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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]

US House approves lawsuit against Obama
July 31, 2014
The US House of Representatives passed a resolution on Wednesday authorizing Speaker of the House John Boehner to move ahead with a lawsuit which would challenge President Barack Obama's 2013 decision to waive the federal healthcare law's employer mandate without Congress's consent. The measure was....... [more]

Federal appeals court dismisses five-state Asian carp lawsuit
July 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday against a coalition of five Great Lakes States seeking to compel the Army Corps of Engineers and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District) to take action to prevent Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan thr....... [more]

Supreme Court allows challenge to law criminalizing false political statements
June 16, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus that the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA) and the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST) can proceed with a lawsuit challenging an Ohio law that criminalizes spreading false statements during the course....... [more]

Federal judge issues stay on death penalty in Ohio
May 29, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio ordered a temporary moratorium on executions in Ohio on Wednesday. The stay is intended to allow attorneys time to complete discovery and other legal preparations pertaining to Ohio's new execution protocol, which would increase th....... [more]

Ohio judge orders reinstatement of hormone treatment for transgender inmate
May 4, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Friday ordered the permanent reinstatement of hormone treatments for a transgender Ohio prison inmate who complained about losing her breast tissue, growing facial hair and suffering other related symptoms after treatments were s....... [more]

Ohio couples challenge same-sex marriage ban
April 30, 2014
Six Ohio couples on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, challenges the constitutional prohibition against same-sex marriage, approved by voters in 2004. The lawsuit alleges th....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on false political statements, TV copyright
April 22, 2014
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus the court heard arguments on whether an Ohio law that imposes penalties for making knowingly false statements about political candidates violates the right to free speech. The Ohio law makes it a cri....... [more]

Federal judge stays most of Ohio same-sex marriage ruling
April 17, 2014
Federal judge Timothy Black of the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio said Wednesday that Ohio must immediately recognize four same-sex marriages but stayed the broader effects of the ruling pending appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Staying that portion of th....... [more]

Ohio AG approves proposed constitutional amendment to overturn gay marriage ban
April 15, 2014
Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine determined on Monday that a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would overturn its current ban on gay marriage had obtained the requisite number of signatures and satisfied the requirement that it be a "fair and truthful statement of the proposed law....... [more]




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