconsin elections — likely enabling closer ties between candidates and organizations that support them and possibly leading to more targeted advertising and favorable legislation for the groups, political strategists and observers say. The ruling in the case involving Walker, now a presidential candidate, and outside groups backing him invalidated state election officials' belief that organizations that coordinate with candidates on issue advocacy must reveal their donations and follow fundraising limits as if the groups are an extension of...
  • What citizens can do to resist the ruling class’s redefinitions of moral and cultural norms

    07/05/2015 3:52:38 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/4/15 | ANGELO M. CODEVILLA
    “To learn who rules over you, find out whom you are not allowed to criticize.” — Voltaire If you’re wondering what Americans can do as our ruling class sets about enforcing its redefinition of marriage, start by looking back at what it did to the citizens of Indiana when their legislature raised the possibility that someone might object to joining in celebrations of homosexual marriage. Support for homosexual unions was incidental to the insistence of the likeminded folks atop society’s commanding heights on punishing Indiana. What incurs their ire has less to do with any substantive matter than with the...
  • Oklahoma court rules earthquake victim can sue oil companies

    07/01/2015 7:40:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-30-15 | Yeganeh Torbati
    An Oklahoma woman who was injured when an earthquake rocked her home in 2011 can sue oil companies for damages, the state's highest court ruled on Tuesday, opening the door to other potential lawsuits against the state's energy companies. Oklahoma has experienced a dramatic spike in earthquakes in the last five years, and researchers have blamed the oil and gas industry's practice of injecting massive volumes of saltwater left over from oil and gas drilling. The state saw nearly 600 quakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater in 2014, compared to just one or two per year prior to 2009, according...
  • Analysis: Kansas abortion ruling could have sweeping effects

    06/30/2015 10:50:15 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    timesunion.com ^ | June 28, 2015 | JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A judge's decision to block Kansas from banning a common second-trimester abortion procedure eventually could reshape the state's legal climate and intensify conservative Republicans' push to change how the highest court is selected. The law prohibiting a procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus likely creates too big an obstacle for women seeking abortions, Shawnee County District Court Judge Larry Hendricks ruled last week, an order that'll remain in effect until he reviews a lawsuit filed by an abortion rights group. He also declared that the Kansas Constitution creates a right to an abortion that...
  • LA weighs rules to lock up handguns, police union wants exemptions

    06/29/2015 4:55:28 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 36 replies
    Fox News (Politics) ^ | June 29, 2015 | Fox News Staff
    Los Angeles city council members are debating controversial new gun law changes aimed at locking up handguns when they're not in use. According to the Los Angeles Times, the proposal would require city residents to either lock up handguns not being used or apply trigger locks to them. The proposal was authored by Councilman Paul Krekorian and is meant to protect children from gun accidents. But the plan has faced resistance from the local police officers union – the Los Angeles Police Protective League. The proposed rules exempted active duty and reserve officers, but the union wants retired officers and...
  • Justice Scalia's Dissenting Opinion in King v Burwell

    06/25/2015 11:19:19 AM PDT · by NRx · 37 replies
    SCOTUS ^ | 06-25-2015 | Antonin Scalia
    No excerpt. It's a PDF. Scalia's dissenting opinion begins on page 27.
  • The Roberts Court renders all laws meaningless as written

    06/25/2015 9:40:57 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 47 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-25-15 | DrJohn
      John Roberts is a liar. Acting as Obama's champion for the second time, The Supreme Court has upheld Obamacare. From the ruling: The argument that the phrase “established by the State” would be superfluous if Congress meant to extend tax credits to both State and Federal Exchanges is unpersuasive. This Court’s “preference for avoiding surplusage constructions is not absolute.” Lamie v. United States Trustee , 540 U. S. 526, 536. And rigorous application of thatcanon does not seem a particularly useful guide to a fair constructionof the Affordable Care Act, which contains more than a few examples of...
  • BREAKING: Healthcare subsidies upheld by SCOTUS

