Indictments in Flint Water Crisis Are Invalid, Michigan Supreme Court Finds

The cases against former Gov. Rick Snyder and other top officials were thrown into doubt by the ruling.

#flint-mich, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #nessel-dana, #snyder-richard-dale, #supreme-courts-state, #water

A Broken Redistricting Process Winds Down, With No Repairs in Sight

A brutal battle over drawing district boundaries in the House of Representatives has left the two political parties roughly at parity. But no one is celebrating.

#desantis-ron, #elections-house-of-representatives, #florida, #house-of-representatives, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #supreme-courts-state, #texas, #voting-rights-act-1965

Florida Supreme Court Turns Down DeSantis Voting Map Challenge

The court’s refusal means that the November elections will most likely be based on legislative maps a lower court said illegally diluted the power of Black voters.

#black-people, #desantis-ron, #elections-house-of-representatives, #florida, #lawson-alfred-1948, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #supreme-courts-state

Wisconsin Supreme Court Approves Republican-Drawn Legislative Maps

The court had approved state maps drawn by the Democratic governor, but the U.S. Supreme Court struck down that decision, citing the federal Voting Rights Act.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #evers-tony-1951, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #supreme-courts-state, #wisconsin

House G.O.P. Kills Bid to Honor Pioneering Black Judge

A right-wing congressman persuaded fellow Republicans to abruptly turn against a routine measure to name a federal courthouse in Florida for a Black State Supreme Court justice.

#black-people, #clyde-andrew-1963, #florida, #hatchett-joseph-w, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #names-organizational, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states-politics-and-government

Idaho Supreme Court Halts 6-Week Abortion Ban Based on Texas’ Law

The court says Idaho’s law cannot go into effect this month as scheduled while it reviews legal challenges. The ban prohibits abortions after fetal cardiac activity is detected.

#abortion, #idaho, #law-and-legislation, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-courts-state

As Both Parties Gerrymander Furiously, State Courts Block the Way

State judges have been throwing out congressional maps they call partisan gerrymanders, in a sign of the effects of a 2019 Supreme Court ruling that pushed the issue below the federal level.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #democratic-party, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Supreme Court Sides With Republicans in Case on Wisconsin Redistricting

The justices sent a case on legislative maps back to a state court for another look, but they refused a request to block the state’s congressional maps.

#black-people, #evers-tony-1951, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wisconsin

Ohio Supreme Court Intensifies a Redistricting Map Standoff

Years ago, voters created a commission to make political maps fairer. Now the State Supreme Court is blocking maps drawn by the Republican-led commission, saying nothing has changed.

#elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-state-legislature, #midterm-elections-2022, #ohio, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #supreme-courts-state

Texas Supreme Court Shuts Down Final Challenge to Abortion Law

The ruling says state officials have no authority to enforce the law, which empowers private citizens: “We cannot rewrite the statute.”

#abortion, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-courts-state, #texas

Supreme Court Allows Court-Imposed Voting Maps in North Carolina and Pennsylvania

State courts had ruled that earlier maps for congressional elections had been warped by partisan gerrymandering.

#constitution-us, #midterm-elections-2022, #north-carolina, #pennsylvania, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #state-legislatures, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states-politics-and-government

New York’s Chief Judge Wants to Consolidate the Court Network

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore wants the State Legislature to approve her plan to consolidate the state’s sprawling court network, which would condense 11 trial courts into 2.

#courts-and-the-judiciary, #difiore-janet, #new-york-state, #referendums, #supreme-courts-state

Biden Predicts His Supreme Court Nominee Will Get G.O.P. Support

The president has said that he wants the advice and consent of the Senate as he deliberates, despite the reality that his nominee may draw few votes from the other side of the aisle.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #breyer-stephen-g, #republican-party, #senate, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states-politics-and-government

What Leondra Kruger, a Potential Nominee, Could Bring to the Supreme Court

Known for her ‘elegant’ mind, the moderate judge, now on President Biden’s short list of potential high court nominees, could be a mediating force in Washington.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #breyer-stephen-g, #california, #kruger-leondra-r, #solicitors-general, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state

In North Carolina, a Pitched Battle Over Gerrymanders and Justices

A fight over who is fit to hear a redistricting case highlights what experts say is the growing influence of ideology and money over state supreme courts nationwide.

#berger-phil-jr, #conflicts-of-interest, #earls-anita, #ervin-samuel-james-iv, #north-carolina, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #supreme-courts-state

Judge Upholds His Block on New York Times Coverage of Project Veritas

The New York State judge also ordered The Times to turn over any physical copies and destroy any electronic versions of documents a lawyer prepared for the group.

#freedom-of-the-press, #new-york-times, #newspapers, #okeefe-james-e-iii, #project-veritas, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-courts-state, #wood-charles-d

In Bill Cosby Case, Supreme Court Is Asked to Toss Ruling That Freed Him

The prosecutors who brought the 2018 sexual assault case are appealing the decision in June by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that overturned the jury verdict.

