Monday, 23 July, 2018

Supreme Court sends back cases on discrimination, gerrymandering

Brendan Dassey is escorted out of a Manitowoc County Circuit courtroom ‘Making A Murderer’ Subject Denied U.S. Supreme Court Appeal
Michele Schwartz | 26 June, 2018, 19:54

The American Civil Liberties Union, which represented the couple seeking the floral arrangements, said by not taking the case, the high court paved the way for the state court to again rule in the couple's favor.

His case was then taken up to the US Supreme Court, who have refused to hear Dassey's appeal against the Seventh Circuit Court's ruling. Under state law in Washington, she could also be liable for the third-party attorneys' fees to the private individuals in the case.

Waggoner said Stutzman had sold the customer, Rob Ingersoll, flowers for almost a decade and knew he was gay, but that his marriage did not comport with her beliefs and she could not provide services for it.

Writing for the 7-2 majority in the Masterpiece ruling, Justice Anthony Kennedy held that the commissioners on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed hostility toward Phillips religious beliefs.

"Juveniles and those with intellectual deficits are at a particular risk of confessing involuntarily-and often falsely-under the strain of coercive police tactics", Seth Waxman, a former USA solicitor general who encouraged the Supreme Court to hear the case, told NBC News.

Ferguson and same-sex couple Curt Freed and Robert Ingersoll sued Arlene's Flowers after Stutzman refused to design flowers for the men's wedding in 2013 because she believed marriage was a sacred covenant between a man and a woman.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said in a statement that his office was "pleased" with the Supreme Court's decision not to take the case. According to The New York Times, the Supreme Courts decided not to hear Dassey's case, ending his long battle for freedom.

In a one-paragraph unsigned order, the justices said the lower court's ruling "is vacated, and the case is remanded to the Supreme Court of Washington for further consideration in light of" the court's Masterpiece decision that sided with a Christian cake designer.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to Texas Republicans by reviving electoral districts drawn by the state legislature that had been thrown out by a lower court for diluting the influence of black and Hispanic voters. In its unanimous ruling, the court wrote, "Public accommodations laws do not simply guarantee access to goods or services".

James Esseks, director of ACLU's LGBT and HIV Project, said in a statement he doesn't expect any new outcome from the Washington Supreme Court undermining LGBT rights.

The lower court found that the configuration of two U.S. House of Representatives districts violated the Voting Rights Act, a 1965 federal law that protects minority voters and was enacted to address a history of racial discrimination in voting, especially in Southern states.

This is the second time the Supreme Court has passed on the chance to decide whether business owners can refuse to comply with anti-discrimination laws on religious grounds.

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