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Argentine Court Rules that an Orangutan Has (Some) Human Rights

An orangutan named Sandra has become the first non-human animal recognized as a person in a court of law. An Argentine appeals court declared on Friday that the 28-year-old great ape, who is owned by the Buenos Aires Zoo, is a "non-human person" who has been wrongfully deprived of her freedom. Show More Summary

North Carolina’s Outrageous Abortion Requirement Is Struck Down

A panel of the 4 th Circuit Court of Appeals voted today to strike down a highly controversial North Carolina law requiring doctors and ultrasound technicians to perform an ultrasound, display the image of the sonogram, and specifically...Show More Summary

Court Rules Women Aren’t Allowed to See Ultrasound of Baby Before Abortion

A federal appeals court issued a ruling today striking down a North Carolina law allowing women a chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn child before an abortion is done. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit struck down a North Carolina law requiring a 24-hour waiting period and informed consent of […]

Federal Court Blocks One Of The Country’s Most Condescending Abortion Laws

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit permanently struck down a forced ultrasound law in North Carolina. The post Federal Court Blocks One Of The Country’s Most Condescending Abortion Laws appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Requiring Abortion Doctors to Narrate Ultrasound Violates First Amendment, 4th Circuit Rules

3 days agoNews : Reason

A North Carolina law requiring physicians to perform an ultrasound, display the sonogram, and describe the fetus to women seeking abortions has been struck down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Because the intent ofShow More Summary

50 years ago today: Lenny Bruce was sentenced to "4 months in the workhouse."

He never served that sentence, however. He was free on bail pending the appeal, and he would have won that appeal, but he died, at the age of 40, before the court issued the opinion. Here's an excerpt from the trial court's unpublished opinion, with this 12-point list of Lenny Bruce Bruce's jokes, awkwardly retold judicial style:1. Show More Summary

Court Of Appeals Denies First Amendment Right Exists For Condom Use In California Pornography Industry

4 days agoNews : Jonathan Turley

By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor We previously discussed HERE the concern that condom requirements imposed upon the adult film industry would have a chilling effect on the First Amendment but a court challenge to the public health compelling interest of the state likely would prevail, a circuit court addressed such matters recently. The U.S. Ninth […]

Jodi Arias Revealed As Her Own Secret Witness At Sentencing Retrial

Court papers have revealed that Jodi Arias was allowed to secretly testify at her own sentencing hearing due to threats on her life, but the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled in November that the judge should have not closed the proceedings...Show More Summary

Judge Edwards on Rodell's Goodbye to Law Reviews

Harry T. Edwards (Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit), Another Look at Professor Rodell's Goodbye to Law Reviews, 100 Va. L. Rev. 1483 (2014): I am not advocating a return to the narrow-minded, provincial doctrinal scholarship that Professor Rodell singled out for criticism. My hope is...

'Cruel and Unusual Punishment' of the Entire Trans Community

Court cases generally deal with individuals, though on occasion class actions encompass many more. A recent First Circuit Court of Appeals decision regarding one trans woman, Michelle Kosilek, serving a life sentence for murder in a Massachusetts men's prison, was decided 3-2 on appeal on a claim brought under the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Show More Summary

Pam Bondi Has The Florida Sadz

6 days agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

"Tonight, the United States Supreme Court denied the State’s request for a stay in the case before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Regardless of the ruling it has always been our goal to have uniformity throughout Florida until the final resolution of the numerous challenges to the voter-approved constitutional amendment on marriage. Show More Summary

Pro-life blog buzz 12-19-14

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli Bound4Life is praying for a pro-life start to 2015, and asks others to do the same as two important cases will come before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals: Both Arkansas...Show More Summary

Wyoming Republicans Lash Out At GOP Governor Matt Mead For Not Appealing Gay Marriage Ruling

6 days agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Back in October, Republican Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead declined to appeal a federal district judge's ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban. Mead recognized that since the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Wyoming, had struck down...

Federal Appeals Court Overturns Ban on Gun Ownership by People Who Have Been Involuntarily Committed

6 days agoNews : Reason

Yesterday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled hat the federal ban on gun possession by anyone who has ever been "committed to a mental institution" violates the Second Amendment. This seems to be the first time a federal appeals court has overturned any of the disqualifications for gun ownership imposed by the Gun Control Act of 1968. Show More Summary

New Trial for Man Who Video Recorded Own “Self-Defense” Shooting

A Texas Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for a Houston man, Raul Rodriguez, convicted in 2012 of murder for the shooting death of a neighbor, Kelly Danaher, in 2010, on the grounds of defective jury instructions on self-defense, according

Hedge Fund Manager’s Ex-Wife Has Thought It Over, Is Fine With $531 Million Settlement

A $531 million divorce judgment in a case that has riveted Britain appears poised to stand after the ex-wife of a hedge fund manager said she would not appeal the decision. In late November, a London high court judge ordered Chris Hohn,...Show More Summary

Court of Appeals Rules In Favor of Compulsory Condom Use In L.A. Adult Films

last weekLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

A panel of judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Measure B, the Los Angeles county ordinance mandating condom use by adult performers on set, does not violate the adult film industry’s First Amendment rights....

Appeals Court Finds Gun Ban for Committed Man Unconstitutional

In the first legal ruling of its type, a federal appeals court in Cincinnati on Thursday deemed unconstitutional a federal law that kept a Michigan man who was briefly committed to a mental institution decades ago from owning a gun.

Lawyer Won't Have to Pay Up After Issuing $1 Million Challenge on TV

Appeals court says "offer" made on NBC's "Dateline" was merely a figure of speech read more

Prison Guards' Overtime Suit Dismissed, Despite Novel Arguments

The Sixth Circuit today batted away a labor suit brought by the Michigan Corrections Organization, a union of prison correction officers, against the Michigan Department of Corrections. The federal appeals court had no trouble affirming the district court's dismissal for absence of a cognizable federal claim. It took the time,......

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