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What RFRA Hath Wrought-Part 2

30 minutes agoNews : Jonathan Turley

By Mike Appleton, Weekend Contributor “Those situations in which the Court may require special treatment on account of religion are, in my view, few and far between, and this view is amply supported by the course of constitutional litigation in this area.” -Sherbert v. Verner, 374 U.S. 398, 423 (1963) (Harlan, J., dissenting) Were Maurice […]

Tennis umpire's false arrest lawsuit against LAPD is dismissed

A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a tennis umpire against the Los Angeles Police Department and county coroner's office alleging she was falsely arrested and wrongfully accused of bludgeoning her husband to death with a coffee cup.

George Lucas to Build Hundreds Of Low Income Homes In Millionaire Neighborhood After Neighbors Blocked Him From Building a Studio

Filmmaker George Lucas is courting controversy by proposing to welcome hundreds of low-income families into his neighborhood filled with luxurious houses, according to a report from the Daily Mail. His

The plot thickens on 'Orphan Black'

Tatiana Maslany in BBC America's 'Orphan Black' About two years ago, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously biotech companies could not patent human genes. However, the court made a distinction between DNA that occurs in nature and synthetic DNA created in a laboratory. Show More Summary

Clippers aim to match the model San Antonio Spurs are built on

2 hours agoHealth : Booster Shots

There's a word for it, whenever DeAndre Jordan is ducking under the basket and J.J. Redick is circling the court and the Clippers are zipping the ball from player to player in search of the best possible scoring option.

Former US Marine Charged With Panama Murder

A California man has been charged in federal court with the 2011 murder of his girlfriend who went missing shortly after the couple moved to Panama, where her body turned up in the jungle two years later.

Congress nearing agreement on Patriot Act reauthorization legislation

Some provisions of the Patriot Act, including Section 215 which the FISA court has interpreted to allow the government to collect the phone records of virtually every person in the United States, are up for renewal this spring with a June deadline. Show More Summary

US State OKs Execution Method That’s Been Banned for Animal Euthanasia

Oklahoma has approved the use of nitrogen gas asphyxiation for the administration of the death penalty in case the US Supreme Court finds lethal injections - plagued by recent botched executions - to be unconstitutional.

A Ticking Clock Threatens Obama's Immigration Plan

4 hours agoNews : The Two-Way

A New Orleans federal appeals court case may determine whether the President can implement his immigration plan before his term is up.

Court rescinds sealing order on Pasadena shooting report excerpts

Following objections from newspaper attorneys, an appellate court on Friday reversed its previous order to seal a court filing that included excerpts of a critical report on an officer-involved-shooting in Pasadena.

Watch: Video shows Suge Knight apparently hitting men with pickup truck

4 hours agoNews / Crime : Crimesider

A Los Angeles court released video Friday of Marion "Suge" Knight in which the rapper allegedly runs over two men with his pickup truck.

Court upholds Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance

5 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Good As You

Finding that the anti-LGBT petitioners fell short of the signatures needed to put it on the ballot, Houston's much politicized equal rights ordinance is now law. Mayor Parker is overjoyed: The law will protect LGBT Houston from discrimination in city...

In Canada, Government Prayer Ban is Already Being Tested

A couple of days ago, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that the city of Saguenay in Quebec could not have Catholic prayers at meetings (as was tradition). While the decision was a welcome one, it was also narrow, applying only to Saguenay. What about other cities with religious invocations?Well, one mayor is already testing the law by saying he ain't getting rid of his prayers:

Oklahoma adopts nitrogen gas as possible execution method

5 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Oklahoma may use nitrogen gas as an alternative execution method if the U.S. Supreme Court finds the state’s lethal injection process unconstitutional or drugs are unavailable, under a bill Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed on Friday. Oklahoma’s adoption of nitrogen gas follows...

Video released of "Suge" Knight running over 2 men

5 hours agoNews / Crime : Crimesider

Video was released by an L.A. court after judge determined the former rap mogul should stand trial for murder and attempted murder

Man charged with murder in Census Bureau shooting

The 48-year-old man who police said abducted his girlfriend from Northeast Washington and then fatally shot a security guard at the U.S. Census Bureau was charged on Friday with murder in U.S. District Court in Maryland.Read full article >>

Sen. Ron Johnson thinks Wisconsinites who have Obamacare insurance are moochers

Dumb as a box of rocks or a bag of hammers? One of 2016's most vulnerable Republican senators, who also happens to be one of the Senate's dumbest, is worried about how the Supreme Court might be hurting his chances for re-election if...Show More Summary

Dutch Citizens Are Taking Their Government To Court Over Climate Change

6 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

A group of Dutch citizens headed to court this week in a bold effort to hold their government accountable for its inaction over climate change. The case, which opened at The Hague on Tuesday, was first filed by the Urgenda Foundation,...Show More Summary

Simcox Child-Molestation Case Underscores How Court System Can Be Manipulated By Extremists

[Cross-posted at Orcinus.] Nobody in the suburban Phoenix neighborhood knew who Chris Simcox was, at least not by the Minuteman movement persona he had cultivated on television only a few short years before. As far as Michelle LynchShow More Summary

Former Texas GOP Chair: Gay Marriage Could Mean 'End Of America' If State Doesn't Act Before April 28

6 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

With the U.S. Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments on same-sex marriage later this month, anti-gay activists in Texas are becoming increasingly desperate. Last week, we told you how Dr. Steve Hotze, president of the Conservative Republicans of Texas,...

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