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December 21st, 2017 - 1:52 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics, Repugnants

‘Not guilty’ in first inauguration protests trial

BREAKING — A jury has acquitted all six defendants in the first trial brought by the Trump administration against inauguration protesters. There’s no question that some rioting and property damage occurred during the protests, although the demonstrations on the whole were peaceful and mo[...]

October 4th, 2016 - 5:34 am § in Misc.

THE NIGERIA SUPREME COURT RULES THAT FEMALES CAN INHERIT PROPERTY IN IGBOLAND

Chinazor Onianwah  The Supreme Court has voided the Igbo law and custom, which forbid a female from inheriting her late father’s estate, on the grounds that it is discriminatory and conflicts with the provision of the constitution. The court held that the practice conflicted with section 42(1)(a)[...]

May 23rd, 2016 - 3:26 pm § in Uncategorized

Idaho must pay activists’ legal bills in “ag-gag” case

A federal judge has ordered Idaho to pay $250,000 to animal-rights activists for their legal bills incurred in challenging an unconstitutional “ag-gag” law that made it a crime to video abuse of farm animals. Read story here. Several Republican-dominated farm states have passed such laws[...]

November 13th, 2015 - 10:50 pm § in Misc.

Abortion returns to Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court announced today it will hear a case involving a restrictive Texas abortion law, which women’s advocates fear may portend reversal of Roe v. Wade. This is the law that Wendy Davis, then a Democratic state senator, and later a defeated candidate for Texas governor, famous[...]

October 30th, 2015 - 5:31 pm § in Misc.

Texas judge orders defendants to get married or face jail time

This story is almost too bizarre to believe, but it’s apparently true. A judge in Smith County, Texas, apparently is ordering people charged with minor crimes to write Bible verses and get married as conditions of getting probation instead of jail time. I don’t see how that can possibly [...]

June 26th, 2015 - 9:31 am § in Politics

Supreme Court rules gay marriage is a constitutional right

It has taken the Supreme Court 150 years to figure out that “equal” means “equal,” and discrimination isn’t equality. What took them so long? But better late than never. The theocrats and states’ righters are pissing and moaning about it. They don’t like thi[...]

June 21st, 2015 - 9:08 pm § in Uncategorized

Clarence Thomas was deciding vote against Confederate license plates

Clarence Thomas is one of the Supreme Court’s most conservative justices, but he’s also a black who grew up in the South’s bitter racial culture, so it’s hardly shocking that he voted for his own people in last week’s 5-4 ruling upholding Texas’ refusal to issue C[...]

June 21st, 2015 - 11:23 am § in Politics, Repugnants

Book Review: Rightwing myths about the Constitution

Wrong and Dangerous: Ten Rightwing Myths About Our Constitution by Garrett Epps, professor of law, University of Baltimore “The primary purpose of the United States Constitution is to limit Congress. There is no separation of church and state. The Second Amendment allows citizens to threaten t[...]

February 9th, 2015 - 9:01 pm § in Misc.

Clarence Thomas has hissy fit over Alabama gay marriage order

Clarence Thomas wants SCOTUS to let states keep banning same-sex marriage the court decides the issue. The court isn’t going along with that, and today refused such a request from Alabama, the latest of such orders against states that have tried to ban gay marriages. It was too much for poor C[...]

February 5th, 2015 - 3:25 pm § in Misc.

Arizona claims teacher working in prison assumed risk of rape

“The Arizona Attorney General’s Office is asking for dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a teacher who was brutally assaulted and raped after being left in an unguarded prison classroom with a convicted sex offender. The AG’s reasoning is essentially this: the woman knew she was in a [...]