Category Archives: The Courts

Federal Court Allows Mississippi Religious Freedom Law to Move Forward.

Federal Court Upholds Controversial Religious Freedom Law

The ruling allows Mississippi to enforce its LGBT religious objections law. On Thursday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overruled a previous ruling that the law was unconstitutional. The law allows businesses and government employees to refuse service to same-sex couples based on their religious

Supreme Court to hear Ohio voter registration policy.

Supreme Court Rules Offensive Trademarks Are Protected

Ruffle of feathers or not, it is protected. In a historic ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that laws forbidding registration of offensive trademarks is unconstitutionally. The Court rules that such laws limit free speech. The court ruled 8-0 in favor of Portland, Oregon-based Asian-American

Supreme Court to hear Ohio voter registration policy.

Supreme Court to Hear Ohio Voter Purge Policy

Voter Registration Comes to the Supreme Court Again. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Ohio’s appeal of a lower court ruling that blocked the state’s policy of purging people from voter-registration lists if they do not regularly cast ballots. The lower court found

Supreme Court Strikes Down North Carolina Voting Districts

Supreme Court Strikes Down North Carolina Voting Districts

In a 5-3 decision, the Court ruled the districts were illegal based on race. The ruling stated that North Carolina officials used race as the predominant factor in drawing district lines without a compelling reason. The districts in question were North Carolina’s 1st and 12th district,

Supreme Court Strikes Down North Carolina Voting Districts

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear North Carolina Voter I.D. Appeal

Another blow to voter identification laws. On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal regarding a North Carolina voting law that a federal appeals court had struck down. The federal appeals court stated the law was an unconstitutional effort to “target African-Americans with

Supreme Court Will Not Hear Immigration Case

Supreme Court Will Not Hear Immigration Case

SCOTUS has refused to hear case that challenges the expedited removal of undocumented immigrants. On Monday, the Supreme Court left in place a lower court opinion rejecting claims by undocumented Central American women and children seeking asylum.  The defendants were apprehended immediately after arriving in the

Neil Gorsuch Confirmed to Supreme Court

Neil Gorsuch Confirmed to Supreme Court

President Trump has his man. After a bitter battle along party lines that included a successful filibuster, block vote, and ultimately brought about use of the “nuclear option” by Senate Republicans, Neil Gorsuch has been confirmed as the next Associate Justice to the United States