A federal appeals panel has reversed a ruling that prevented a man from owning a firearm because he had been committed to a psychiatric hospital nearly three decades ago. Clifford Charles Tyler, 73, of Hillsdale, can now challenge a federal law, which prohibits firearms possession by anyone ever committed to a mental institution, as a violation of the Second Amendment.
In the most serious legal challenge to date against Colorado's legalization of marijuana, two neighboring states have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the history-making law. Nebraska and Oklahoma filed the lawsuit directly with the nation's highest court on Thursday. The two states argue in the lawsuit that, "the State of Colorado has created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system. ... Marijuana flows from this gap into neighboring states, undermining Plaintiff States' own marijuana bans, draining their treasuries, and placing stress on their criminal justice systems," the lawsuit alleges.
A federal appeals court has ruled that Kansas [and Arizona] cannot force a federal agency to add state proof-of-citizenship requirements to federal voting registration forms. read more
A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld gay marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, reversing the trend in federal courts to strike down such bans and piling pressure on the Supreme Court to take up the matter. The ruling by the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals is the first ruling by a federal appeals court upholding bans on same-sex marriage. "The U.S. Supreme Court will have the final word on this issue. The sooner they rule, the better, for Michigan and the country," said Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.
Thought I would throw out that bit of sarcasm.
But seriously; Washington, DC (Oct. 21, 2014) The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the nation's preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing, has been selected by Koch Industries, Inc. to receive a major grant in support of NACDL's efforts to address the nation's profound indigent defense crisis.