Here’s the domestic legal news we covered this week:
A US District judge declared a mistrial in New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez’s
[official profile] federal corruption trial on Thursday after questioning the 12 jurors.
An LGBT rights activist filed a federal lawsuit
[complaint, pdf] Monday challenging a Tennessee law
[text, pdf] that allows counselors to refuse to serve clients based on religious views.
The law, signed in April 2016 [JURIST report] by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam [official website], allows therapists to refuse to treat patients based on religious objections, when that patient’s “goals, outcomes or behaviors” conflict with the counselor’s “sincerely held principles.”
The lawsuit was filed by activist Bleu Copas, a former Arabic translator and linguist for the US Army, who was honorably yet involuntarily discharged [AP report] in 2006 pursuant to the military’s former Don’t Ask Don’t Tell [JURIST backgrounder] policy.
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri issued an order
[text, PDF] Wednesday placing restrictions on how the St.
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Wednesday ruled
[opinion, PDF] for the city of Philadelphia in a dispute over Attorney General Jeff Sessions withholding federal law enforcement grants in response to the city’s refusal to adhere to his heightened immigration security measures.
Two women filed a lawsuit
[complaint, PDF] against Uber on Tuesday in a San Francisco federal court alleging that they had been sexually assaulted by their Uber drivers.
The women claim that they are not the only ones—that drivers have been using their rail-hailing services as a platform to sexually assault and harass more than 1,000 riders.
An animal rights organization filed a writ of habeas corpus
[text, PDF] Monday on behalf of three elephants owned by the Connecticut-based Commerford Zoo
The writ was brought by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) [advocacy website] for the confinement and mistreatment of the elephants.
[official website] released
[press release] the 2016 Hate Crime Statistics
[materials] on Monday revealing 7,321 recorded criminal offenses motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender and gender identity in comparison to 6,885
[press release] of such bias-motivated offenses in the previous year.
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday allowed
[order, PDF] President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban to go partially into effect.