    06/25/2015 7:09:40 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 614 replies
    SCOTUS Blog ^ | 06/25/2015 | SCOUTSBLOG
    Six are the Chief, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan.
  • Uber Driver Deemed Employee By California Labor Commission

    06/17/2015 12:09:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 71 replies
    techcrunch.com ^ | Jordan Crook
    As it stands now, Uber employs its drivers as third-party contractors, operating as a logistics company that provides access to customer demand and directions, transactions, etc. for the drivers. Uber has argued repeatedly in various courts that it is not a transportation or taxi company, but rather a software platform that matches customer demand with supply. This ruling changes all that, turning Uber into a transportation startup instead of a logistics software company. That puts the company in a position to face a number of legal obstacles, as well as rising costs of employing those drivers directly and offering them...
  • Republicans fear they will win ObamaCare court battle

    06/09/2015 11:13:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/09/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    Republicans in Congress are worried the Supreme Court will hand them a major headache this month if it rules against the federal health insurance exchanges in more than 30 states, ending subsidies for millions of people. While the Affordable Care Act remains broadly unpopular, two new polls show a majority of Americans don’t want to do away with its subsidies, a core component of the law. This poses a conundrum for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker John Boehner. They are under pressure from colleagues up for reelection in swing states and districts to extend the subsidies, at...
  • US Supreme Court upholds ban on gay conversion therapy

    05/04/2015 7:49:49 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 46 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 05/04/2015 | Lawrence Hurley
    The US Supreme Court on Monday left intact New Jersey's ban on counseling intended to change the sexual orientation of gay children. The court declined to hear a challenge to the law, meaning that a September ruling by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the ban is the final word on the matter. The appeals court said the ban, which Republican Governor Chris Christie signed into law in August 2013, did not violate the free speech or religious rights of counselors offering "gay conversion therapy" to convert homosexual minors into heterosexuals.
  • Bakers must pay $135,000 for refusing to make cake for gay wedding

    04/25/2015 4:35:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 104 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 25, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    The owners of an Oregon bakery learned Friday that there is a severe price to pay for following their Christian faith. A judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recommended a lesbian couple should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering after Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to make them a wedding cake. As a result - Aaron and Melissa Klein could lose everything they own — including their home. The Oregonian reports the recommended penalty is not final and could be raised or lowered by State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian. The controversy started in 2013...
  • Justice Dept.: Inmate’s gender condition should be treated

    04/03/2015 11:30:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 3, 2015 2:00 PM EDT | Kate Brumback
    The Justice Department says prison officials must treat an inmate’s gender identity condition just as they would treat any other medical or mental health condition. The department stated its position Friday in a court filing in the case of Ashley Diamond, a transgender woman. The Southern Poverty Law Center in February filed a lawsuit against Georgia Department of Corrections officials on Diamond’s behalf. The lawsuit says prison officials have failed to provide adequate treatment for Diamond’s gender dysphoria …
  • Judge orders California to pay for inmate's sex change

    04/03/2015 11:32:10 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 64 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 2, 2015 | Don Thompson
    A federal judge on Thursday ordered California's corrections department to provide a transgender inmate with sex reassignment surgery, the first time such an operation has been ordered in the state. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco ruled that denying the surgery to 51-year-old Michelle-Lael Norsworthy violates her constitutional rights. Her birth name is Jeffrey Bryan Norsworthy.
  • Mistrial in Jodi Arias Case After Jury Deadlocks on Sentence

    03/05/2015 9:35:50 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | 03/05/2015
    A judge declared a mistrial Thursday in the Jodi Arias sentencing case after a jury deadlocked on whether the convicted murderer should be executed or sent to prison for life for killing her lover in 2008. The decision removes the death penalty as an option and leaves the judge to sentence Arias to either life in prison or a life term with the possibility of release after 25 years.
  • Dems in Check: Ruling Clears Way for GOP to Defund Illegal Amnesty

