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Court Allows Undocumented Teen to Get Abortion

A pregnant teenager illegally entered the United States and sought an abortion.

But federal authorities in Texas detained her and denied her access to abortion services. Two months later -- and 15 weeks pregnant -- a federal appeals court has granted her plea.

"Surely the mere act of entry into the United States without documentation does not mean that an immigrant's body is no longer her or his own," Judge Patricia Millett wrote in Garza v. Hargan.

In what has come as a surprise to many gun control advocates, the District of Columbia's attorney general has announced that the district will not be appealing the decision to strike down their concealed carry permit scheme to the Supreme Court.

The decision not to file the SCOTUS appeal, though disappointing to many, provides some limited peace of mind to other jurisdictions across the country that have imposed similar restrictions on concealed carry permits. D.C. AG Karl Racine explained that the D.C. Circuit opinion may be bad for D.C., but if SCOTUS upheld the circuit opinion, it would be devastating for the entire nation, as that precedent would be binding nationwide.

In 2015, the federal Office of Personnel Management, which handles employment matters on behalf of the government, suffered a serious data breach that resulted in the theft of over 22 million people's information. That data breach led to a class action lawsuit being filed on behalf of all those whom had their data stolen against the OPM for failing to safeguard their data.

The federal court has just dismissed this class action and has essentially invited the defeated plaintiffs to appeal. The district court stated: "Neither the Supreme Court nor the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has held that the fact that a person's data was taken is enough by itself to create standing to sue."

The controversial Second Amendment case that made headlines in July may be headed back to the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia for an en banc review. The district's attorney general has formally made a request for an en banc review of the decision holding the district's restrictions on issuing concealed carry permits unconstitutional.

The three judge panel that issued the ruling found that no level of scrutiny was even necessary to analyze the constitutionality of D.C.'s concealed carry restrictions. This conclusion was based upon their finding that the "good reason" requirement served to effectuate an outright ban on the issuance of permits.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a controversial ruling this week striking down D.C.'s restriction on carrying a concealed weapon.

Prior to the court's decision, the District of Columbia enforced a permitting system for individuals who wanted to carry a concealed weapon, legally. The permits would only be provided to those who had a good reason for having a concealed weapon, such as there being a known threat of harm or if the individual carries large amounts of cash or valuables as part of their occupation.

Internet Can Be Treated as Utility, DC Circuit Rules

In a major ruling last week, the DC Circuit left undisturbed the FCC's decision on forced net neutrality. Internet service providers balked at the notion that the internet should be regarded as a utility. But they will simply have to get used to this new reality.

This decision, which surprised both proponents and opponents alike, means several things, including more litigation.

DC Circuit: No 2nd Amendment Right to Concealed Carry

DC will continue to enforce its concealed-carry gun law after the circuit stayed a lower federal judge's ruling that the local law was "likely unconstitutional." The city's law is another one of the local municipalities that requires a "good cause" (or "good reason") of those applicants when filing for a concealed carry permit.

Concealed carry seems to be fading in this country. Take note of the recent Ninth Circuit ruling.

DC Circuit Sides With Gov't in TSA/Flight School Case

Unless the petitioner appeals to a higher power (SCOTUS, that is), it appears that the battle is over between a Venezuelan man and the TSA concerning his denial into flight school. The reasons for the denial? Security concerns. Of course, this raises several issues of due process.

Can the TSA block access to flight school based on what the lower court called "absurd" justifications? Apparently, yes.

Dog Shooting Case Will Move to Trial, DC Circuit Rules

An elderly D.C. woman will finally be able to have her case heard in court after the D.C. Circuit Court determined that a reasonable jury could have determined that officers were unreasonable in shooting the plaintiff's dog while executing a search warrant for drugs.

This is the second qualified immunity case recently reviewed by a circuit that also involved dogs within the facts.

DC Circuit Hears Oral Args on Obama Drone Strike Records

Does a drone strike qualify as intelligence? Oral arguments that strike at the very heart of this question began recently and are sure to leave DC Circuit Judge David Tatel’s head spinning.

This is the latest chapter in the ACLU’s attempt to pry open the CIA’s files and lists on overseas drone-killings and the definition of “intelligence” could be the make-or-breaker.