Category: US Court of Appeals

Judge Pam Rymer Dead at 70

Judge Pamela A. Rymer, a long-time conservative on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, died on Wednesday of cancer.  She was 70.  Rymer was appointed to the appeals court 22 years ago by President George H.W. Bush in 1989. …

A Cosine From God?

A Poway public high school calculus teacher cannot use his classroom as a pulpit to preach his views of the role of God to his captive math students, says a federal appeals court.  Teacher Bradley Johnson will have to remove…

Court Weighs Loughner Drugging

A federal appeals court grappled with how much latitude prison officials have to forcibly use psychiatric drugs on the man accused in the January Tucson shooting rampage. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel may address the broader questions…

Buckle Up or Get a Beating

Here’s why it’s better to buckle up when driving.   A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy pepper sprayed and used his baton on a 46-year-old, black  probation officer during a traffic stop for an unfastened seatbelt.   Mark Anthony Young had disobeyed…

Insurers Must Cover Mental Illnesses

Health Insurers in California must provide coverage for all medically necessary severe mental illness equally with the terms applied to physical illness, says a federal appeals court.  The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals interpretation gives added power to California’s…