by Jim Thompson
Juan M. Pérez-Giménez, U.S. District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico, refused to strike down the commonwealth’s ban on same-sex marriage, claiming that a series of century-old Supreme Court rulings puts the island outside the provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment, reports Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit announced Wednesday that it will rehear a case en banc challenging Texas’s restrictive voter ID law, says Matt Ford at The Atlantic, who notes, “Wednesday’s order underscores the increased power of the federal appellate courts while Justice Antonin Scalia’s former seat remains vacant on the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Dominique Matti at Vox explains how his father’s imprisonment negatively impacted his childhood and development, highlighting the insidious effects of mass incarceration.
Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue warns that a precedent set by the San Bernardino case could lead to the government forcing the company to turn on its users’ iPhone cameras and microphones for spying purposes, writes Samuel Gibbs at The Guardian.