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    06/20/2016 1:31:27 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 75 replies
    DailySignal ^ | June 20, 2016 | Connecticut Citizens Defense League, Inc. Blog
    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA – The United States Supreme Court declined on Monday to review a lower court’s ruling refusing to strike down on Second Amendment grounds Connecticut’s ban on certain semi-automatic firearms including the most popular rifles in the Nation. The Connecticut Citizens’ Defense League (CCDL) and other plaintiffs challenged Connecticut’s ban in 2013, arguing that the ban openly flouts the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which held that law-abiding citizens have an individual right to keep commonly owned firearms in their homes for self-defense.
  • Chaplain booted over praying 'in Jesus' name' goes to Supremes

    06/12/2016 6:45:18 AM PDT · by detective · 7 replies
    WND ^ | 06/11/2016 | Bob Unruh
    The U.S. Navy chaplain who was removed from the military for disobeying a “lawful” order banning prayer “in Jesus’ name” has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and overturn a decade of rulings in his case. The petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court was filed by attorney John B. Wells on behalf of Gordon J. Klingenschmitt. His case was filed back in 2011, after his removal from the military over the issue of praying “in Jesus’ name” sparked years of battles. Since his removal, Klingenschmitt has been leading the ministry, and he also has been serving...
  • Supreme Court Rejects Blagojevich Appeal Again

    05/23/2016 9:49:06 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 11 replies
    cbs local chicongo ^ | 23 May 2016
    The nation’s highest court first rejected Blagojevich’s request in March, but his attorneys filed a petition for rehearing in April. The Supreme Court turned down that petition Monday without comment.
  • Supreme Court Rejects DC Madam Case (appeal to Justice Thomas filed)

    04/06/2016 4:27:17 PM PDT · by drewh · 146 replies
    The Daily Bail ^ | 2 hours ago
    Ted Cruz breathes a huge sigh of relief, for now. Sibley has another plan. Chief Justixe Roberts made his decision late yesterday: Sibley's application was directed to Chief Justice John Roberts, the justice assigned to emergency appeals from the Washington, D.C. area. Roberts denied it without seeking a response from any other party, a sign of how little merit Roberts found in the application. Undeterrred, Sibley writes on his blog that he will now appeal to Clarence Thomas: Yesterday, Chief Justice Roberts denied my Application to be relieved from the Restraining Order which prohibits me from releasing any of the...
  • [FLASHBACK] Justices to Rehear Speech Case From October[Cases can be Reheard to avoid Tie Decisions]

    02/15/2016 1:19:02 PM PST · by Synthesist · 5 replies
    WaPo ^ | February 18, 2006 | Charles Lane
    The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will have to rehear a free-speech case that was argued before the justices in October, the first sign of an alteration in its normal flow of business because of the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. In a one-sentence order, the court said that it will restore Garcetti v. Ceballos , No. 04-473, to its calendar for reargument. The court did not say why. Historically, however, one reason for such a relatively unusual move has been that the court's preliminary vote in a case was 5 to 4 and one of the justices...
  • How Scalia’s Death Affects This Term’s Biggest Supreme Court Cases

    02/14/2016 6:43:04 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 6 replies
    Slate ^ | 3/14/16
    Because of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court will likely be left with just eight justices for the rest of its term—four reliable liberals, three reliable conservatives, and one Anthony Kennedy, who leans to the right but has traditionally acted as the court's swing vote. Since Senate Republicans have already said they are not in any hurry to confirm a new justice so long as President Obama remains in office, we're probably about to witness a number of deeply important cases end in a 4-to-4 split this year. And what happens then? When a Supreme Court case...
  • Supreme Court refuses to take another Obamacare case

    01/19/2016 9:26:51 AM PST · by PROCON · 42 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Jan. 19, 2016 | Tom Howell Jr.
    The Supreme Court refused Tuesday to take up an appeal that says Congress flouted the Constitution by kick-starting Obamacare in the wrong chamber. Justices have already weighed in on the Affordable Care Act's mandates, government subsidies and birth control rules, but declined to wade into a bid by a conservative group to scrap the entire law based on the origination clause drafted by the Founding Fathers. The Pacific Legal Foundation said the Affordable Care Act of 2010 raises hundreds of billions in taxes, making it a revenue bill subject to the founders' vision for which chamber should act first. Since...
  • Supreme Court Seems Poised to Deal Unions a Major Setback

    01/11/2016 11:24:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 11, 2016 | ADAM LIPTAK
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court seemed poised on Monday to deliver a severe blow to organized labor. The justices appeared divided along familiar lines during an extended argument over whether government workers who choose not to join unions may nonetheless be required to help pay for collective bargaining. The court's conservative majority appeared ready to say that such compelled financial support violates the First Amendment Collective bargaining, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said, is inherently political when the government is the employer, and issues like merit pay, promotions and classroom size are subject to negotiation. The best hope for a victory...
  • Scalia: 'Wouldn't surprise me' if death penalty struck down

