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Federal appeals court upholds university's consideration of race in admissions
July 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Tuesday that the University of Texas at Austin (UT) may continue considering race as part of its admission criteria. The US Supreme Court had remanded the case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, to the appeals court last year after finding....... [more]

Federal appeals court allows Confederate flag license plates
July 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Monday reversed a lower court ruling prohibiting the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles from issuing specialty license plates featuring the Confederate battle flag. The Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), an organization dedicat....... [more]

US lawmakers introduce bill on migrant children
July 16, 2014
Texas lawmakers Senator John Cornyn (R) and Representative Henry Cuellar (D) introduced bipartisan legislation Tuesday that would change a current border protection law to allow the US government to more easily deport Central American minors that have crossed the US-Mexico border. The bill, referred....... [more]

Alabama appeals court strikes down anti-sodomy law
June 15, 2014
The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday struck down a portion of a state law banning consensual oral and anal sex, aimed at criminalizing homosexual conduct, as unconstitutional. The appeal was brought by a Dallas County, Alabama, man who was charged with engaging in consensual sodomy with a....... [more]

ACLU report cites violations in privately run Texas prisons
June 11, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Texas released a report Tuesday exposing the results of a multi-year investigation into conditions at five Criminal Alien Requirement (CAR) prisons in Texas. There are 13 CAR prisons in the US—privately run prisons that house only non-ci....... [more]

State Bans on Affirmative Action
June 5, 2014
04/22/2014: Supreme Court upheld Michigan affirmative action ban. 06/24/2013: Supreme Court sent Texas affirmative action case back to lower court. 11/06/2012: Oklahoma voters approved affirmative action ban. 04/02/2012: Ninth Circuit upheld California affirmative action ban. 11/02/2010: Ar....... [more]

Federal appeals court overturns Missouri ban on flag desecration
May 31, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Friday that Missouri's ban on desecrating the American flag is unconstitutional. On October 20, 2009, Frank Snider was arrested for violating Missouri Revised Statute 578.095 by shredding an American flag and tossing the remnants in the street, a....... [more]

Texas execution halted over intellectual disability claim
May 15, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday granted a stay of execution for a Texas inmate just hours before he was to be put to death in order to review his claim that he is intellectually disabled. Robert James Campbell, a 41-year-old convicted rapist and murderer, was to be the first....... [more]

Federal appeals court overturns ruling requiring disclosure of lethal injection drugs
April 3, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday overturned a ruling from US District Court for the Southern District of Texas that had required the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to provide information about the supplier of lethal injection drugs. Lower court Judge Vanessa Gilmore h....... [more]

Rights group filing new challenge to Texas abortion law
April 3, 2014
The Center for Reproductive Rights announced Wednesday that it will file a new lawsuit against Texas House Bill 2, which requires physicians performing "surgical abortions" to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and also required certain compliance protocols relating to the administratio....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds Texas abortion restrictions
March 28, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday upheld Texas abortion restrictions requiring physicians performing "surgical abortions" to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and certain compliance protocols relating to the administration of drugs inducing "medication abortions....... [more]




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