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Ruling would permit Florida same-sex marriages in January
December 4, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday declined to further stay a lower court's ruling that overturned Florida's ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling would allow same-sex marriage to begin in Florida when the stay expires after January 5. In August a US District Judge for the....... [more]

Sixth Circuit upholds same-sex marriage bans
November 6, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Thursday upheld same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that a change in the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman should come from the legislative process rather....... [more]

Tennessee, Colorado, North Dakota vote on abortion measures
November 5, 2014
Abortion measures were on the ballot across the country as Tennessee's Amendment 1, Colorado's Amendment 67, and North Dakota's Measure 1 went before voters during Tuesday's midterm elections. Tennessee's new amendment grants stronger power to lawmakers to regulate abortions, clarifying that the rig....... [more]

Congressional study: voter ID laws lower minority turnout
October 9, 2014
States that have toughened voter identification laws have experienced steeper drops in election turnout than those that have not, including disproportionate falloffs among black and younger voters, according to a nonpartisan congressional study released on Wednesday by the US Government Accountabili....... [more]

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]

Tennessee judge upholds same-sex marriage ban
August 12, 2014
A Tennessee county judge has upheld Tennessee's same-sex marriage ban, marking the first time a court has found the Constitution does not protect same-sex marriage since the Supreme Court's decision overturning of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013. Roane County Circuit Judge Russell S....... [more]

Survey of State Open and Concealed Carry Laws
July 17, 2014
Open carry laws restrict a person's ability to visibly wear or carry a gun in public. Both open and concealed carry laws vary considerably from state to state. Some state open carry laws differentiate between handguns and long guns, such as rifles and shotguns. Seven states, including California an....... [more]

Federal appeals court refuses to exempt Catholic non-profits from contraception mandate
June 12, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Wednesday refused to grant an injunction that would have exempted Catholic non-profit groups from the contraception coverage requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The court noted in its decision that the groups that....... [more]

Supreme Court rules for police in fatal car chase
May 27, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Plumhoff v. Rickard that police officers who fatally shot a driver to end a dangerous car chase did not violate the Fourth Amendment. The case was brought on appeal by six officers who claimed they were entitled to qualified immunity in a civil lawsuit filed by....... [more]

Federal judge orders Tennessee to recognize same-sex marriages pending lawsuit
March 15, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee ruled Friday that Tennessee must recognize the out-of-state marriages of three same-sex couples while they pursue a lawsuit attempting to overturn the state's ban. Article XI Section 18 of Tennessee's constitution, also known as....... [more]

Plumhoff v. Rickard: The "Video Exception" to the Seventh Amendment Jury Trial Right
March 4, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Christopher Wimmer, founder of Emergent Legal, discusses Plumhoff v. Rickard and qualified immunity...This term, the US Supreme Court will decide Plumhoff v. Rickard, a qualified immunity case arising out of the police shooting deaths of a man and woman in Memphis, Tennessee....... [more]




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