Courts Busy Summer: Pivotal Cases

Kentucky clerk loses bid for appeal in SCOTUS while former VA Governor McDonnell wins his right to stay out of prison pending appeal.

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courtroom, gavel

The courts, including SCOTUS, have been busy on their summer break. Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis kept appealing and asked the Supreme Court to allow her to not issue marriage licenses, but lost that battle in a one-sentence ruling from the high court. Promptly, yesterday a judge ordered a contempt-of-court hearing for her as she continued to refuse to issue marriage licenses of any kind (both for straights and gays). All six of her deputies along with herself must be in Ashland court to face fines to compel her to obey the order on September 3rd.

Read Kim Davis’s full statement here.

In other news, the Supreme Court allowed former Governor Robert McDonnell of Virginia to remain free on appeal until SCOTUS acts on his case early next year. The governor has been sentenced to two years in prison on political corruption charges.

According to SCOTUS.com “The former governor’s coming appeal to the Supreme Court will focus on at least two issues: whether prosecutors used an expanded version of a federal law that makes it a crime to perform “official acts” in return for something of value, and whether the trial judge failed to adequately question potential jurors about the possible influence they may have felt from heavy publicity surrounding his case.”

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Melanie Grunwald
When not blogging or volunteering her time for conservative causes, she runs a home editing business and can be seen poring over various clients' documents as well as playing piano, making cards, and spending time with her family. She continues to educate herself on pivotal issues in the world since gaining her college degree and being raised in a military family, which taught her the value of dedication, hard work, and citizenship.