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North Dakota Abortion Law Overturned by Judge

North Dakota Abortion Law Overturned by Judge

By Brian Powell April 16, 2014

Last year, North Dakota’s Republican-led legislature and governor signed into law what abortion rights advocates called the most restrictive law against abortion in the United States. The law, referred to as the fetal heartbeat law, called for the outlaw of …

Same-Sex Marriage Blocked In Utah, Appeal Pending Same-Sex Marriage Blocked In Utah, Appeal Pending

Who didn’t see this coming? Following a surprise ruling that led to same-sex marriage being legalized in the state of Utah on December 20th, the Supreme Court has now put a hold on any new unions. A federal appeals court …

Canada's Supreme Court Lifts Anti-Prostitution Laws Canada's Supreme Court Lifts Anti-Prostitution Laws
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Sex workers in Canada are celebrating after the country‚Äôs highest court unanimously struck down three anti-prostitution laws. In their landmark 9-0 ruling, the nine judges deemed that bans against owning and visiting brothels, publicly soliciting for sex and living off …

New Mexico Supreme Court Rules For Marriage Equality New Mexico Supreme Court Rules For Marriage Equality
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The New Mexico Supreme Court has made a landmark decision regarding marriage equality. The panel of five judges ruled that same-sex marriages were legal across the state. An excerpt of the decision reads: We conclude that although none of New …

Federal Judge Rules Against NSA Spying Program Federal Judge Rules Against NSA Spying Program
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In perhaps the most startling decision handed down by the federal court system in quite some time, Judge Richard J. Leon of the District of Columbia ruled that the National Security Agency’s practice of gathering and collecting phone metadata (numbers …

Kamala Harris Against Corporate Religious Claims Kamala Harris Against Corporate Religious Claims
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Attorney General Kamala Harris is in the middle of the battle between corporations and their religious freedoms, and the administration and its Affordable Care act. She previously filed a request for the Supreme Court to review whether for-profit businesses can …

NSA Supreme Court Ruling: Spying Will Continue NSA Supreme Court Ruling: Spying Will Continue
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The Electronic Privacy Information Center, also known as EPIC, skipped lower federal courts and took their petition against the NSA straight to the Supreme Court. They claimed that a secret federal court improperly authorized the government to collect electronic records …

Oklahoma Ultrasound Case: Law Remains Struck Down Oklahoma Ultrasound Case: Law Remains Struck Down

NewsOK.com, along with Reuters and the AP, report that the U.S. Supreme Court declined any review of a 2012 Oklahoma Supreme Court decision to strike down the law that forced any woman who wanted to abort their fetus to be …

Supreme Court could hear the ‘Boobies’ Bracelet case Supreme Court could hear the ‘Boobies’ Bracelet case
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The case between two teenage girls and a Pennsylvania school district may soon be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. The case began in 2010 when Brianna Hawk and Kayla Martinez, now 14 and 15, were suspended from school for …

Arizona and Kansas Exploit Supreme Court Loophole Arizona and Kansas Exploit Supreme Court Loophole
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Earlier this year, the Supreme Court struck down an Arizona law that required voters to present proof of their United States citizenship in order to vote in local as well as federal elections. The New York Times reports that Arizona …

EPIC Wants SCOTUS To Rule On NSA Phone Spying EPIC Wants SCOTUS To Rule On NSA Phone Spying

Are the NSA’s spy programs unconstitutional? One group hopes to convince the Supreme Court that at least one of them is. The Hill reports that the Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, is planning to file an emergency petition before …

Supreme Court: You Can't Patent Human Genes Supreme Court: You Can't Patent Human Genes

Can you patent genes? That very question was before the Supreme Court not too long ago, and now the highest court in the land has made its decision. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court today ruled that human genes …

Supreme Court Upholds First-Sale Doctrine Supreme Court Upholds First-Sale Doctrine

Does the first-sale doctrine apply to items bought overseas? That was the question before the Supreme Court in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. It was an extremely important case that bode poorly for the consumer if the Court …

Tech Companies Join to Back Same-Sex Marriage Tech Companies Join to Back Same-Sex Marriage

On March 26th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry, in which the respondents will broadly argue that state laws banning same-sex marriage (like California’s Prop 8 ) are unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of …

Justice Sonia Sotomayor Allows Contraceptive Mandate Justice Sonia Sotomayor Allows Contraceptive Mandate
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an in-chambers opinion denying Hobby Lobby Stores Inc an injunction it had requested to prevent a birth control mandate from beginning on January 1. The mandate is part of the 2010 Patient Protection …

The Supreme Court Doesn't Care About Your Privacy The Supreme Court Doesn't Care About Your Privacy

After the September 11 terrorist attacks, the government began to implement programs that would “protect” the country and its citizens from future attacks. One of those plans was an amendment to FISA that would allow warrantless wiretapping of American citizens. …

Oklahoma Execution Carried Out as Scheduled Oklahoma Execution Carried Out as Scheduled
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The execution of an Oklahoma death row inmate took place as planned at 6:00 pm on Tuesday. According to an Associated Press (AP) report, the inmate, Michael Hooper, had tried to escape his death sentence by challenging Oklahoma’s lethal injection …