March 2014

Welcome back from Break! While we were away from classes, civil rights legal news still plugged on: Same-Sex Marriage in Michigan  - SCOTUSBlog Last week, Senior Judge Friedman invalidated Michigan’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages and entered a permanent injunction against its enforcement.  After a full trial,

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We bring you a special Spring Break Edition of the legal news roundup. Pull up a beach chair and read on. LGBT Rights Tennessee federal judge Aleta Trauger wrote a decision recognizing the legitimacy of out-of-state marriages between same-sex spouses. Judge Trauger’s memorandum is here: http://sblog.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Tanco-opinion-3-14-14.pdf Reuters

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Serving a death sentence upon a person with severe intellectual disabilities is a violation of the Eighth Amendment. Several Supreme Court cases from the past few decades have explored the intersection between capital punishment and intellectual disabilities. In Ford v. Wainwright (1986), the Supreme Court

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The last week has had several civil rights updates on several different fronts: "Senate Democrats help block Obama nominee for civil rights post" - Washington Post The Senate rejected the nomination of Debo P. Adegbile to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.  Adegbile was the leading

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