Judicial Branch

New York Federal District Judge blocks military law permitting indefinite detention

September 13, 2012

“Journalists and activists claim the law impedes free speech, and could be used against them.”

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Mexican Drug Cartel Senior Advisor Eduardo Arellano Felix extradited from Mexico to the United States

August 31, 2012

“Arellano Felix, 55, arrived in the United States and will make an initial court appearance Tuesday in San Diego on charges of narcotics trafficking, racketeering and money laundering, said Laura Duffy, the U.S. attorney in San Diego.”

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Federal Court rejects Texas’ Voter ID Law

August 30, 2012

“A three-judge panel in Washington ruled Thursday that the law imposes “strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor” and noted that racial minorities in Texas are more likely to live in poverty.”

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Sixteen members of an Ohio Amish Sect accused of violating U.S. Hate Crime Laws

August 28, 2012

“The defendants are accused of violating U.S. hate crime laws by cutting the hair and beards of detractors, a humiliating reprimand for the devout.”

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Federal Appeals Court allows Texas to defund Planned Parenthood

August 22, 2012

“The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans lifted a federal judge’s temporary injunction that called for the funding to continue pending an October trial on Planned Parenthood’s challenge to the law.”

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Lawyers: Judge should toss out a lawsuit seeking to stop the display of a cross-shaped steel beam at the 9/11 Memorial

August 15, 2012

“They said the display of the cross among 1,000 artifacts, photos, oral histories and videos is no different from the showing of hundreds of religious paintings routinely displayed at government-supported art museums.”

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Facebook and the ACLU file amicus briefs with Virginia’s Federal Appeals Court arguing that the First Amendment protects ‘Facebook Likes’

August 9, 2012

“”The First Amendment protects expression, whether through actual words or through symbolic speech,” the ACLU brief stated, supporting the appeal. “By ‘Liking’ the Facebook page of the sheriff’s political opponents, plaintiffs were expressing their political opinion.”"

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Supporters of California’s Proposition 8 have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule the Federal Appeals Court Ruling

August 1, 2012

“If the high court declines to take the case, it would clear the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California.”

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U.S. Senate Filibuster by Republicans blocks the confirmation of an Oklahoma Circuit Court Judge who had bipartisan support

July 31, 2012

“Robert Bacharach’s nomination to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was filibustered because of an unwritten rule that says a party may block a judicial nominee when it believes the White House will change hands.”

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#DrudgeRetort — Drudge twists Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s words to induce Second Amendment-related panic

July 30, 2012

Instead, Scalia merely addressed the obvious possibility, given the structure and nature of American laws, the United States Constitution and the Supreme Court, that sometime in the future the Supreme Court may hear cases pertaining to either gun rights or the Second Amendment.

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Federal Judge overseeing a Somali Pirate Case assails the Prosecution for “inexcusable behavior”

July 24, 2012

“The judge also ruled that for the other piracy count, the government would have to prove that Ali “intentionally facilitated acts of piracy while he was on the high seas” — and not in Somalia’s territorial waters.”

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Venture Capital Firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers loses its bid for arbitration in a discrimination lawsuit

July 23, 2012

“Kleiner Perkins lost its best hope of limiting the damage from a high-profile employment lawsuit Friday when a San Francisco judge declined to send the case to arbitration.”

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Federal Judge paves the way for a Mosque to open in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

July 22, 2012

“The U.S. Justice Department and the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro filed separate lawsuits this week, arguing that Rutherford County officials violated federal laws when they denied requests for a final inspection and certificate of occupancy for the mosque.”

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7 States continue with a lawsuit to block the ObamaCare contraception mandate

July 13, 2012

“The states suiting are Florida, Michigan, [Nebraska], Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas.”

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Lawsuits challenging Alabama’s and Georgia’s anti-illegal immigration laws back in the Federal Appeals Court

July 8, 2012

“Alabama conceded that parts of its law similar to the Arizona statute were blocked by the Supreme Court decision while saying other sections should be allowed to take effect, including a provision that requires public schools to check students’ citizenship status.”

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