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    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday overturned a lower state court’s ruling, declaring Governor Greg Abbott’s order to investigate parents of transgender children for possible child abuse can go back into effect. A lower court ruled the investigations had to cease temporarily. Abbott had filed an emergency appeal. The New York Times reports “the court said that officials could not resume the investigation into the plaintiffs that had brought the lawsuit, a family and a doctor, acknowledging that the inquiry would cause ‘irreparable harm’ and leaving in place the injunction as their case proceeds to trial.” It’s unclear currently why the court would allow other investigations to continue while acknowledging the investigation into the plaintiffs would cause harm. The 12-page ruling appears to focus more on the intricacies of the Texas constitution and what parts of the government have the authority to institute orders such as Governor Abbott’s ordering the state Dept. of Family and Protective Services to perform the investigations. This is a breaking news and developing story. From Your Site Articles
    (CNN)After a pause on investigations of families seeking gender-affirming care for their transgender children, the Texas Supreme Court said the state's child protective services investigations can continue.The opinion, released Friday, still restricts the state from investigating the so-called "Doe" family, which brought forward a lawsuit against the state in March after the family was investigated by the Department of Family and Protective Services for seeking care for their trans teen. And significantly, the opinion also denied that Gov. Greg Abbott had any legal authority or power to order DFPS to investigate these families in the first place. A legal battle began when state Attorney General Ken Paxton, in late February, declared gender-affirming surgical procedures for children and prescribing drugs that affect puberty to be considered child abuse. In response to Paxton's legal opinion, Abbott directed the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) "to conduct a prompt and thorough investigation of any reported instances of these abusive procedures in the State of Texas."In the new ruling, the Texas Supreme Court also argued that Abbott's directive to DFPS "cites no legal...
    There’s no more pretending that religion doesn’t play a role in the ruling that (at least) five conservative justices are readying to overturn Roe. In a democracy founded on the separation of church and state, we’ve got a Supreme Court on the cusp of a decision that cements a theological view of abortion that even most Catholics don’t abide by. All five of the justices who signed onto the draft opinion that would dump Roe (and any ruling associated with it)—plus Chief Justice John Roberts—are progeny of the Federalist Society. Over the past three decades, the legal group’s blessing has become a de facto requirement for Republican presidents who owed their election to white evangelical voters and ran on a promise to deliver an anti-Roe Supreme Court. “Religion is the elephant in the room,” says Amanda Tyler, executive director of Baptist Joint Committee (BJC), a legal advocacy group for religious freedom that doesn't take a position on abortion. “We are all free to be religious or not, but we expect our government to be secular and to rule for...
    Protesters outside the homes of U.S. Supreme Court Justices have been the focus of debate over when and where First Amendment rights can be exercised. Lt. Peter Davidov, with Montgomery County police, said that county code and state law both have prohibitions about picketing a particular private residence, which does not mean you can’t protest in a residential neighborhood, “but you cannot picket at a particular residence.” Groups of protesters who are upset over the court’s leaked draft decision on abortion have been gathering outside the homes of Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The protesters, who support abortion rights, have been chanting and marching on sidewalks outside the homes and holding up signs. More Local News More Government News Davidov said protesters in residential areas can be in public spaces, “where you can be lawfully present without impeding people’s ability to go about freely.” That means protesters can be on sidewalks in residential neighborhoods, but they can’t block them. “You can’t basically blockade the sidewalk; you have to keep moving. So you can walk back...
    (CNN)The throngs of demonstrators amassed outside the US Supreme Court, enraged over a report that a draft majority opinion would strike down abortion rights protected by Roe v. Wade, chanted a crisp, clipped demand to Democratic officials: "Do something!" The cry echoed across social media and news outlets early Tuesday, a visceral appeal that -- not for the first time during the Biden administration -- underscored Democratic voters' frustration with intraparty gridlock in Washington. But as a new era in the long fight for abortion rights appears near, it has also become clear that the Democrats best positioned to take action often reside far from Capitol Hill, occupying or vying for increasingly powerful state offices, which would no longer be constrained by the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide. Its impossible to wall off reversing Roe from landmark marriage and contraception rulingsThat reality could alter the political landscape heading into this fall's midterm elections, broadening the battlefield and raising the profile of candidates for governor and state attorney general, as well as down the ballot into...
    Top lawmakers in Connecticut are promising to make their state a safe haven for women following the reported leaked documents that could lead to the Roe v. Wade decision being overturned. According to the draft of the apparent 5-4 majority High Court decision, federal officials are planning to strike down the measure, which guaranteed federal protections of abortion rights for women. In the leaked draft, which was published exclusively by Politico, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the ruling was “egregiously wrong from the start,” and that “it must be overruled,” to “return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont was quick to respond, vowing to defend abortion rights no matter what the Supreme Court rules. “Our state continues to take the steps necessary to protect and expand reproductive rights,” he posted on Twitter. “Tonight (Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz) and I say it louder and with more resolve than ever before, we will do everything in our power to defend abortion rights in Connecticut.” Bysiewicz added that “here in Connecticut, Roe is...
