December 15, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Company, LLC v. Owens that a defendant seeking removal to federal court must indicate only a plausible allegation that the amount in controversy exceeds the jurisdictional threshold. The notice need not contain evidentiary ...[read more]
December 14, 2014
by Ashley Hogan
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and State Solicitor Eric Murphy on Friday issued a asked the US Supreme Court to uphold the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decision declaring Ohio's same-sex marriage ban constitutional. The officials cited the judge's opinion that the matter should be ...[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]
November 22, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of New Jersey on Friday ruled that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting, a move the state was taking to boost the struggling horse racing and casino industries. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act ...[read more]
November 20, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
The US Supreme Court refused a request to block same-sex marriages in South Carolina on Thursday, making it the thirty-fifth US state where same-sex marriage is legal. The lower court in South Carolina had lifted the state's same-sex marriage ban earlier this month, and the Attorney General had ...[read more]
November 19, 2014
by Ashley Hogan
The Kansas Supreme Court decided Tuesday to allow same-sex marriage licenses to be issued in the most populous county in Kansas. Johnson County had begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in October and was challenged in state court. A federal court decision earlier in November ...[read more]
November 18, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
Lawsuits were filed in Massachusetts and North Carolina federal district courts against Harvard University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Monday, arguing that affirmative action policies should be banned at colleges across the country. The lawsuits contend that the US Supreme ...[read more]
November 8, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a Kansas rule that required prospective voters to show proof-of-citizenship documents before registering using a federal voter registration form. The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit also said that a federal agency does not have to alter the ...[read more]
October 29, 2014
by Addison Morris
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday halted the execution of Mark Christeson, a Missouri man convicted of killing a woman and her two children, pending the determination of whether the 35-year-old received effective legal counsel. Christeson's attorneys, along with 15 former judges, on Monday asked the ...[read more]
October 28, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Attorneys for a convicted Missouri man and 15 former judges on Monday asked the US Supreme Court to block his execution, claiming that mistakes were made by his former attorneys, which led him to lose his opportunity to appeal his case to the federal courts. Mark Christeson, 35, is scheduled to ...[read more]

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