Supreme Court Blocks Challenge to Clinic Violence Law
The Supreme Court rejected without comment the appeal of an anti-abortion protester who claimed she was wrongly denied a jury trial for violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. In rejecting the appeal Monday, December 2, the Supreme Court upheld an earlier ruling by a federal judge who sentenced Marilyn Hatch with 30 days in jail and a $500 for an offense that could have led to a six month sentence and a $10,000 fine. In an earlier appeal, a U.S. appeals court noted that the Supreme Court does not consider six-month maximum prison terms enough to trigger a jury trial. In June 1994, Hatch and five other protesters were charged with violating the FACE law after creating a blockade at a Milwaukee clinic.
Media Resources: The Associated Press - December 2, 1996; Reuters - December 2, 1996]
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This gives states an opportunity to deal with partisan gerrymandering by giving an independent commission power to draw federal congressional districts.
In 2000, Arizona voters amended their constitution, shifting the responsibility of drawing congressional districts, previously held by the state legislature, to a panel called the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. . . .
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