World Dec 17, 2014

U.S .judge calls Obama immigration action invalid

A federal judge in Pennsylvania declared Tuesday that President Barack Obama's recent executive action to curb deportations for millions illegally in the U.S. is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab said Obama's order in November amounts to "unilateral legislative action" in violation of the Constitution. ...

World / Social Issues Aug 5, 2014

Judge: Alabama's restrictive abortion law unconstitutional

A U.S. state's law restricting doctors at abortion clinics is unconstitutional because it would unduly hamper women's ability to obtain the medical procedure, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, in a 172-page opinion and an accompanying order, said Alabama state lawmakers ...

World Jul 28, 2014

Judge strikes down D.C. ban on handguns outside home

The U.S. capital's ban on carrying handguns outside the home is unconstitutional, a federal judge has ruled. In a 19-page ruling made public Saturday, U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin concluded that the Second Amendment gives people the right to carry a gun outside the ...

End of unequal inheritance lauded

National | ANALYSIS Sep 5, 2013

End of unequal inheritance lauded

by Tomohiro Osaki

Legal experts said Wednesday's landmark decision by the Supreme Court that the Civil Code provision denying full inheritance rights to heirs born out of wedlock is unconstitutional was welcome but late in coming. The fact that the justices reached the decision unanimously, they say, will ...

Sapporo court finds 2012 race unconstitutional

National / Crime & Legal Mar 8, 2013

Sapporo court finds 2012 race unconstitutional

The Sapporo High Court ruled Thursday that it was unconstitutional to hold last year's general election without correcting the regional disparity in voting weights, backing a similar decision made by the Tokyo High Court the previous day. The court, however, dismissed the plaintiffs' demand that ...