In a widely celebrated move by activists, New York Supreme Court justices last week ordered Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration to prove by the end of next month that its recent assault on gun rights is actually constitutional — critics and experts say it clearly violates both the U.S. and state constitutions. The extraordinary speed used to adopt the controversial legislation, which appears to have violated a separate provision in the state constitution, is also facing scrutiny from the judicial branch.
If the state government fails to prove its case on both counts in the time frame provided, the unprecedented attack on gun rights may be struck down entirely, or at least temporarily rendered void.
The Arkansas legislature overrode a veto by Governor Mike Beebe to enact a pro-life law that bans abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.
While reviewing a challenge to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, several Supreme Court justices questioned the need for continuing an important provision of the act (Section 5), which requires only certain geographic areas — mainly seven Southern states, Alaska, Arizona, and three boroughs of New York City, as well as numerous smaller jurisdictions — to obtain federal preclearance before making changes in voting laws.
The U.S. Court of Appeals is giving the state of Illinois until June to adopt legalized concealed carry of a firearm.
A 5-4 majority threw out a challenge to the law authorizing the federal government to monitor and record electronic communication of all citizens.