Districts in the Deep South won by President Obama, all majority-minority The Voting Rights Act saw one of its main enforcement mechanisms gutted last summer in the controversial and partisan 5-4 Supreme Court decision Shelby County v. Show More Summary
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in New York Times v. Sullivan, perhaps the most important First Amendment case in American history. In the words of the great First Amendment scholar Alexander Meiklejohn,...Show More Summary
Thanks to the Supreme Court, the news media in our country can publish “facts” that are not true, as long as “actual malice” cannot be proven.
If Rand Paul were elected president, he would have the power to nominate potential Supreme Court justices who want to return to a world where basic workplace protections are considered unconstitutional -- and who object to the federal ban on whites-only lunch counters to boot. Show More Summary
Submitted by Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor In two precedent setting rulings, the Washington Supreme Court expanded the privacy expectation of text messages on both statutory and unlawful search and seizure grounds. Washington’s Supreme Court Ruled on February 27th the people have a right to privacy in text messages even if the person cannot be certain […]
In January 2013, a district court in Kansas ruled in Gannon v State of Kansas that the Kansas legislature was not meeting its constitutional obligation to properly fund K-12 education in the state. The ruling was a huge blow to Sam Brownback...Show More Summary
This paper explains why state definitions of marriage as the union of one man and one woman are consistent with the U.S. Constitution and with existing Supreme Court precedents.
Like an umpire calling balls and strikes, the US Supreme Court is the ultimate decider of what the US Constitution means. But just in case you're tempted to think the Teabagger Libertarians have valid points, take a look at this diary about what the Constitution actually says.
For some same-sex spouses, love and marriage are giving way to paperwork and planning.The Supreme Court ruling that struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act means that from now on, the Internal Revenue Service will treat legally married same-sex spouses as married for federal tax purposes. Show More Summary
Earlier this week, the Massachusetts State Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the practice known as "upskirting" is legal, so naturally, the Massachusetts legislature acted quickly to outlaw it and the governor signed it into law Friday, thereby solidifying that taking photos up women's skirts is illegal in the state.
By Maggie Thurber | for Ohio Watchdog RIP: An Ohio Supreme Court ruling takes all the teeth out of what used to be an excellent public records law. The Ohio public records law is essentially dead, killed by a February ruling of the Ohio Supreme Court. For more than a decade, Ohio has boasted of... The post RIP Ohio’s public records law appeared first on Say Anything.
DECISION: In a ruling that has received national attention, the Kansas Supreme Court has determined that while lawmakers made “unconstitutional” and “unequal” payments to public schools, overall funding levels should not be the only measure of an “adequate” education. Show More Summary
I was at the Ohio Bench Bar Dean's Conference today, and noticed this as part of the cornerstone of the Ohio Supreme Court building. I thought readers of this blog would enjoy it. The building, built art-deco style in the...
What does the above Saturday Night Live parody of Wes Anderson films have in common with the 2 Live Crew song "Pretty Woman?" Both were made legally possible by a U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down 20 years ago today. The case, Campbell v. Show More Summary
A couple months ago, we had a blog post celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision that showed the Sony Betamax was legal, an important ruling that helped clear the field for innovations that could, potentially, be used for infringement, so long as they also had substantial non-infringing uses. Show More Summary
The New York Court of Appeals ruled in December that Fox News reporter Jana Winter did not have to testify--and reveal confidential sources--in the Aurora, CO, movie theater shooting case. But in papers filed late Thursday, defendant James Holmes' lawyers officially appealed that decision to the US Supreme Court. Show More Summary
Over the months ahead, it's almost certain that Duke Energy will find itself appealing to the North Carolina Supreme Court. There they'll find a friend they can count on, Justice Paul Newby, who is one of their wholly owned subsidiaries. It's a sick and sad affair that should be of grave concern to anyone in interested in justice. Facing South has the story. read more
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the state failed to uphold public-education rights mandated in the state's constitution by underfunding poorer school districts.
If you wore a skirt while riding the Green Line, you were basically asking for it… Right?! Without speaking those exact words, that's what Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court said by ruling on Wednesday that the man who took cellphone photos up the skirts of women riding the Boston subway did not violate any state law - because [...]