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Not every appeal to the Supreme Court gets heard. In fact, you need four of the nine Justices to agree to grant what is known as certiorari before a case can move forward to arguments. And because the Court doesn't normally elaborate on the reasons for declining to hear appeals, such decisions are ripe for interpretation.

Take the recent refusal to hear appeals from two lower court decisions regarding Planned Parenthood. Those lower courts ruled that Medicaid recipients can sue states that strip funding for the nonprofit or remove it from their lists of qualified service providers. The Court voted 6-3 to leave those decisions in place, leading to speculation as to why a supposedly conservative court declined to take on an abortion-related appeal.

The Second Amendment protects "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms." But it has little to say about the ammunition for those arms. Given that just about every gun that existed at the time the Constitution was written fired a single shot at a time, it's likely that the framers didn't envision large capacity magazines feeding dozens or hundreds of rounds of ammunition into a single firearm, much less protecting the right to those magazines.

But that's not quite why the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld New Jersey's ban on magazines housing more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Instead, the court cited the recent rise in active and mass shooting incidents, and the common theme that many of those mass shooters take advantage of large capacity magazines (or LCMs), leading to a "significant increase in the frequency and lethality of these incidents."

Oakland Can Close Homeless Camp for Sober Women and Children, Judge Rules

Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place. Unsheltered women who had formed an unlawful encampment in a gated parking lot for homeless, sober women and their families, have been forced to move.

The City of Oakland had ordered eviction of the residents, consisting of about 13 women and a few male residents, living in makeshift homes in a gated parking lot within the city limits. In denying a request by six of the encampment's residents for a preliminary injunction based on Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment issues, U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. said it was unlikely their lawsuit over the impending closure would prevail.

Ten billion dollars sounds like an awful lot of money. But when you consider that the second largest cable operator in the country was allegedly systematically discriminating against black-owned media companies when choosing channels to carry, it's not hard to imagine that amount of financial cost.

That's what Byron Allen, founder and CEO of Entertainment Studios is claiming in a $10 billion lawsuit against Charter Communications. Charter tried to have the suit dismissed, arguing it has a First Amendment right to editorial discretion. But a district court and now the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals have denied that request, pointing to "arguably-racist statements" by Charter executives and "continued stonewalling and provision of excuses that do not match up with Defendant's practices with non-African-American-owned companies."

Georgia's Exact Match Voter-ID Law Tossed by Federal Judge

Things are heating up in Georgia, and that's odd for early November. Unless, of course, it's an election year. Highlighting a recent string of national headlines, U.S. District Court Judge Eleanor Ross declared that Georgia's current voting procedures unconstitutionally disenfranchises certain voters, and therefore the state must change current processes to make it easier for people flagged under the state's restrictive "exact match" law to vote.

Tennessee Must Stop Suspending Driver's Licenses of People Who Can't Pay

Tennessee took another step towards treating indigent people more humanely. There, a federal district judge ruled that the state can no longer revoke people's driver licenses because they cannot afford to pay traffic tickets. Potentially 291,000 people could be affected by this ruling, which comes as a sort of "exclamation point" to the ruling this same judge made earlier this summer, stating the state cannot revoke people's driver licenses for failure to pay court fines.

Girl Can Use Cannabis Medicine at School, California Court Rules

Imagine watching your child have a tonic-clonic seizure for an hour, with no way to stop it, until an ambulance arrives and administers emergency medication. If you're lucky enough not to be familiar with a tonic-clonic seizure, it's when you slump over, potentially falling on the ground and injuring yourself, eyes rolled back, in the fetal position, hands clocked inward, foaming at the mouth, convulsing violently, biting your tongue until it bleeds, and urinating on yourself. It is nothing short of horrific, for both the child and the parent.

Most tonic-clonic seizures last a minute or so, but in Brooke Adams' case, who has Dravet's Syndrome, they would go on for an hour, causing irreparable damage to her brain and entire nervous system. None of the standard medications were curbing these seizures. It was, as they say, uncontrollable. Brooke would have 20 seizures per month, until the Adams discovered that CBD oil significantly curbed the number of seizures, and THC oil would stop any prolonged seizures within three minutes. This was nothing short of a life-changing miracle for the Adams family.

But there was a catch: how could she take the cannabis medicine to school?

Arizona Voting Laws Are Constitutional, Federal Court Rules

The Democratic National Committee is running out of time if it wants to strike down two Arizona voting laws it deems unfair before the upcoming November elections.

The DNC filed suit against the State of Arizona in April 2016, challenging two voting laws. The first, a new law that makes collecting early ballots from voters a felony punishable by one year in jail and a $150,000 fine. The second, a law that dates back to 1970, which forbids voters from casting ballots outside of their precinct. The DNC viewed both of these laws as unconstitutional under the 1st, 14th, and 15th Amendment, as well as the Fair Voting Rights Act of 1965. A federal judge ruled against the DNC, and they appealed. A three member panel of the San Francisco federal circuit court ruled that two Arizona voting laws are indeed constitutional. The Democratic National Committee plans to seek a review on this matter en banc.

Missouri Can Enforce Abortion Clinic Regulations, Federal Court Rules

Many people debate whether or not Roe vs. Wade will be overturned. Without a crystal ball, it's hard to tell. But truthfully, that may not be necessary. It may be possible to maim it to the point that it is effectively useless.

After a recent case in Missouri, it may still be legal to get an abortion, but good luck finding a low cost facility to get one.

Federal Judge Voids Texas' Fetal Burial Law

There's a side of abortions and miscarriages that is often forgotten: the body of the fetus.

In February 2017, a Texas law went into effect that required health care providers to bury or cremate fetuses, regardless of a patient's wishes or religious beliefs. That law had been put on hold after local abortion clinics filed for, and received, a temporary injunction in federal court.

Last week, Judge David A. Ezra declared that injunction permanent, stating the law violated the 14th amendment, since it required healthcare facilities to use "unreliable and nonviable" waste disposal methods that would restrict abortion access. He also found that the law interfered with a woman's decision to have an abortion by "enshrining one view of the status of and respect that should be given to embryonic and fetal tissue remains."