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Federal appeals court halts forced medication of Jared Lee Loughner

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday halted the forced medication of Jared Lee Loughner, the young man on trial for the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others, until a panel can hear arguments from his lawyers and prosecutors, CNN reported. Loughner’s defense attorney, Judy Clark, filed…

Federal court strikes down Michigan ban on affirmative action

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Friday struck down a Michigan law that banned affirmative action in college admissions, creating the possibility of a U.S. Supreme Court battle. The 6th U.S. Circuit of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, found that a 2006 amendment to the…

Court strikes Michigan ban on use of race in college admissions

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Friday struck down a Michigan law that banned affirmative action in college admissions, creating the possibility of a Supreme Court battle. The 6th U.S. Circuit of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, found that Proposal 2, a 2006 amendment to the Michigan constitution,…

US court upholds freeze on Arizona immigration law

PHOENIX, Arizona — A US federal court upheld the suspension of key parts of a controversial Arizona immigration law which came into force last year. Arizona’s governor slammed the ruling — and vowed to appeal to the US Supreme Court if necessary — but the Mexican government and rights groups…

Court to look at huge Wal-Mart sex bias lawsuit

High court to hear Wal-Mart appeal to throw out a massive lawsuit claiming sex discrimination The Supreme Court will consider whether to keep alive the largest job discrimination case in U.S. history, a lawsuit against Wal-Mart that grew from a half-dozen women to a class action that could involve billions…

Judge doubts gay marriage ban’s backers can appeal

The federal judge who overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban has more bad news for the measure’s sponsors: he not only is unwilling to keep gay couples from marrying beyond next Wednesday, he doubts the ban’s backers have the right to challenge his ruling. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker…

Groups seek judge’s removal from drilling case

Several environmental groups have asked a federal appeals court to disqualify a judge from a lawsuit over the Obama administration’s initial six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman overturned the temporary drilling ban in June and refused last month to withdraw from the case. In a…

Updated: Supreme Court vacates Siegelman decision

In a surprise decision Tuesday morning, the United States Supreme Court vacated an earlier ruling by a lower court in the case of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, who was convicted of bribery and honest services fraud in 2006 in a case that has widely been criticized as politically motivated.…

Mumia Abu-Jamal’s fate uncertain after Supreme Court ruling

The Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a ruling that had set aside the death sentence of Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer in a racially tinged case that has made the former Black Panther an international cause celebre. The justices ordered the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court…

Court rules Obama’s detention powers not limited by laws of war

The Washington, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling Tuesday that upholds the Bush administration’s broad claims of executive power to detain non-citizens. The case, Al-Bihani v. Obama, “was the first by the Circuit Court to directly apply the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in Boumediene v. Bush creating a…

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