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9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Overcoming the Stigma of 'Vexatious Litigator': An Impossible Task?

Thom Senzee | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Thom Senzee

Alfred Banks and the handful of others who carry the mark of the so-called "vexatious litigator" have the deck stacked against them. They are effectively locked out of America's legal system.

The American Flag T-Shirt Case: It's Not About Patriotism

Dirk Hughes | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Dirk Hughes

The government can, and does, legally violate our Constitutional rights when in its best interest to do so. In fact, they do it quite often. They just need the right reason.

How the 9th Circuit's T-Shirt Decision Is a Bad Omen for Immigration Reform

Andrew Woodman | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Andrew Woodman

This case is a perfect microcosm of how both sides of the immigration debate are not helping the cause and both sides are getting more entrenched. I'm a firm believer that this country is a melting pot and that is what has made us an unstoppable force; however, it would be mistaken to think that this animosity toward immigrants is new.

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.

Chief Judge For 9th Circuit Cites 'Epidemic' Of Prosecutor Misconduct

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The dissent by Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, from a decision not to rehear U.S. v. Olsen starts off wit...

Gay Man's Removal From Jury May Result In Landmark Decision

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

A legal battle between two rival pharmaceutical companies may consequentially resolve another, bigger debate: whether gays and lesbians may be exclude...

LOOK: Heart-Melting Photos Of California's Gay Weddings

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 08.31.2013 | Los Angeles

Jubilant gay and lesbian couples flocked to city halls and county courthouses across California on Monday to wed with pets, siblings and kids in tow a...

Food for Thought

Carole Sumner Krechman | Posted 05.27.2013 | Crime
Carole Sumner Krechman

Good day; This week was Memorial Day, May 27: 3 years and 13 days since my oldest son Robert Appel was killed in the driveway of his half-a-,illion do...

Gay Conversion Therapy Ban Put On Hold

AP | Posted 02.20.2013 | Gay Voices

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court has put the brakes on a first-of-its-kind California law that bans therapy that aims to turn gay minors ...

Liberal Appeals Judge Dies At Age 89

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics

SEATTLE -- Judge Betty Binns Fletcher, considered a liberal stalwart of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for decades, has died at age 89, a spoke...

Federal Court Sides With Montana In Battle Against Citizens United

AP | MATT GOURAS | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics

HELENA, Mont. — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Montana's campaign donation limits, telling the federal judge who struck down t...

Amanda Terkel

Another Judicial Blow To Montana Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Court Allows No-Fly List Challenge To Proceed

AP | JONATHAN J. COOPER | Posted 09.25.2012 | Politics

PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that a lawsuit over the government's no-fly list can go forward in a lower court in Oreg...

GOP Senators Slam Judges For 'Island Paradise' Trip

Reuters | Posted 07.22.2012 | Politics

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) - The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' upcoming conference on a Hawaiian island soun...

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...

House Appealing Ruling On Gay Spousal Benefits

Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO--The U.S. House of Representatives will appeal a judge's ruling that struck down a key provision of the federal Def...

Prop 8's Backers Say They Will Seek A Full 9th Circuit Review: What This Means For The Case

Adam Bink | Posted 04.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Adam Bink

The Prop 8 proponents' decision today means that the road to a final decision on Prop 8 just got much longer. Nonetheless, the plaintiffs' attorneys have made it clear that they will seek to have the stay lifted, now that Prop 8 has been struck down by two separate courts.

Prop 8 Backers Challenge Decision

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 04.22.2012 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO — The backers of California's same-sex marriage ban petitioned a federal appeals court Tuesday to review a split decision by three...

What Today's 9th Circuit Deadline Means For The Prop 8 Case

Adam Bink | Posted 04.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Adam Bink

Today, Feb. 21, marks a big deadline in the Prop 8 case that those of us who have been counting the days since the Ninth Circuit's decision have been eagerly anticipating: the last day that the proponents of Prop 8 can file a petition for rehearing with the 9th Circuit.

Mike Sacks

Gay Marriage Ruling's Bid For One Justice's Vote Could Backfire

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Trying to play to Justice Anthony Kennedy's gut is a dicey endeavor. So when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on Tuesday st...

Proposition 8 Case Faces Unclear Path Ahead

AP | By LISA LEFF | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO -- Conservative critics like to point out that the federal appeals court that just declared California's same-sex marriage ban to be unc...

Romney Intensifies Rhetoric To Win Over Key Group

Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics

By STEVE PEOPLES, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOVELAND, Colo. -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney set aside his focus on the economy in recen...

Mike Sacks

Prop 8 Rests Wrongly On Dislike Of Gays, 9th Circuit Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Same-sex marriage continued its march to the Supreme Court on Tuesday as a federal appeals court in San Francisco struck down California...

Prop 8 Ruling & A Look Back At Gay Rights Achievements

Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriages in California, is unconstitutional. Although the...

Mike Sacks

Florida Primary May Save Federal Judges From Newt

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...