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Supreme Court restricts government-debt collection robocalls
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that an exception allowing robocalls to cell phones for government-debt collection is an impermissible exception to the law restricting nearly all other robocalls.The court was asked to decide whether the law was (More)
Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejects legislature’s attempt to end COVID-19 restrictions
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 orde (More)
Venezuela denied access to funds at Bank of England by UK High Court
The High Court in London denied Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro access to more than 1 billion dollars worth of gold on Friday. According to the ruling, Maduro cannot access the funds because the UK does not recognize him as president of Venezuela (More)
The Real Independence Day: July 2, 1776
Author's Note: During my tenure as the first Supreme Court Archivist-Legal Historian to the Supreme Court of Missouri, I authored an in-house history column. Reproduced below is my July Fourth column from 2013.On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote a (More)
A Knee on All Americans
Since murder is a horrible wrong, preventing a murder must be a good thing, right? Truth be told, it can get complicated. Among the many questions raised by the killing of George Floyd, we should pause to consider what would have happened if a bystan (More)
Missouri Supreme Court denies attempt to defund Planned Parenthood
The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 6-1 that a provision in the state's appropriations bill that deprived Planned Parenthood of millions of dollars for medical services reimbursements, is unconstitutional.The suit challenged House Bill 20 (More)
Iowa judge blocks 24-hour abortion waiting period
Judge Mitchell Turner issued a temporary injunction Tuesday blocking enforcement of an Iowa law requiring a 24-hour waiting period for abortions. The injunction was granted while the court hears arguments in a suit challenging the law brought by Plan (More)
Russia referendum allows Putin to stay in power through 2036
Russian President Vladimir Putin won a referendum vote on Thursday, allowing him to stay in office through 2036. Putin's constitutional amendments garnered close to 78 percent of the votes. Approximately 65 percent of voters turned out.The consti (More)
Federal appeals court upholds Wisconsin voting restrictions
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld a number of Republican-authored voting restrictions in Wisconsin on Monday, reversing several lower court decisions. Judge Easterbrook explained in the opinion, in which Ju (More)
Mississippi proposes constitutional amendment on governor elections
Mississippi lawmakers approved a proposed amendment to the state's constitution on Monday that would change the election procedure for governor.Under current law, the governor is elected by an electoral vote from the Mississippi House of Represen (More)