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The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reaffirmed Thursday that a section of the Mississippi Constitution that banned felons from voting for life did not violate the Eighth or Fourteenth Amendments to the US Constitution and was thereby constitutional. Dennis Hopkins, a disenfranchised voter, claimed that the Mississippi Constitution created a “cruel and [...]

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Arrests following illegal crossings of the US-Mexican border are the lowest of President Joseph Biden’s administration—down 29 percent in June alone—following a Presidential proclamation effectively barring would-be asylum seekers from requesting protection after they have illegally crossed the southern border. The Department of Homeland Security stated that “the Border Patrol’s 7-day average has decreased to [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decided Friday that Emilee Carpenter, a religious wedding photographer seeking an exemption to the New York Human Rights Law under the First Amendment, had enough factual basis for a claim and could proceed to the district court. Carpenter sought a preliminary injunction for the New York [...]

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The Utah Supreme Court unanimously decided Thursday that Utah citizens have a constitutional right to reform their government in response to past redistricting efforts to divide Salt Lake City into four congressional districts, resulting in Republicans winning by a large margin. The Utah League of Women Voters alleged that the Republicans in the state legislature have [...]

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The US Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a case challenging a Texas law that requires age verification and imposes health warnings for pornography websites. Texas Bill 1181, which was passed in September 2023, requires age verification measures to be used by websites that host sexually explicit material if it comprises at least one-third of [...]

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the creation of a publicly-funded religious charter school, St. Isidore of Seville Virtual Charter School violates the First Amendment and Oklahoma State Constitution. The court said the St. Isidore contract violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the US Constitution, which says the government “shall make no [...]

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The US Supreme Court held Thursday in Gonzalez v. Trevino that the existence of probable cause does not necessarily defeat retaliatory arrest claims. The case concerns a Texas councilwoman who argues that she was arrested in retaliation for her speech critical of a city government official. Retaliation-arrest claims generally must prove the absence of probable [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) found Tuesday that the state of Alaska violated Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to provide accessible voting facilities in the 2020 and 2022 elections. Voters across Alaska reported that the accessible voting machines were inoperable on Election Day during the 2020 and 2022 [...]

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The US Supreme Court sided with Starbucks on Thursday by determining that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) needed to follow a four-part test to establish unfair labor practices and for the rehiring of unionized employees. A group of six Starbucks employees unionized their Memphis store in 2022 and conducted interviews with local news, citing [...]

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The US House of Representatives passed a resolution by a vote of 216-207 on Wednesday in finding Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with the Committee on the Judiciary’s subpoena for the audio recordings of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s interviews with President Biden.  While Garland previously told the Judiciary [...]

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