A Pennsylvania wedding venue will not have to refund a deposit to a straight couple wedding party that disagrees with the owner's stance on same-sex weddings.
A lawsuit over a security deposit placed at the Inne was dismissed because the judge agreed that the suit was "improperly filed," according to Liberty Counsel, which represents a banquet hall called the Inne of the Abingtons.
"A Christian business owner should not have his contracts dishonored or be hauled into court because he operates his business according to conscience," Liberty Counsel senior litigator Roger Gannam said. "This is a victory for religious liberty." more >>
The State of Oklahoma has announced reforms to its procedure for executing prisoners.
The reforms come in the wake of an investigation into the death of prisoner Clayton Lockett, who took 43 minutes to pass away after his initial injection of midazolam. The drug was not injected in a proper manner, allowing Lockett to move around and moan before he was finally declared dead. Now, with new reforms, the state is looking to "recover" from the incident and continue with its procedures.
Midazolam will still be used as the drug for the procedure, but the dose will increase to five times what was normally given to inmates. There will also be more training requirements for prison staff and members of execution teams, as well as plans put in place should an execution go awry. Part of the problem with the Lockett execution was that there was no equipment to try and prolong his life should that have been the order given by Governor Mary Fallin or the prison warden. more >>
The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday against an earlier ruling allowing doctors to provide suicide drugs, by throwing out a case against the Swiss government. The woman at the center of the lawsuit was discovered to have committed suicide more than years ago.
"Because the government has an obligation to protect life, not assist in promoting death, we are pleased to see this bad decision thrown out despite the extraordinary circumstances," said Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Paul Coleman. "The lawsuit's claim that a person should be able to do whatever he or she pleases does not override national laws rightfully designed to protect the weak and vulnerable."
The law group, which had filed a brief with the Grand Chamber in 2013, noted that an earlier ECHR ruling against the Swiss government was nullified after the cbhamber discovered that Alda Gross, who had wanted to be provided with suicide drugs, had committed suicide in November 2011. The court was not notified of that fact, however, nor was it made known that the woman used the same poison to take her own life as the type she was attempting to secure legal rights to through the lawsuit. more >>
The supposed standard for child custody in family courts is the "best interest of the child." The Vermont Supreme Court has now extended that to the best interest of the dog.
Daniel and Laura were divorcing, and the issue before the court was custody of their beloved 11-year-old German wirehaired pointer dog, Belle. Both had strong emotional ties to Belle and a record of good care. While awaiting court judgment, they made a temporary agreement to share time with the dog.
Previously, a dog was considered property to be allocated like other tangible assets such as a house and car. But this new Vermont precedent declares that the best interest of the dog should be the deciding factor. more >>
Thanks to US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a well-known liberal and feminist, Americans are getting an inside look at what Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood's founder, probably would have embraced today – and who she would have embraced today. From her recent comments on abortion, Justice Ginsburg would have been praised by Ms. Sanger for her comments on poor people and abortion.
The oldest female judge on the bench, Justice Ginsburg gave an interview to fashion magazine Elle recently. In full context, here is the question and answer session on abortion:
[Elle:] Fifty years from now, which decisions in your tenure do you think will be the most significant? more >>
A 26-year-old Iranian mother who was set to be executed on Tuesday for killing a man who attempted to rape her has reportedly been granted a last minute reprieve.
FoxNews.com reported that Rayhaneh Jabbari's execution was postponed on Tuesday following protests at Rajaiy Shahr Prison.
"I am currently handcuffed and there is a car waiting outside to take me for the execution of the sentence," Jabbari earlier told her mother while waiting to be sent to the prison facility to be hanged. more >>