Here’s what happened in the news this week regarding law:
The New Jersey Supreme Court overruled Governor Chris Christie’s request to delay a ruling on gay marriage while the state’s appeal is heard. The court will issue a final decision regarding gay marriage in January, but starting Monday, the state will allow gay marriages to take place. New Jersey is the 14th state to allow gay marriage.
A federal judge ruled that the NYPD’s “stop-and-frisk” policy violated 4th amendment rights. She is ruling that an independent monitor must oversee the reform of the policy, because currently too many stops are being made without reasonable suspicion.
On Tuesday the Supreme Court heard arguments about whether Michigan’s voters violated the Constitution by forbidding race-conscious admissions plans at that state’s public universities. Proposal 2, a measure in response to Grutter v. Bollinger, amended the State Constitution to prohibit discrimination in public schooling and employment. The justices appear to be divided on ideological lines.
Kansas and Arizona are planning a two-tiered voting system that would prevent many people from participating in state and local elections by requiring proof of citizenship. The two-tiered system essentially would allow people with proof of citizenship to vote in both the federal and state elections, but those without proof would only be able to vote in the federal election.
On Tuesday the Supreme Court announced they will hear a case about whether the EPA’s new permit requirements for stationary sources of pollution are constitutional. The ruling should be released by July 2014.