A federal appeals court has allowed to let stand an earlier decision upholding the legality of a recently passed California law banning conversion therapy for LGBT youth.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that California's Senate Bill 1172 does not infringe on the constitutional rights of the plaintiffs.
The en banc Ninth Circuit denied the rehearing, arguing that SB 1172 "does not violate the free speech rights of practitioners or minor patients, is neither vague nor overbroad, and does not violate parents' fundamental rights." more >>
Amanda Knox was found guilty yet again by an Italian court for the death of roommate Meredith Kercher. The former student has been sentenced to 28 years and six months in prison, but Knox has repeatedly said that she will run and hide from authorities and not go back to prison.
"I'm definitely not going back to Italy willingly," Knox told the Guardian. "They'll have to catch me and pull me back kicking and screaming into a prison that I don't deserve to be in. I will fight for my innocence," she said before the verdict was announced.
A civil rights lawsuit was filed in federal court earlier this week by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) on behalf of a Lubbock, Texas, man who's accusing the city's largest school district of allegedly violating his right of free speech after they refused to display an ad showing a tattooed Jesus on a jumbotron during high school football games.
Lubbock Independent School District denied the ad request in October from David L. Miller, founder of Little Pencil LLC, an organization that promotes the Bible's teachings through marketing campaigns, even though ADF says the district allows other religious groups to advertise.
"No one deserves to be silenced simply for having a viewpoint that school officials don't favor," said Jeremy Tedesco, ADF senior legal counsel. "When a school creates an opportunity for community advertising, it cannot single out religious messages for censorship. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all people, regardless of their religious or political beliefs." more >>
World Wrestling Entertainment star Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka has been named a person of interest in the mysterious 1983 death of his mistress, Nancy Argentino, who died of traumatic brain injuries after Snuka found her unresponsive in their hotel room.
The case has gone unsolved for more than 30 years, and a grand jury is currently being convened to re-examine the evidence and hopefully bring closure to Argentino's family. Police suspected that Argentino was brutally murdered based upon evidence from the corner who wrote at the time of her death: "Upon viewing the body and speaking to the pathologist, I immediately suspected foul play and so notified the district attorney."
Charges were never brought against anyone in the case, but Snuka was the one to find her body in their hotel room. Argentino was reportedly still alive, according to the Morning Call, and gasping for breath. She also had yellow fluid oozing from her mouth and nose. Snuka called for help, but Argentino died early the next morning. more >>
A 29-year-old Florida man who tricked his ex-girlfriend into taking an abortion pill, causing her to miscarry at six weeks, was sentenced on Monday to 13 years and eight months in federal prison.
"I don't believe Mr. Welden's an evil person, but he committed an evil act, and he's going to pay the consequences," said U.S. District Judge Richard Al Lazzara, according to The Tampa Tribune.
John Andrew Welden apologized for tricking his girlfriend at the time, Remee Jo Lee, into taking an abortion pill in May 2013 after finding out that she was pregnant. more >>
A lawyer at a prominent law firm in Washington, D.C., has reportedly left his reputable job to help Utah defend its same-sex marriage ban, citing his strong Mormon faith as the motivation behind his decision.
Gene Schaerr, formerly a partner at the Winston & Strawn legal firm, reportedly sent a firm-wide email to coworkers on Jan. 17 announcing his plans to lead the state in defending its ban on same-sex marriage, which was struck down by a federal judge in December. Schaerr cited his dedication to his faith and family as the reason for his departure.
"I have accepted that position so that I can fulfill what I have come to see as a religious and family duty: defending the constitutionality of traditional marriage in the state where my church is headquartered and where most of my family resides," Schaerr, a Mormon, said in the email, which was reportedly leaked to the Above the Law blog. more >>