From John Ross’s summaries of circuit court actions, posted on the Volokh Report:
Baltimore man assaults his wife, self-surrenders to police officer that he knows. But the man’s arrest warrant goes missing under suspicious circumstances, and he is permitted to leave the station. He corresponds with the officer about self-surrendering the following week and in the meantime murders his wife (outside courthouse where she had just gotten a protective order). Fourth Circuit (2013): No qualified immunity for the officer. Fourth Circuit (2019, over a dissent): Discovery didn’t turn up evidence that the officer conspired with the man. Qualified immunity.
I’m screaming. You’re welcome to scream along with me.
The Affordable Care Act mandates that employers, apart from some religious ones, pay for contraception for female employees with reproductive capacity. In 2017, the Trump administration expanded the exemption to include a wider array of religious employers as well as nonreligious employers with moral objections to the mandate. Third Circuit: The district court did not err in imposing a nationwide preliminary injunction. Among other infirmities, the feds likely violated the Administrative Procedure Act by failing to provide the public notice and a chance to comment on the new exemptions.
Okay, a pause on an endless series of Trump’s rotten anti-women, et al., actions. But he signed it and will undoubtedly pursue it through the courts or by “provid[ing] the public notice and a chance to comment on the new exemptions.” I should have said, “He signed it,” and that’s all because I don’t believe he’s capable of doing much more than signing where they tell him to sign.
My comment: SCREAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And now the loudest SCREAM goes to the Seventh Circuit (in Chicago) for this monstrosity which I’ve also seen on Twitter. People are upset and not all of them are women. (Don’t be soothed by the dissent in this case; the majority affirmed it.)
Allegation: Illinois prison required female inmates to stand naked, remove sanitary products, and undergo body and cavity searches—all in groups and in full view of male officers not conducting the searches. Seventh Circuit: This is a visual inspection of a prisoner, not a physical intrusion, so the Fourth Amendment doesn’t apply. Dissent: Forcing a prisoner to manipulate her own body (as opposed to the guards doing it themselves) doesn’t make a search reasonable.