October 13, 2005
by Rachel Felton
Leading Thursday's states brief, a New York appeals court ruled today that a member of a Vermont civil union has no standing to sue a Manhattan hospital for malpractice in the death of his partner. In finding that the partner had no standing, the court stated, any contrary decision, no ma... ...[read more]
October 11, 2005
by Rachel Felton
Leading Tuesday's states brief, a coalition including medical professionals from the University of Missouri and Washington University, the American Diabetes Association and the Parkinson's Action Network proposed a Missouri constitutional amendment that would specify that stem cell research... ...[read more]
October 10, 2005
by Rachel Felton
Leading Monday's states brief, the Ohio Supreme Court unanimously ruled today that grandparent visitation can be awarded over the wishes of the child's parents as Ohio law requires courts to balance the best interests of the child against the parent's wishes. The decision resolved confl... ...[read more]
October 7, 2005
by Rachel Felton
Leading Friday's states brief, the Kansas Supreme Court removed Saline County District Judge George. R. Robertson from the bench today for viewing pornography from his office computer. The court stated that the conduct of a single judge may effect the public's perception of the judicial sys... ...[read more]
October 6, 2005
by Rachel Felton
Leading Thursday's states brief, the Michigan Senate voted to approve two resolutions today that would prevent taxpayer money from being spent on same-sex benefits until the state Supreme Court decides whether a lower court ruling allowing public universities and the government to provide same-s... ...[read more]
October 4, 2005
by Rachel Felton
Leading Tuesday's states brief, a North Carolina appeals court ruled today that a September 2001 state law that raised income taxes on top-wage earners to 8.25% for the entire year is constitutional. Plaintiffs argued that the law amounted to a retroactive tax in violation of the state constitu... ...[read more]
October 3, 2005
by Rachel Felton
Leading Monday's states brief, the Georgia Supreme Court today upheld the state's implied consent law, allowing law enforcement to require chemical tests of suspected drunk drivers in certain circumstances. The court ruled that the tests can only be required if an individual has been involv... ...[read more]
September 30, 2005
by Rachel Felton
Leading Friday's states brief, as Connecticut becomes the second state to offer same-sex couples civil unions October 1, town clerks are saying they are ready, but some employers may not be prepared. While only a few town clerks offices plan to be open tomorrow and there is no way of knowing ho... ...[read more]
September 29, 2005
by Rachel Felton
Leading Thursday's states brief, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled in separate decisions today that a state law banning live sex shows and a local ordinance that requires nude dancers to stay four feet away from customers both violate the state constitution guarantee of free expression. The majori... ...[read more]
September 27, 2005
by Rachel Felton
Leading Tuesday's states brief, the Washington Supreme Court heard oral arguments today on whether the 1.4% motor vehicle excise tax approved by voters in November 2002 for the financing of Seattle's Monorail Project is illegal. Currently, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and the city council hav... ...[read more]

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