    02/17/2015 10:08:44 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 29 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 2/17/15 | Daniel Horowitz
    Late Monday night, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen issued a preliminary injunction on every aspect of Obama’s November 20, 2014 executive amnesty pending the outcome of the lawsuit brought by 26 states against the Department of Homeland Security. This ruling makes the decision of Senate Democrats to filibuster a clean funding bill – one that funds all lawful aspects of the department – even more indefensible. Republicans should now go for the kill. The ruling itself was not on the underlying merits of the case, rather on the need to grant temporary relief in the likelihood that the states win...
  • Holder calls for halt to US executions

    02/17/2015 1:02:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 17, 2015 | Lydia Wheeler
    Attorney General Eric Holder called Tuesday for a national moratorium on the death penalty until the Supreme Court weighs in on the issue later this year. “Our system of justice is the best in the world. It is comprised of men and women who do the best they can, get it right more often than not, substantially more right than wrong. But there's always the possibility that mistakes will be made,” he said. “It is one thing to put somebody in jail for an extended period of time, have some new test that you can do and determine that person...
  • Judge Granade Pulls the Pin on Marriage

    02/15/2015 8:43:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2015 | Peter Sprigg
    Most of the media is blaming the current chaos in Alabama over whether same-sex couples will or will not be issued marriage licenses on Judge Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. However, it really should be laid at the feet of U.S. District Court Judge Callie V. S. Granade (pronounced, according to National Public Radio, like “grenade”). It was Granade’s January 23 decision to blow up Alabama’s one-man-one-woman definition of marriage which set events in motion. The decision by Granade (a George W. Bush appointee) is startling to read. For one thing, it is extraordinarily short—only 10...
  • High court upholds mom's conviction in faith-healing case

    02/14/2015 3:53:22 AM PST · by don-o · 15 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | February 13, 2015 | Jamie Satterfield
    Using a Loudon County case as a backdrop, the Tennessee Supreme Court on Friday upheld for the first time a parent’s right to choose faith over medicine — even if a child dies as a result. “This is a case of first impression,” Justice Gary R. Wade wrote in the court’s decision upholding the constitutionality of Tennessee’s Spiritual Treatment Exemption Act.
  • Plaintiffs in same-sex marriage case get $520,000 for legal fees

    01/29/2015 9:22:45 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 6 replies
    richmond.com ^ | 1-29-15 | RTD
    The state will pay the plaintiffs who successfully challenged the state’s ban on same-sex marriage $520,000 for their legal costs under a settlement the Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday. The law entitles the plaintiffs to recover their legal costs because they prevailed in the case. The plaintiffs’ claim for approximately $1.74 million in legal fees has been settled for a 70 percent reduction from their original claim, according to the Attorney General’s Office. The settlement lists four plaintiffs: Timothy B. Bostic and his partner Tony C. London and married couple Carol Schall and Mary Townley.
  • Federal judge strikes down gay-marriage ban in Alabama

    01/23/2015 8:13:42 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 39 replies
    AP ^ | Jan 23, 2015 9:59 PM (ET) | KIM CHANDLER
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama became the latest state to see its ban on gay marriage fall to a federal court ruling Friday, as the issue of same-sex marriage heads to the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Callie V.S. Granade ruled in favor of two Mobile women who sued to challenge Alabama's refusal to recognize their 2008 marriage performed in California. The ruling is the latest in a string of wins for advocates of marriage rights. Judges have also struck down bans in several other Southern states, including the Carolinas, Florida, Mississippi and Virginia. The U.S. Supreme Court announced this...
  • Federal Judge Strikes Down Alabama's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

    01/23/2015 4:38:39 PM PST · by Steelfish · 39 replies
    NBCNews ^ | January 23, 2015 | PETE WILLIAMS
    Federal Judge Strikes Down Alabama's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage BY PETE WILLIAMS A federal judge in Mobile, Alabama, on Friday struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, bringing the number of states that allow same-sex couples to marry to 37. "There has been no evidence presented that these marriage laws have any effect on the choices of couples to have or raise children, whether they are same-sex couples or opposite-sex couples. In sum, the laws in question are an irrational way of promoting biological relationships in Alabama," wrote Federal District Court Judge Callie V.S. Granade.
  • North Carolina City Ordered to Remove Memorial Featuring Soldier Kneeling before Cross

