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A Judge Just Publicly Called Out Prosecutors Who He Thinks May Have Cheated

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics

• A U.S. Circuit judge named prosecutors in Washington state who he believes violated a defendant's rights.• Prosecutors who engage in misconduct ...

Child Pornography Restitution Mess Cries Out for a Congressional Solution

James R. Marsh | Posted 11.11.2015 | Crime
James R. Marsh

The Ninth Circuit's draconian decree hearkens back to something from Dickens, or the Old Testament, or the current panic over Sharia law. It is simply incompatible with current understanding of childhood sexual abuse, criminal responsibility, and victim's rights.

Can Students Wear American Flag Clothing to School?

Clay Calvert | Posted 05.31.2015 | Education
Clay Calvert

School officials banned the wearing of the American-flag clothing on only one day of the school year. What day was that? Cinco de Mayo -- a day to celebrate Mexican heritage. School officials did not ban American-flag clothing on any other school day -- just one.

Which States Still Don't Have Marriage Equality? (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Baume

2014-11-17-ScreenShot20141117at11.06.49AMsmall.pngStates have been gaining marriage equality at the rate of one or two a week lately, but a few stubborn holdouts may remain a serious challenge.

First Same-Sex Couples Marry in Alaska

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alaska Dispatch News

It appears that at least two same-sex couples have been married in Barrow, Alaska, according to Kristine Hilderbrand, who said state Magistrate Mary Treiber waived the three-day waiting period required after issuing of marriage licenses.

When Courts Stop Strikes Before They Start: Why Workers and the Public Lose

Michael M. Oswalt | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Michael M. Oswalt

This nullification of the strike -- the core building block of effective workplace advocacy for thousands of unrepresented, often low wage contract workers at airports -- deserves a lot more attention than it's been getting.

Should the Government Be Punished When It Lies to the Courts?

Ahilan Arulanantham | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Ahilan Arulanantham

Should the government be allowed to lie to the courts in the name of national security? This is the question that judges on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will have to consider in the next few weeks.

Amanda Terkel

Another Judicial Blow To Montana Politics | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court struck down Montana's nonpartisan system of electing state judges on Monday, opening the door to party endorseme...

Right-Wing Judges Seek to Close the Courthouse Doors to Public Interest Claims

Bennet Kelley | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

Imagine an America in which lawyers dared not challenge the mightiest no matter how egregious their offenses may be for fear of financial ruin.

'Deliberate Indifference' May Impose Liability

Brad Reid | Posted 06.30.2012 | Crime
Brad Reid

On Monday, April 30 the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a Ninth Circuit decision that allowed an inmate to sue the Los Angeles County Sheriff for injuries received while confined.

WATCH: Keep Political Ads Off Public TV

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.23.2012 | Media
Bill Moyers


Political Ads May Be Coming To A PBS Station Near You

Reuters | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics

* 9th Circuit says FCC political ad ban too broad * Dissent fears for future of public broadcasting * FCC ban on ads for...

Court To Investigate Judge's Racist Obama Email

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 04.06.2012 | Politics

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' chief judge has ordered an investigation of an email sent by a Montana federal judge containing a racist joke about ...

Rick Santorum Tries To Woo Guam

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.09.2012 | Politics

An offhand joke during the New Hampshire primaries about sending unwanted liberal judges to Guam is coming back to haunt Rick Santorum. Both Santor...

When It Comes to the Free Speech Rights of Teachers, the Joke's on Us

Sam Chaltain | Posted 04.18.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Let's enjoy a short laugh at the foolishness of Arizona's lawmakers to muzzle their state's public school teachers. And then let's remember that a more carefully constructed bill may not be as outlandish, and unlikely, as we think.

Mike Sacks

Florida Primary May Save Federal Judges From Newt | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Newt Gingrich's lackluster performance in Thursday night's debate darkened the already dim chances of seeing Justice Anthony Kennedy hau...

Amanda Terkel

Rick Santorum Jokes About Sending Ninth Circuit Judges To Guam | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

TILTON, N.H. -- Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum went after the judicial branch at a town hall meeting on Thursday morning, saying it was the...

Mike Sacks

Chief Justice Roberts Defends Scalia's Honor | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's 9th Circuit smackdown season at the Supreme Court and, judging from Tuesday morning's oral arguments, Richard Lee Pollard could be ...

Have a Really Good Weekend -- Something to Celebrate!

Carl Pope | Posted 12.21.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Denver -- The roadless wild forests in the National Forest System were originally set aside and protected from road-building, logging, and other comme...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Eight New Cases | Mike Sacks | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear eight cases out of the hundreds of petitions received during its summer recess. The cases, which will lik...

At Last: Senate To Vote on Goodwin Liu

Marcia D. Greenberger | Posted 07.18.2011 | Politics
Marcia D. Greenberger

Despite the fact that Professor Goodwin Liu was nominated over a year ago to a seat designated a "judicial emergency" on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals a minority in the Senate has persisted in blocking his nomination -- until now.

Do Parents' Rights End at the Schoolhouse Gate?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.10.2011 | Education
John W. Whitehead

Helping America's teens make positive, healthy and responsible lifestyle choices is a worthy goal, but it must start with parents within the home.

Now About the Matter of Size

Erica Payne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Payne

With Wal-Mart v. Dukes the Court will soon hear arguments in one of the most important civil rights cases in the country's history. Their decision will pave the way for further progress or stop it dead in its tracks.

"Judicial Emergency": Goodwin Liu's Nomination Hits One Year

Judith E. Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judith E. Schaeffer

A Ninth Circuit seat sits empty a year after Goodwin Liu's nomination, and the situation has gotten even worse. The vacancy is now one of three on the Ninth Circuit, each of them denominated a "judicial emergency".

Don't Tell Us What to Ask

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Goodbye "don't ask, don't tell." At seventeen years old, the controversial law almost reached voting age. Congratulations, President Obama, among ...