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All-male draft upheld

by Seth Johnson
Posted 8/13/20, 04:09 pm

A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled it lacks the authority to reverse a 1981 Supreme Court decision declaring the all-male military draft constitutional. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the plaintiff, the National Coalition for Men, that “the factual underpinning of the controlling Supreme Court decision has changed,” but noted that only the high court can overturn its own precedent. The coalition won its case in Texas last year, leading to an appeal that ended in Thursday’s ruling.

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Supreme Court allows mail-in ballots in Rhode Island

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 8/13/20, 04:01 pm

WASHINGTON—Rhode Island previously required two witnesses to certify mail-in ballots. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, eliminated that rule for the state’s presidential primary in June. The U.S. Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision on Thursday rejected an appeal by the Republican National Committee to reinstate the requirement. Republicans contended that ballot witnesses stopped potential fraud, while Democrats and the American Civil Liberties Union argued it was impractical during the pandemic.

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Justices for all

Law | Supreme Court roundup: Recent decisions affirm both LGBT rights and religious liberty
by Steve West
Posted 8/13/20, 02:24 pm

Rodney King offered a plaintive plea in the spring of 1992, hoping to quell deadly riots in Los Angeles. “People,” he said, “can we all get along?” 

A more sophisticated form of King’s plea may be at the heart of an unusual number of U.S. Supreme Court decisions this term that impact religious liberty: Can Americans find a way to live together despite sharp differences in religious beliefs? A majority of the court justices seem to be charting a middle course they hope will settle that question.

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