A Tennessee sheriff who's being sued by an atheist organization for posting an Easter Sunday message on the department's Facebook page says he might file a counter lawsuit against the group.
The New Jersey-based American Atheists filed a complaint against Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson earlier this month on behalf of an unnamed local woman.
Sheriff Watson told the Cleveland Daily Banner in an interview last Friday that he "will 'seriously consider' moving ahead with a counter lawsuit against the plaintiffs who have filed a lawsuit against him." more >>
The Ohio Supreme Court Ruled Thursday that the World Harvest megachurch led by televangelist Rod Parsley cannot collect $1 million from its insurer to put toward a $3.1 million settlement for parents who alleged their 2-year-old boy was beaten by a church daycare worker.
The Columbus Dispatch reported that justices unanimously rejected a bid by World Harvest Church to collect $1 million from Grange Mutual Casualty Co. after a lengthy battle in Franklin County courts. The decision overturned a previous ruling in the Franklin County Court of Appeals, which had found that Grange was responsible for providing coverage for damages and legal fees.
On Thursday, Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor wrote in the court's opinion that the insurers had a policy agreement with the church that had an abuse and molestation exclusion when it comes to claims. Church lawyers had argued that the boy's injuries inflicted in 2006 were not the result of abuse but excessive corporal punishment. The justices did not see it that way. more >>
The United States Supreme Court sent several challenges to the Human and Human Services Department's contraception mandate back to the lower courts, vacating the earlier rulings.
Plaintiffs, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, East Texas Baptist University, and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington will have their lawsuits decided at the lower court level.
In a Per Curiam decision released Monday morning, the highest court in the land reasoned that the lower court decisions were to be vacated in light of a new possible resolution between the two parties. more >>
When George Zimmerman, the gunman who shot African-American teen Trayvon Martin in 2012, received the gun he used back from the Department of Justice, he decided to put it up for sale through an online auction. According to a Huffington Post report, Zimmerman announced that he was selling his Kel-Tec PF9 9mm handgun which he used as a neighborhood watch volunteer, which he listed as "an American Firearm Icon."
The online auction hosted by the United Gun Group opened the auction on Thursday through the group's website. Since then, the site has received bids as high as $65 million, from a bidder named Craig Byrant. It is not known if Bryant is a serious bidder however. Before him, another bidder who called himself Racist McShootface was the one with highest bid on record.
According to a CNN report, his bids were deleted as he was labeled as a troll or a fake bidder. Aside from him, there were other online bidders who were also considered fake bidders as most of them used the names of some known shooting victims such as Tamir Rice and Shaniqua Bonifa. more >>
George Zimmerman has been trying to auction the gun he used to shoot and kill Trayvon Martin.
On Thursday, May 12, he attempted to put the gun, a Kel-Tec PF-9 mm, up for auction on two different auction websites. Both of the websites removed his listings, The New York Times reports.
Zimmerman shot and killed Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old African-American from Miami Gardens, Florida, on February 26, 2012. A member of the community watch, Zimmerman claimed that he shot Martin in self-defense and was found not guilty. more >>
Leading evangelist and North Carolina resident Franklin Graham is thanking the state's governor and lawmakers for standing strong in defence of the state's recently passed transgender bathroom law even though the state could lose millions in federal funding.
The Department of Justice sent an ultimatum last week to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and other state officials arguing that the state's new bathroom law violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The department threatened legal action if the state government did not meet its Monday deadline to indicate that it is not enforcing its new bathroom law, which prohibits transgender individuals from using state-run bathrooms designated for the opposite biological sex, and allows businesses to establish their own transgender bathroom policies without coercion from local governments. more >>