    01/13/2015 1:49:58 PM PST · by robowombat · 61 replies
    ChristianHeadlines.com ^ | Monday, January 12, 2015 | Carrie Dedrick
    North Carolina City Ordered to Remove Memorial Featuring Soldier Kneeling before Cross Carrie Dedrick | Editor, ChristianHeadlines.com | Monday, January 12, 2015 A city in North Carolina has removed a war memorial featuring the silhouette of a soldier kneeling before a cross after a group complained that the sculpture promoted Christianity. According to Fox News, a public park in King, North Carolina housed the statue which had been paid for privately. Americans United for Separation of Church and State sued the city on behalf of Afghanistan War veteran Steven Hewett who said that the memorial was not representative to others...
  • HOORAY! The Redskins just received amazing news (Awesome!)

    12/23/2014 4:59:13 AM PST · by Din Maker · 51 replies
    Huge news just broke which is a major defeat for the political correctness crowd. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rejected a petition which was seeking to stop the Washington Redskins from using their team name or face major fines. The 1st Amendment won! Sen. Harry Reid and 50 Senate Democrats have worked on a major campaign to stop the Redskins, even though their fans love the name and a vast majority of Native Americans (90%) don’t find the name to be offensive. This is awesome: The FCC on Thursday dismissed a petition filed by a professor claiming the Washington Redskins...
  • Supreme Court Sides With Police In 4th Amendment Case Arising from Officer’s ‘Mistake of Law’

    12/20/2014 11:11:53 PM PST · by Altariel · 23 replies
    Reason.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Damon Root
    In a decision issued this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the police in a case arising from an officer’s “mistake of law.” At issue in Heien v. North Carolina was a 2009 traffic stop for a single busted brake light that led to the discovery of illegal drugs inside the vehicle. According to state law at the time, however, motor vehicles were required only to have “a stop lamp,” meaning that the officer did not have a lawful reason for the initial traffic stop because it was not a crime to drive around with a single busted brake...
  • Duggars Win -- Transgender Bathroom Bill Overturned

    12/11/2014 10:27:46 AM PST · by PROCON · 18 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    A city ordinance in Fayetteville, Ark, dubbed the transgender bathroom bill because it allows biological males who claim they are females to use restroom facilities for women, was overturned on Tuesday, Dec. 9, largely because of the intense lobbying efforts of Michelle Duggar, the matriarch of the reality-TV show 19 Kids & Counting, carried by The Learning Channel.In Tuesday’s special election the rule, also called the Civil Rights Ordinance, was defeated: 7,523 votes to 7,040 votes, a 52% to 48% victory. In criticizing the ordinance, Mrs. Duggar had said that it affected “the safety of Northwest Arkansas women and children”...
  • Judge backpedals on controversial ruling in favor of Fort Worth mega church

    11/26/2014 5:14:19 AM PST · by Gamecock · 29 replies
    Cultrure Map Dallas ^ | 11.3.14 | Claire St. Amant
    Nearly two months after awarding a $100,000 life insurance policy to a Fort Worth mega church and not the deceased man's children, Denton County judge Robert Ramirez has had a change of heart — sort of. In a breathless order fraught with typos, Ramirez said he was "premature in granting a summary judgment" in favor of Birchman Baptist Church. Scarlette Rafferty Elliot and Sean Rafferty were the designated beneficiaries of their father's life insurance up until just 24 hours before his death. After meeting with Birchman senior pastor Bob Pearle on June 24, 2013, Sean C. Rafferty signed over his...
  • Supreme Court lifts hold on gay marriage in Kansas

