The 2015 decision concerned church-related signage, but its free speech underpinnings have made it the case-law basis for successful court challenges of local panhandling laws across the country. “It’s an unanticipated consequence,” said an Ohio city attorney.
Andrzej Duda unexpectedly vetoed a proposed law that would have allowed him to dismiss Poland’s Supreme Court judges in favor of his handpicked replacements. Tens of thousands of Poles protested the proposal, which was seen as part of the country’s drift back toward authoritarian rule.
A contentious bill that is racing through the legislative process would dismiss the country’s current Supreme Court judges and let President Andrzej Duda appoint new ones. There were mass protests against the proposal in Warsaw and other cities, and the European Union has voiced stern opposition.
A June 22 Supreme Court ruling that evidence which might prove a defendant’s innocence does not necessarily have to be presented by prosecutors represents a major setback to constitutional guarantees of a fair trial, argues the founder of the National Registration of Exonerations.
The justices said Monday they will consider whether a baker from the Denver area who objects to same-sex marriage on religious grounds can refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. The court also declined to hear a challenge of a California gun law.
A unanimous decision said Los Angeles sheriffs’ deputies could not be held liable for using reasonable force against a man who appeared to be pointing a rifle at them, even though the deputies had entered the property without a warrant.
Individuals told as children that they are unworthy of ever living again in a free society have renewed hope this week because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision reaffirming its call to hold young people accountable in age-appropriate ways. Now it is up to resentencing courts and parole authorities to ensure that happens. The Supreme Court's historic ruling, in Montgomery v. Louisiana, held as retroactive its 2012 decision in Miller v. Alabama, which banned mandatory life without parole sentences for […]