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  • Judge: North Dakota abortion law unconstitutional

    April 16, 2014 11:51 AM

    BISMARCK, N.D. - A federal judge has ruled that a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected is "invalid and unconstitutional." U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland on Wednesday ruled that the law passed last year by the North Dakota Legislature "cannot withstand a constitutional challenge."... more »
  • House kills bill to remove La.'s unenforceable anti-sodomy law

    April 15, 2014 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law. Baton Rouge Rep. Patricia Smith, a Democrat, sought to remove consensual sex between people of the same sex from Louisiana's crimes against nature law. The U.S. Supreme Court threw out a similar Texas... more »
  • House committee supports removing unconstitutional law

    April 9, 2014 2:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A House committee has narrowly agreed to advance a bill that would repeal an unconstitutional state law prohibiting intercourse between two people of the same sex. The criminal justice committee voted 9-6 Wednesday for the measure by Baton Rouge Rep. Patricia Smith, over the objections of conservative and... more »
  • Oklahoma judge tosses execution law

    March 26, 2014 11:38 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A judge has ruled Oklahoma's execution law unconstitutional for not allowing inmate access to the court system. The source of drugs for the execution may not be disclosed under the Oklahoma law, even if an inmate sues to discover the information. County District Judge Patricia Parrish... more »
  • Judge: death row too uncomfortable for the worst offenders

    December 19, 2013 4:57 PM

    ANGOLA- Prison leaders at the state penitentiary will have to devise a plan to cool cells on death row after a judge ruled it is so hot, the heat violates constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson released his decision Thursday in a civil... more »
  • Teacher's union calls for collaboration over Act 1

    August 20, 2013 3:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Association of Educators called today for Gov. Bobby Jindal and State Superintendent of Education John White to work with them over a teacher tenure law declared unconstitutional by two state judges this year. LAE leaders said they they will continue to push for policies... more »
  • Judge: Part of teacher tenure law unconstitutional

    August 16, 2013 5:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A north Louisiana judge has declared part of a 2012 law overhauling teacher tenure law in the state unconstitutional. State District Judge Benjamin Jones ruled Friday in a lawsuit against the Monroe City School Board. He said the constitutional rights of a teacher facing dismissal were violated... more »
  • Town succumbs to ACLU, cancels curfew

    August 1, 2013 10:41 PM

    CLINTON- The city rescinded its 11 p.m. curfew Thursday, the deadline a judge gave the city to respond to a lawsuit arguing the law is unconstitutional. The two-month-old curfew bans people from milling about on city streets from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. The American Civil Liberties Union... more »
  • Unconstitutional laws remain on Louisiana law books Play Video

    July 30, 2013 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A deeper look into Louisiana laws show the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled several unconstitutional but the statutes have not been taken off the books. After gay men were arrested on an unconstitutional law in Baton Rouge, News 2 investigated to find out if more laws... more »
  • Sheriff to deputies: no longer enforce outdated sodomy statute Play Video

    July 29, 2013 11:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Sheriff Sid Gautreaux issued a memo Monday, telling deputies not to arrest people using an outdated anti-sodomy law. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional nearly ten years ago, but it was never removed from the Louisiana law code. A dozen men have been arrested for... more »
  • Some applaud controversial arrests of gay men Play Video

    July 29, 2013 5:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Negative attention is being cast on the city of Baton Rouge by national media sites following the arrests of gay men by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. The arrests happened during sting operations from 2011 until July of this year. Deputies arrested at least 12... more »
  • Lawsuit: Use of retiree money unconstitutional

    July 26, 2013 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's adult probation and parole officers are asking a judge to declare a piece of 2012 legislation unconstitutional. They want a judge to order the return of several million dollars swept into the state's general fund from a retirement fund for the officers. The Louisiana Probation and... more »
  • Town curfew extended further, ACLU calls it unconstitutional Play Video

    July 10, 2013 9:55 PM

    CLINTON - Town leaders extended a measure to reduce crime even though some groups call it imprisonment of residents. "We looked at the numbers, and it's like 60 percent less crime," Clinton Police Chief Fredrick Dunn said. Dunn, the town's mayor and council agreed to put a curfew... more »
  • Voucher controversy and uncertainty leaves parents in limbo Play Video

    May 7, 2013 10:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Private schools and Governor Bobby Jindal tell benefactors not to worry, but parents are the ones left in a state of uncertainty when it comes to vouchers. Tuesday, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled funding of the state's voucher program was unconstitutional. Lawmakers used money set aside... more »
  • La. Supreme Court rules voucher funding unconstitutional Play Video

    May 7, 2013 10:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's highest court ruled today that the funding formula for Gov. Bobby Jindal's key education reform, school vouchers, violates the state's constitution. Today's ruling was 6-1, with Justice Greg Guidry dissenting. It affects Act 2, which diverts per-student funding to private and parochial schools to... more »
  • Definition of family declared unconstitutional Play Video

    April 25, 2013 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - District Court Judge Janice Clark declared the East Baton Rouge Parish's definition of family unconstitutional. Before today, three or more unrelated people could not live together in neighborhoods zoned for single-family housing. Since 1954, East Baton Rouge's Unified Development Code has defined family as "an individual... more »
  • State appeals voucher ruling in court Play Video