#castor-bruce-1961, #constand-andrea, #cosby-bill, #decisions-and-verdicts, #montgomery-county-pa, #sex-crimes, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state

As Gerrymanders Get Worse, Options to Overturn Them Get Weaker

Persuading judges to undo skewed political maps was never easy. A shifting judicial landscape is making it harder.

#butterfield-george-kenneth-jr, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

The Core Legal Strategy Against Opioid Companies May Be Faltering

Two recent rulings rejected the “public nuisance” argument being used in thousands of cases against the industry, with more trials and settlement talks underway.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #local-government, #oklahoma-supreme-court, #opioids-and-opiates, #pain-relieving-drugs, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-courts-state, #your-feed-science

Despite the Cosby Ruling, Andrea Constand Feels Like a ‘Symbol of Hope’

As she releases her memoir, Constand details her reactions to the court decision that overturned Bill Cosby’s conviction on sexual assault charges.

#metoo-movement, #canada, #constand-andrea, #content-type-personal-profile, #cosby-bill, #decisions-and-verdicts, #pennsylvania, #supreme-courts-state, #the-moment-standing-up-to-bill-cosby-speaking-up-for-women-book

Edward J. Greenfield, Judge With a Writerly Touch, Dies at 98

He often luxuriated in the richness of the English language, going off on whimsical digressions and enlivening the law with colorful asides.

#deaths-obituaries, #greenfield-edward-j, #new-york-state, #supreme-courts-state

Air Force Is Most to Blame for 2017 Church Shooting, Judge Rules

The ruling in the case, which was brought by the families of the victims, found that the Air Force was “60 percent responsible” for the massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #domestic-violence, #kelley-devin-p-1991-2017, #mass-shootings, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rodriguez-xavier-1961, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-courts-state, #sutherland-springs-tex, #sutherland-springs-tex-shooting-2017, #united-states-air-force

‘Overwhelmed and Devastated’: Cosby’s Accusers on Decision to Free Him

Many of the women who accused Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct, and worse, said they were disheartened by the ruling of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

#metoo-movement, #cosby-bill, #decisions-and-verdicts, #pennsylvania, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #supreme-courts-state, #women-and-girls

An Unmarried Catholic Schoolteacher Got Pregnant. She Was Fired.

A lawsuit that she filed in New Jersey is testing the First Amendment limits of religious freedom.

#discrimination, #education-k-12, #freedom-of-religion, #new-jersey, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #roman-catholic-church, #st-theresa-school, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #teachers-and-school-employees, #victoria-crisitello

N.Y.C.’s Police Chokehold Ban Is Struck Down by Court

In a victory for police unions, a state Supreme Court judge said a law passed by the City Council is too vaguely worded.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #city-council-nyc, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-nyc, #supreme-courts-state

Tamir Rice’s Mother Asks Court to Block Rehiring of Officer Who Killed Her Son

Samaria Rice wants the Ohio Supreme Court to keep the man who killed her son in 2014 from being reinstated as a Cleveland police officer. The former officer, Timothy Loehmann, was never charged.

#arbitration-conciliation-and-mediation, #cleveland-ohio, #cuyahoga-county-ohio, #justice-department, #loehmann-timothy-1988, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #rice-samaria, #rice-tamir-e-2002-14, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-courts-state

A Push to Move the Golf Course Atop a Native American ‘Stonehenge’

Historians hoping to preserve the ancient Octagon Earthworks in Newark, Ohio, as a UNESCO World Heritage site face a problem: the golf club that leases the property.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #country-clubs, #eminent-domain, #golf, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #hopewell, #interior-department, #moundbuilders-country-club, #native-americans, #newark-ohio, #ohio-history-connection-nonprofit, #supreme-courts-state, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #world-heritage-sites

Charlottesville Can Remove Confederate Statues, High Court Rules

Monuments to the Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are not protected by state law and can come down, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.

#charlottesville-va, #charlottesville-va-violence-august-2017, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #decisions-and-verdicts, #jackson-stonewall, #lee-robert-e, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #supreme-courts-state, #virginia

Ruling in Minnesota Rape Case Fuels Calls to Change Sexual Assault Law

The state Supreme Court tossed out a man’s conviction on a third-degree sexual conduct charge because the woman he was accused of assaulting was “voluntarily intoxicated” at the time.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #law-and-legislation, #minnesota, #politics-and-government, #sex-crimes, #state-legislatures, #supreme-courts-state, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

We Still Have to Worry About the Supreme Court and Elections

The justices are about to consider whether the Voting Rights Act applies to policies that restrict the vote.

#absentee-voting, #alito-samuel-a-jr, #barrett-amy-coney, #florida, #gorsuch-neil-m, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #minorities, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2000, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #thomas-clarence, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

Tennessee Executed Sedley Alley. Was He Innocent?

If DNA exonerates Sedley Alley, it will be the first time someone was proved to have been wrongly put to death.

#alley-sedley, #capital-punishment, #clement-paul-d, #collins-suzanne-marie-1966-85, #decisions-and-verdicts, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #innocence-project, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #scheck-barry, #supreme-courts-state, #tennessee

How Progressive States Can Respond to Conservative Courts

We need to prepare now to protect the values and institutions that matter most.

