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Fourteenth Amendment

163 ABA Journal Fourteenth Amendment articles.

11 landmark SCOTUS cases that changed American education (gallery)

With school finally back in full swing across the country, it’s a great time for a history lesson in American education.

Landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases such as Brown v.…

Fines-and-fees system that helps fund court budget is unconstitutional, 5th Circuit rules

A federal appeals panel has ruled that a system of criminal fines and fees in the New Orleans criminal court was unconstitutional because the money is used to support a general fund overseen by the court’s judges.

7th Circuit allows suit over clogged toilets, unsanitary conditions in 3-day water shutdown at jail

A federal appeals court has ruled for pretrial detainees who allege a sheriff in Lake County, Illinois, skimped on water supplies during a three-day shutoff at the county jail.


Judge allows class actions over inmate ‘masturbation attacks’ against public defenders and jail workers

A federal judge in Chicago has certified class actions filed on behalf of female assistant public defenders, law clerks, correctional workers and medical employees who claim they were subjected…

Handcuffing of second grader didn’t violate his constitutional rights, 8th Circuit says

A 7-year-old elementary school student who was handcuffed by a police officer for 20 minutes can’t sue because there was no violation of his constitutional rights, a federal appeals court has ruled.

9th Circuit rules against bikini baristas, rejects their First Amendment empowerment argument

A federal appeals court has ruled against bikini baristas who challenged ordinances in Everett, Washington, that required them to cover up.

DOJ replaces lawyers defending citizenship question after flip-flop; law prof suggests this argument

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Sunday that it is replacing its legal team in the court battle over a census citizenship question after President Donald Trump contradicted the lawyers’ in-court assertion that the question would be dropped from the census.

ABA supports use of traditional insanity defense in death-row inmate’s petition

In an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, the ABA said it supports Kansas death-row inmate James Kraig Kahler’s petition to reverse the Kansas Supreme Court…

Food truck restrictions, including GPS requirement, can stand, state supreme court rules

A cupcake entrepreneur has lost her constitutional challenge to Chicago’s food truck regulations before the Illinois Supreme Court.

The state high court rejected constitutional claims by Laura Pekarik, who operated…

8th and 10th Circuits split over female topless ban

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at St. Louis has upheld a Springfield, Missouri, ordinance that bans women but not men from exposing their nipples in public.

The appeals…

State lawmakers consider right to grow front yard veggies after couple’s court loss

A couple’s appellate loss in their quest to grow a front yard vegetable garden has attracted the attention of Florida lawmakers.

The Florida Senate passed a bill in March that…

Decision striking down part of sex offender law is ‘the talk of the prison,’ lawyer says

A federal judge in Chicago has found that it is unconstitutional for Illinois to hold sex offenders in prison after their release date when they are so impoverished that they…

Federal judge strikes down skirt requirement for girls at public charter school

A requirement that grade-school girls wear shorts, jumpers or skorts (which look like a skirt but include shortslike fabric underneath) at a public charter school violates the equal protection clause…