Federal Judge Rules Police Violated Constitutional Rights of Ferguson Protesters

Source:  Ryan J. Reilly /Huffington Post WASHINGTON — Police overseeing security at protests in Ferguson, Missouri, in August violated the constitutional rights of demonstrators and journalists by forcing them to stay in constant motion and not stop walking, a federal judge ruled on Monday. Chief U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry held that the “practice of requiring peaceful demonstrators and others …

Federal Appeal Court Rules Oklahoma’s Ban on Gay Marriage Unconstitutional

Source: ROBERT BOCZKIEWICZ/Tulsa World DENVER — A federal appeals court Friday struck down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriages. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law for everyone. The ban was challenged in 2004 in lawsuits by two Tulsa-area lesbian couples, the day after Oklahoma voters approved …

Federal Judge Rules California Death Penalty is Unconstitutional

Source: MAURA DOLAN /LATimes A George W. Bush appointed federal judge in Orange County ruled Wednesday that California’s death penalty violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney, ruled on a petition by death row inmate Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was sentenced to die nearly two decades ago.He noted that more than 900 …