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New state laws empower citizens to take the law into their own hands when it comes to abortion and elections. They're only the latest manifestation of rage against government itself.
As state courts prepare to weigh in on accusations of gerrymandering, lawmakers across the country are hard at work trying to change those courts’ ideological balance.
The state’s Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the new law banning citizen-led ballot initiatives infringed on the public’s right to enact laws outside of the state Legislature. The new law is now void.
Lawyers and judges have been mostly quiet during the current struggles over race, politics and diversity. Now, the legal profession is speaking out on how to bring the nation together.
The laws in Texas are vague when it comes to legally changing a name and gender marker. Cases are often up to the discretion of the judge and can take months to go through the process.
Judges shouldn’t hear cases involving their campaign donors. Though some lawmakers are addressing the issue, only a few states have ethics rules that require judges to avoid hearing such cases.
A recent Supreme Court ruling in a California case affirms that every American should have the right to make political donations without fearing violence or persecution.
Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely, who has been serving since 1983, will stand trial on five felony charges of using his position for personal gain, five felony counts of theft and one misdemeanor theft charge.
Texas and 19 other states had challenged the Affordable Care Act. For the third time, the nation's highest court upheld it.
Political partisanship is playing out across the country as lawmakers move to change how their states’ supreme courts are elected.