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  • Supreme Court says double jeopardy does not protect against murder retrial

    05/24/2012 8:08:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 102 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday, May 24 2012, 5:49 PM | Robert Barnes
    Arkansas may retry a man for murder even though jurors in his first trial were unanimous that he was not guilty, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Alex Blueford, who is accused of killing his girlfriend’s 1-year-old son, is not protected by the Constitution’s Double Jeopardy Clause, the court ruled in a 6 to 3 decision. Because the judge dismissed the jury when it was unable to reach agreement on lesser charges, Blueford was not officially cleared of any of the charges, the majority said, and thus may be retried. “The jury in this case did not convict Blueford of any...
  • Open Carry Teen Optimistic About his Day in Court (MI)

    05/23/2012 3:58:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 21 May, 2012 | dabneybailey
    A Michigan teen is optimistic about his chances in court after being charged with brandishing a firearm, disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer. Eighteen-year-old Sean Combs (not 'Puffy') was arrested last April by police because he was walking around town with a rifle slung over his shoulder. He'd just received his M1 Garand for his birthday and he was showing the gun to several other teenagers. Cops showed up on the scene and asked to see his ID. Combs declined, but after a few more police showed up Combs decided to give in. The police moved to arrest him the...
  • Breyer Push For More Protection Illustrates Elite Double Standard

    05/20/2012 8:20:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 8 May, 2012 | David Codrea
    USA --( An early May robbery at the Washington, D.C. home of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was the second time the jurist has been victimized since February, The Washington Post reported Thursday. While no one was home in this latest incident, the earlier one involved the jurist and his wife being confronted by a machete-wielding home invader at their Caribbean vacation house. “The robbery comes a month after Congress allocated nearly $1 million to hire 12 new Supreme Court police officers, according to The Hill,” Fox News related in a follow-up report. “Breyer had been among the group pushing...
  • ADL: Court Decision to Fine Journalist 'Turns World Upside Down'

    05/15/2012 8:49:50 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    inn ^ | 5/15/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reacted with "anger, shock and disbelief" at a decision by a Rome judge to fine an Italian journalist who had the courage to speak out against an anti-Semitic cartoon. In a ruling last week, Judge Emanuela Attura ordered journalist Peppino Caldarola to pay a fine of 25,000 euros for slandering extreme-leftist writer Vauro Senesi, whose caricature of Italian Jewish politician Fiamma Nirenstein was published in 2008 in the communist newspaper Il Manifesto and has been widely condemned as anti-Semitic. The cartoon, titled "Fiamma Frankenstein," depicted the Italian Jewish candidate for parliament as monster-like, with a hook-nose,...
  • President Warns Court on Obamacare Ruling

    05/05/2012 11:32:24 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 May 2012 | John Semmens
    President Barack Obama sought to ward off the possibility of the US Supreme Court invalidating his signature health care legislation by promising “severe consequences will ensue should they make that mistake.” One of the “severe consequences” the President said he is contemplating is “to wreak havoc on the elderly by disrupting Medicare in a way that will torment this vulnerable segment of the population.” On a more personal level. Obama threatened to diminish the status of the sitting Justices by appointing additional members to the Court. “The Constitution doesn’t say there should by nine judges on the Supreme Court,” Obama...
  • Dictator Obama Issues New Threat to Supreme Court over ObamaCare

    05/05/2012 11:06:13 AM PDT · by izzatzo · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/03/2012 | Sher Zieve
    In his latest display of his full USA federal government dictatorship over both the American people and the former co-branches of government, Dictator Obama is warning the Supreme Court to either rule in his favor or face severe consequences. Fox News’ Martha McCallum advised Thursday that the Obama Administration has been quietly sending missives to the Supreme Court threatening that if it doesn’t rule in his favor on ObamaCare, Medicare will face disruption and “chaos.” Therefore, if SCOTUS rules in favor of the US Constitution, Obama & Co will begin its campaign to either destroy Medicare or make those on...
  • Four justices boycott part of administrative meeting (WI Supreme Court)

    04/26/2012 6:31:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-25-12 | Patrick Marley
    A majority of the state Supreme Court boycotted part of an administrative meeting Wednesday, believing Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson was improperly trying to take up an issue. The development was the latest sign that the deeply fractured court will be discussing considerably less routine business in public. In 1999, the court became one of the first - if not the first - high courts in the country to take up the bulk of its administrative matters in public. But in January, four of the seven members of the court voted to discuss much of its work behind closed doors. Abrahamson...
  • Politically, gun control is dead