#attorneys-general, #conservatism-us-politics, #federal-state-relations-us, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Supreme Court, Trump, Biden and the Election Explained

It is not at all clear that an election dispute will reach the justices.

#elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states-politics-and-government

Texas Supreme Court Denies G.O.P. Push to Throw Out 127,000 Votes

The Republican effort to invalidate the votes from Harris County, which includes Houston and is largely Democratic, now hinges on an effort at the federal level, where a hearing is set for Monday.

#democratic-party, #hanen-andrew-s, #harris-county-tex, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-courts-state, #texas, #voting-and-voters

Supreme Court to Let PA, NC Accept Absentee Ballots After Election Day

The pair of decisions were welcomed by Democrats. Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was expected to cast a deciding vote, did not participate in either decision.

#barrett-amy-coney, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states-politics-and-government

Supreme Court Won’t Speed a Do-Over on Pennsylvania’s Ballot Deadlines

The court deadlocked last week in the same case, but Justice Amy Coney Barrett did not participate in the second request for review.

#barrett-amy-coney, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Supreme Court Should Stay Out of State Election Law

Allowing federal courts to muck around with state election laws is dangerous and destabilizing.

#barrett-amy-coney, #constitution-us, #federal-courts-us, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2000, #rehnquist-william-h, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state

Deadlocked Supreme Court Allows Extra Time for Some Pennsylvania Ballots

A 4-to-4 tie let stand a ruling from Pennsylvania’s highest court that had extended the deadline for counting some mailed ballots by three days, citing the pandemic and postal delays.

#absentee-voting, #barrett-amy-coney, #democratic-party, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Scott Peterson’s Murder Convictions to Be Re-examined, Court Orders

The move comes two months after the California Supreme Court overturned a sentence of death for his 2004 convictions.

#california, #decisions-and-verdicts, #jury-system, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #peterson-laci, #peterson-scott, #san-mateo-county-calif, #supreme-courts-state

For 200 Years Courts Upheld Rules to Protect Americans’ Health. Until Now.

A catastrophic sequence of decisions has blocked states from responding to the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #epidemics, #federal-courts-us, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #states-us, #supreme-courts-state, #trump-donald-j

Republicans’ Galling Bad Faith About the Supreme Court

It’s way too late for the right to pretend to care about civic norms.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #conservatism-us-politics, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #democratic-party, #federal-courts-us, #garland-merrick-b, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states-politics-and-government

Lagoa’s Role in Florida Will Be a Big Factor in Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

Judge Barbara Lagoa lacks some of the usual credentials of a Supreme Court justice, but her roots in the Cuban-American community could make her an attractive choice for President Trump.

#abortion, #appeals-courts-us, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #constitution-us, #cuban-americans, #desantis-ron, #florida, #gonzalez-elian, #lagoa-barbara, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Trump’s Supreme Court Fantasy List Is Bad for Real Life

Listing potential justices may distort how we see the judiciary and how it behaves. Joe Biden should stick to “no names.”

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #cruz-ted, #democratic-party, #gorsuch-neil-m, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #senate, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Daughter of Haitian Immigrants Would Be 1st Black Woman on N.J. High Court

Fabiana Pierre-Louis, 39, would also be the only Black judge currently seated on the state’s Supreme Court.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #fabiana-pierre-louis, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #immigration-and-emigration, #legal-profession, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #state-legislatures, #supreme-courts-state

Judge Who Asked Woman if She Closed Her Legs to Prevent Assault Is Removed

“No witness, alleged victim or litigant should be treated that way in a court of law,” a justice in New Jersey Supreme Court wrote in the unanimous decision.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #domestic-violence, #new-jersey, #ocean-county-nj, #rabner-stuart-j, #russo-john-f-jr, #supreme-courts-state, #women-and-girls

Indiana Attorney General Suspended by State Supreme Court in Groping Case

Curtis T. Hill Jr., a Republican, had his law license suspended for 30 days after the court found that he inappropriately touched four women at a party in 2018.

#attorneys-general, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #hill-curtis-1961, #indiana, #reardon-mara-candelaria, #sexual-harassment, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-courts-state

I’m the Judge Who Won in Wisconsin. This Principle Is More Important Than Winning.

We must get away from a partisan view of the law.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #evers-tony-1951, #milwaukee-wis, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #waukesha-wis, #wisconsin

How a Supreme Court Decision Curtailed the Right to Vote in Wisconsin

The state’s final vote tallies show that the justices’ decision not to extend the mail voting deadline amid the coronavirus resulted in the disenfranchisement of thousands of voters.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #elections, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters, #wisconsin

Wisconsin Election Results: What to Watch For

Nearly a week after voters in the state went to the polls in the middle of a pandemic, results from an important Wisconsin Supreme Court race and the presidential primary will arrive.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #milwaukee-wis, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #sanders-bernard, #supreme-courts-state, #voting-and-voters, #wisconsin

Why Wisconsin Republicans Insisted on an Election in a Pandemic

Mask-wearing voters in endless lines. Five polling places instead of 180. Voting amid the coronavirus crisis is full of challenges — and connected to G.O.P. efforts to limit who gets a ballot in the state.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supreme-courts-state, #voter-registration-and-requirements