Category: US Court of Appeals

Court Limits Abortion Clinic Escorts

Oakland’s enforcement of a law intended to shield women entering abortion clinics from antiabortion “counselors” must be applied equally to clinic escorts to survive constitutional free speech mandates.  The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the law has not…

Obama Threat Conviction Reversed

Online messages urging the assassination of presidential candidate Barack Obama, coupled with racial slurs, is protected free speech, according to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  Reinhardt, joined by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, reversed a…

Yuma Church Battles Bars

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has stepped into the middle a fight between gin and sin.  And God won. Normally, fighting urban blight means a church might fight to exclude bars and nightclubs coming its neighborhood.  But in…

Grocers Must Face Antitrust Claim

Grocery store chains in southern California that agreed to share revenues during a labor dispute may be subject to antitrust violation claims, a federal appeals court ruled.  The Sherman Antitrust Act prohibits contracts or agreements used to restrain trade. A…

Renzi Racketeering Charge Reinstated

A federal appeals court reinstated the racketeering charge against former Republican Congressman Richard “Rick” G. Renzi of Arizona.  Renzi, the former state co-chair of Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign, was charged in 2008 with multiple counts of corruption arising from…