On April 25, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on the constitutionality of Arizona’s controversial new immigration law. When it did, the justices had before them a “friend of the court” brief authored by American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) Co-Founders and Senior Counsel David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise.
To address the serious illegal immigration crisis, Arizona enacted the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (S.B. 1070) in 2010. The law was immediately challenged by the Obama administration’s Department of Justice. A federal judge in Arizona enjoined several provisions of S.B. 1070, and that ruling was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Supreme Court will now decide the case. Read AFLC's brief here.
On April 20, 2012, David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise, Co-Founders and Senior Counsel of the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC), presented oral argument in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in an appeal challenging the constitutionality of the AIG bailout. The case, Murray v. United States Department of Treasury, et al., was brought by Yerushalmi and Muise, who are representing Kevin Murray, a taxpayer and former combat Marine who served in Iraq. The three-judge panel that heard the case included Senior Judge Alan E. Norris, a Reagan appointee; Judge Eric L. Clay, a Clinton appointee; and Judge Richard Allen Griffin, a George W. Bush appointee. The federal lawsuit alleges that the U.S. government’s takeover and financial bailout of AIG violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Watch the breaking news analysis of the oral argument:
On April 16, 2012, the American Freedom Law Center filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on behalf of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, Inc. (CBR), a national pro-life organization, asking the court to rule in its favor as a matter of law in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against CBR by Northland Family Planning Clinic, a Michigan-based abortion provider.AFLC Co-Founders and Senior Counsel David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise are representing and defending CBR and several other pro-lifers in this lawsuit.
On April 12, 2012, the American Freedom Law Center filed its opening brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in defense of Crystal Dixon, a former human resources administrator at the University of Toledo in Ohio, who was fired in 2008 by the University for expressing her personal, Christian viewpoint on homosexuality in an op-ed published in the local newspaper. Dixon is appealing a lower court’s dismissal of her case, which ruled that the University’s “diversity” interests outweighed her First Amendment rights. AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel Robert Muise is lead counsel for Dixon on the appeal. Watch AFLC's "Faith and Freedom Report" on this case: