A federal appeals court ruled that a district court violated the public’s First Amendment right of access when it banned the media from covering the sentencing of a notorious drug cartel leader for security reasons. The court ruled that the press and public must have notice and an opportunity to respond to decisions about closed hearings, even of potentially violent criminals.
A federal court has ruled that an employee may pursue her religious discrimination claim against her employer. The employee argued that she could not follow company policy and receive a flu shot because it was against her religion, veganism. The court is allowing the case to proceed, ruling that the employee should be given the opportunity to prove that veganism meets the requirements of religious belief under discrimination statutes.