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Oregon set to vote on recreational marijuana use initative this fall
October 6, 2014
Oregon voters are set to vote this fall on Measure 91, which would legalize recreational marijuana in the state. Under the proposed initiative, recreational sale of marijuana would be governed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which would be granted the power to select licensees and develop....... [more]

Federal appeals court dismisses final challenge to Oregon same-sex marriage
August 28, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday dismissed an appeal by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) over the lifting of Oregon's same-sex marriage ban. NOM attempted to appeal the recent lifting of Oregon's 2004 ban under the assertion that ending the ban would bring harm....... [more]

Federal judge rules no-fly list unconstitutional
June 26, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon ruled Tuesday that the government's practice of adding people to a no-fly list is unconstitutional. US District Judge Anna Brown ruled that the list, which bans people from commercial flights due to alleged links to terrorism, violates a p....... [more]

Supreme Court refuses to block same-sex marriage in Oregon
June 6, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a request to block same-sex marriage in Oregon pending an appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which is currently hearing several cases on the same issue. The application for stay was presented to Justice Anthony Kennedy and referred by h....... [more]

Supreme Court urged to stay Oregon same-sex marriage ruling
May 29, 2014
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) on Tuesday filed an application to block same-sex marriages in Oregon while the group appeals a decision overturning the state's ban. The group, which opposes same-sex marriage, submitted the filing to Justice Anthony Kennedy, who handles such requests fr....... [more]

Radical Muslim cleric found guilty of terrorism charges
May 20, 2014
A jury for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Monday convicted Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri of supporting terrorism. Al-Masri was found guilty of 11 criminal charges, which included planning to establish a jihad training camp in Oregon, conspiring to kid....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down Oregon same-sex marriage ban
May 20, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon on Monday struck down Oregon's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, saying that the ban could not be enforced because it unconstitutionally discriminates against same-sex couples. In his opinion, Judge Michael McShane wrote that becaus....... [more]

Federal judge rules advocacy group cannot defend Oregon same-sex marriage law
May 16, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon on Wednesday rejected an attempt by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to intervene in litigation to defend the state's same-sex marriage ban. NOM presented the petition in oral argument, and it was immediately denied by Judge Mi....... [more]

Maine Median Strip Ordinance Unconstitutional
March 14, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Zachary L. Heiden, Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, says that the Portland, Maine ordinance banning anyone from standing, sitting or loitering in any median strip is a content-based restriction that fails to comply with the First Amendment...In Cu....... [more]

Oregon AG refuses to defend same-sex marriage ban
February 21, 2014
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in a filing on Thursday that her office will not defend Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. Rosenblum said that the ban cannot survive a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review. Rosenblum went on to say that there was no rational bas....... [more]

Federal judge rules panhandling ban in Maine unconstitutional
February 13, 2014
The United States District Court of Maine ruled on Wednesday that a city ordinance banning people from panhandling in median strips of streets was unconstitutional. US District Judge George Singal found that the Portland, Maine ordinance's distinction between allowing people to be in the medians to....... [more]