Judge Bunning Puts Kim Davis in Jail


Whoa, things got a lot more serious at this morning's hearing on a contempt of court motion than I expected. In their motion for contempt, the plaintiffs in the case had asked only for fines, not jail time, but Judge Bunning ruled that fines would be useless because Kim Davis' supporters would pay them for her (and he's right), so he told her to go directly to jail and remain there until she agrees to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. … [Read more...]

West Point Prof Publishes Horrifying Legal Paper


My former colleague Spencer Ackerman, now the national security editor for the Guardian, has a story about one of the most appalling papers I've ever heard of. A law professor at West Point named William Bradford has written a paper arguing that not only are Islamic holy sites a legitimate target for bombing by the U.S. military, but so are American legal scholars and journalists who are critics of the war on terror. … [Read more...]

Judge Slammed by Appeals Court in Wife Beating Case


I've pointed out many times that state legislatures and local councils are the place to find the dumbest and most ridiculous politicians, but the same is also true of judges. Because judges are elected positions in most states, a sizable percentage of those on the bench are local yokels who shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a courtroom. Here's a great example, a judge in Georgia who got hammered by the appeals court for some seriously appalling behavior in a domestic violence case. … [Read more...]

States Violating the Law By Cutting Medicaid Contracts With PP


Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas and Gov. Ray Bentley of Alabama have already voided contracts with Planned Parenthood to provide services to women on Medicaid, from family planning to pap smears to breast cancer screenings. Other states are looking to do the same thing in the wake of those fake videos alleging that PP is selling fetal tissue. But the National Journal points out that they are actually violating federal law by doing so. … [Read more...]

Two Klayman Lawsuits Dismissed in One Week


It was not a good week for Larry Klayman, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Mat Staver. He had two federal court cases dismissed, the first a ridiculous RICO suit filed against Bill and Hillary Clinton and the second the suit against Obama's immigration orders filed on behalf of fascist Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Needless to say, it's all due to a vast conspiracy against him. … [Read more...]

Victim-Blaming Judge Suspended in Montana

The Montana Supreme Court formally reprimanded and suspended (for 31 days) the judge who infamously blamed a 14 year old girl who was raped by one of her teachers and later committed suicide. Judge G. Todd Baugh says he's going to retire at the end of this year when his term expires. … [Read more...]

The Attack of the 50 Foot Gay Judges

Two openly gay judges have been confirmed for the federal bench and the anti-gay right is throwing quite a tantrum over it. The Worldnetdaily, naturally, is putting the megaphone in front of the bigots and offering up their dishonest and irrational arguments with no analysis whatsoever: … [Read more...]

Judge Rules for Victims of ‘Reversion’ Therapy

In a very important case, a state judge in New Jersey has ruled that the plaintiffs in a case filed against an organization that performs "reversion therapy" to convert gay people to straight people can recover treble damages under that state's laws against fraud. … [Read more...]

Coal Company to File Frivolous Lawsuit Against EPA

From the Annals of What the Fuck Are You Thinking: The CEO of Murray Energy, one of the largest coal producers in the country, is planning to sue the EPA on the grounds that they've been lying about global warming. Because the earth is really getting cooler. Seriously. … [Read more...]

MT Supreme Court Suspends Victim-Blaming Judge

Remember the judge who sentenced a teacher who had sex with one of his students to only a month in jail because, as he put it, his 14-year old victim was "in control" and "older than her chronological age"? The Montana Supreme Court has now suspended and reprimanded him. … [Read more...]

Court: BP Has to Pay Federal Fines

Though British Petroleum has put commercials on the air talking about how they're taking responsibility for the horrific oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, they've been fighting in court to get out of the fines for malfeasance that caused the spill. An appeals court has just smacked them down pretty hard. … [Read more...]

How Court Victories Drive Social Progress

As the court rulings in favor of equality continue to pile up in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling in Windsor -- so far, every federal court since then has struck down state laws banning same-sex marriage when challenged -- Scott Lemieux argues that such rulings can help drive public opinion. … [Read more...]