Appeals Court: Criminal Defamation Law Is UnconstitutionalThe Minnesota Appeals Court says a state law that makes it illegal to defame someone is unconstitutional because it's too broad. Tuesday's ruling comes in the case of a man who was convicted of criminal defamation. Timoth Turner admitted posting sexually explicit Internet ads in 2013 that appeared to be from his ex-girlfriend and her underage daughter. The postings led multiple men to contact both females for sex.
Federal Judge Says Hold On Gay Marriages Is LiftedA federal judge in Wisconsin says she is lifting her hold on an order allowing same-sex marriages to take place in Wisconsin. Judge Barbara Crabb declared Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional in June, but she put her ruling on hold a week later while the state appealed. The hold was set to expire as soon as appeals ended.
Judge Finds Minnesota Energy Law UnconstitutionalA federal judge has found that a Minnesota law designed to promote the use of renewable energy is unconstitutional and she barred state officials from enforcing it. In a 48-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson said Friday that the Next Generation Energy Act passed in 2007 effectively blocks North Dakota utilities from exporting electricity into the state.