The Obama administration announced Friday that it would seek a stay in a court order putting a temporary halt on plans to provide temporary legal status to some unauthorized immigrants. If successful, the administration could begin the program before the courts have ruled whether the program is legal.
The U.S. Department of Justice will seek an emergency stay by Monday in U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen's injunction that put a halt to the program until the courts sort out the legal issues, according to a White House spokesperson.
Two programs announced by President Barack Obama in November are at stake: Deferred Action for Parental Accountability, which is for the parents of U.S. citizens and legal residents, and an expansion of Obama's 2012 program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which is for unauthorized immigrants who came to the country as a minor. more >>
Putting florist, grandmother and devout Southern Baptist Barronelle Stutzman out of business was not enough for some Washington state officials. She could lose her home and life savings as well after a Washington superior court judge ruled that she violated the state's anti-discrimination law because she declined to provide flowers for a same-sex couple's wedding due to her religious convictions.
After Benton County Superior Court Judge ruled on Wednesday that Stutzman violated the law when she refused to provide floral arrangements for the wedding of Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed in 2013, the possibility became real that Stutzman can lose her business, home, savings and other personal assets once a summary judgement is reached, according to Stutzman's lawyer Kristen Waggoner.
"The lesson from the court's decisions is that you put your home, your family business, and your life at risk by daring to defy a government mandate that forces you to promote views you believe are wrong," Waggoner, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, said in a statement. "A government that tells you what you can't say is bad enough but a government that tells you what you must say is terrifying." more >>
Christian Pakistani man Imtiaz Masih has been acquitted after a four-year legal battle when he was tortured and forced to confess to the killing of his Muslim employer's brother.
The European Center of Law and Justice announced on Thursday that its affiliate in Pakistan, the Organization for Legal Aid, managed to successfully acquit Masih after a court found that the prosecution witnesses made conflicting statements, and could not be trusted.
"False accusations of crimes are all too common in Pakistan. Usually, people falsely accuse others to settle personal scores or simply to implicate an easy target to divert attention from the real culprit," the ECLJ explained. more >>
There is a state of confusion in the state of Alabama over whether same-sex couples can legally get a marriage license.
Here are three reasons:
1. A Federal judge overstepped her authority. more >>
Reports about divorce case filed by rapper Maurice Williams to alleged wife pop artist Iggy Azalea pointed out to the couple's past visit at a medical clinic.
According to a report from TMZ, a doctor recalls that during Azalea's visit to the clinic, the Australian rap artist referred to her companion Williams as her husband.
"Hefe Wine a.k.a Maurice Williams filed a declaration from a doctor in their 'divorce' in which the doc says in 2008 he saw Iggy and Hefe in his clinic and says they left an impression on him because 'she was a white Australian female and he was a taller black man,'" the media outlet revealed. more >>
In a strange case, a judge has issued a no-contact order against NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, who believes that his ex-girlfriend is a trained killer. In an incident last year during the over Racing weekend Busch allegedly injured his ex-girlfriend leading to a police investigation and the no-contact order. Further details will be released this week.
This incident has grown larger than life in the wake of the NFL's mishandling of the Ray Rice incident and the wild allegations made in court by Busch and his attorneys.
"Good until 2016, says Busch has to stay 100 yards away from Driscoll, her home and workplace," Jayski.com reported. "At NASCAR races he has to maintain the maximum 'practicable' distance from her and not attempt to contact her." more >>