    March 19, 2013 10:03 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Supreme Court justices will hear arguments this afternoon from state attorneys as they appeal the ruling against the controversial school voucher program. Supporters of the program gathered on the courthouse steps to hold a rally this morning. District Court Judge Tim Kelley ruled the... more »
  • La. Supreme Court hearing on 2012 controversial legislative items

    March 19, 2013 7:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for the state are defending two centerpieces of Gov. Bobby Jindal's 2012 legislative agenda - both found unconstitutional. The Louisiana Supreme Court hears back-to-back arguments Tuesday afternoon about the expanded school voucher program and the plan to shift future rank-and-file state workers to a 401(k)-style retirement... more »
  • Judge throws out Jindal's teacher tenure revamp

    March 4, 2013 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge has thrown out Gov. Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure laws as unconstitutional because it was contained in legislation with too many other items. Judge Michael Caldwell previously had thrown out parts of the education law that limited the authority of local school boards. But he... more »
  • Judge rules state retirement plan unconstitutional

    January 24, 2013 4:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge has ruled Gov. Bobby Jindal's 401(k)-style retirement plan for future rank-and-file state workers unconstitutional. The Retired State Employees Association of Louisiana claimed the law is unconstitutional because it didn't get a two-thirds vote in the state House of Representatives. State District Judge William... more »
  • Portion of teacher reforms ruled unconstitutional Play Video

    December 18, 2012 2:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge upheld most of Gov. Jindal's education reforms targeting teachers in Louisiana today. The judge upheld three sections of Act 1, also called the ' Talent Act ', which make it tougher for teachers to get tenure and did away with teacher pay scales, instead... more »
  • AG wont give opion on State budget constitutionality

    December 5, 2012 10:33 PM

    Baton Rouge - A group of Louisiana State Representatives say the state is living beyond it's means and they believe it could even be illegal. State Rep. Hunter Greene and other House members think the 25-billion dollar state budget is too much and not affordable. They give three reasons.... more »
  • Judge rules school voucher funding unconstitutional Play Video

    November 30, 2012 2:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A district court judge ruled today the funding formula in Gov. Bobby Jindal's school voucher program violates the state's constitution. Judge Tim Kelley made the ruling after a week of arguments and testimony in Baton Rouge. He said it was against the constitution to send tax... more »
  • NY appeals court nixes Defense of Marriage Act

    October 18, 2012 10:51 AM

    NEW YORK - A federal appeals court in Manhattan has become the second in the nation to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling Thursday. The decision upholds a lower court judge who ruled that the 1996 law... more »
  • "None of the above" loses

    August 22, 2012 7:36 PM

    Nevada's unique voting option of "none of the above" was struck down by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Robert Jones says it's unconstitutional and since the "none" option can never win, even if it gets the most votes, it makes those votes not count. Nevada is the only state... more »
  • 'Year of the Bible' Resolution called Unconstitutional

    March 26, 2012 7:39 PM

    A resolution on the Bible passed by the Pennsylvania State House is called unconstitutional by a group that includes atheists and agnostics. The resolution declared 2012 the "Year of the Bible" and the Freedom from Religion Foundation sued the measure's sponsor, the House clerk and the House parliamentarian. It was... more »
  • Court: CA gay marriage ban is unconstitutional

    February 7, 2012 12:36 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court on Tuesday declared California's same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, putting the bitterly contested, voter-approved law on track for likely consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that a lower court... more »
  • ACLU sues Livingston Parish school over hair suspension

    March 31, 2011 10:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A lawsuit has been filed against the Livingston Parish School Board and other officials, accusing them of violating a student's freedom of religion when they suspended him because of his long hair. The suit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana on behalf... more »
  • Judge: States must continue with health overhaul

    March 3, 2011 12:32 PM

    PENSACOLA, Fla. - A federal judge in Florida says states must continue implementing the president's health care overhaul even though he has declared it unconstitutional. Florida and 25 states sued to block the law, and District Judge Roger Vinson has ruled in their favor. He says Obama administration... more »
  • Lawsuit challenges unique La. sex crime law

    February 16, 2011 1:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's 200-year-old law against solicitation of oral and anal sex is archaic, discriminatory, and unconstitutional. So says a coalition of lawyers and social activists who filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Tuesday challenging the state's "crimes against nature" law, which makes solicitation of such acts... more »
  • Florida judge strikes down health overhaul

    January 31, 2011 2:29 PM

    PENSACOLA, Fla. - A federal judge in Florida says the Obama administration's health overhaul is unconstitutional, siding with 26 states that had sued to block it. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson on Monday accepted without trial the states' argument that the new law violates people's rights by forcing them to... more »
  • WH: Health care ruling does not create uncertainty

    December 13, 2010 1:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says it disagrees with a Virginia judge's ruling declaring a key provision of President Barack Obama's health care law unconstitutional. But officials say it does not create uncertainty about the implementation of the law's provisions. "Our belief is that when all the legal wrangling is... more »
  • Judge to hear legal arguments of Obama health plan

    September 13, 2010 11:20 AM

    The Obama administration is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by 20 states that claims the president's health care plan is unconstitutional. Federal attorneys will tell a judge Tuesday that the lawsuit shouldn't go to trial because the states don't have standing to sue. They will argue in... more »

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