    (CNN)For more than a decade, the Supreme Court has consistently ruled for religious conservatives, requiring public spending at church schools, allowing Christian prayer before local government meetings and permitting broad religious exemptions from Obamacare's contraceptive coverage mandate. During a tense two hours of arguments Monday over the case of a high school football coach suspended for praying on the field, the justices appeared open to further dissolving constitutional limits separating church and state. At its broadest, former coach Joe Kennedy's claim of religious discrimination against the Bremerton, Washington, school district has the potential to undercut decades of precedent prohibiting prayer in school. The Supreme Court in 1962 first declared that public school officials could not require students to recite daily prayers. In 1992, the court ruled against school-sponsored prayer at high school graduation, and in 2000 it invalidated a policy that let students lead pregame prayer over a loudspeaker. Supreme Court conservatives appear sympathetic to former high school coach who led prayers after gamesJustice Samuel Alito, who in opinions and outside speeches has characterized religion as under attack in...
    A Texas woman was arrested and charged with murder after she allegedly terminated her own pregnancy. Lizelle Herrera, 26, was arrested Thursday after she 'intentionally and knowingly caused the death of an individual by self-induced abortion,' police said.  It is unclear how far along Herrera was in her pregnancy, but Texas ban all abortions after the first detection of an embryonic 'heartbeat,' which can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Herrera is currently being held at the Starr County Jail on a $500,000 bond while authorities investigate, KVEO reported.  The Starr County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com's request for comment.  Lizelle Herrera, 26, was arrested Thursday after she 'intentionally and knowingly caused the death of an individual by self-induced abortion' Herrera is currently being held at the Starr County Jail on a $500,000 bond while authorities investigate the details surrounding her abortion La Frontera Fund, a Texas-based abortion assistance fund, held a protest outside of the Starr County Jail on Saturday morning demanding Herrera's release. 'This arrest is inhumane. We are demanding the immediate release of...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — On Thursday, the Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. She will be the first Black female justice when sworn in later this year. CBS3 spoke to Dr. Donna Patterson, a professor and the chair of the Department of History, Political Science and Philosophy at Delaware State University. She also directs the Africana studies program and she was very excited about the history we witnessed Thursday. READ MORE: Parents Of Camden County Students Who Drank Contaminated Milk File Class-Action Lawsuit Against Guida's Dairy“I was very happy to see this come to fruition both as someone who is chair of the Department of History, Political Science and Philosophy because definitely the history and politics cover this. But also as a Black woman,” Patterson said. Patterson shared that it’s not about identity politics, as some would call it, it’s about kids growing up and seeing an accomplished adult who looks like they do, having someone they can look up to, and a vocation or career they themselves can strive for. “I’m looking at it more of in...
    Whitmer wants the court to recognize a constitutional right to abortion under the due process clause of the Michigan constitution. She is also asking for the court to prevent the state government from enforcing the 1931 abortion ban, which does not include exceptions for rape or incest. "The abortion ban violates Michigan’s due process clause, which provides a right to privacy and bodily autonomy that is violated by the state’s near-total criminal ban of abortion. It also violates Michigan’s Equal Protection Clause due to the way the ban denies women equal rights because the law was adopted to reinforce antiquated notions of the proper role for women in society," the governor's office argues. Whitmer's lawsuit was filed in anticipation that the 6-3 majority of Republican-nominated justices on the U.S. Supreme Court will either overturn Roe or create new restrictions on the right to abortion this summer with a ruling on Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban. Michigan is one of 26 states that have so-called "trigger" laws on the books that would ban or severely restrict abortions if Roe v....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it would review a challenge to a California law that set certain conditions for pork sold in the state. The case stems from a 2018 ballot measure where California voters approved the nation’s toughest living space standards for breeding pigs. Two agricultural associations challenging the law say almost no farms satisfy those conditions. They say the “massive costs of complying” with the law will “fall almost exclusively on out-of-state farmers” and that the costs will be passed on to consumers nationwide. The law had a Jan. 1 effective date, but California is currently allowing the continued sale of pork processed under the old rules. The groups challenging the law are the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation. The case is expected to be argued after the court begins its new term in October. © Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court said Monday it would review a challenge to a California law that set certain conditions for pork sold in the state.The case stems from a 2018 ballot measure where California voters approved the nation's toughest living space standards for breeding pigs. Two agricultural associations challenging the law say almost no farms satisfy those conditions. They say the "massive costs of complying" with the law will "fall almost exclusively on out-of-state farmers" and that the costs will be passed on to consumers nationwide.The law had a Jan. 1 effective date, but California is currently allowing the continued sale of pork processed under the old rules.The groups challenging the law are the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation. The case is expected to be argued after the court begins its new term in October.
