Judges Blast Indiana, Wisconsin Gay Marriage BansFederal 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.
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.
Wisconsin Judge Tells Same-Sex Couples To Hold OnA 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.
Appeals Court Restores MN Judicial Election RulesA 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.
Appeals Court Affirms Petters Conviction, SentenceA 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.
Transgender Inmates Win Appeal Over Hormone TreatmentsA federal appeals court has upheld a ruling striking down a Wisconsin law banning taxpayer-funded hormone therapy for transgender inmates.
Appeals Court Rejects Judicial Elections ChallengeA federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to Minnesota rules for electing judges and its mandatory retirement age for judges.