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Supreme Court Of The United States begins October Term 2015

  • September 29th, 2015
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The Supreme Court of The United States (SCOTUS) will begin October 5th with arguments being heard on various cases.  SCOTUS is scheduled to release orders or opinions on October 13th & 19th.  Normally the orders and opinions are released on…

As the 2015 Term opens: The Court’s unusual Eighth Amendment focus

  • September 23rd, 2015
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(SCOTUSblog) – Last June, the Supreme Court’s Term ended not with the same-sex marriage opinions (announced three days earlier), but rather with Justice Stephen Breyer’s surprising and comprehensive opinion (joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) in Glossip v. Gross, which…

7th Circuit tosses slating system for Indy judges

  • September 23rd, 2015
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(The Indiana Lawyer) – Now that Indianapolis’ pay-to-play slating system that evenly divvied judgeships between Democrats and Republicans has been ruled unconstitutional, it’s up to the General Assembly to figure out how Marion County should select its judges. Key lawmakers…

Kim Davis’ latest appeal to 6th Circuit Court of Appeals denied

  • September 18th, 2015
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Kim Davis, Clerk of Rowan County, KY, had filed a second appeal to the earlier ruling by the 6th District Court for Eastern Kentucky.  In that appeal, Davis asks for both an injunction against Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Commissioner…

Double jeopardy voids two cocaine convictions

  • September 18th, 2015
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(The Indiana Lawyer) – A trial court violated the prohibition against double jeopardy by convicting a man in a bench trial of three felony cocaine possession counts, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled in tossing out two of the convictions….

U.S. judge rules Republicans can pursue Obamacare lawsuit

  • September 10th, 2015
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(Reuters) – A U.S. judge said on Wednesday congressional Republicans could move forward with parts of a lawsuit that alleges executive overreach by President Barack Obama’s administration in implementing his signature healthcare law. U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer, appointed by…

A new legal cloud over same-sex marriage in Kentucky?

  • September 4th, 2015
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(SCOTUSBlog) – Five deputy county clerks in Rowan County, Kentucky — the scene of the first major courthouse battle over a conflict between the Supreme Court’s view on same-sex marriage and religious objections to it —  told a federal judge that…

Judge jails Kentucky clerk for refusing marriage licenses

  • September 3rd, 2015
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(The Indiana Lawyer) – A defiant county clerk was sent to jail for contempt Thursday after insisting that her “conscience will not allow” her to follow a federal judge’s orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. “God’s moral law…