Judge blocks Trump’s small-business health insurance plan

U.S. District Judge John D. Bates wrote in his opinion late Thursday that so–called “association health plans” were “clearly an end–run” around consumer protections required by the Obama–era Affordable Care Act. On Wednesday, another federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s Medicaid work requirements for low–income people. The legal setbacks came as Trump unexpectedly pivoted back to health care this week, promising … More Judge blocks Trump’s small-business health insurance plan

2 similar death row cases, 2 different Supreme Court rulings

Halt my execution if the state won’t let a spiritual adviser of my faith accompany me into the execution chamber. Both cases wound up at the Supreme Court. And while the justices overrode a lower court and allowed Ray’s execution to go forward in Alabama in February, they gave Murphy, a Texas inmate, a temporary reprieve Thursday night. What … More 2 similar death row cases, 2 different Supreme Court rulings

Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma reportedly reaches deal to settle Oklahoma opioid case – The San Diego Union-Tribune

In its suit, Oklahoma sought $25 billion in damages and penalties over Purdue’s push to lure doctors into prescribing Oxycontin for unauthorized uses to generate billions in profits for the company. While doctors have wide discretion to prescribe medicines beyond what they’ve been approved to treat, drugmakers are limited to marketing their products for just … More Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma reportedly reaches deal to settle Oklahoma opioid case – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Kansas death penalty case has implications for mentally ill

No one — not even Kahler’s attorneys — disputes that he killed the four relatives. Instead, his lawyers argue that he was suffering from depression so severe that he experienced extreme emotional disturbance, dissociating him from reality. What had been an open–and–shut death penalty case — Kahler was convicted and sentenced in 2011 — was … More Kansas death penalty case has implications for mentally ill

Betsy DeVos strikes out — in court

The latest legal blow came earlier this month, when a federal judge ruled DeVos illegally postponed a regulation requiring states to identify school districts where there are significant racial disparities among the students placed in special education programs. And last week, Education Department officials began implementing a sweeping package of Obama-era student loan policies after … More Betsy DeVos strikes out — in court

US judge blocks oil, gas drilling over climate change

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras in Washington appeared to go a step further than other judges in his order issued late Tuesday. Previous rulings focused on individual lease sales or permits. But Contreras said that when the U.S. Bureau of Land Management auctions public lands for oil and gas leasing, officials must consider emissions from … More US judge blocks oil, gas drilling over climate change

Clarence Thomas makes rare intervention during Supreme Court arguments

Thomas asked if Flowers’ lawyers in the case had made similar decisions, and the race of any struck jurors. Lawyer Sheri Lynn Johnson said three white jurors were excused by Flowers’ lawyer. According to The Washington Post, two of Flowers’ trials were hung, and convictions in three others were overturned because of misconduct by Evans. … More Clarence Thomas makes rare intervention during Supreme Court arguments

Lawsuit: Harvard ‘shamelessly’ profits from photos of slaves

Tamara Lanier, of Norwich, Connecticut, is suing the Ivy League school for “wrongful seizure, possession and expropriation” of images she says depict two of her ancestors. Her suit, filed in Massachusetts state court, demands that Harvard immediately turn over the photos, acknowledge her ancestry and pay an unspecified sum in damages. Harvard spokesman Jonathan Swain said the … More Lawsuit: Harvard ‘shamelessly’ profits from photos of slaves

Judges lean toward Trump in hotel ’emoluments’ case

The judges on the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals indicated they may dismiss the lawsuit filed against the Republican president in June 2017 by the Democratic attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia.  Maryland-based U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte last year allowed the lawsuit to proceed, a ruling that Trump … More Judges lean toward Trump in hotel ’emoluments’ case

U.S. Supreme Court gives Trump victory on immigration detention | Reuters

The court ruled 5-4, with its conservative justices in the majority and its liberal justices dissenting, that federal authorities could pick up such immigrants and place them into indefinite detention at any time, not just immediately after they finish their prison sentences. The ruling, authored by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, leaves open the possibility of … More U.S. Supreme Court gives Trump victory on immigration detention | Reuters