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A Bungling Barbarism: Court Baselessly Holds That Child Abuse, Used to Get Kids to Do Chores, Cannot Be Forced Labor
August 16, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Susan H. Bitensky of Michigan State University College of Law discusses the error of the court's holding that using child abuse to make children do their chores cannot be forced labor ... Pity the poor children of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, for they have come with....... [more]

Federal appeals court hears oral arguments for six cases challenging state bans on same-sex marriage
August 6, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit heard oral arguments on Wednesday for six lawsuits challenging same-sex marriage bans in four states. The panel heard arguments on Kentucky's ban in the consolidated cases of Bourke v. Beshear and Love v. Beshear; Michigan's ban in DeBoer v. Snyder; Ohi....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down Kentucky same-sex marriage ban
July 1, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on Thursday struck down a voter-approved amendment to the Kentucky constitution banning same-sex marriages. The lawsuit was filed by two same-sex couples who attempted to apply for a marriage license and were denied. The plaintif....... [more]

Supreme Court rules on 'clearly established' federal habeas law
April 23, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in White v. Woodall that because the Supreme Court of Kentucky's rejection of Robert Keith Woodall's Fifth Amendment claim was not objectively unreasonable, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit erred in granting the writ of habeas corpus. The case arose....... [more]

Kentucky governor to hire outside counsel to appeal same-sex marriage ruling
March 5, 2014
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said Tuesday that the state will hire outside counsel to appeal a federal judge's order to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages to the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Judge John Heyburn of the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky rul....... [more]

Federal judge stays enforcement of Kentucky same-sex marriage ruling
March 1, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on Friday granted a stay on the enforcement of his previous ruling instructing Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages. The state requested a stay of 90-days, but Judge John Heyburn II granted only 21 days for the state to imple....... [more]

Federal judge orders Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages
February 28, 2014
A federal judge in Kentucky on Thursday issued a final order requiring state officials to recognize same-sex marriages. Following his February 12 ruling, US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky Judge John Heyburn also granted a request to allow additional couples seeking full marriag....... [more]

Federal judge rules Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages
February 13, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky ruled Wednesday that Kentucky must recognize valid out-of-state marriages between same-sex couples living in Kentucky. The case was brought by four same-sex couples living in Kentucky, who had been legally married in Canada or ot....... [more]

Federal judge blocks Indiana law regulating abortion facilities
November 27, 2013
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana issued a temporary injunction on Tuesday against an Indiana law regulating abortion facilities. Under the law, facilities prescribing Mifepristone, the so-called "abortion pill," must meet the same regulatory requirements as clin....... [more]

Kentucky judge orders woman to testify against same-sex spouse in murder trial
September 24, 2013
A judge for Kentucky's Jefferson County Circuit Court ruled Monday that the same-sex spouse of a woman charged with murder must testify against her at the trial because same-sex partners are not protected by the husband-wife privilege under Kentucky's state law. Geneva Case, who will be compelled to....... [more]

Lawsuit challenges Kentucky same-sex marriage ban
September 13, 2013
The Kentucky Equality Federation has filed a lawsuit to overturn Kentucky's amendment banning same-sex marriage. The constitutional amendment, passed in 2004 with approval of 75 percent of voters, allows only a marriage between man and woman to be valid or recognized. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, ar....... [more]