Last week the US Supreme court voted 5-4 to refuse to decide a case, after previous deciding to hear it. There is a substantial dissenting opinion on the refusal, with an unusual conservative-liberal mix. The case had attracted attention from the domestic violence lobby, and several amicus briefs.
I am not sure what to make of this. It appears that some judges are scared of domestic violence issues. The domestic violence industry which feared the outcome of what the Supreme Court might have decided. Elena Kagan signed one of those amicus briefs in support of the domestic violence industry, and she has been nominated to the Supreme Court. But Pres. Obama's other female appointment to that court, Sonia Sotomayor, is on the other side.
These issues are not going away. We will have to study these federal legal issues if we are going to bring a federal case.