A Kentucky Circuit Judge granted a temporary restraining order on Thursday against Governor Andy Beshear’s COVID-19 executive orders. Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles and Evan Orchard and Cider Mill, LLC, filed a complaint against the Governor alleging numerous unconstitutional orders issued by the executive. The complaint argues that Beshear’s orders bypass the administrative process and infringe [...]

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Wednesday rejected the state legislature’s resolution to end a COVID-19 executive order. In mid-March, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf declared the closure of all non-essential businesses via executive order. The order prohibited dine-in restaurants and bars but allowed delivery and take out services to continue. On June 3, 2020, the Democratic governor [...]

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A federal judge found Wednesday that Kentucky’s COVID-19 restriction on mass gatherings is unconstitutional. On March 19 the Kentucky Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services instituted an order to slow the spread of COVID-19 by restricting “mass gatherings.” The order provides some exceptions, including transportation stations, medical facilities and shopping centers. The [...]

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The US Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s 200th judicial appointee Wednesday, marking a milestone for Trump’s impact on the federal judiciary. By a vote of 52-48, the Senate approved the appointment of Judge Cory Wilson from Mississippi. Wilson previously served on the Mississippi Court of Appeals and will soon assume office on the US Court [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) could issue permits for hunters to import elephant trophies from Zimbabwe. The FWS created a general ban on the importation of hunting trophies to the US. However, the agency does provide exception when the [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Forest Service has statutory authority to issue a permit for the construction of a pipeline under the Appalachian Trail. The case involved Dominion Energy, a natural gas company based in the Southeastern US, and its efforts to build a pipeline under a 600-foot stretch of the Appalachian [...]

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A Michigan voter filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Michigan Secretary of State and 16 county clerks, asserting that state officials have not properly maintained the voter registration as required by law. Tony Daunt, Executive Director of the conservative Michigan Freedom Fund, brought the lawsuit. The complaint alleges a violation of Section 8 of the [...]

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday that President Donald Trump has “drifted away” from the Constitution. Powell, a Republican who served in George W. Bush’s administration, endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the interview. “We have a Constitution. And we have to follow that Constitution. And the President has drifted away from [...]

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The US Supreme Court rejected an argument Monday that would have expanded a prisoner’s ability to file lawsuit without paying a filing fee. Prisoner litigants often bring lawsuits in forma pauperis (IFP), or without a filing fee. The Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) declares that prisoners are not able to acquire this status if they [...]

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