The U.S. Supreme Court ordered reconsideration of a $135,000 award against an Oregon bakery that refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding in a case that revived a fractious debate over religious rights and equal treatment. After more than three months of deliberation, the justices Monday set aside the award and told an Oregon state appeals court to revisit the case in light of a 2018 Supreme Court ruling in a similar fight from Colorado. The Supreme Court resolved that case narrowly—and avoided the core constitutional questions—by saying Colorado officials had shown animus toward the baker’s religious views. The latest case involves “Sweetcakes by Melissa,” a now-closed Portland-area bakery owned by Melissa and Aaron Klein. The Kleins, who are Christian, cited religious grounds when they refused to provide a cake for Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer in 2013. The Bowman-Cryers filed a complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, the … [Read more...] about Supreme Court orders new look at clash over gay-wedding cake
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The state Supreme Court has ordered the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to temporarily close the Keegan Landfill in Kearny — a stunning turn in the legal battle over the 110-acre facility. A one-page order signed Wednesday reinstates a trial court judge’s initial ruling requiring the Bergen Avenue landfill to close until July 25. It is the latest victory for Kearny Mayor Al Santos and the town in an ongoing legal dispute with the NJSEA, which owns and operates the facility. “We’re elated. This was the best outcome we could have hoped for," Santos said Wednesday evening. “My thinking was if the Supreme Court justices looked at our papers carefully we would get our closure."A spokesman for the NJSEA did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the ruling. The town filed a lawsuit against the state agency in April seeking the shutdown of the landfill, which has been emitting smelly hydrogen sulfide gas for the last year, leaving town … [Read more...] about N.J. Supreme Court orders Keegan Landfill to temporarily close
Kathleen Hopkins Asbury Park Press Published 6:43 PM EST Dec 5, 2018 Superior Court Judge John F. Russo Jr., who had been on paid administrative leave from the Ocean County bench since a law clerk accused him of throwing a file at her in 2017, was ordered to return to work Tuesday in Burlington County, where the state Supreme Court reassigned him. “The charges are pending, and the Supreme Court ordered that he return to work and assigned him to Burlington County,’’ said Amelia Carolla, the attorney representing Russo in the disciplinary matter. Russo was placed on administrative leave on May 18, 2017 and had continued to receive his $165,000 annual salary. His pay increased to $173,000 on July 1, when all the state’s judges were given raises, according to McAleer. … [Read more...] about Supreme Court orders embattled Judge Russo back to work.
SOLON, Ohio -- The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered the placement of a rezoning initiative for the proposed Kerem Lake winery and multi-use development on the Nov. 6 ballot. The ruling came down Friday (Sept. 7) in Columbus, well ahead of any final deadlines cited by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections for getting its ballots printed and mailed out to military personnel and overseas later in the month. Election board officials were unavailable for comment Monday as Solon Clerk of Council Carol McConoughey delivered the initiative petitions containing 870 valid signatures, in what the Supreme Court deemed a "taxpayer demand" for placement on the ballot. "Because of the proximity of the election, the (petition) committee has no adequate remedy at law," the 15-page majority opinion states. "We therefore grant a writ ordering (City Finance Director Matt) Rubino to certify the sufficiency and validity of the initiative petition to the (election) board for placement on the November … [Read more...] about Ohio Supreme Court orders Solon winery rezoning onto November ballot
PORTLAND (AP) – Maine’s top court has ordered Maine to roll out voter-approved Medicaid expansion as a legal battle continues. The Thursday opinion dismissed the LePage administration’s appeal of court orders requiring Maine to file paperwork to seek federal funding for expansion. The justices said those orders are in effect. Nearly three out of five Mainers last November voted to allow adults under age 65 with incomes at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty line to apply for Medicaid coverage starting July 2. Republican Gov. Paul LePage has said he’d rather go to jail than jeopardize Maine’s finances by expanding Medicaid. The LePage administration didn’t immediately respond to request for comment. Advocacy group Maine Equal Justice Partner and LePage administration lawyer Patrick Strawbridge both said they are reviewing the opinion. … [Read more...] about Maine Supreme Court orders state to expand Medicaid