Appeals Court in Virginia Rules Against Latest Version of President Trump’s Travel Ban

Appeals Court in Virginia Rules Against Latest Version of President Trump’s Travel Ban

An appeals court in Virginia has ruled the latest version of President Trump’s travel ban unconstitutional.  The court, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, ruled that the ban unlawfully targets Muslims. The Supreme Court agreed last month to a hear a case involving the Trump administration’s travel ban.  The latest version of the ban, bars entry from six majority Muslim countries along with North Korea and Venezuela.  A month before that however, the High Court ruled that the ban…

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Second Federal Judge Strikes Down DACA End

Second Federal Judge Strikes Down DACA End

U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis of New York has become the second federal judge to place an injunction the Trump administration’s ending of the DACA program, the program that protects from deportation undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country at a young age.  Judge William Alsup of Federal District Court in San Francisco placed a nationwide injunction on the ending of the program in January. Garaufis wrote that the Trump administration could not end DACA until a “decision on…

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A Pennsylvania Republican Lawmaker Calls for Impeachment of State Supreme Court Justices for Forcing Legislature to Redraw Congressional Maps

A Pennsylvania Republican Lawmaker Calls for Impeachment of State Supreme Court Justices for Forcing Legislature to Redraw Congressional Maps

A Pennsylvania lawmaker has called for the impeachment of five state Supreme Court Justices in the wake of a decision that requires the Pennsylvania legislature to redraw the state’s congressional map.  Pennsylvania state Representative, Republican Cris Dush, blamed the justices for “blatantly” contradicting the Pennsylvania State constitution. “The five justices who signed this order that blatantly and clearly contradicts the plain language of the Pennsylvania Constitution engaged in misbehavior in office,” Dush wrote in a memo to state House members.  “Wherefore, each…

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Supreme Court Declines Pennsylvania GOP’s Request on the Redrawing of Congressional Maps

Supreme Court Declines Pennsylvania GOP’s Request on the Redrawing of Congressional Maps

The Supreme Court has declined to block a redrawing of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts.  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in January that the State’s map had to be redrawn because it was contrived in a way that heavily favored the Republican Party.  It gave lawmakers until February 9 to submit a new map to Governor Tom Wolf, who is a Democrat. Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania asked the U.S. Supreme Court to give them more time in redrawing the districts.  They also…

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Supreme Court Sides with North Carolina, Allows Controversial Congressional Districts to Remain in Place – For Now

Supreme Court Sides with North Carolina, Allows Controversial Congressional Districts to Remain in Place – For Now

The Supreme Court has temporarily sided with North Carolina State officials, allowing the borders of congressional districts, which have become controversial, to remain in place.  The court blocked a decision by a lower court which required that North Carolina create new congressional maps by the end of the month while a case is being appealed to the Supreme Court. A three-judge U.S. District Court panel had found that North Carolina state officials enacted the plan to redraw congressional maps “with…

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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Mississippi Case Allowing Businesses to Deny Services to LGBT Persons, Based on Religious Beliefs, Leaving Law Intact

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Mississippi Case Allowing Businesses to Deny Services to LGBT Persons, Based on Religious Beliefs, Leaving Law Intact

The Supreme Court has refused to hear two cases challenging a law in Mississippi that allows businesses and government employees to deny service to LGBT persons based on religious beliefs.  The refusal of the Court to hear the cases means the rulings of lower courts, and the law itself, remains in place. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals had rejected an order putting the law, known as H.B. 1523, on hold and dismissed the challenges brought by state residents.  In…

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