Legal Briefs: This Week in Law

July 29, 2013
  • Does Detroit’s bankruptcy filing violate the Michigan Constitution?  (Detroit Free Press)
  • Justice Department will continue to utilize the Voting Rights Act to challenge states’ voting laws.  (Washington Post)
  • Federal public defenders feel the pinch of the sequester.  (NY Times)
  • The IMF, which initially asserted that a decision from the Second Circuit impacted global financial stability, withdraws its proposal to file an amicus brief in support of a petition for writ of certiori to the Supreme Court in a case involving Argentina and creditors. (Bloomberg)
  • The Fourth Circuit holds that a NY Times reporter may not refuse to testify at a criminal trial about the source and scope of classified information illegally disclosed to him.  (United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit)
  • North Dakota federal district court grants a preliminary injunction which temporarily halts the state’s six-week abortion ban.  (Washington Post)
  • UN concerned about new Somali legislation that requires journalists to reveal their sources.  (Al Jazeera English)
  • Ohio federal judge orders state officials to recognize the same-sex marriage of couple married in Maryland, as one spouse suffers from ALS and is currently a hospice patient.  (Advocate)
  • Retired Justice Stevens offers his perspective on the Supreme Court’s decision on the Voting Rights Act.  (The Atlantic)
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit holds that a provision of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act allowing the State Department to record “Israel” as the place of birth on the passports of US citizens born in Jerusalem violates the President’s authority to decide whether to recognize foreign nations.  (U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit)