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Pastor, deacons accused of assaulting gay couple

A gay Tennessee couple has filed complaints against against a pastor and four deacons who they say assaulted them while trying to attend Grace Fellowship Church in Fruitland late last month. Jerry Pittman Jr. and his boyfriend told WBBJ that they were attacked by several deacons at the request of…

FOIA request seeks details of Justice Thomas’ jet and yacht travel

A non-partisan watchdog group has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in an attempt to determine whether conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas improperly disclosed the use of private jets and a yacht. Common Cause’s FOIA request (PDF) to the U.S. Marshals Service encompasses travel on seven dates…

White House: Iraq has little time to request troops stay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Tuesday said time was running short for Iraq to issue a request for U.S. troops to stay in the country beyond the end of this year. “We are waiting … to see whether or not the Iraqi government makes a request of us.…

Supreme Court refuses to speed up health care ruling

(Reuters) – The Supreme Court rejected on Monday a request to speed up a ruling on President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, his signature domestic achievement that has provoked a fierce political and legal battle. The justices turned down the state of Virginia’s request to invoke a rarely used procedure to…

Supreme Court leaves Obama healthcare reform alone

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court took no action Monday on a request to speed up a ruling on President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul law, his signature domestic accomplishment that has provoked a fierce political battle. The justices were scheduled on Friday to consider the state of Virginia’s appeal seeking to invoke a…

Hearing set in US request for Twitter accounts

WASHINGTON – A US judge is to hear arguments next week about the US government’s efforts to get Twitter to hand over information on the accounts of three people connected with WikiLeaks. The hearing is scheduled to be held on February 15 in a federal court in Alexandria, Virgina, according…

Polygamist leader Jeffs has trouble finding lawyer

Texas court denies polygamist leader’s request to delay trial so he can find a lawyer A West Texas court on Wednesday refused to rule on a request by polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs to delay his sexual assault trial so he could have more time to find an in-state attorney.…

Supreme Court to decide corporate privacy rights

Supreme Court to weigh whether corporations can claim personal privacy interests The Supreme Court is getting involved in an unusual freedom of information dispute over whether corporations may assert personal privacy interests to prevent the government from releasing documents about them. The court on Tuesday agreed to a request from…

Court won’t force Calif officials to defend Prop 8

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California court has refused to order Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to appeal a ruling that overturned the state’s gay marriage ban. The 3rd District Court of Appeal on Wednesday denied a conservative legal group’s request to force the officials to defend voter-approved…

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