Jessica Mason Pieklo is a writer and adjunct law professor in Boulder, Colorado. She is the former assistant director of the Health Law Clinic at Hamline Law School in St. Paul, Minnesota and former litigator.
The allegations were, and are, absurd. In fact, they are so absurd—and Daleiden’s conduct in editing and releasing the videos is so egregious—that amidst a flurry of lawsuits, a federal court just ordered him in contempt of court and handed him a bill for more than $130,000.
The U.S. attorney general submitted a nearly blank form about his contacts with Russian officials. But he wasn't so silent when he talked to a group of right-wing lawyers and used words from the slain civil rights leader.
The decision came in the case of Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer—a challenge to a provision of the Missouri Constitution that prohibits direct government funding of houses of worship.
The Department of Homeland Security says it sees "no credible path forward" to defend the Obama-era policy de-prioritizing detention and deportation of undocumented parents with children who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
Top legal officials in Maryland and Washington, D.C., take aim at President Trump's immigration orders; a fitness chain with trans-inclusive policies wins in court; and 50 years ago, interracial marriage bans were declared illegal.
Ohio's top lawyer says that Big Pharma helped fuel the opioid epidemic. A Michigan farmer wants the right to sell his fruit and discriminate against same-sex couples. And progressives are trying hard to keep Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
The impact of the decision means Catholic hospitals, which employ tens of thousands of low- to middle-income workers, can now generally avoid the pension and health insurance protections required by federal law.
Despite the fact that dilation and evacuaton procedures are overwhelmingly safe, anti-choice lawmakers and activists have launched a legislative and propaganda campaign against what they have named “dismemberment abortions.”
The nation's highest court has signaled it will rule on Ohio's purges of its voter rolls, not too long after it issued an important decision that could influence how race and political party affect gerrymandering cases.
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals didn't just rule the Trump administration acted in bad faith in issuing the Muslim bans; it may have provided Chief Justice John Roberts just the cover needed to strike the bans as well.
Lawyers for the Trump administration conceded Monday to a federal appeals court that the president's religious imposition executive order does not, in fact, mean victory for those fighting the Affordable Care Act's birth control benefit.
The Ninth Circuit Court chooses a history of inequitable pay over gender fairness. Elsewhere, a woman sues her employer for firing her because she wouldn't distribute Christian literature, and an Amish community says it has a religious right to go without a home sewage system.
Appeals courts differ over what law to apply when considering cases about sex discrimination at educational institutions. And various groups say the First Amendment gives them the right to access government data.
In other news, a federal court found that a religious university discriminated against a single, pregnant worker who refused to either marry or stop living with her partner, and the Hawaii judge who struck down the Muslim ban is now under 24-hour protection due to threats.
Wednesday marked the third day of Judge Neil Gorsuch's U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Rewire's Vice President of Law and the Courts Jessica Mason Pieklo has been monitoring the scene.
In other news, the Southern Poverty Law Center wins a victory against a modern debtors' prison in Alabama, and it intends to investigate if anti-LGBTQ groups are influencing Trump administration policies.
The U.S. Supreme Court order directs the appeals court to take another look at the case of the transgender teenager who successfully sued his school district for access to restrooms aligning with his gender identity.
A federal district judge ruled Texas couldn't rely on heavily edited videos from anti-abortion advocate David Daleiden to try to defund Planned Parenthood. In an earlier case from Utah, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch wasn't so sure.
After President Trump's executive order on immigration created pandemonium in airports worldwide, the courts and local law enforcement are racing to keep up. And then there's the matter of whom the next Supreme Court Justice will be.
To believe the nomination of Neil Gorsuch is not part of the Trump administration’s shock-and-confusion campaign is naive. Gorsuch is the conservative equivalent of the “Justice Dad” meme that Obama tried with Garland.
Gorsuch’s decision was largely adopted by the conservative Roberts Court majority in its 2014 decision ruling that secular, for-profit companies like Hobby Lobby could make religious objections to complying with certain regulations.
“When he said he was going to run the government like his own businesses, he meant it. And that means lining his own pockets at the expense of everyone else," said Vermont Law School professor Jennifer Taub in an interview with Rewire.
The order was issued by the same judge who halted enforcement of the Obama administration’s guidance instructing schools that receive federal funding to allow transgender students access to restrooms consistent with their gender identity, rather than their biological sex.
2016 brought in a ton of reproductive rights victories, plus one significant punt by the U.S. Supreme Court that could help Republicans in their efforts to overturn the Affordable Care Act. And 2017 is looking like another big year.
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