CIR Appeals to Defend Family Medical Rights

September 24, 2012

CIR filed a petition for rehearing by the full Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Mueller v. Auker, CIR’s case defending the right of parents to make important medical decisions on behalf of their minor children.   CIR is seeking to reverse a ruling by a three-judge panel denying a

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Scotusblog Voting Rights Act symposium discusses Nix

September 13, 2012

Today’s online forum about Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act features a contribution from the Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky, who suggests that the Supreme Court should take Nix v. Holder this term.

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Court issues ruling after seven years

August 16, 2012

After a seven year wait, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan finally ruled in favor of CIR’s client DynaLantic on its challenge to the Section 8(a) set aside program.  The court held that the Section 8(a) program failed to satisfy strict scrutiny as applied in the military simulation and training industry, and

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Accused Amish hair cutters say no deal

July 31, 2012

Today Samuel Mullet and other Amish men and women the United States Justice Department accuses of hate crimes rejected a plea offer that included jail sentences many times shorter than the decades-long sentences they could face if found guilty.  The Amish chose instead to go to trial on the government’s charges that they forcibly cut the hair and shaved the beards of

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Ninth Circuit panel hears argument in family rights case

July 24, 2012

Today a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sitting in Boise, Idaho, heard oral argument in CIR’s appeal of the case Mueller v. Auker.  In that case, a Boise police officer, without consulting a judge or a court, seized custody of the five-week-old daughter of CIR clients Eric and Corissa Mueller because the officer took

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AG Holder dodges questions in Guam

July 16, 2012

Attorney General Holder arrived on Guam today, but refused to take questions from the press.  In the linked National Review Online article, John Fund speculates that Holder’s elusiveness might be because he doesn’t want to answer awkward questions about CIR’s lawsuit challenging a race-exclusive referendum on that U.S. possession.  Whatever the cause of Holder’s silence, it’s

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Supreme Court upholds Obamacare, but not under the Commerce Clause

June 28, 2012

Today the United States Supreme Court, in a 5 to 4 decision, ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is constitutional.  In an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts, the Court (agreeing with CIR) did not find that the Commerce Clause granted Congress the power to require Americans to buy health

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CIR’s Rosman to speak at Catholic University

April 27, 2012

Today CIR General Counsel Michael Rosman will speak at Catholic University in Washington, DC.  He is to be one of several speakers at a conference titled “Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System (CPS): Law and Public Policy in Cirisis,” co-sponsored by the Society of Catholic Social Scientists and the Catholic Social

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CIR files amicus brief in Amish hair-cutting case

April 23, 2012

Even as the Supreme Court considers whether Congress exceeded its power under the Commerce Clause when it passed the Affordable Care Act, the Obama Justice Department, in a case in Ohio, is exceeding the bounds of that clause itself in its prosecution of several Amish for a purported federal “hate crime”: forcibly shaving

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CIR’s Rosman talks Obamacare

April 17, 2012

Inevitably, the Obamacare litigation in the Supreme Court has occasioned much discussion, and no doubt much understandable confusion, on the web and elsewhere.  For the perplexed, CIR General Counsel Michael Rosman makes it all perfectly clear on this Point of Law podcast.

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