    11/12/2014 6:50:13 PM PST · by Coronal · 102 replies
    KCTV 5 ^ | Nov 12, 2014 | Laura McCallister
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday that same-sex marriages can go ahead in Kansas. The nation's highest court denied the state's request to prevent gay and lesbian couples from marrying while Kansas fights the issue in court. The state constitution includes a provision banning gay marriage, approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2005.
  • Judges keeps same-sex marriage ban in Florida until Jan. 5

    11/06/2014 6:34:06 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 1 replies
    TampaBay.com ^ | 11/06/2014 | Steve Rothaus
    Same-sex couples in Florida will have to wait until next year to wed in the state after U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle on Wednesday ruled he would keep his stay in place until Jan. 5. (That day also happens to be the day the state's top opponents to lifting the ban, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Gov. Rick Scott, are inaugurated to their second terms.) “We are disappointed that the day in which all Florida families are treated with fairness and dignity under the law is not happening sooner, but that day is still coming,” said Daniel Tilley, an...
  • Breaking: Mississippi Supreme Court Rules for Cochran [my title]

    10/24/2014 3:41:51 PM PDT · by Lurking Libertarian · 134 replies
    Mississippi Supreme Court ^ | October 24, 2014 | Mississippi Supreme Court
    No news article to post-- the only article so far is in the Clarion-Ledger, which we can't post. But the Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed the lower court ruling that Chris McDaniel's challenge to Thad Cochran's primary win was filed too late. The Court's decision is here.
  • Puerto Rico's gay marriage ban upheld by [US] federal judge

    10/22/2014 4:54:50 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 23 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10/21/2014 | Lauren Raab
    Puerto Rico’s ban on same-sex marriage remains in place after a federal judge dismissed a challenge to the ban Tuesday, saying the U.S. Supreme Court established a precedent four decades ago. U.S. District Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez said in his decision that by dismissing an appeal in Baker vs. Nelson, a 1971 case in which two men sought to marry in Minnesota, the Supreme Court bound all lower courts to assume bans on same-sex marriage do not violate the Constitution. The high court could choose to overrule itself but has not, he said. Pérez-Giménez went on to say that legalizing...
  • Obama praises Supreme Court’s gay marriage orders

    10/20/2014 10:18:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 20, 2014 11:22 AM EDT
    President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court’s recent gay marriage orders may have the biggest impact of any ruling of his presidency. Obama told The New Yorker that the court’s Oct. 6 rejection of appeals from states seeking to preserve gay marriage bans is the best of his tenure. …
  • Supreme Court won’t touch foie gras ban (California’s ban)

    10/14/2014 12:22:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 14, 2014 9:41 AM EDT
    The Supreme Court is allowing California to continue enforcing a law that bans the sale of foie gras. The justices on Tuesday rejected a challenge to the law from producers of the delicacy in New York and Canada. …
  • Justice Kennedy blocks gay marriage ruling in Idaho, Nevada

    10/08/2014 7:47:30 AM PDT · by HOYA97 · 86 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/8/2014
    Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling that declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada. The order came minutes after Idaho on Wednesday filed an emergency request for an immediate stay. The state's request said that without a stay, state and county officials would have been required to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples at 10 a.m. EDT. Kennedy's order requested a response from the plaintiffs involved in Idaho's gay marriage lawsuit by the end of day Thursday. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada...
  • High court likely to allow Muslim inmate's beard

    10/07/2014 9:05:23 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 22 replies
    WTOP News ^ | 10/07/2014 | WTOP
    The Supreme Court appears likely to side with an Arkansas prison inmate who says his Muslim beliefs require him to grow a half-inch beard. The justices on Tuesday took up their first religious liberty case since the Hobby Lobby case bitterly divided them in June over whether family-owned corporations could mount religious objections to paying for women's contraceptives under the health care overhaul. There was no such division evident in the courtroom Tuesday as several justices were openly skeptical of arguments made by a lawyer for Arkansas in defense of a policy that allows mustaches for all inmates and a...
  • Missouri Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Granted Elsewhere, State Court Rules

