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School Credit for Christian Study Upheld (access required)

A high-school student and her parents lose their First Amendment Establishment Clause challenge to a Spartanburg County public school system’s policy of allowing public school students two academic credits for off-campus religious instruction offered by private instructors; the 4th Circuit ...

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Advocacy Group Loses Election Law Challenge (access required)

Appellant, a Virginia nonprofit group called “The Real Truth About Abortion Inc.,” loses its constitutional challenge to a regulation of the Federal Election Commission that appellant says is unconstitutionally vague with regard to whether “Real Truth” has to make disclosures ...

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Victim Age at Issue for ‘Threat’ Crimes (access required)

The 4th Circuit affirms criminal convictions of a “Commander” of the American National Socialist Workers’ Party for threatening and intimidating individuals, as well as a $545,000 civil judgment in favor of defendant’s victims, but vacates defendant’s 30- month sentence and ...

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Court Cautions Against ‘Drive-By’ Jurisdiction Rulings (access required)

Invoking the Supreme Court’s warning against “drive-by jurisdictional rulings,” the 4th Circuit sorts out the differences between motions under 12(b)(1) and 12(b)(6) and reverses the district court’s dismissal of a Jones Act claim, saying plaintiff’s allegation of injury to his ...

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