COURTS

Tyson asks U.S. Supreme Court to shield it from COVID-19 lawsuits in Iowa courts

BY: - July 26, 2022

Faced with court rulings that say a Trump administration directive doesn’t protect Tyson Foods from liability caused by workers’ deaths due to COVID-19, the food giant is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on the matter. Arguing that recent court rulings against the company will have “drastic consequences for the next national […]

COMMENTARY

While the Supreme Court creates confusion over climate regulations, Virginia can still do its part

BY: - July 21, 2022

I’m shocked at what the Supreme Court has been doing recently. The court overturned the State of New York’s right to restrict who can carry concealed, loaded guns in public and then struck down women’s constitutional right to abortion. On June 30, they limited the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions—when the world needs […]

COMMENTARY

Religious liberty has a long and messy history in America

BY: - July 20, 2022

By James Hudnut-Beumler and James P. Byrd, Vanderbilt Divinity School At the close of its recent term the Supreme Court ruled on the cases of Carson v. Makin and Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, rekindling controversy over one of the most enduring issues in American history: religious liberty. Another of this term’s blockbuster decisions, Dobbs v. […]

Progressives renew call for U.S. Supreme Court expansion after abortion rights decision

BY: - July 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — A group of U.S. House Democrats Monday called for the passage of legislation that would add four justices to the Supreme Court, following the overturning of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that provided the constitutional right to abortion. “It’s an ultra-right-wing Republican Supreme Court,” Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia said during a press conference […]

Same-sex marriage and contraception at risk after abortion ruling, U.S. House panel told

BY: - July 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — Advocates told Congress on Thursday that a U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning a landmark abortion rights case is likely only the beginning, and could be followed by similar action by the high court on same-sex marriage, contraception and more. Witnesses at a U.S. House Judiciary Committee advised that to prevent that from happening, […]

Congress roiled by U.S. Supreme Court decision revoking abortion rights

BY: - June 24, 2022

Republicans in Congress were jubilant at the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling overturning decades of precedent to revoke a constitutional right to an abortion, while Democrats were equally despondent about what they called an extremist decision that revoked a long-held right and represented an attack on women’s autonomy. The party-line reaction hints at how lawmakers will approach abortion […]

Youngkin vows to ‘protect life’ as Supreme Court overturns right to abortion

BY: , and - June 24, 2022

Gov. Glenn Youngkin applauded Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision abolishing the constitutional right to an abortion and said Virginia Republicans will get to work on legislation “protecting the life of unborn children” by potentially banning most abortions after 15 weeks. “The Supreme Court of the United States has rightfully returned power to the people and […]

U.S. Supreme Court overturns right to abortion in landmark decision

BY: - June 24, 2022

WASHINGTON —  The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that established abortion as a constitutional right. The decision by five of the Court’s nine justices will allow each state to set its own abortion laws, leading to a patchwork of access throughout the country. The result is expected to be an […]

Beagle breeding facility shutting down over violations will be allowed to sell 500 dogs

BY: and - June 17, 2022

A federal judge will allow Envigo — which is shutting down a controversial dog-breeding facility in Cumberland County under pressure from federal regulators because of a string of animal welfare violations— to sell more than 500 dogs to labs over the objections of the U.S. Department of Justice. Federal attorneys seeking an injunction to enforce […]

Judge dismisses restraining orders against Sen. Joe Morrissey over radio show outburst

BY: and - June 15, 2022

A Republican delegate and a Democratic senator huddled in the corner of a courtroom Tuesday afternoon, trying to make out what was said on a garbled audio recording that captured some of the expletives hurled in a heated altercation last month in a Richmond radio studio. “Is that: ‘I will f**king knock you down’?” asked […]

Va. Supreme Court will hear appeal in contentious Wegmans distribution center case

BY: - May 31, 2022

The Supreme Court of Virginia will hear an appeal of two lower court rulings that found that residents living near a massive planned Wegmans distribution center project in Hanover didn’t have standing to challenge local officials’ approval of the project.  “The essence” of the Hanover Circuit rulings “is that literally no one can challenge the […]

Va. Republicans try to restrict minors’ access to two books after judge’s obscenity finding

BY: - May 19, 2022

A Republican lawyer who serves in the Virginia House of Delegates is pursing restraining orders that would make two books unavailable to minors after a retired judge acting on behalf of the Virginia Beach Circuit Court found  the books could be considered obscene due to explicit sexual content. In an interview Thursday, Del. Tim Anderson, […]