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Mississippi Calls on 5th Cir. to Intervene in 'Religious Liberty' Dispute

Mississippi's governor and its executive director of the state's Department of Human Services are asking the Fifth Circuit to stay a federal court's preliminary injunction against the state's Religious Liberty Accommodations Act, known as HB 1523. That law seeks to protect opponents of gay marriage in both public and......

Texas Voter ID Law Deemed Unconstitutional by 5th Circuit

The Fifth Circuit has just ruled that a Texas law requiring persons to produce a government-issued ID before casting their ballots is discriminatory and is in violation of the Voting Rights Act, according to Reuters. What is most surprising is that this circuit court is generally known to be one......

5CA Would Do Anything For the GOP, But They Won’t Do That

It is not easy to pass a statute so egregiously discriminatory the Fifth Circuit won’t uphold it. But Texas managed to pull it off: Texas’ law, and the similar ones being enacted by other state legislatures, are not just bad public policy — they also run afoul of federal law. While the Roberts court struck […]

Why a Loss on NC Voter ID Would Look Like a Win in Texas

Just a short note to point out how the goalposts have moved. Plaintiffs in the Texas voter id case yesterday were claiming victory after the Fifth Circuit en banc held that Texas’s strict voter id law violated Section 2 of … Continue reading ?

Morning Docket: 07.21.16

The Fifth Circuit, sitting en banc, rules that Texas's voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act by having discriminatory effects on minority voters (but remands on the issue of discriminatory purpose). [How Appealing] It appears that yes, Roger Ailes is on his way out at Fox News -- thanks in part to the work of lawyers from Paul, Weiss. Show More Summary

Is the Texas Voter ID Law Headed Back to the Supreme Court?

An en banc Fifth Circuit ruled against Texas's controversial voter ID law today, affirming a district court opinion that found the law, known as SB 14, to have a discriminatory effect on minority voting rights in violation of the Voting Rights Act. The ruling came just in time as......

Government Turns to History to Call for Immigration Rehearing

When the Supreme Court deadlocked on President Obama's immigration reform plan, it marked a major defeat for the president. The four-to-four tie left in place a Fifth Circuit ruling halting Obama's immigration reforms, essentially bringing an end to a program that would have prevented the deportation of millions of......

Appeals Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law As Violation Of Voting Rights Act

A controversial voter ID law in Texas violates a section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The Fifth Circuit Court struck down the law that civil rights said aimed to racially discriminate and...Show More Summary

Appeals Court Rules Texas’ Draconian Voter ID Law Is Illegal

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled on Wednesday that Texas’ draconian voter ID act, known as SB 14, is illegal under federal law. In her majority opinion for the court, Judge Catharina Haynes wrote that SB 14 violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and thus cannot be enforced in the coming election. Show More Summary

A Victory For Voting Rights in Texas

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals strikes down the state’s strict voter-ID law.

BREAKING: Texas’ Voter ID Law Struck Down By An Extraordinarily Conservative Appeals Court

This is a victory for voting rights, but not a total one. Nevertheless, given the Fifth Circuit’s conservatism, it is a surprising decision. And no doubt a welcome one for voting rights supporters. The post BREAKING: Texas’ Voter ID Law Struck Down By An Extraordinarily Conservative Appeals Court appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Two Big Election Law Decisions Out of Texas are Pending…..And More from Other States

The federal challenge to Texas’s strict voter identification law is pending before the entire Fifth Circuit sitting en banc.  The Supreme Court set a soft July 20 deadline for a decision—after that the Court has invited plaintiffs to seek immediate … Continue reading ?

5th Circuit: No Fundamental Right to Machine Guns Under 2nd Amendment

According to the Fifth Circuit, citizens do not have a fundamental right to own or possess machine guns under the Bill of Rights. It's a blow to Rambo and Commando fans nationwide. The case of Hollis v. ATF might very well be the next case to draw a line in......

SCOTUS Ends Texas's Abortion Clinic Restrictions. What's Next?

The Supreme Court ended its most recent term with a bang on Monday, reversing the Fifth Circuit and declaring that Texas's restrictions on abortion providers constituted an undue burden on a woman's access to abortion, in violation of the Constitution. In Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, the Court rejected......

In a Major Victory for Abortion Rights, the Supreme Court Declares Texas' HB2 Unconstitutional 

On Monday, in a five to three decision, the Supreme Court reversed the Fifth Circuit court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt. The Court ruled that Texas’s HB2, an omnibus abortion bill that restricted access to reproductive services, is unconstitutional. Justice Breyer wrote the majority opinion. Read more...

Supreme Court Deadlocked on Federal Immigration Plan, Leaving Millions to Fear Deportation

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal's ruling blocking President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive action on immigration remains in place. The post Supreme Court Deadlocked on Federal Immigration Plan, Leaving Millions to Fear Deportation appeared first on Rewire.

The Supreme Court just ruled in favor of affirmative action in college admissions

The US Supreme Court affirmed the Fifth Circuit's opinion in the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case, ruling that the "race-conscious admissions program in use at the time" is lawful under the Equal Protection Clause of theShow More Summary

Court Will Decide Whether Printing Guns is Speech

The issue of whether sharing plans to 3D-print guns is protected speech is the focus of a case heard by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans today. Open source gun printing activist Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed has spent over $1 million suing the State Department. Show More Summary

This week in the war on voting: Husted lies on ACLU support; Fifth Circuit hears Texas voter ID case

2 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Welcome to the latest edition in our war on voting series. This is a joint project of  Joan McCarter and Meteor Blades.  The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals took up the strict Texas voter ID law at a hearing Tuesday.  The law in question was first put forth in 2011. Show More Summary

Vote in Texas with a gun permit? Sure! All you have is a student ID? Sorry, you can't vote

2 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals began hearing ?a case Tuesday on the legality of the Texas voter ID law. It’s viewed as the most restrictive such law in the nation and the circuit court’s ruling could have impacts well beyond theShow More Summary

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