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Utah county jumps into Louisiana frog habitat case

September 14, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

A dispute now at the Supreme Court over an alleged Louisiana frog habitat has led to an interesting set of amicus briefs, including one from Utah supporting land owners who feel the Endangered Species Act is too restrictive about protecting a species of grouse.

On this day, Supreme Court orders Little Rock desegregation

September 12, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On September 12, 1958, a unanimous Supreme Court declined a Little Rock School District request to delay desegregation mandated by the Court’s Brown v. Board ruling by more than two years.

Supreme Court gets next potential landmark LGBT case

September 7, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Attorneys for a Georgia woman who claims she lost her hospital job because of her sexual orientation have filed suit with the United States Supreme Court, setting up another potential landmark case about discrimination.

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Trump administration ends DACA program as court battles loom

September 5, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday that the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or DACA) program in early March 2018, leaving its ultimate fate to Congress or the court system.

Hamilton’s Treasury Department and a great Constitutional debate

September 2, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On this day in 1789, George Washington signed into law that act created the Treasury Department, a move became crucial to America’s survival but also created a constitutional debate about federal powers that remains with us today.

Explaining the legal arguments in the DACA controversy

September 1, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Rumors are swirling that the Trump administration could end or greatly limit the DACA program to defer deportations of younger undocumented immigrants brought to the United States a decade ago. So what are the two sides of this widely debated argument?

Aaron Burr’s trial and the Constitution’s treason clause

September 1, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

It was on this day in 1807 that former Vice President Aaron Burr was acquitted of treason charges. The trial was truly a “Trial of the Century” in its time and one of the first big tests of the Constitution’s Treason clause.

Philadelphia latest to file sanctuary city lawsuit against Justice Department

August 30, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Another city is suing the Trump administration over its policy of linking policing grants to compliance with an executive order about sanctuary cities.

Drive to split Ninth Circuit faces an uncertain future

August 29, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Last week, Senator Jeff Flake hosted public hearings to debate breaking up the largest country’s federal judicial region. But the often-discussed division of the Ninth Circuit is opposed by some legal groups and would be a rarity.

Ex-football coach loses federal appeal over prayer case

August 25, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

A former Washington state public high school football coach has lost his latest court battle over his right to lead prayers on the gridiron after games.

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