As of Thursday, gay couples could get married in Rhode Island, the result of its legislature legalizing it by a huge margin (56-15) and the governor signing it. One of that state’s bigots filed a lawsuit asking a judge to issue a preliminary injunction to stop it, but his motion was denied.
Category Archive: Judicial/Legal
Aug 03 2013
Jul 23 2013
Federal Judge Leon Holmes has, who has a history of believing and saying extremely sexist things, has recused himself from a legal challenge against Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage because he has ties to some of the people who put that law on the ballot in that state. As ThinkProgress notes, Holmes has a real …
Jul 17 2013
Walter Olson to the white courtesy phone: An attorney in Tennessee is suing Apple for causing his addiction to porn by not making their computers to block porn sites. I really wish I were making this up, but you can read the bizarre complaint here.
Jul 11 2013
- guest-blogged by W. Kevin Vicklund Judge John E. Jones III, made famous for his 2005 decision striking down Intelligent Design in the Dover, PA school district, is making the headlines again. He has been assigned a case, brought by ten couples and a widow, challenging Pennsylvania’s law banning marriage equality. The case is Whitewood …
Jun 08 2013
Judge Edith Jones, former chief judge of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and a very big name in conservative legal circles (big enough to be on the short list for a Supreme Court nomination during the Bush administration), has been hit with an ethics complaint over remarks she allegedly made at an address at …
Jun 06 2013
Remember the Nazi from New Jersey who named his son Adolf Hitler and his daughter Aryan Nation? His four children have all been taken away from him and now he wants them back. And he apparently thinks that a good way to convince a judge to do that is to wear a Nazi uniform to …
Apr 01 2013
Highly litigious Larry Klayman has filed yet another lawsuit, this time against City Pages and the Phoenix New Times for libel after they reported on a magistrate judge’s conclusions that he may have touched his children inappropriately, conclusions that were included in a ruling on a custody dispute with his ex-wife. And he’s put out …
Mar 28 2013
Texas and Kansas are apparently not the only states where the right wing wants to change the history standards. In Minnesota, they actually filed a lawsuit over the history curriculum for public schools and a state judge just ruled against them in that suit.
Mar 15 2013
Former Sen. Larry Craig is still in court over his solicitation of sex in a Minneapolis airport men’s room (which shouldn’t be illegal, by the way), fighting against the Federal Elections Commission over whether he could use campaign contributions to pay for his legal defense. The judge seems a bit skeptical:
Feb 28 2013
I’m sure many of you have heard about the lawsuit that was filed by CFI – Michigan (full disclosure: I’m on the advisory board) and the national CFI office against a country club that breached a contract they had signed to hold a dinner with Richard Dawkins at their facility. CFI put out an official …
Feb 23 2013
Donald Trump is threatening to sue the guy who started a petition drive to get Macy’s to stop selling his products and using him in their ads, absurdly claiming that the effort is “tortious interference” with his business. It’s a sad attempt to intimidate.
Feb 11 2013
Remember the Catholic hospital in Colorado that filed a brief in a malpractice lawsuit arguing that they can’t be held responsible for the death of a pregnant woman’s fetus because fetuses aren’t legally people? They’ve now admitted that was “morally wrong,” but say they didn’t know about the argument.
Feb 01 2013
You may remember that a year ago, after Jessica Ahlquist won her lawsuit against the Cranston Public Schools over a prayer mural, the Freedom From Religion Foundation could not find a florist willing to deliver flowers to her. They’re now suing one of those florists for religious discrimination, but only under state law. You can …
Jan 30 2013
Bob Enyart, who is a true wingnut’s wingnut, has settled a trademark infringement suit filed by NPR over the name of his radio show. Enyart called his show Real Science Friday and NPR sued him for infringing on their trademark for the Science Friday show. He’s now renamed his show Real Science Radio to settle …
Dec 11 2012
Here’s a really interesting situation. A state judge in Florida has had formal charges filed against her by an investigative body of the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission for selling religious items in the courthouse, often to lawyers appearing before her. The judge has a side business called Gaza Road Ministries