National News: Kentucky county clerk jailed, Tom Brady’s suspension overturned, West Point students injured in pillow fight


Kentucky county clerk jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses

A Kentucky county clerk was sentenced to jail after making national headlines for refusing to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples due to her religious beliefs. On Thursday Sept. 3, Kim Davis, 49, was ordered to be detained for contempt of court. She later refused a proposal that would allow her deputies to administer any same-sex marriage licenses, even though accepting the proposal could have meant her release, according to a New York Times article.

GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz spoke out against the ruling saying, “Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny.”

“The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order,” said Judge David Bunning, the official overseeing the case. “If you give people the opportunity to choose which orders they follow, that’s what potentially causes problems.”


Tom Brady’s suspension overturned

Tom Brady’s four-game suspension was overturned by Judge Richard M. Berman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The New England Patriots’ quarterback was given the suspension because of his alleged involvement in slightly deflating the footballs before the American Football Conference title game against the Indianapolis Colts that lead to the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl XLIX. According to CBS Sports, it is likely that the NFL will appeal this decision to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

“We are grateful to Judge Berman for hearing this matter, but respectfully disagree with today’s decision,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “We will appeal today’s ruling in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game.”

West Point students injured during annual pillow fight


Freshmen at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point were injured in late August during an annual pillow fight meant to promote camaraderie. Some of the cadets allegedly packed their pillows with hard objects. One participant said that he was told by an upperclassman that if he did not come back with a nose bleed he was not trying hard enough. A Fox News article stated that there were a total of 24 concussions out of the 30 cadets who were injured.

“We are conducting appropriate investigations into the causes of the injuries,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Kasker.

One freshman participant tweeted, “4 concussions, 1 broken leg, 2 broken arms, 1 dislocated shoulder, and several broken ribs. That’s one hell of a pillow fight. #USMA19.”