An Unexpectedly Small Piece of Cake

One of the year’s most-watched Supreme Court controversies, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Limited v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission [No. 16-111], was never likely to deliver the full faceoff between Religious Free Exercise and Anti-Discrimination Rights that many people expected.  As I’ll explain more fully below, cake baker Jack Phillip’s claim to avoid administrative sanctions despite refusing on religious grounds to...

The Stain of Torture

June 26th is the United Nations’ International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Its purpose — to denounce the crime of torture and proclaim solidarity with its survivors — is in stark opposition to the policy of my government. As a former Chief Prosecutor of an international war crimes tribunal in West Africa, I walked...

Kennedy’s Retirement: Despair Not, Go Out and Organize

Lawblog Guest Columnist Professor Bruce Ledewitz of Duquesne University School of Law, discusses the impact of US Supreme Court Justice Kennedy’s retirement and the potential for a revival of democratic values . . . The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy this week represents the end of an era and the beginning of the entrenchment of...

Federal judge blocks Kentucky Medicaid work requirement

A federal judge on Friday blocked [opinion, PDF] a proposed Kentucky Medicaid plan that would include work requirements as a condition of receiving the state’s subsidized health coverage. Under the proposed Kentucky plan, titled Kentucky HEALTH, the state would impose “community-engagement” requirements for both traditional and expansion Medicaid populations. It also included a new mandate...

Amnesty calls on Egypt lawmakers to reject online censorship laws

Amnesty International (AI) called [press release] Monday for the Egyptian parliament to vote down proposed laws [text, in Arabic] that would increase the government’s control over online content. Najia Bounaim [Twitter profile], Director of Campaigns in North Africa, said, These proposed laws would increase the Egyptian government’s already broad powers to monitor, censor and block social media and blogs,...

Federal judge orders two month delay in Michael Flynn sentencing

The US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Friday ordered [text, PDF] a two month delay in Michael Flynn’s sentencing hearing for his guilty plea [JURIST report] concerning charges related to making false statements to the FBI. The order comes in response to requests from both Special Counsel Robert Muller and Flynn’s defense team...