    04/17/2012 8:37:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 16 April, 2012 | Adam Winkler
    This week marks five years since the massacre at Virginia Tech, where a mentally ill student, Seung Hui Cho, used two handguns he had bought legally to kill 32 people and wound 25 others. Other than a relatively minor law to improve the national database used for background checks, no significant gun-control legislation followed that tragedy. Since then, there have been several mass shootings, including additional school rampages and the attempted assassination last year of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. Yet there remains little political will to reform this country's flawed gun-safety rules — unless, of course, someone is proposing...
  • Eric Holder's Letter to the Court Misses Point

    04/06/2012 11:30:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/05/12 | Tara Dodrill
    Eric Holder's Letter to the Court Misses PointBy Tara Dodrill | Yahoo! Contributor Network – 18 hrs ago The fact that President Barack Obama was once a constitutional law professor and yet has virtually no understanding or respect for the nation's founding document is mind-boggling. His comments earlier this week warning the court not to engage in judicial activism was nothing more than hubris. The angry judges demanded a response from Attorney General Eric Holder to determine if the Obama administration believes the court has the power to overturn laws. The controversial attorney general finally drafted the mandated three-page response,...
  • Justice Dept. responds to judicial query, defends Obama comments on high court

    04/05/2012 6:23:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/05/12 | Sam Baker
    Justice Dept. responds to judicial query, defends Obama comments on high courtBy Sam Baker - 04/05/12 02:43 PM ET Tweet The Justice Department shot back Thursday against a federal court’s suggestion that President Obama doesn’t recognize the role of the judicial branch. Three judges on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Justice Department to file a three-page letter outlining its view of the courts’ powers — a response to comments in which Obama said it would be “unprecedented” for the Supreme Court to overturn his healthcare law. Obama’s remarks were “fully consistent” with well-established legal principles, the Justice...
  • Supreme Court ruling on assault weapons ban expected Thursday(IL)

    04/05/2012 1:08:14 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 4 April, 2012 | Andrew Maloney
    SPRINGFIELD — The state’s top court is poised to rule on Cook County’s assault weapons ban Thursday in a case that will determine the fate of one of Illinois’ signature gun-control laws. Attorneys challenging the ban argued that the county’s ordinance — enacted in 1993 and extended in 2006 — is too vague, based on faulty information and should be reconsidered in light of the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned Chicago’s ban on handguns. The county ordinance specifically outlaws the sale or possession of “any assault weapon or large capacity magazine.” It describes several traits of prohibited weapons...
  • Newsweek Calls For Impeaching Supreme Court Justices If Obamacare Overturned

    04/03/2012 8:35:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 100 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 4/3/12 | NewsWeek/DailyBeast
    NewsWeek/DailyBeast – The Roberts Court’s rulings appear to be a concerted effort to send us back to the Gilded Age. If they dump the Affordable Care Act, writes David Dow, we should dump them. You think the idea is laughable? Thomas Jefferson disagreed with you. Jefferson believed Supreme Court justices who undermine the principles of the Constitution ought to be impeached, and that wasn’t just idle talk. During his presidency, Jefferson led the effort to oust Justice Salmon Chase, arguing that Chase was improperly seizing power. The Senate acquitted Chase in 1805, and no Justice has been impeached since, but...
  • Obama Asks ‘Unelected’ Supreme Court Not To Take Extraordinary Step Of Overturning Health Care Law

    04/03/2012 10:48:26 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies ^ | | 6:05 pm, April 2nd, 2012 | Noah Rothman
    In a Rose Garden press conference on Monday alongside the Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, President Barack Obama reminded the Supreme Court justices that they have a responsibility to show “judicial restraint” while considering the constitutionality of the president’s signature health care reform law. RELATED: Senate Democrats Warn Overturning Health Care ‘Grave For Nation,’ Good For Democratic Electoral Hopes“I think the American people understand, and I think the justices should understand that in the absence of an individual mandate, you cannot have a mechanism to insure that people with pre-existing conditions can actually get health...
  • Judge: NC can’t ban guns during emergencies

