December 9, 2014
by William Helbling
The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a settlement with BP resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The case arises from a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit last March. BP claims that under the terms of the settlement they are forced to pay ...[read more]
December 4, 2014
by Peter Snyder
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday halted the execution of a Texas death row inmate allegedly suffering from severe mental illness. The inmate, Scott Panetti, was sentenced to death for the killing of his parents-in-law in 1992. The per curium opinion ...[read more]
December 3, 2014
by William Hibbitts
Louisiana officials on Tuesday asked the US Supreme Court to hear a case concerning its same-sex marriage ban. The state's Attorney General asked for a writ of certiorari before judgment, meaning that the Supreme court could hear the case before the US Appeals Court for the Fifth Circuit rules. ...[read more]
November 16, 2014
by William Helbling
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Friday upheld a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires disclosure of political contributions. The Mississippi campaign finance law states that a person or group who contributes more than $200 to any ballot initiative must file a financial ...[read more]
November 14, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday denied Abigail Fisher's petition for a rehearing en banc in the affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The judges for the Fifth Circuit voted 10-5 to deny the petition. The case is on remand from a June 2013 ...[read more]
October 15, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A US federal appeals court on Tuesday said that Texas may enforce its voter ID law despite a lower judge's ruling that the law is unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of thUS Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit temporarily reinstated the law but declined to rule on its merits, stating that the ...[read more]
October 15, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday placed a hold on a Texas law that would have forced several abortion clinics to close. The bill requires any physician performing an abortion to have active admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the location where the abortion is performed and ...[read more]
October 3, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday stayed the enforcement of an injunction of a Texas law that would restrict access to abortion clinics. The bill requires any physician performing an abortion to have active admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of the ...[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]
September 1, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
On Sunday Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a motion in the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to delay the enforcement of a recent district court ruling that struck down state law that imposed new regulations on abortion clinics. The motion was filed just hours before the new law ...[read more]

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