Legal Buzz June 25, 2013: Supreme Court Strikes Down Part of Voting Rights Act

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Part of Voting Rights Act

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The Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act Tuesday, ruling that the formula used to enforce the nearly 50-year-old civil rights law needs to be updated.

In a 5-4 decision the court said that the coverage formula used by the government to determine which states are required to get federal permission before they make any changes to voting laws is unconstitutional. The ruling effectively puts the issue back in the hands of lawmakers to revise the law. And until then, the ruling effectively renders section five of the Voting Rights Act inoperable….READ MORE

Legal Buzz June 18, 2013: Google challenges US gag order, citing First Amendment

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Google challenges US gag order, citing First Amendment

Source: Washington Post, 6-18-13

Google asked the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Tuesday to ease long-standing gag orders over data requests it makes, arguing that the company has a constitutional right to speak about information it’s forced to give the government….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 11, 2013: ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Obama Administration Over NSA Surveillance Program

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ACLU sues over NSA surveillance program

Source: Washington Post, 6-11-13

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the constitutionality of the U.S. government’s surveillance program that collects from U.S. phone companies the call records of tens of millions of Americans….READ MORE

Political Headlines March 18, 2013: ABC News / Washington Post Poll Tracks Dramatic Rise in Support for Gay Marriage

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 113TH CONGRESS:

THE HEADLINES….

Poll Tracks Dramatic Rise in Support for Gay Marriage

Source: ABC News Radio, 3-18-13

Langer Research Associates

Support for gay marriage reached a new high in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, marking a dramatic change in public attitudes on the subject across the past decade. Fifty-eight percent of Americans now say it should be legal for gay and lesbian couples to wed….READ MORE

See PDF with full results, charts and tables here.

Political Headlines January 6, 2013: ‘President for Life’ Barack Obama?: US Rep. Jose’ Serrano, D-N.Y. Introduced House Joint Resolution 15 to Repeal the 22nd Amendment of the Constitution

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 113TH CONGRESS:

THE HEADLINES….

‘President for Life’ Barack Obama?

Source: BizPacReview, 1-6-13

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Read the bill at GovTrack.US.

A bill was quietly introduced on Friday and sent to committee which would allow President Obama to serve a third, fourth or any number of terms.

According to GovTrack.US, U.S. Rep. Jose’ Serrano, D-N.Y., introduced House joint resolution 15 on Jan. 4, which proposes “an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.”

The measure has since been referred to committee….READ MORE

Legal Buzz August 29, 2011: Federal Judge Blocks Alambama Immigration for 30 Days to Review Whether it’s Consitutional

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By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University.

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COURT AND LEGAL NEWS: FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS ALABAMA IMMIGRATION LAW FOR 30 DAYS TO REVIEW WHETHER IT’S CONSITUTIONAL

Federal judge blocks Ala. illegal immigration law: A federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of Alabama’s new law cracking down on illegal immigration, ruling Monday that she needed more time to decide whether the law opposed by the Obama administration, church leaders and immigrant-rights groups is constitutional.
The brief order by U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Blackburn means the law — which opponents and supporters alike have called the toughest in the nation — won’t take effect as scheduled on Thursday. The ruling was cheered both by Republican leaders who were pleased the judge didn’t gut the law and by opponents who compare it to old Jim Crow-era statutes against racial integration…. – AP, 8-29-11

Full Text: Alabama Immigration Law 2011

“We must remember that today’s ruling is simply the first round in what promises to be a long judicial fight over Alabama’s right to protect its borders. To put it in sports terms, it is the first half-inning of the first game of a seven-game World Series.” — House Majority Leader Micky Hammon of Decatur

  • Judge puts hold on Alabama immigration law: Alabama’s tough new immigration law on Monday was temporarily put on hold by a federal judge. Alabama’s toughest in the nation crackdown had originally been set to take effect Sept. 1, but had come under fire from several groups that filed lawsuits … – Politico, 8-29-11
  • Judge halts Alabama immigration law, but not on legal merits: A federal judge on Monday blocked Alabama’s tough new immigration law from taking effect this week, citing the need for more time to consider the legal challenges against it…. – Reuters, 8-29-11
  • Judge temporarily blocks tough Alabama immigration law: A federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of a tough immigration law in Alabama on Monday. Opponents of the measure — including state church leaders, the US Justice Department and the American Civil Liberties Union … – CNN, 8-29-11
  • Judge Stops Enforcement of Alabama Immigration Law, Doesn’t Rule on Merits: Alabama’s new immigration law giving police the power to verify the immigration status of people stopped for questioning, was blocked by a US judge three days before it’s to take effect…. – Bloomberg, 8-29-11
  • U.S. judge blocks Ala. law targeting illegal immigrants: US District Judge Sharon L. Blackburn, a federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of the Alabama law, scheduled to take effect Thursday, that would crack down on illegal immigration…. – USA Today, 8-29-11
  • Alabama immigration law blocked until Sept. 29 while federal judge weighs case: US District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn has decided to block Alabama’s new immigration law for a month to give herself more time to rule on whether parts or all of the far-reaching law are constitutional…. – The Huntsville Times, 8-29-11
  • Rally at Ala. Capitol opposes immigration law: Just days before Alabama’s new immigration law takes effect, hundreds of people rallied in front of the state Capitol to protest. The law makes it a crime to be an illegal immigrant in Alabama and for those in the US illegally…. – Houston Chronicle, 8-29-11
  • The Nation’s Cruelest Immigration Law: The Alabama Legislature opened its session on March 1 on a note of humility and compassion. In the Senate, a Christian pastor asked God to grant members “wisdom and discernment” to do what is right. “Not what’s right in their own eyes,” he said…. – NYT, 8-29-11
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