    10/21/2015 10:09:17 AM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    AP ^ | Oct. 20, 2015 | AP
    MINNEAPOLIS (October 20, 2015) — Referencing rulings to restrict capital punishment and changing sentiment within the Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia said Tuesday he wouldn't be surprised if the nation's highest court invalidates the death penalty. Scalia addressed capital punishment during a University of Minnesota Law School appearance in which he also made clear retirement isn't in his near-term plans. The death penalty came up as Scalia described his judicial view that the Constitution is an "enduring" document that shouldn't be open to broad interpretation — while sharing frustration that his colleagues too readily find flexibility in it.
  • US Supreme Court will not hear Wisconsin John Doe case

    05/18/2015 8:04:41 AM PDT · by kidd · 15 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 18, 2015 | William A. Jacobson
    The U.S. Supreme Court issued an Order this morning denying the Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the Wisconsin John Doe case.
  • Supreme Court Schedules Argument in Same-Sex Marriage Case For April 28

    03/05/2015 7:58:12 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 32 replies ^ | 03/05/2015 | Pete Williams and Erin McClam
    The Supreme Court has set April 28 as the date for historic arguments on gay marriage. The justices agreed in January to definitively answer whether the Constitution allows states to ban same-sex marriage. A ruling is expected by the end of the term in late June. The court granted cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. It will decide whether states can refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples and whether they can refuse to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed elsewhere.
  • Darnell Dockett deletes tweet about divorce, not blaming O.J. Simpson

    06/23/2014 5:13:17 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies ^ | June 22, 2014 | Ryan Wilson
    Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett isn't afraid to speak his mind, and it usually takes place on Twitter. Often, it's funny, other times it's just weird (and ultimately not true). But on Saturday, Dockett probably would've been better off saying nothing at all.
  • Supreme Court has 17 cases to decide by June's end

    06/15/2014 8:50:26 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 18 replies
    AP ^ | 06.15.2014
    It's crunch time at the Supreme Court, where the justices are racing to issue opinions in 17 cases over the next two weeks. The religious rights of corporations, the speech rights of abortion protesters and the privacy rights of people under arrest are among the significant issues that are so far unresolved
  • SCOTUS Rejects NRA Challenges To Gun Law Age Limits

    02/25/2014 5:15:40 PM PST · by lowbridge · 14 replies ^ | february 25, 2014
    The Supreme Court on Monday rejected two National Rifle Association challenges to laws that ban gun permits to people under 21. The rejections came in one-line orders without comment. One of the rejected cases brought by the NRA challenged a Texas law that bans those under 21 from getting a gun permit. The other NRA challenge was to a Federal law that restricts selling handguns to people under 21. “Given the number of laws enacted by the federal government, states, and localities in the years when a mistaken understanding of the Second Amendment held sway, one would have expected a...
  • Supreme Court declines challenges to gun laws

    02/25/2014 10:10:08 AM PST · by neverdem · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 24, 2014 | LAWRENCE HURLEY
    The Supreme Court on Monday declined to wade into the politically volatile issue of gun control by leaving intact three court rulings rejecting challenges to federal and state laws. The court's decision not to hear the cases represented a loss for gun rights advocates, including the National Rifle Association, which was behind two of the challenges. The first case involved a challenge by the NRA to a Texas law that prevents 18-20 year olds from carrying handguns in public. It also raised the broader question of whether there is a broad right under the Second Amendment to bear arms in...
  • Supreme Court to Decide If One Person Can Buy Gun For Another

    01/22/2014 4:33:05 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 183 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | January 22, 2014 10:24 AM | Fox News Insider
    The Supreme Court will decide whether or not it should be a crime for someone to purchase a gun for another person if both are legally allowed to possess a firearm.
  • Supreme Court positioned to repeal the 4th Amendment

    01/21/2014 9:05:21 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 61 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/21/14 | Doug Book
    Today the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Navarette v California, a case in which a wrong decision will effectively repeal the 4th Amendment rights of the American people. The text of the 4th Amendment reads: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. In 1968, the Supreme Court ruled that “…law enforcement...
  • Supreme Court to Consider New Obamacare Case

    09/19/2013 11:15:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 19, 2013 | Ken Klukowski
    Obamacare is before the U.S. Supreme Court again. On Thursday, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) lawyers filed the first viable petition for Supreme Court review involving Kathleen Sebelius’ HHS Mandate, which requires employers to provide abortion-related insurance coverage, even if those employers have a religious objection to abortion. Section 1001 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) requires all large employers to offer “preventive services” to their employees or face enormous financial penalties. With President Obama’s approval, Sebelius issued a regulation that defined preventive services to include access to birth control, including those that cause abortions after conception. The regulation...
  • SCOTUS to decide if "Jesus" prayers are illegal speech