    10/03/2014 8:21:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | October 3, 2014 | Chris Geidner
    The case was brought by 10 same-sex couples who are represented by the ACLU. Missouri must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples that were granted elsewhere, state Judge Dale Youngs ruled on Friday. “[T]o the extent these laws prohibit plaintiffs’ legally contracted marriages from other states from being recognized here, they are wholly irrational, do not rest upon any reasonable basis, and are purely arbitrary,” Youngs wrote. The ruling followed a hearing in September on the case, which was brought by 10 same-sex couples represented by the American Civil Liberties Union. “Missouri has finally recognized our couples’ marriages as being...
  • Robert McDonnell guilty of 11 corruption counts

    09/04/2014 12:15:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Matt Zapotosky and Rosalind S. Helderman
    A federal jury Thursday found former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of public corruption — sending a message that they believed the couple sold the office once occupied by Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson to a free spending Richmond businessman for golf outings, lavish vacations and $120,000 in sweetheart loans.
  • Federal judge upholds La. same-sex marriage ban

    09/03/2014 10:09:12 AM PDT · by xzins · 82 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 03, 2014 | AP
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages, as well as the state's refusal to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman's ruling Wednesday ...said gay marriage supporters failed to prove that the ban violates equal protection or due process provisions of the Constitution. Feldman agreed ...that states have the right to define marriage.
  • Supreme Court Puts Hold on Same-Sex Marriages in Virginia

    08/20/2014 12:21:51 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 75 replies
    Supreme Court Puts Hold on Same-Sex Marriages in Virginia WASHINGTON — Aug 20, 2014, 3:09 PM ET http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/ap-newsalert-25043930
  • Supreme Court Blocks Gay Marriage In Virginia

    <p>According to USA Today, on Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court blocked gay marriages from happening in the commonwealth, putting on hold the recent decision by the federal appeal’s court last month. That ruling ruled that the state’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.</p>
  • Supreme Court puts Virginia same-sex marriage ruling on hold

    08/20/2014 12:20:55 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/20/2014 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday stopped Virginia officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, putting on hold a lower court ruling that said the unions could start on Thursday. The court stayed a decision by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, which on July 28 agreed with a district judge’s ruling that Virginia’s ban is unconstitutional. The same panel last week declined to delay its ruling. But the Supreme Court stepped in after both defenders of the law and Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) asked for a stay. Herring believes the...
  • Court Ruling in Favor of IRS Shows why Tea Party Attorney must play Malik Obama Trump Card ...

    08/10/2014 3:56:47 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 12 replies
    shoebat.com/ ^ | Aug 9, 2014 | Ben Barrack
    This week, a judge in True the Vote (TTV) v. IRS granted a victory to the IRS when it rejected an attempt by the conservative Tea Party group to have the court appoint a forensics expert to find Lois Lerner’s missing emails and documents. The ruling demonstrates what kind of an uphill climb groups like TTV can expect to face as federal judges have become increasingly beholden to the federal government. The irony is there is a one-page document already in the public arena that would win TTV’s case but attorney Cleta Mitchell refuses to point to it. That document...
  • Broward County judge overturns Fla. same-sex marriage ban [Miami Media Thrilled]

    08/04/2014 1:34:57 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    Woman seeking dissolution of Vermont civil union not recognized in Fla. ....Because civil unions can only be dissolved when both individuals sign the requisite forms, Brassner sought to find Lade so that she can be married. .....
  • Circuit Court invalidates Obamacare subsidies

    07/22/2014 9:28:16 AM PDT · by alloysteel · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 22, 2014 | Rick Moran
    A surprising ruling from the notoriously liberal DC Circuit Court. By a 2-1 vote, judges ruled that the subsidies received by purchasing insurance through healthcare.gov website are invalid. In a potentially crippling blow to Obamacare, a federal appeals court panel declared Tuesday that government subsidies worth billions of dollars that helped 4.7 million people buy insurance on HealthCare.gov are illegal. A judicial panel in a 2-1 ruling said such subsidies can be granted only to those people who bought insurance in an Obamacare exchange run by an individual state or the District of Columbia — not on the federally run...
  • Judge tosses Sen. Ron Johnson’s Obamacare lawsuit

