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    Maryland Court of Appeals to the Left of Liberal 9th Circuit

    In a recent 5-2 decision, the Maryland Court of Appeals (Maryland’s highest court) ruled that the state’s 2008 DNA Collection Act was unconstitutional because collecting DNA after an arrest, rather than post-conviction, violates the defendant’s constitutional rights. This decision is troublesome for a number of reasons. The use of forensic … More

    Ninth Circuit Rules Against Marriage

    Today, in a 2–1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled against Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that defined marriage in the California constitution as one man and one woman. The appeals court decision upholds the decision of the lower court, which struck down Prop … More

    The Heckler’s Veto of Arizona’s Immigration Law

    It should come as no surprise to anyone that a panel of judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order today refusing to lift the stay issued by a federal district court against Arizona’s immigration law. After all, the Ninth Circuit is the most often overturned appeals court … More

    Appeals Panel Should Reinstate Stay on Prop 8 Ruling

    Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision to lift the stay on his ruling striking down California’s voter-approved Proposition 8 is, fortunately, not the last word on whether same-sex couples in the Golden State will be able to obtain marriage licenses while this case is under appeal.  The appropriate panel of the 9th … More