EUGENE, OR: On Friday July 24, 2015, the Assistant City Attorney of Eugene dismissed a criminal case that he filed and prosecuted against Hedin Brugh, a long-time SLEEPS activist who advocated for unhoused people.
Last week, in Roe v. Patton, a federal court in Utah ruled that Utah must recognize a same-sex married couple as the legal parents of their child from birth. Under Utah state law, if a woman becomes pregnant with donated sperm, her husband is automatically recognized as the father even though he is not the biological father. In Roe, the federal court found that this same law must apply equally to a same-sex married couple.
Last week, in Pro-Football Inc. v. Blackhorse, a federal court in Virginia rejected a professional football association’s claim that it is entitled to trademark registration for the “Washington Redskins” logo. The court found that the “R” word may disparage a substantial number of Native Americans. Therefore, the term cannot be registered as a trademark under federal law.
Beginning in 1942, the U.S. government approved the use of human subjects in experiments to test its chemical and biological weapons. The human subjects were tens of thousands of members of the U.S. armed services that the government intentionally exposed to these chemical and biological agents. The experiments lasted for decades.
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued opinions in six cases that improve or maintain civil liberties. In the most highly awaited case, Obergefell v Hodges, the court legalized gay marriage in all states.
Last week, a federal court in Montana dismissed a charge against a citizen journalist attempting to observe and document the government roundup of wild buffalo outside Yellowstone National Park.
In a significant defeat for the multinational corporate privatization agenda, this week the town of Missoula, Montana seized its water supply and distribution system from the Carlyle Group via eminent domain.
On May 29, in a case called McCormack v. Herzog, the federal U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down Idaho’s ban on abortions. A federal court in Idaho had previously found the law unconstitutional, and the appeals court agreed.