Judge Yeakel produced a penetrating opinion that tears away the justification abortion opponents have offered to justify laws that exist for one and only one purpose -- to take away women's ability to choose to have an abortion.
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On Tuesday, a federal trial court in Massachusetts held that it is "plainly unconstitutional to require a female inmate to expose herself, particularly to the extreme degree required during a strip search, in the presence of a male officer."
The California Supreme Court's decision requires suspects to have a lawyer's understanding of when they need to invoke their right to remain silent and how they are supposed to do so in order to ensure that this right is preserved.
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.