    WASHINGTON (AP/CBS13) — The Supreme Court said Monday it would review a challenge to a California law that set certain conditions for pork sold in the state. The case stems from a 2018 ballot measure where California voters approved the nation’s toughest living space standards for breeding pigs. Two agricultural associations challenging the law say almost no farms satisfy those conditions. They say the “massive costs of complying” with the law will “fall almost exclusively on out-of-state farmers” and that the costs will be passed on to consumers nationwide. READ MORE: Volunteers Search For Missing Nevada 18-Year-Old Believed KidnappedThe law had a Jan. 1 effective date, but California is currently allowing the continued sale of pork processed under the old rules. READ MORE: El Dorado Hills Senior Community Calls For New Park To Remove Bright LightsThe groups challenging the law are the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation. The case is expected to be argued after the court begins its new term in October. MORE NEWS: Schools Remain Closed On Monday As Sacramento Teachers Strike ContinuesCopyright...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s Democratic governor told the state Supreme Court on Thursday that it should allow him to submit additional evidence defending his legislative district boundary map that the U.S. Supreme Court rejected, arguing it is still better than the one submitted by the Republican Legislature. Alternately, Gov. Tony Evers also asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to consider making a change to his map to reduce the number of Black-majority Assembly districts from seven to six. The Legislature’s map had five Black-majority districts in Milwaukee. The U.S. Supreme Court said in its ruling Wednesday that the state Supreme Court failed to consider whether a “race-neutral alternative that did not add a seventh majority-black district would deny black voters equal political opportunity.” The nation’s high court also said that the state Supreme Court was free to take additional evidence it is preferred to reconsider Evers’ map, and that is what Evers asked the court to do Thursday. He wants the state court to allow for the submission of additional evidence until April 1. “No other path is tenable, as...
    U.S. Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) says the Supreme Court should not have made it legal for people of different races to marry, and would welcome the nation’s highest court rescinding Loving v. Virginia, the decision that made interracial marriage legal. He says the freedom to marry is not a fundamental constitutional right. Braun, who is not an attorney or legal scholar or expert, went on to say the Supreme court decided many other civil rights cases wrongly, including Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal. He said those decisions should be left to the states. When reminded that if he were to have his way, couples could find their marriages in effect in one state and not in another. He declared that the “beauty” of a federalist system. “You can list a whole host of issues,” Braun told Dan Cardin of the NWI Times of Northwest Indiana. “When it comes down to whatever they are, I’m going to say they’re not going to all make you happy within a given state. But we’re better off having states manifest their points...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Diego appeals court judge who is the daughter of Mexican immigrants was confirmed Tuesday as the first Latina to serve on the California Supreme Court based in San Francisco. Justice Patricia Guerrero was approved by a 3-0 vote of the Commission on Judicial Appointments to fill the vacancy left by Associate Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, who stepped down last year. READ MORE: UPDATE: 1 Person Arrested After Grass Fires Burn In Bay Point Near Highway 4Guerrero, 50, grew up in the agricultural Imperial Valley and has worked as prosecutor, law firm partner, Superior Court judge and is on the state’s 4th District Court of Appeal. She will take her seat on the court after being sworn in later by Gov. Gavin Newsom, who nominated her. Guerrero, who was praised by colleagues and members of the panel that included Attorney General Rob Bonta and Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, said she was humbled by the historic significance of her elevation to the court. Justice Patricia Guerrero speaks during her confirmation hearing to the...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A San Diego appeals court judge who is the daughter of Mexican immigrants was confirmed Tuesday as the first Latina to serve on the California Supreme Court. Justice Patricia Guerrero was approved by a 3-0 vote of the Commission on Judicial Appointments to fill the vacancy left by Associate Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, who stepped down last year. Guerrero, 50, grew up in the agricultural Imperial Valley and has worked as prosecutor, law firm partner, Superior Court judge and is on the state’s 4th District Court of Appeal. She will take her seat on the court after being sworn in later by Gov. Gavin Newsom, who nominated her. Guerrero, who was praised by colleagues and members of the panel that included Attorney General Rob Bonta and Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, said she was humbled by the historic significance of her elevation to the court. She said she stood on the shoulders of her grandparents and parents who immigrated from Mexico to give their children a better life. “As I’ve tried to express,...
    by Evan Stambaugh   The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that cities and counties can conduct statewide elections without a strict party balance on absentee ballot boards. Upholding a previous decision by the state’s court of appeals, Justice Barry Anderson published a 25-page ruling Wednesday dismissing the Minnesota Voters Alliance’s lawsuit against Ramsey and Olmsted counties and the city of Duluth, with the Republican Party of Minnesota listed as a co-plaintiff. The lawsuit had argued the defendants were violating state law by appointing “hand-picked staff and government union members” to their absentee ballot boards, instead of election judges providing equal representation for both the Democratic and Republican parties. Anderson wrote that the Alliance’s suit does not hold water in the face of the law’s “plain language.” Referencing the section of the Minnesota Statutes which says “election judges performing the duties of this section must be of different major political parties,” Anderson argued it only refers to election judges who examine the signature envelopes of each ballot. “It may well be, as the Alliance argues, that some or all of the specific duties of...