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Judges Blast Indiana, Wisconsin Gay Marriage Bans

Federal appeals judges bristled Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.

08/26/2014

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Appeals Panel Lets Minnesota Union Drive Proceed

A federal appeals court lifted a legal obstacle Thursday to a unionization effort affecting thousands of Minnesota home day care operators. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals — which covers seven Great Plains and Midwest states — affirmed a ruling by a judge who dismissed a pair of lawsuits seeking to block the drive.

07/31/2014

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Wisconsin Judge Tells Same-Sex Couples To Hold On

A federal judge has scheduled a hearing on the Wisconsin attorney general’s request to put gay marriages on hold in the state. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb scheduled the hearing for 1 p.m. Monday.

06/09/2014

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Appeals Court Restores MN Judicial Election Rules

A deeply split federal appeals court restored Minnesota’s restrictions on fundraising and endorsements by judicial candidates on Tuesday, reversing an earlier decision that held the state’s rules unconstitutional on free-speech grounds.

03/27/2012

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Appeals Court Affirms Petters Conviction, Sentence

A federal appeals court Friday upheld the 2009 conviction and 50-year prison sentence of Minnesota businessman Tom Petters, who was found guilty of orchestrating a $3.7 billion Ponzi scheme.

12/09/2011

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Transgender Inmates Win Appeal Over Hormone Treatments

A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling striking down a Wisconsin law banning taxpayer-funded hormone therapy for transgender inmates.

08/05/2011

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Appeals Court Rejects Judicial Elections Challenge

A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to Minnesota rules for electing judges and its mandatory retirement age for judges.

01/26/2011

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