The US Supreme Court has thrown out a lower-court ruling allowing a state court clerk to be sued for telling a pregnant teenager that her parents must be notified of their child’s desire to seek an abortion without their consent, and instructed to dismiss the case as moot; the case stemmed from a lawsuit alleging that the clerk, Michelle Chapman, violated the rights of a pregnant 17-year-old, known as Jane Doe.
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The Supreme Court's recent decision in Cruz v. Arizona is deemed unusual because its holding means that a federal court can review a federal issue, but neither of the federal review nor the federal issue occurred as the Court just held that the state's decision was not adequate and independent, and then vacated and remanded the case to the state court, hence leaving the lawyer and the article author confused and unsure.
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The Fifth Circuit's decision in United States v. Rahimi, which held that the federal statute prohibiting possession of a firearm by a person subject to a domestic violence restraining order violates the Second Amendment, has been updated with a revised concurring opinion from Judge Ho that expands on the compatibility between respecting the Second Amendment and protecting citizens from violent criminals and due to the issue being a candidate for catching the Supreme Court's attention, it is suggested that the Fifth Circuit consider rehearing the case en banc.
The article discusses the use of "racial diversity" as a criterion for affirmative action in universities, particularly in the cases challenging Harvard and UNC, and highlights the fact that Hispanic is treated as a race even though it is classified as an ethnicity by the Department of Education, which raises constitutional issues about arbitrary classifications.
The Biden Administration, which recently pardoned low-level federal marijuana offenders, is defending the loss of Second Amendment rights for marijuana users, which is considered unconstitutional by some as it disproportionately affects low-level offenses and is an open-ended license to deprive people of their Second Amendment rights.
This week's Petitions of the Week column features cert petitions requesting when a prevailing plaintiff in a civil-rights lawsuit should have their attorney's fees paid by the state, with one specific case involving the payment of over $700,000 in attorney's fees to voting-rights groups who sued Tennessee over a law imposing restrictions on voter-registration drives, which Tennessee is now seeking to have invalidated.
Federal district court Judge Brian Wimes has overturned Missouri's Second Amendment Protection Act (SAPA), which is a gun sanctuary legislation put in place to restrict state and law-enforcement collaboration with all bids to impose federal gun control laws, although it doesn't regulate federal law enforcement or interfere with its activities.
The Federal Court in Switzerland has ruled in favor of a defendant's lawyer, who argued that evidence obtained through phone wiretapping was inadmissible due to the state prosecutor not initiating the necessary permit process in a timely manner, resulting in the entire recorded interrogation being struck from the case file.
The Supreme Court is currently hearing arguments in two cases, Biden v. Nebraska and Department of Education v. Brown, which raise legal issues on student loan forgiveness, and any path taken by the court will have significant consequences, particularly if it determines how debt forgiveness interacts with the major questions doctrine.
Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson issued her first majority opinion for the court, ruling that unclaimed MoneyGram checks must be distributed to the states where they were initially purchased.
Washington, D.C.'s gifting industry, which allows stores to "gift" clients small amounts of marijuana as long as they purchase another item, is facing a crackdown from authorities, who are looking to fine stores $10,000 and, ultimately, to revoke their licenses, leaving the industry's majority black and Latino tenants at risk of losing their businesses.
The PUMP Act and the Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act, two new federal laws affecting employers, bring the federal minimum requirements closer to California's existing laws, and provide greater protections for breastfeeding employees and pregnant or postpartum employees, including the right to “reasonable break time” to pump breast milk at work, extended paid pumping time, and reasonable accommodations to help perform job duties.
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