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Judge Appointed By Ronald Reagan Strikes Down Wisconsin Anti-Abortion Law

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics

Abortion will be a major topic this spring when the Supreme Court hears a Texas case that could redefine a woman's right to end her pregnancy. I...

The House May Be A Mess, But It Keeps Winning In Federal Court

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics

There's no stopping the House of Representatives in federal court. A federal judge on Monday declined an Obama administration request to allow it to a...

With John Boehner Gone, It's Time For The House To Drop Its Obamacare Lawsuit

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics

The seismic announcement that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will resign at the end of October brings a fresh focus on the House's federal ...

Appeals Court Deals A Blow To Kim Davis' Lawyers For Not Following The Rules

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics

A federal appeals court on Thursday turned away a request filed by lawyers for Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, and chastised Davis' attorneys for not...

Off Their Front Porch: Protesters Have No Free-Speech Rights On Supreme Court Plaza

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 08.30.2015 | Politics

The Constitution doesn't apply in the area just outside the main court that interprets the Constitution. A federal appeals court ruled on Fr...

The Oyster War: A Parallel Universe

Corey S. Goodman | Posted 08.12.2015 | Books
Corey S. Goodman

The book "The Oyster War" by Summer Brennan is subtitled "The True Story..." If only it were.

Jail for Cosby? The Case for Serial Rape

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 07.14.2015 | Crime
Amy Dardashtian

In a case like Cosby's where we now have an unsealed court document that may act as a corroborating piece of evidence and lend credibility to some of the stories, there should be a remedy for these women to have their day in court.

6 Key Facts Everyone Should Know About the Federal Court Case for Home Care Workers

Robert Espinoza | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Robert Espinoza

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear arguments on whether the Labor Department has the authority to extend minimum wage and overtime protections to workers who provide home care assistance to elders and people with disabilities. This federal court case affects all of us.

Judge Halts 9/11 Case as Defense Charges Unlawful Influence

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.27.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

After the chief Guantanamo commission official convinced Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work to issue an order forcing military judges involved in the commissions to move to Guantanamo until their cases are over, defense attorneys objected. The order puts undue pressure on the judges to get their cases over with so they can get back home, they insisted.

Friday Talking Points -- Eric Holder's Record

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The news that Attorney General Eric Holder would be stepping down sent a shockwave through Washington. On the whole, was his term worth praising or condemning? We have to say that "both" is the only real answer to that question.

Federally Funded Discrimination -- Did Obama Go Far Enough?

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics
Shayna A. Pitre

Religious organizations receiving federal contracts can no longer discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. Some question whether President Obama has gone too far. Others question whether he has gone far enough.

Courts Disagree Over Obamacare Subsidies

Brad Burd | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Brad Burd

Two separate federal appellate courts issued contradicting decisions this week that could potentially impact how millions of people pay for health insurance.

Abuse Against Disabled Children -- Courts Allow It

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

Some people support corporal punishment in schools. These people think physical discipline is the only discipline that works on some children. However, virtually everyone can agree physical discipline should not be used against disabled children.

Too Much Secrecy in Gitmo Trials

Jeremy Carp | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Jeremy Carp

Though improved in some respects, the revived commissions are still characterized by a startling level of secrecy. In an effort to conceal details of defendants' torture while in CIA custody, the government has designed the commissions to prevent defense teams from obtaining or publicly discussing information about the torture program.

Utah's Gay Marriage Ban. Worth it?

Reed Abplanalp-Cowan | Posted 02.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Reed Abplanalp-Cowan

Today, learning that a federal judge has declared Utah's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, I wonder where my one-time friend Beverly Evans is and if she regrets the vote that denied me equal rights.

9/11 Defendant Ejected From Court (Twice) After Protesting Prison Conditions

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The judge presiding over the 9/11 case at the Guantanamo military hearings had one of the five co-defendants forcibly removed from the courtroom after he objected that he was being deprived of his right to meaningfully participate in his case.

Chevron Ecuador Case Shows Limits of Legal System

Karen Hinton | Posted 10.14.2013 | Business
Karen Hinton

After 20 years of litigation in courts around the globe, the Ecuadorians remain twice victimized -- first by the exploitation of their environment, and now by the exploitation by both sides of a legal system ill equipped to deliver them justice.

See You In Court: The College That Prevented a Student From Handing Out Constitutions is Sued in Federal Court

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 12.10.2013 | College
Greg Lukianoff

As should come as a surprise to just about no one, the student who was prevented from handing out copies of the Constitution on September 17--also kno...

Planned Parenthood In Court to Protect Texas Women's Health

Cecile Richards | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Cecile Richards

Today, Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the Texas law that would drastically reduce access to safe and legal abortion for many women from taking effect.

Gitmo Logistics & DoD Computer Mess Likely to Delay 9/11 Case

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Witnesses provided more details of the Defense Department's computer mess-ups and confidentiality breaches in the 9/11 hearings on Friday, and defense lawyers renewed their request to delay the hearings until those problems could be resolved.

Defense Lawyers in 9/11 Case Face Huge Hurdles

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Defense lawyers representing the five co-defendants in what may be the most important trial in U.S. history are subjected to unprecedented restrictions on the ability to communicate with their clients that would be unheard-of in a regular federal court.

Obama Administration: Court Can't Intervene In Guantanamo Force-Feeding

Reuters | Jane Sutton | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics

By Jane Sutton MIAMI, July 3 (Reuters) - The U.S. federal court has no jurisdiction and no legal basis to intervene in the force-feed...

Judge Rules Against Controversial State Immigration Law

Reuters | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics

By Susan Guyett INDIANAPOLIS, March 29 (Reuters) - A federal judge has ruled sections of a 2011 Indiana immigration law unconstitution...

Accused Military Mole Faces Bail Hearing

AP | AUDREY McAVOY | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

HONOLULU — An attorney for a defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to his Chinese girlfriend said Friday there was no evidence t...

Court Rejects Company's $1 Billion Tax Dodge

AP | Posted 02.27.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A federal court in Louisiana is rejecting transactions by The Dow Chemical Co. that created $1 billion in what the U.S. Justice Departme...