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Judge Abdul K. Kallon: From Sierra Leone to a Shot at the 11th Circuit

U.S. District Judge Abdul K. Kallon, a Sierra Leone native who moved to America in 1980, was nominated by President Barack Obama to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Appeals Court Upholds Warner Bros.' Superman Rights

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has sided again with Warner Bros. and DC Comics in the long-running feud over the rights to Superman.

Authors Guild Appeals Google Books Ruling To US Supreme Court

“In 2013, US circuit judge Denny Chin dismissed an authors’ lawsuit against Google, saying its scanning of the books, and the ‘snippets’ of text it makes available to users, constituted fair use,” and in 2015, an appeals court agreed. “The American writers’ body is now asking the supreme court to hear its case, with a […]

Court Says 10 Weeks Of Warrantless Surveillance Is Perfectly Constitutional

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

How long can the government surveill your property without a warrant? According to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, pretty much indefinitely. Rocky Houston appeals his conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm in violation of 18 U.S.C. Show More Summary

This Federal Appeals Court's Ruling Put a Dent in Police Officers' 'Qualified Immunity' Defense

The First Circuit ruling affirms accountability for wrongful police killings. This piece originally appeared at Privacy SOS, a project of the ACLU of Massachusetts.  A police officer is not immune from accountability after he points a gun at a non-threatening person, with his finger on the trigger and the safety off, and accidentally fires. Show More Summary

Yes, Cops Can Spy on Your Front Door for 10 Weeks Without a Warrant

5 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Today, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling in United States v. Rocky Joe Houston, which challenged whether evidence from a camera pointed at Houston’s home for ten weeks without a warrant was admissible. It is. Read more...

Appeals Court Tells City It Can't Use Its Terribly-Written Zoning Laws To Censor Speech

5 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Here's a fun free speech win from the 4th Circuit Appeals Court. Well, it's at least a fun read, especially when the judges go after the city of Norfolk's highly-questionable claim that its completely inconsistent zoning statute isn't loaded with content-based restrictions. Show More Summary

Fundamental Right To Own MSR Weapons

Huffington Post is reporting that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said: Maryland’s prohibition on what the court called “the vast majority of semi-automatic rifles commonly kept by several million American citizens” amounted to a violation of their rights under the Constitution. Show More Summary

Gun Control: Maryland Assault Weapons Ban Overturned — U.S. Supreme Court Case To Put Liberals In A ‘Panic’?

A major gun control law has been shot down, with the Maryland assault weapons ban being overturned by a panel of judges in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Based upon the decision of the judges, banning assault weapons violated the core of the Second Amendment, an interpretation heavily endorsed by the... Show More Summary

Judge orders two North Carolina congressional districts redrawn due to racial gerrymandering

last weekNews : The Raw Story

Two of North Carolina’s congressional districts were racially gerrymandered in a 2011 redistricting and must be redrawn within two weeks, a U.S. appeals court panel ruled on Friday. The order written by Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Roger Gregory bars elections in the majority black...

Ownership Of “Assault Weapons” Is A Constitutional Right Says Appeals Court

In a stunning victory for the Constitution, the 4th Circuit says the Second Amendment is actually a right. The dissent will leave you breathless... The post Ownership Of “Assault Weapons” Is A Constitutional Right Says Appeals Court appeared first on RedState.

Texas Vs. Women’s Reproductive Rights

The Supreme Court has been asked to review a June 2015 ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which upheld a law that would bolt the doors to 3/4 of the abortion clinics in Texas. This would leave the state’s women, in an area of 268,820 square miles, without ready access to abortion that was “safe and legal.”

Arizona v. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

The Grand Canyon state wants a divorce from the largest of the federal appellate jurisdictions—but is that the right solution to its problems?

Fraudster’s Conviction Affirmed in Foreclosure Rescue Scheme

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, Massachusetts affirmed Michael Prieto‘s New Hampshire conviction and 72 month sentence for committing mail fraud by organizing and managing a fraudulent mortgage rescue scheme.  Prieto’s crime grew out of the mortgage crisis in the mid and late 2000s and involved defrauding distressed homeowners […]

Court: Lifelong GPS Tracking of Sex Offenders Is OK

It's perfectly constitutional to require some convicted sex offenders to wear a GPS tracker all day, every day, for the rest of their lives. That's per the Seventh Circuit federal appeals court, which ruled Friday on the case of Michael Belleau. He was convicted in 1992 of sexually assaulting a...

Sleepwalking murder conviction overturned over lack of sleep test

A federal appeals court has overturned a California man's assault conviction after he went to trial without undergoing a sleep study to bolster his contention that he had been sleepwalking. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday the failure to have Yun Liao undergo a sleep test left...

Arizona Republicans Want out of Ninth Circuit

A secession movement is brewing inside the nation's largest federal appeals court.

Arizona Wants To Secede From The U.S. Court That Has Long Been Its Home

2 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Arizona wants to secede. Not from the United States, but from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the federal appellate court with jurisdiction over the state and a host of civil, criminal and immigration cases within its borders. Show More Summary

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Demand Response: A Boon To Smart Grid

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a decision of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that had vacated FERC Order 745. Well, that summary sounds pretty boring, doesn’t it?Except, if you live in the world of electricity, smart grids, batteries EVs, and energy efficiency, it’s not. In fact, it is pretty exciting. Because, at its heart, the ruling […]

P2P Networks Don't Have a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy

The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed several criminal counts in a child pornography that centered around reasonable expectation of privacy to a peer-to-peer network. Although the defendant attempted to defend himself pro se, his "several garbled motions" on sovereign citizen theory were not enough to convince the......

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