Nov 12, 2012 12:20pm

Petraeus Investigation: When and How the FBI Can Access Email Accounts

So how and when can the FBI access a citizen’s personal email account? That is a key issue in the investigation surrounding General David Petraeus. The governing law is the Stored Communications Act, which provides that a “government entity” may require a provider of electronic… Read More »

Nov 9, 2012 5:10pm

Supreme Court Will Take Up Major Voting Rights Case

Only three days after the contentious 2012 election, the Supreme Court announced today that it would take up a major voting rights case; it will be heard in the next few months and decided by June. At issue is Section 5 of the Voting Rights… Read More »

Oct 18, 2012 4:52pm

Second Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Key Provision of DOMA

A federal appeals court in New York today struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, (DOMA) ruling that section 3 of the federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman violates the equal protection clause of the… Read More »

Oct 17, 2012 3:37pm

2 Chainz and Felons’ Ability to Vote

Hip-hop artist 2 Chainz – sporting sunglasses and two very big, gold necklaces – has become the latest celebrity to release a video on the issue of voting rights restrictions. In the video, the rapper talks about the fact that he became a felon at… Read More »

Oct 16, 2012 2:27pm

Big Win for Obama Campaign in Ohio Early Voting Case

The Obama campaign won a legal victory today when the Supreme Court declined to step in and allow Ohio’s early in-person voting limitation to take effect. After two lower federal courts ruled in favor of the Obama campaign and enjoined the law, Ohio’s Republican leaders… Read More »

Oct 16, 2012 1:34pm

Bin Laden Driver’s Conviction Reversed

A federal appeals court in Washington today reversed the conviction of Salim Hamdan, who worked as a driver for al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, saying a military commission  improperly applied a law that wasn’t meant to be retroactive. Hamdan was convicted under the Military Commission Act… Read More »

Oct 15, 2012 12:43pm

Ohio Appeals to Supreme Court on Early Voting

Three weeks before Election Day, Republican leaders in Ohio have asked the Supreme Court to step in and allow the state’s early in-person voting restriction to take effect. Two lower federal courts have ruled in favor of Obama campaign officials who asked for a preliminary… Read More »

Oct 10, 2012 3:31pm

Court Blocks S.C. Voter ID Law for 2012, But Clears It For the Future

A federal court in Washington today blocked South Carolina’s Voter ID law from going into effect for the 2012 elections, but said it could go into effect for future elections. Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, South Carolina — because it has a… Read More »

Oct 5, 2012 6:06pm

Obama Campaign Wins (Again) in Ohio Early Vote Case

The Obama campaign has won a legal victory in Ohio that, like other recent decisions, should make it easier for voters to cast their ballots. A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the Obama campaign and local Democratic National Committee officials who challenged… Read More »

Oct 2, 2012 7:21pm

Supreme Court Audio: Listen to History as Health Care Ruling Announced

Only a few people — those lucky enough to get seats inside — were able to witness history last June when the Supreme Court announced its health care decision. Now, as it begins its new term, the court has turned over audio recordings of the… Read More »