Federal Judge: Right to Abortion Just As Important As Right to Guns

Source: Elliot McLaughlin/CNN What if Alabama passed a law that shut down all but two of the state’s guns-and-ammo stores? “The defenders of this law would be called upon to do a heck of a lot of explaining — and rightly so in the face of an effect so severe,” U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson wrote this week in a 172-page …

Federal Agency Approves Early Release Of Some 46,000 Drug Prisoners

Source: NICOLE FLATOW/ThinkProgress.Org A federal agency unanimously approved a proposal Friday could see some 46,000 inmates with drug convictions released from prison early. The change makes retroactive an amendment passed by the U.S. Sentencing Commission earlier this year to reduce overly draconian drug sentences — a move that the Commission’s chair, Judge Patti B. Saris, called a modest but important step toward fixing the “urgent” …

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: What’s Really at Stake in the Legal Assault on NCAA Inc.

Source: Paul M. Barrett/BloombergBusinessWeek As we now wait a month or two for U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken to rule on a closely watched antitrust lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, it’s an apt moment to rethink what’s going on with the $16 billion-a-year college sports industry. NCAA Inc. is under legal assault. Its moneymaking participants—universities, sports conferences, television networks, corporate …