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How Sonia Sotomayor became the Supreme Court's preeminent defender of civil liberties

A decision handed down by the Supreme Court earlier in December may have disturbing implications for Fourth Amendment rights. But Heien v. North Carolina is notable for another reason: it marks the emergence of Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's first Supreme Court nominee, as the strongest voice for civil liberties on the court. Show More Summary

Sotomayor Is Right: SCOTUS Gave Too Much Leeway to the Police in Heien v. North Carolina

6 days agoNews : Reason

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in favor of the police in a Fourth Amendment case in which the arresting officer's "mistake of law" led him to conduct an erroneous traffic stop (and subsequent car search) based on a non-existent legal offense. Show More Summary

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

6 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

An interesting Fourth Amendment case

The Supreme Court today handed down Heien v. North Carolina. An officer stopped a car that had a brake light burned out, and in the course of the stop discovered cocaine. It turns out that the North Carolina traffic statutes...

Supreme Court Sides With Police In 4th Amendment Case Arising from Officer’s ‘Mistake of Law’

last weekNews : Reason

In a decision issued this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the police in a case arising from an officer’s “mistake of law.” At issue in Heien v. North Carolina was a 2009 traffic stop for a single busted brake light that led to the discovery of illegal drugs inside the vehicle. Show More Summary

Should North Carolina Magistrates Perform Gay Marriage Despite Their Faith?

Nevertheless, AOC Director Smith claims that magistrates swear an oath to the United States Constitution, and, therefore, have a duty to perform such marriages since two federal judges have ruled the State's Marriage Amendment that defines marriage as one man and one woman is unconstitutional. Show More Summary

16 North Carolina Judges Quit Following State's Legalization of Gay Marriage

Sixteen North Carolina judges have either resigned or retired after gay marriage became legal in that state last month after a judge ruled that an amendment to the state's constitution banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

Gay North Carolina Couple Weds After First Being Denied Based On Magistrate's Religious Beliefs

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

On Monday, Randy Jackson and Eddie Locklear of Elizabeth City, North Carolina attempted to make their partnership official after thirty-one years. The state's same-sex marriage ban, Amendment One, had been struck down and their request should have been respected. However,...

Gay Couples Marry in North Carolina

Nearly two years after North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment recognizing marriage only as a union between a man and a woman, a federal court judge in Charlotte on Friday overturned the ban, allowing gay and lesbian couples across the state to marry immediately. Show More Summary

The Wrong Side of the Majority

Thursday night, in a debate for North Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat, Republican nominee Thom Tillis was asked about the state’s constitutional amendment against gay marriage. The amendment, enacted through a 2012 ballot measure, has been tied up in court. Show More Summary

BREAKING: North Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban, Amendment 1, is unconstitutional

3 months agoLGBT / Gay : Prop 8 Trial Tracker

North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban has been struck down. The post BREAKING: North Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban, Amendment 1, is unconstitutional appeared first on Equality On Trial.

NORTH CAROLINA: Federal Court Issues Limited Strikedown Of Marriage Ban

3 months agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Matt Comer reports at Q Notes: A federal judge in North Carolina’s Western District has issued an order permanently prohibiting defendants in a United Church of Christ lawsuit against North Carolina’s anti-LGBT amendment from enforcing the ban. Show More Summary

NORTH CAROLINA: Federal Court Denies GOP Demand For Oral Arguments UPDATE: No Ruling Will Come Today

3 months agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

JUST IN: Osteen denies GOP motion for oral arguments. Still no word on striking down anti-#LGBT amendment. #DayOneNC — QNotes (@qnotescarolinas) October 10, 2014 BREAKING: Judge Osteen asks plaintiffs to respond by 3 on Monday. No ruling from him today. #DayOneNC — Equality NC (@equalitync) October 10, 2014

NORTH CAROLINA: Anti-Gay Pols Plan To Stop Gay Marriages From Happening

3 months agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Via the News-Observer: Phil Berger [photo], president pro tem of the N.C. Senate, and Thom Tillis, speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives, two of the Republican leaders who helped shepherd Amendment One to a statewide referendum,...Show More Summary

Supreme Court Weighs Police Officer's 'Mistake of Law' in Fourth Amendment Case

3 months agoNews : Reason

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument today in Heien v. North Carolina, a case which asks whether a police officer's "mistake of law" can provide he necessary justification for a traffic stop under the Fourth Amendment. The case arose in 2009 when North Carolina police stopped Nicholas Heien for driving with one broken brake light. Show More Summary

Today at SCOTUS: Police Errors vs. the Fourth Amendment

3 months agoNews : Reason

The Supreme Court is back in business today, kicking off its 2014-2015 term with oral argument in the case of Heien v. North Carolina, a Fourth Amendment dispute with major implications for the liberty of everyone who comes into contact with the police while driving a car. Show More Summary

No Charges Against Marine Who Accidentally Shot Sleeping Neighbor With A Freedom Bullet

North Carolina police say no charges will be brought after a woman accidentally NRAed her sleeping neighbor on Thursday. Brannaird Riley was Second Amendmented in the upper right arm while sleeping in his bed inside his apartment in Havelock. According to police, his next door neighbor in the duplex, who is a Marine at Cherry Point, [...]

NORTH CAROLINA: State AG Roy Cooper Says Amendment One Is Now Surely Doomed, Will Drop His Defense

5 months agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Via Equality North Carolina: Following a ruling today from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of marriage equality, North Carolina's Attorney General Roy Cooper held a press conference in response, saying that as a result of the...Show More Summary

NORTH CAROLINA: State AG Says Amendment One Is Now Surely Doomed

5 months agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Via Equality North Carolina: Following a ruling today from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of marriage equality, North Carolina's Attorney General Roy Cooper held a press conference in response, saying that as a result of the...Show More Summary

Amendment done - 4th circuit rules in favor of marriage equality

5 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

From CNN: The 4th Circuit opinion also will affect marriage laws in other states within its jurisdiction, including West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Only Maryland has legalized same-sex marriage. Though I believe the...Show More Summary

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