    04/03/2012 7:04:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 2 April, 2012 | Ryan Sullivan
    When winter storms slammed North Carolina in early 2010, Gov. Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency. The city of King followed on Feb. 5 with its own declaration of emergency that included — as allowed by state law — a ban on the possession of alcohol and firearms except at a person’s own home. A Stokes County man, two other people and two gun-rights organizations sued the state, King and Stokes County that summer, claiming that their rights under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution were violated. The amendment protects citizens’ right to bear arms. Now, a federal...
  • Dems wage pressure campaign on Supreme Court over health ruling

    04/03/2012 2:14:46 AM PDT · by Libloather · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/02/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Dems wage pressure campaign on Supreme Court over health rulingBy Alexander Bolton - 04/02/12 06:02 PM ET Democrats have waged a not-so-subtle pressure campaign on the Supreme Court in recent days by warning a ruling against the healthcare reform law would smash precedent and threaten popular social programs. President Obama was the latest to weigh in when he declared Monday that a wide array of legal experts would be astonished if the court struck down part or all of his signature domestic initiative. “I’m confident the Supreme Court will uphold the law,” Obama said Monday during a Rose Garden press...
  • Obama warns 'unelected' Supreme Court against striking down health law

    04/02/2012 12:58:10 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies ^ | 4/2/2012 | Associated Press
    President Obama, employing his strongest language to date on the Supreme Court review of the federal health care overhaul, cautioned the court Monday against overturning the law -- while repeatedly saying he's "confident" it will be upheld. The president spoke at length about the case at a joint press conference with the leaders of Mexico and Canada. The president, adopting what he described as the language of conservatives who fret about judicial activism, questioned how an "unelected group of people" could overturn a law approved by Congress. "I'm confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an...
  • Four Wins In A Month! (Second Amendment)

    04/01/2012 4:55:04 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money ^ | 30 January, 2012 | John Richardson
    Heads must be spinning at the Brady Campaign's headquarters with news that the Second Amendment Foundation just won its fourth Second Amendment case this month. The latest case is from Massachusetts where U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodcock found that the commonwealth's ban on handgun possession by permanent resident aliens contravened the Second Amendment. From the Second Amendment Foundation's announcement of their win in Fletcher v. Haas: SAF WINS 2A CASE IN MASS, STRIKING DOWN GUN BAN FOR LEGAL ALIENS For Immediate Release: 3/30/2012 BELLEVUE, WA – A Federal District Court Judge in Massachusetts today granted summary judgment in...
  • Supreme Court health care debate: If the law fails, what's next? (Big enviro & labor next?)

    04/01/2012 11:11:09 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/01/12 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    Supreme Court health care debate: If the law fails, what's next?By JOSH GERSTEIN | 4/1/12 7:01 AM EDT The Supreme Court has yet to rule on President Barack Obama’s health care law, but court watchers already are handicapping the domino effect if it falls. If the justices knock out key parts of the law or bring down the whole thing, the reverberations could be felt across the legal landscape for generations to come, radically reining in the scope of federal power, according to supporters of the law and others who closely track the high court. And if the justices decide...
  • (hired attack dog) Biden Confident Supreme Court Will Uphold Health Care Law

    03/31/2012 3:02:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/30/12 | Mary Bruce
    Biden Confident Supreme Court Will Uphold Health Care LawBy Mary Bruce | ABC OTUS News – 23 hrs ago Vice President Joe Biden says he is confident the Supreme Court will uphold the constitutionality of President Obama's signature health care legislation. "We think the mandate and the law is constitutional. And we think the court will rule that way," Biden told CBS News in an interview to be broadcast Sunday on "Face the Nation." **SNIP** Biden, who has assumed the role of the Obama campaign's attack dog,
  • Obama lawyer asks Supreme Court to save healthcare law

    03/28/2012 1:49:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/28/12 | James Vicini and Joan Biskupic
    (Reuters) - The Obama administration's top courtroom lawyer made an impassioned plea on Wednesday for the Supreme Court to save President Barack Obama's healthcare law, capping three days of historic arguments that left it unclear how the nine justices would rule. Having peppered the lawyers defending and challenging the law with questions for more than six hours over the three days, the justices withdrew to their chambers to begin up to three months of deliberation expected to yield a decision by late June. Obama's healthcare overhaul, signed into law two years ago, is his signature domestic policy achievement. It remains...