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Atheists are Not Patriots

A main argument that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals uses to argue that the Pledge of Allegiance, with the text "under God", is constitutional is grounded on the claim that it is a patriotic exercise. Ninth Circuit upholds Pledge of...Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Court Appeal Set After General Election

4 years agoTechnology / Internet : Crenk

In April 2009, all four defendants in the Pirate Bay trial were found guilty and sentenced to one year in prison and a fines of $905,000 each. The defense didn’t accept the decision, and went on to file for an appeal. Their appeal is now expected to head to the Court of Appeal on 28 September [...]

Inclusion of God in Pledge of Allegiance Upheld in Federal Appeals Court

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, March 11, 2010 ( -- The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the words "one nation under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance "do not violate the Establishment Clause" of the First Amendment to the Constitution.   The...

Court Upholds 'Under God' In Pledge Of Allegiance

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court in San Francisco upheld the use of the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and "In God We Trust" on U.S. currency, rejecting arguments on Thursday that the phrases violate the separation of church and state. The 9th U.S. Show More Summary

Court Upholds 'Under God' in Pledge of Allegiance

A federal appeals court in San Francisco today upheld the use of the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and "In God We Trust" on US currency. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals panel rejected two legal challenges by Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow, who claimed the references...

PLEDGE NEWS: Divided appeals court rules Pledge of Allegiance doesn’t violate Constitution….

PLEDGE NEWS: Divided appeals court rules Pledge of Allegiance doesn’t violate Constitution.

Divided appeals court rules Pledge of Allegiance doesn't violate Constitution

A divided federal appeals court Thursday reversed itself, ruling that the Pledge of Allegiance doesn’t violate the constitutional prohibition against state-mandated religious exercise even though it contains the phrase “one nation under God.” The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals...

Bank v. U.S.: Where Is the Press?

Ira Stoll submits: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit handed down an opinion yesterday in a case known as Bank v. U.S. The opinion, by Judge William Bryson, a Clinton appointee who clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall, is remarkable for its account of how the government went back on a deal it made with a bank. Show More Summary

European Court of Human Rights Will Hear Italian Crucifix Appeal

By Hilary WhiteSTRASBOURG, March 10, 2010 ( - The European Court of Human Rights has agreed to hear an appeal of its ruling that Italy must ban crucifixes from public school classrooms. The court has agreed to hear the case in the Grand Chamber, with the full panel of justices....

Good News From Mississippi

4 years agoNews : Reason

Some positive developments this week in two ongoing Mississippi stories I've been covering. First, the Mississippi Court of Appeals has rejected the state's motion for a rehearing in the Cory Maye case. Maye was convicted of capital murder for killing a police officer who broke into his home during a 2001 drug raid. Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Court Appeal Set For Just After General Election

The four individuals convicted in The Pirate Bay trial have a preliminary date for their appeals. Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundstrom will head to the Court of Appeal on 28 September. This date is already being claimed as politically motivated, falling as it does just after Sweden's parliamentary elections.

Federal Circuit Judge Kathleen O'Malley

The White House today announced that Judge Kathleen (Kate) O’Malley (N.D.Ohio) is the nominee to fill the empty judgeship position on the twelve-member Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The position was previously filled by Judge Schall. Chief Judge...

Forest Roads Rule: U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals To Hear Arguments in Wyoming Lawsuit

DENVER — Lawyers for the state of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association say a 2001 federal rule banning construction of new roads on National...

Fox smears appeals court nominee as "biased in favor of sex offenders"

Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson stated that appeals court nominee Judge Robert Chatigny "gained notoriety" for "fight[ing] the execution of convicted serial killer and rapist Michael Ross," adding that "[s]ome are concerned he...Show More Summary

Azerbaijan: “Ordinary people with extraordinary talent”

Flying Carpets and Broken Pipelines comments on today's appeal court ruling upholding the sentencing of video blogging youth activists Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli. Adopted as prisoners of conscience by Amnesty International, the blog posts two video tributes and says that both men are “ordinary people with extraordinary talent” and that “their creativeness has no [...]

The Supreme Court Takes Bruesewitz v. Wyeth: Is There Justice for Vaccine Injury Victims?

By Mary Holland, Esq. and Jim Moody, Esq. On March 8, the Supreme Court voted to hear Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, an appeal from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court will decide whether a vaccine-injured child has the... ...

Arizona Pro-Life Advocates File Appeal in Case Involving Law Limiting Abortions

Phoenix, AZ ( -- An Arizona pro-life legal group has filed an appeal in a case in state court filed by abortion advocates seeking to stop a set of pro-life laws designed to reduce abortions. Meanwhile, abortion advocates have dropped their companion federal lawsuit challenging the same legislation.

Late Night: Phelps and Free Speech

The United States Supreme Court has said it would consider an appeal from the father of a slain Marine who hopes to reinstate a $5 million verdict against Fred Phelps' Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church. At issue are rights of free speech versus the right of privacy. Show More Summary

An Unusual Exclusionary Rule Case

Wilson v. State, decided March 3 by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (the highest Texas court for criminal matters), involved two Texas statutes. The first is a Texas statutory exclusionary rule (Tex. Code Crim. Proc. § 38.23), first enacted in 1925: No evidence obtained by an officer or other person in violation of any [...]

Does the Presence of a Licensed Firearm Create A Threat to Officer Safety Justifying a Search?

No, says the Indiana Court of Appeals in Washington v. State. Correct, I think: The Supreme Court has repeatedly said that the standard for a Terry frisk is whether the officer reasonably suspects the person is “armed and dangerous.” “Armed” alone shouldn’t be enough, although of course in many cases the two will [...]

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