Suit Filed Against Utah Anti-Gay Education Laws

Equality Utah and the National Center for Lesbian Rights have filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Utah over a series of laws that restrict any and all positive portrayals of LGBT people, among other clearly discriminatory restrictions. … [Read more...]

ABA Cowers Before ‘Libel Bully’ Trump

The New York Times reports that the American Bar Association prepared a report calling Donald Trump a libel bully for his decades-long use of defamation suits to stifle criticism of him, but they chickened out on releasing it because -- drumroll, please -- he might sue them. … [Read more...]

Attorneys Offering to Defend Trump Accusers Pro Bono

Since Donald Trump announced that he will be suing all of the women who have accused him of sexual harassment or assault, a number of prominent attorneys have offered to defend them all pro bono -- including Larry Tribe, who is pretty much a legend in appellate law. … [Read more...]

Van Jones Blisters Trump’s Hypocrisy on Sexual Assault

During a CNN panel discussion about Donald Trump being caught on tape essentially admitting to sexual assault, Van Jones pointed out two major points of hypocrisy. The first is that Trump has been billing himself as the law and order candidate. … [Read more...]

Federal Court Denies Religious Exemption from Vaccination Requirement

Here's a case that really illustrates the problem with granting religious exemptions -- and only religious exemptions -- from generally applicable laws. A federal court has denied a request for an exemption from a vaccination requirement because the grounds were merely "moral," not "religious." … [Read more...]

Trump’s Appalling Insistence that the Central Park Five are Guilty

You may well not remember that back in 1990, Donald Trump led a virtual lynch mob to bring back the death penalty in New York to executive the Central Park Five, a group of young black men who were charged with the gang rape of a young white woman in Central Park. They were, in fact, completely innocent and proven so quite conclusively. Trump still insists that they're guilty. … [Read more...]

Staver: Roy Moore’s Suspension Will Destroy America!

Mat Staver, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Larry Klayman, went on a Christian radio show and declared that the suspension, for the second time, of his client, former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, will result in the dissolution of the American republic. … [Read more...]

Roy Moore Appeals Ruling, but Says AL High Court Can’t Hear It

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is appealing his ruling to the state Supreme Court that he just got thrown off of, but says that they can't hear the case because it would be a conflict of interest. So he wants the governor to appoint a panel of judges instead. … [Read more...]

Appeals Court Hammers Pence Over Syrian Refugees

Three weeks ago attorneys for the state of Indiana appeared before a panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals that included Judge Richard Posner and Judge Frank Easterbrook, who openly mocked their absurd legal positions. Now they've ruled in the matter...and it didn't get any better. … [Read more...]

MI Township Settles RLUIPA Suit With Muslim School

Pittsfield Township, Michigan, near Ann Arbor, has settled two suits with a Muslim group that wanted to rezone a property so they could build a school. The case was based on the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. … [Read more...]

Another Far Right Pol Faces Contempt Charges

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is probably the country's most zealous vote suppressor, but in May a federal court ordered him to stop refusing to register voters who could not prove they were citizens. That court has now ordered him to court to explain why he shouldn't be held in contempt for not complying with that order. … [Read more...]

Another SCOTUS Case on When Judges Must Recuse

One of the cases the Supreme Court will hear this fall is Chisholm v. Two Unnamed Petitioners, a Wisconsin case that returns to the Supreme Court the question of when state judges must recuse in cases involving groups that spent large amounts of money to help get them elected. … [Read more...]