Probably the single most important constitutional issue facing women who seek abortions is whether a state may enact a sham health laws designed to limit access to abortions. An Alabama law that was declared unconstitutional on Monday is one of the most aggressive examples of these sham health laws.
Do you wander around with a Glock on your hip, fantasizing about the day when you'll open fire on an armed assailant? Do you worry about how you will explain to your kids why you wander around with a Glock on your hip, fantasizing about the day when you'll open fire on an armed assailant?
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"There is authority that both justifies pushing back the November 4th election date and suggests that logistically, it can be done. Under the circumstances before me, I believe that the law requires that I at least consider the possibility."
Next Wednesday, a three-judge panel will convene in Cincinnati to hear several marriage equality cases arising out of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee -- and the GOP-dominated panel that will hear these cases is unlikely to bring joy into the hearts of equality's supporters.
In the end, the battle between the Fourth Circuit and the DC Circuit is a battle over who gets to make law. The DC Circuit would steal this decision away from the American people's representatives, and place it in the hands of a few unelected officials in black robes.
Because of an oddity in the Supreme Court's death penalty cases, it is perfectly constitutional under existing precedents to execute people with very serious mental illness except in limited circumstances.
The order will not itself prevent Mr. Wood from being executed using contaminated drugs or by an unqualified executioner. It will give his attorneys information that they need to challenge Arizona's execution procedures.