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Birthers Turned Away by Supreme Court

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A challenge to President Obama’s U.S. citizenship hit a dead end at the U.S. Supreme Court when the justices, without comment, rejected a legal challenge by Charles Kerchner Jr. of Pennsylvania.  Kerchner had sought a federal trial to force President Obama to produce documentation showing that he is a U.S. citizen.  The “birthers” claim that President Obama’s birth certificate is fraudulent, and that he really is not a U.S. citizen.

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November 29, 2010 at 3:23 pm

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Supreme Court Litigator Dies in Plane Crash

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Former Texas Solicitor General, Greg Coleman, 47, died in a tragic plane crash near Destin, Florida on November 23.  Coleman, a partner at YetterColeman in Austin, was a respected Supreme Court litigator who had previously served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

In 2009, Coleman successfully argued in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Holder, Attorney General (NAMUDNO) that the district could bailout from the preclearance requirements of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.  The case also raised constitutional issues regarding the validity of Section 5.  (See below “Will Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act Survive?”)

Coleman was recently hired by Texas House Speaker Joe Straus to serve as his redistricting litigation counsel during the 2011 redistricting cycle.

Rest in Peace.

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November 25, 2010 at 10:04 pm

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Supremes Allow “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy to Continue

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The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to halt the controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy pending an appeal that declared the policy unconstitutional. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing the appeal.

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November 14, 2010 at 5:58 pm