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  • In or out? Court case on job bias casts pall on LGBT fests

    In or out? Court case on job bias casts pall on LGBT fests

    Family Law 10/13/2019

    National Coming Out Day festivities were tempered this year by anxiety that some LGBT folk may have to go back into the closet so they can make a living, depending on what the Supreme Court decides about workplace discrimination law.But the mere fact...

  • Divided Supreme Court weighs LGBT people’s rights

    Divided Supreme Court weighs LGBT people’s rights

    Civil Rights 10/10/2019

    A seemingly divided Supreme Court struggled Tuesday over whether a landmark civil rights law protects LGBT people from discrimination in employment, with one conservative justice wondering if the court should take heed of “massive social upheav...

  • Alaska Supreme Court to Hear Youths’ Climate Change Lawsuit

    Alaska Supreme Court to Hear Youths’ Climate Change Lawsuit

    Consumer Rights 10/08/2019

    The Alaska Supreme Court will hear arguments in a lawsuit that claims state policy on fossil fuels is harming the constitutional right of young Alaskans to a safe climate.Sixteen Alaska youths in 2017 sued the state, claiming that human-caused greenh...

  • Supreme Court to begin new term: About the top cases

    Supreme Court to begin new term: About the top cases

    Legal Outlook 10/07/2019

    The biggest cases before the Supreme Court are often the last ones to be decided, and the focus on the court will be especially intense in June, just a few months before the 2020 election.President Donald Trump first announced his intention in 2017 t...

  • US Supreme Court to review Kansas’ lack of insanity defense

    US Supreme Court to review Kansas’ lack of insanity defense

    Criminal Law 10/04/2019

    The U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to consider how far states can go toward eliminating the insanity defense in criminal trials as it reviews the case of a Kansas man sentenced to die for killing four relatives.The high court planned to hear argumen...

  • Supreme Court to hear abortion regulation case

    Supreme Court to hear abortion regulation case

    Court Watch 10/02/2019

    The Supreme Court agreed Friday to plunge into the abortion debate in the midst of the 2020 presidential campaign, taking on a Louisiana case that could reveal how willing the more conservative court is to chip away at abortion rights.The justices wi...

  • High Court overturns city mandate on construction projects

    High Court overturns city mandate on construction projects

    Criminal Law 09/30/2019

    A divided Ohio Supreme Court has upheld a state law invalidating a Cleveland requirement that public construction contractors hire city residents for a portion of work on projects.A 2003 Cleveland ordinance mandates that residents must perform 20% of...

  • Trial begins Monday in Kansas abortion stalking lawsuit

    Trial begins Monday in Kansas abortion stalking lawsuit

    Legal Business News 09/30/2019

    A federal jury will decide whether the operator of a Wichita abortion facility had reasonable grounds to seek a protection-from-stalking order against an abortion protester.Jury selection begins Monday in the federal lawsuit filed by anti-abortion ac...

  • Supreme Court allows broad enforcement of asylum limits

    Supreme Court allows broad enforcement of asylum limits

    Civil Rights 09/20/2019

    The Supreme Court is allowing nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American immigrants from seeking asylum in the United States.The justices’ order late Wednesday temporarily undoes a lower-court ...

  • Bulgarian court to eye revoking parole for Australian man

    Bulgarian court to eye revoking parole for Australian man

    Civil Rights 09/20/2019

    Bulgaria's highest court says it will look into a petition by the chief prosecutor to revoke the parole by a lower court to an Australian man convicted of fatally stabbing a Bulgarian student during a 2007 brawl.The Supreme Court of Cassation announc...

  • Gun-control backers concerned about changing federal courts

    Gun-control backers concerned about changing federal courts

    Legal Outlook 08/11/2019

    California has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, including a ban on the type of high-capacity ammunition magazines used in some of the nation’s deadliest mass shootings.How long those types of laws will stand is a growing concern amo...

  • Supreme Court rebuffs Alabama officer charged with murder

    Supreme Court rebuffs Alabama officer charged with murder

    Criminal Law 08/08/2019

    The Alabama Supreme Court refused Friday to intervene on behalf of a Huntsville police officer charged with murder in a 2018 shooting, sending the case back to circuit court for a potential trial.The justices turned away an appeal by officer William ...