April 11, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Friday ruled against portions of a Missouri law which required those providing health plan advice to obtain a license from the state, concluding that the licensing portions of the state law are pre-empted by the Patient Protection and Affordable ...[read more]
April 8, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Tuesday that Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt may join a lawsuit that seeks to compel the state of Missouri to unseal details on its execution methods. This decision reverses a lower court ruling that found that the magazine publisher did ...[read more]
March 17, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
A transgender inmate in Massachusetts on Monday asked the US Supreme Court to overturn a ruling denying her request for sex reassignment surgery. The question at issue is whether "the Eighth Amendment prohibits prison officials from denying necessary medical treatment to a prisoner for non-medical ...[read more]
March 6, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Thursday stayed a ruling of the US District Court for the District of Nebraska, which would have allowed same-sex couples in Nebraska to marry beginning on March 9. The case arose out of a challenge to Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage brought ...[read more]
March 2, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Nebraska ruled Monday that Nebraska's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, but the decision will not take effect until March 9 and has immediately been appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. US District Judge Joseph ...[read more]
January 13, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Dakota ruled Monday that South Dakota's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Judge Karen Schreier ruled in favor of six same-sex couples who challenged the ban, finding that the ban violates the right to due process and equal ...[read more]
December 17, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Tuesday overturned a lower court ruling that would have granted inmate Michelle Kosilek taxpayer-funded sex-change surgery. The 3-2 decision overruled a 2012 decision by Judge Mark Wolf of the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts. ...[read more]
September 10, 2014
by Addison Morris
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday denied a Texas death row inmate's challenge to the drugs that would be used in his lethal injection. Convicted killer Willie Trottie alleged in his appeal that the drugs to be used in his execution might be expired, which could result in ...[read more]
May 31, 2014
by G. Redd
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Friday that Missouri's ban on desecrating the American flag is unconstitutional. On October 20, 2009, Frank Snider was arrested for violating Missouri Revised Statute 578.095 by shredding an American flag and tossing the remnants in the street, ...[read more]
February 12, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
Residents of Fremont, Nebraska, voted on Tuesday to reaffirm Ordinance 5165, which prohibits harboring, hiring or renting to undocumented immigrants. The law was initially approved in 2010, but its implementation was delayed during a federal lawsuit over the law's constitutionality. Last year a t... ...[read more]

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