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Seven states have lodged a legal action challenging the Bush administration’s last-minute regulation that allows health care providers, citing religious reasons, to refuse to participate in providing abortions and other health care procedures. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal...
A ruling from the Environmental Protection Agency may ease the way for the construction of more power plants. The Washington Post reports that the ruling from late yesterday will allow the construction of new power plants without technology to limit carbon dioxide emissions. Last year, the U.S....
A federal appeals court today granted a stay of execution for Troy Davis, a Georgia man on death row for almost 20 years. Davis was convicted in 1991 of killing a Savannah police officer. But since his conviction a string of witnesses that testified against him have come forth to recant their...
A bipartisan group of House Judiciary Committee leaders has filed an amicus curiae brief in the case of NAMUD v. Holder. In NAMUD, the Supreme Court is considering whether Congress’s 2006 extension of the landmark Voting Rights Act was sufficiently justified to pass constitutional muster. In...
A constitutional amendment limiting presidential pardon power is being contemplated by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), TPM Muckraker reports. The congressman said during a public forum that he would introduce an amendment in the coming months to restrict the “president’s near absolute...
By Larry Schwartztol, a staff attorney in the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project. Schwartztol is one of the lawyers litigating a challenge to the FISA Amendments Act. Last week the New York Times broke a story that came as no surprise: when armed with expansive dragnet...
Just in time for the Supreme Court’s decision in Boumediene v. U.S., a panel of distinguished experts discussed Ensuring Access to Justice for Detainees in the ‘War on Terror’ at ACS’s 2008 National Convention.The panel focused on who should be detained and where, what...
Justices Consider Questions On Police Searches, Discrimination Claims and Legal Immunity for Administration
The U.S. Supreme Court reviewed cases this week involving police searches, lawsuits entangling top administration officials, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and habeas corpus review of a Tennessee murder conviction. In Cone v. Bell, the justices revealed “flashes of incredulity and...
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that voluntary confessions obtained by federal officials may be inadmissible if not presented before a court in a timely manner. Ruling 5-4 in Corley v. U.S., the justices concluded that federal officials do not have unlimited time to present a suspect’s...
A Pennsylvania judge set aside a lawsuit to force the community organizing group, ACORN, to give the state Republican Party a list of voters it had registered. The party sued seeking a list of 140,000 voters, claiming it included improperly registered voters, and also an order to force ACORN to air...