Category Archives: In the Courts

Attorneys General from 21 states ask Supreme Court to hear suit against Maryland’s assault weapons ban

Friday a coalition of 21 state attorneys general filed a brief urging the Supreme Court to hear a case against Maryland’s assault weapons ban. The attorneys general for Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming jointly filed a friend of the court brief supporting the plaintiffs in Kolbe v. Hogan. The group believes Maryland’s ban on certain semi-automatic rifles and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition is unconstitutional, and are asking the Supreme Court to step in and strike the law down. Continue reading →

Lawsuit Says ‘Bathroom Bill’ Effects Still Felt

A revised lawsuit says transgender people in North Carolina are still effectively prevented from using restrooms matching their gender identity under a law that replaced the state’s notorious “bathroom bill.” Continue reading →

Jeh Johnson: Trump’s ‘Rhetoric’ Has ‘Scared Off’ Illegal Immigrants

Former head of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said President Donald Trump’s “rhetoric” has led to a decrease of “illegal migration on our southern border.” Trump has “scared off” a lot of illegal immigrants, Johnson told CNN’s “New Day” morning program. Continue reading →

Supreme Court travel ban: Flood of lawsuits expected from ruling

President Trump’s freshly reinstated travel ban takes effect Thursday, sparking concerns of another round of airport nightmares and legal chaos. The travel ban, which restricts visitors from six Muslim majority nations, was shelved due to injunctions issued by lower courts until the Supreme Court ruled Monday it could be largely reinstated pending a hearing on the merits in the fall. But when it was initially rolled out earlier this year, it triggered confusion in airports and courtrooms throughout the country. Continue reading →

Sarah Palin sues NY Times over editorial tying her to Giffords shooting

Tuesday former Alaska Governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin filed a lawsuit against the New York Times over an editorial that tied her to the January 2011 shooting of an Arizona congresswoman. Palin’s attorneys claim that the paper defamed her in the June 14 editorial, published hours after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot and wounded while practicing with the GOP’s baseball team in Alexandria, Va. Continue reading →

Judge throws out lawsuit against Hillary Clinton by parents of Benghazi victims

Friday a  federal judge tossed a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton by the parents of two Americans killed at a diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, ruling the former secretary of state did not defame them when disputing allegations that she had lied. Continue reading →

Trump names 10 nominees to federal courts on heels of Gorsuch win

Monday President Trump began to reshape the makeup of the lower federal courts, with the White House announcing 10 judicial nominees it described as Trump’s “third wave of Federal judicial appointments.” Continue reading →

Wisconsin-Based Atheist Group Sues Trump Over Church Order

Gee, how can atheists be upset over something they don’t believe in? A Wisconsin-based atheist group has filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to strike down President Donald Trump’s order easing enforcement of an IRS rule limiting religious organizations’ political activity. Continue reading →

Authorities drop 33 cases against Dakota Access protesters

Authorities dropped nearly three dozen cases last month that stemmed from arrests of protesters against the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline, court records show. Continue reading →

Justices: Colorado policy on court fees unconstitutional

Wednesday the Supreme Court ruled that Colorado’s practice of not automatically refunding court fees and other costs to people convicted of crimes but later exonerated violates the Constitution. Continue reading →