Supreme Court Tosses Conviction for Facebook Threat

June 01, 2015

In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court threw out the conviction of Pennsylvania resident Anthony Elonis, who was prosecuted and was serving a prison sentence for posting rap lyrics on his Facebook page that his ex-wife found threatening.  Elonis contended that he didn’t intend to threaten anyone; the lower courts

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Ninth Circuit Orders Guam Voting Case Forward

May 08, 2015

A three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reinstated CIR client Arnold Davis’ lawsuit challenging race-based voting restrictions on a plebiscite concerning Guam’s future political status.  The decision reverses District Judge Tydingco-Gatewood’s decision in early 2013 dismissing the lawsuit on standing and ripeness grounds. 

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CIR Defends Fair Use of Blog “Headshot” Photo Against Copyright Suit

May 01, 2015

CIR filed an appeal on behalf of Irina Chevaldina, who was sued by Raanan Katz for her use of a small photo of Katz to accompany a blog post that she published about Katz.  Katz found the photo unflattering and purchased rights to it and then sued Chevaldina for copyright

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Friedrichs Petitioners File Final cert Brief — Await Supreme Court Action

April 14, 2015

Ten California school teachers and the Christian Educators Association International filed their final brief urging the Supreme Court to take Friedrichs v. CTA in order to overturn the Court’s 1976 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. The petitioners are challenging the constitutionality of state laws that require the

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Court Hears Obamacare Subsidies Challenge

March 05, 2015

On March 4, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in King v. Burwell, a challenge to the constitutionality of the IRS’s aggressive re-writing of key terms in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, sometimes known as “Obamacare.”  After ninety minutes of argument, it was clear that four justices would

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Nine amicus briefs Urge Supreme Court to Review Friedrichs

March 02, 2015

Nine parties filed amicus or “friend of the court” briefs urging the Supreme Court to grant CIR’s petition to review Friedrichs v. CTA and overturn Abood v. Detroit Bd. of Educ., a 1977 case in which the Court allowed states to require all public employees to pay union dues.  The amicus briefs

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Massachusetts Court Upholds Stun Gun Ban

March 02, 2015

Massachusetts’s highest court upheld Jaime Caetano’s conviction for possession of a stun gun, rejecting her contention that the state’s total ban on stun guns violates the Second Amendment.  The court ruled that stun guns are a modern invention not in common possession in 1789, when the Second Amendment was adopted. 

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Supreme Court Petition Filed in Union Dues Case

January 26, 2015

Friedrichs v. CTA, CIR’s challenge to compulsory union dues, is one step closer to the Supreme Court.  On January 26, Michael Carvin, lead counsel in the case, filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court.  The petition asks the Court to take the case and rule that

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Supreme Court Showdown: Carvin Files Opening Brief in King v. Burwell

December 22, 2014

Michael Carvin, counsel to the petitioners in King v. Burwell, filed his opening brief before the Supreme Court on December 20.  King challenges the Obama Administration’s claim that it may subsidize the cost of individual healthcare policies even in states that have not created state healthcare exchanges.   On December 22, the Supreme

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Ninth Circuit Grants Friedrichs’ Motion: Next Stop — Supreme Court

November 18, 2014

A three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an order granting the plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Affirmance on the Pleadings. That means Rebecca Friedrichs and her co-plaintiffs are now free to petition the Supreme Court for review of their challenge to compulsory union

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