Soon Michigan may join the list of other states who have passed legislation checking the president’s power under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to indefinitely detain American citizens.
An Illinois appeals court has ruled that pharmacists may refuse to dispense the "morning-after pill" after a seven-year-long protracted legal battle involving two Illinois pharmacists who took issue with having to dispense the pills. Luke VanderBleek and Glen Kosirog, long-time Christians, sought a religious exemption from a 2005 executive order that directed all pharmacists to fill prescriptions for the morning after pill. The appeals court ruled in their favor on September 21.
The Department of Justice is under fire after a leaked terror training presentation aimed at state and local law enforcement revealed that police were being trained to be suspicious of popular bumper stickers including some opposing U.S. government participation in the scandal-plagued United Nations and one urging people to know their rights. Even Americans who hold what the document describes as beliefs that “represent a fairly popular point of view” — pro-life activists, for example — were included in the controversial terror manual.
A federal appeals court has given the Transportation Security Administration another six months to comply with the court's 14-month-old order to "promptly" hold public hearings on the use of nude body scanners used at airport security checkpoints, Wired, a science and technology magazine and online publication, reported Wednesday.
Salt Lake County (Utah) Mayor Peter Corroon has announced that for the November election his county will print ballots in Spanish.
But critics have pointed to the propensity of the bilingual ballot provisions to “balkanize” the country by creating regions where “language minorities” will have access to the electoral system denied to others who speak the same language, but live outside of “covered jurisdictions.”
Then there is the problem of discrimination accomplished by provisions purported to fight that very thing. Arbitrary population percentages that trigger the federal act’s mandate of bilingual ballots are an imprecise response to changing demographics and tend to favor Hispanics to the detriment of other ethnicities.
Some have pointed out that this federal favoritism violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment by denying people within covered jurisdictions of the equal protection of the laws.