Courts

What Are Barbara Lagoa's Views and Religious Beliefs?

U.S. Circuit Judge Barbara Lagoa, one of President Donald Trump's top choices to potentially replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is a practicing Catholic who favors the legal philosophy of Constitutional originalism.

Judge Blocks Trump Policy Removing LGBTQ Health Care Protections

A federal judge blocked new Department of Health and Human Services rules that would have removed Obama-era protections for LGBTQ people in health care, noting that a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court contradicts the Trump rules.

Chelsea Manning Released From Prison

District Judge Anthony Trenga ordered the release of whistleblower activist Chelsea Manning Thursday, one day after Manning was reported to have attempted suicide while being held on contempt of court charges.

Prison Guards Who Torture Inmates Can't Be Sued

Qualified immunity is a legal doctrine, formed by a gradual accumulation of U.S. Supreme Court decisions, that protects government employees from financial judgments.

Elephants Are Legal Persons, Group Claims in Court

Elephants are self-aware, autonomous beings capable of expressing empathy towards others—traits that make them "legal persons," according to the Nonhuman Rights Project.

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