School Board Prayer Time Splits Ninth Circuit Judges

The question of whether the en banc Ninth Circuit should take a new look a California school district’s appeal over its policy of beginning school board meetings with prayer ended with a no vote Wednesday. But the decision drew a sharp rebuke from several judges who said the appellate panel’s finding runs contrary to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Climate Change

Children suing the United States for failing to address climate change asked the Ninth Circuit to lift the stay in their case because “with every passing day, through defendants’ ongoing systemic actions in creating, perpetuating, and promoting a national fossil fuel energy system, defendants continue to destabilize the climate system.”

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Ninth Circuit Curbs Nationwide Injunction on Contraception Rules

A divided Ninth Circuit on Thursday partly lifted a nationwide injunction barring enforcement of the Trump administration’s interim rules expanding employer exemptions for contraception coverage on religious and moral grounds, limiting it to just five states.

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Ninth Circuit Looks at Montana Disclosure Law

The Ninth Circuit on Friday reviewed a Montana law prohibiting public disclosure of ethics complaints filed against government officials until after they have been decided, inserting itself into the middle of a caustic political rivalry between a Montana House Republican and the state’s Democratic governor.

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