    07/22/2014 5:37:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/22/2014 | By JENNIFER HABERKORN
    A federal judge said Monday that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) cannot challenge the Obamacare policy that lawmakers and their staff obtain health insurance through the exchanges. The ruling could prove ominous for House Republicans as they prepare to file suit against the Obama administration, also against Obamacare. That suit would focus on a different issue, the president’s delay of the employer mandate. Judge William C. Griesbach, a George W. Bush appointee, said that Article III of the Constitution prevents Johnson’s lawsuit from moving forward and suggests that any remedy must come from Congress. He said that the Wisconsin Republican cannot...
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital to pay $190 million to settle suits over pelvic exam photos

    07/21/2014 11:43:54 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 8 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | July 21, 2014 | AP
    Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to a $190 million settlement with more than 8,000 patients of a gynecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped women's bodies in the examining room with a pen-like camera he wore around his neck, lawyers said Monday. Dr. Nikita Levy was fired in February 2013, days after an employee alerted hospital authorities about her suspicions. Levy committed suicide 10 days later. Investigators discovered roughly 1,200 videos and 140 images in his home. "All of these women were brutalized by this," said the women's lead attorney, Jonathan Schochor. "Some of these women needed counseling, they were sleepless,...
  • Justices Say Utah Doesn't Have to Recognize Gay Marriages

    07/18/2014 5:09:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 18, 2014 | By Adam Liptak
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday said Utah is not required to recognize the marriages of roughly 1,000 same-sex couples there while state officials pursue appeals. The court’s order was two sentences long and said only that a lower court’s ruling “is stayed pending the final disposition of the appeal” by the federal appeals court in Denver. Friday’s order came in a different case, one concerning the status of what the state calls “interim marriages,” meaning those entered into during that period in December and January when same-sex marriage was briefly allowed. The case seeking recognition of the 1,000...
  • Federal judge strikes down Kentucky’s ban on gay marriage

    07/01/2014 6:35:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/01/2014 | AllahPundit
    This is Noteworthy for three reasons. One: The judge is a Bush 41 appointee, nominated to the federal bench by, er, Mitch McConnell. Two: This decision doesn’t matter much on the ground because the Sixth Circuit, the federal appellate court with jurisdiction in Kentucky, is set to hear arguments on gay marriage on August 6th. They’re going to end up superseding this decision one way or the other in the next few months anyway.Three: Heyburn, the judge, went out of his way to make clear that he thinks this issue is a no-brainer. Usually when a court examines the...
  • Dems put court in their '14 cross hairs after contraception ruling

    07/01/2014 2:59:02 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/30/14 | Cameron Joseph
    Democrats are putting the Supreme Court in their cross hairs, using its decision against ObamaCare’s contraception mandate to rally their base ahead of the midterm elections. Within hours of the high court’s decision that closely held companies cannot be compelled to offer contraception coverage as part of their employee health plans, Democrats were trying to raise cash and rally voters to their side. Strategists said the issue of women’s reproductive health could play well in elections across the country, helping the party in contests that could largely be won and lost on turnout. “It could play in almost all of...
  • Ruth Ginsburg Slams Decision of ‘Startling Breadth’ in Hobby Lobby Dissent

    06/30/2014 11:23:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 112 replies
    Meidaite ^ | 06/30/2014 | by Evan McMurry
    In a strong dissent on the so-called Hobby Lobby case Monday morning, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sharply disagreed with the deciding justices in language so harsh Justice Anthony Kennedy felt the need to respond in his own concurring opinion. “In a decision of startling breadth, the Court holds that commercial enterprises, including corporations, along with partnerships and sole proprietorships, can opt out of any law (saving only tax laws) they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs,” Ginsburg wrote. “In the Court’s view, RFRA demands accommodation of a for-profit corporation’s religious beliefs no matter the impact that...