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August 12, 2013
9:57 // 1 year ago
March 15, 2013

Federal judge finds FBI’s usage of national security letters unconstitutional

  • 16.5k the number of ultra-secret national security letters sent by the FBI, with gag orders, in 2011. The agency has sent hundreds of thousands of them over the years—and appears to have finally met its match in the form of a federal judge who ruled on Friday that the orders were unconstitutional. The case, involving an unnamed telecom firm, prevented the firm from speaking about the case to the public. source
19:45 // 1 year ago
January 25, 2013
19:29 // 1 year ago
August 12, 2011
Appeals court rules against individual mandate: The health care law is going to need a up-and-down Supreme Court take. Let’s face it, guys. EDIT: Breaking News notes that the law can still stand without the mandate.

Appeals court rules against individual mandate: The health care law is going to need a up-and-down Supreme Court take. Let’s face it, guys. EDIT: Breaking News notes that the law can still stand without the mandate.

13:12 // 3 years ago
May 23, 2011

SCOTUS rules CA prisons unconstitutionally overcrowded

"Incompatible with the concept of human dignity": So said Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the 5-4 Supreme Court majority that ruled California’s state prison system is so overcrowded that they say it violates constitutional rights (the level of health services available to inmates who sorely need them has been a relevant issue of late). As such, the ruling may force the state to release nearly 40,000 prisoners. “The release of prisoners in large numbers … is a matter of undoubted, grave concern, yet so too is the continuing injury and harm resulting from these serious constitutional violations,” said Kennedy. source

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15:42 // 3 years ago
March 24, 2011
It is decidedly unjust and unreasonable to expect California’s gay and lesbian couples to put their lives on hold and suffer daily discrimination as second-class citizens while their U.S. District Court victory comes to its final conclusion.
Chad Griffin, chairman of The American Foundation For Civil Rights • Speaking on the rejected plea to lift the stay on the Proposition 8 ruling. The proposition, which was approved by voters in the 2008 election, was ruled unconstitutional by Judge Vaughn Walker last year, but a stay was put on his ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. This was broadly thought to be a delay on the resumption of gay marriage in the state so that if/when a higher court examined the issue, the marriages wouldn’t again have to be halted if Walker’s verdict was overturned. Gay rights advocates are understandably unhappy, as the stay could conceivably last a year, and if civil rights are infringed, we suspect that’s not the expedient remedy most people would feel entitled to. source (viafollow)
15:02 // 3 years ago
March 3, 2011
Almost everyone agrees that the constitutionality of the act is an issue that will ultimately have to be decided by the Supreme Court of the United States. It is very important to everyone in this country that this case move forward as soon as practically possible.
Senior US District Judge Roger Vinson • In offering a deal to the Obama administration –  he’ll put a stay on his health-care decision – but only if he appeals it, possibly directly to the Supreme Court. Vinson’s decision is notable in that he said the entire law was unconstitutional in his decision, which was the result of a 26-state class-action lawsuit. So, how do you guys think that the Supreme Court will decide? source (viafollow)
21:30 // 3 years ago
December 14, 2010

Three reasons the health-care ruling isn’t a very big deal

  • first Two other courts have already ruled that it’s constitutional. The difference here? The judge this time was a Bush appointee and partly owns a campaign consulting firm that fought against the bill. (Conflict of interest?)
  • second The only part of the law that Judge Henry E. Hudson overturned? The individual mandate, which forces people to buy insurance. He turned over nothing else in the bill, even though that’s what opponents wanted.
  • third And, the most alarming part for those against the bill? He wrote his decision very narrowly, ensuring that only the one section would be affected. And he didn’t stop the health care bill from being enacted, either. source

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8:49 // 3 years ago
December 13, 2010
12:11 // 3 years ago
December 1, 2010
The Senate knows the rule and should follow the rule and they should be cognizant of the rule. Nobody ought to be surprised by the rule. It is in the Constitution, and you have all been lectured and we have as well about reading the Constitution.
House Majority Whip (for the next month or so) Steny Hoyer • Scolding Senate Democrats for doing something really moronic. See, any revenue-raising bill has to originate in the House. Usually, the Senate gets around this by using a discarded, recombobulated House bill as a shell. But they didn’t do that this time with the food-safety bill they just passed, because they’re inept and want to let the GOP walk all over them like they’ve been doing the last two years. Heckuva job. (thanks fuckyeahcoolquotessource (viafollow)
20:05 // 3 years ago