    05/20/2013 6:11:46 PM PDT · by Chaps · 83 replies
    The Pray In Jesus Name Project ^ | 5/20/13 | Dr. Chaps
    The U.S. Supreme Court just announced it will hear in October 2013 the case Galloway v. Greece, concerning freedom of speech and legislative prayer. In 2008 two Greece residents, Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens, filed suit against the town alleging that the town’s habit of having explicitly Christian prayers delivered prior to board meetings flouted the First Amendment. In August 2012, U.S. District Court Judge Charles Siragusa disagreed, ruling that prayers in Jesus’ name were not a violation of the U.S. Constitution. But a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in May 2012 overturned Siragusa’s decision...
  • Supreme Court to consider if silence can be evidence of guilt

    01/20/2013 6:08:09 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 171 replies
    Al' Reuters ^ | Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:48pm EST
    Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider whether a suspect's refusal to answer police questions prior to being arrested and read his rights can be introduced as evidence of guilt at his subsequent murder trial. Without comment, the court agreed to hear the appeal of Genovevo Salinas, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison for the December 1992 deaths of two brothers in Houston.
  • Supreme Court mulls review of federal gay marriage laws

    11/25/2012 10:50:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    A San Francisco couple is waiting to find out if the U.S. Supreme Court will take their case challenging the 1996 law that prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. Karen Golinski and Amy Cunninghis got married during the brief window in 2008 when gay and lesbian couples could tie the knot in California. Golinski immediately tried to add her wife to her employer-sponsored health care plan. But because she is married to another woman and works for the U.S. government, her otherwise routine request was denied...
  • California gay marriage case looks headed to Supreme Court

    06/05/2012 10:02:15 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 5, 2012 | Peter Henderson and Dan Levine
    (Reuters) - The ninth Circuit Court of Appeals cleared the way for the Supreme Court to consider California's gay marriage ban, declining an appeal to revisit the case.
  • The Bell Tolls for Obamacare

    11/25/2011 8:39:14 AM PST · by neverdem · 27 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11.23.11 | Peter Ferrara
    The key to the Supreme Court's upcoming ruling will be clear recognition of constitutional alternatives to Obamacare. On November 14, the Supreme Court granted the Writ of Certiorari to hear the appeal of the cases testing the constitutionality of Obamacare. The resulting decision will mark an historic watershed not only in the restoration of constitutional jurisprudence, but in fundamental, market reform of the entire entitlement state... --snip-- While the decision of simpatico Judge Laurence Silberman upholding the Obamacare mandate is somewhat troubling, that reflected Silberman's poorly reasoned conclusion that he was bound as a lower court judge by the Supreme...
  • Supreme Court to decide whether churches should have final say on who their ministers should be

    10/13/2011 8:00:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/13/2011 | Tina Korbe
    Last week, President Obama's Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in a case that pits religious protections against the courts' ordinary ability to intervene in a labor dispute to prevent discrimination.In the early 2000s, Cheryl Perich was a "called teacher" or "commissioned minister" at Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School in Redford, Mich. As such, she taught religious classes, led students in prayer and incorporated religious teachings into secular subjects like math, science, social studies and art.But in 2004, she was diagnosed with narcolepsy and became unable to teach the fall semester that year. When she...
  • Supreme Court refuses ACORN appeal of funding ban

    04/23/2010 5:14:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 946+ views
    wash. examiner ^ | 4/23/10 | ap
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has turned down ACORN's request for help in its lawsuit claiming Congress was wrong to shut off the activist group's federal funding. The high court on Friday refused to throw out a decision by the federal appellate court in New York City. That court had decided to freeze a judge's determination that Congress acted unconstitutionally in yanking the group's funding.
  • Supreme Court sharply divided on Christian student group case

    04/20/2010 8:42:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies · 855+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 4/19/2010 | Warren Richey
    A sharply divided US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday in a case examining whether a California law school can refuse to officially recognize a Christian student group that requires its members to embrace biblical passages denouncing homosexuality. Officials at the University of California’s Hastings College of Law in San Francisco said the group’s stance violates the school’s antidiscrimination policy – including bans on discrimination based on religious belief or sexual orientation.
  • Supreme Court may weigh coverage mandate

    03/29/2010 3:55:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies · 2,669+ views
    the Washington Times ^ | March 29, 2010 | Kara Rowland
    The same Supreme Court justices whom President Obama blasted during his State of the Union address this year may ultimately decide the fate of his crowning achievement as more than a dozen states have called on the courts to strike down the health insurance mandate of Democrats' health care overhaul - a move that would threaten the entire law. Two major constitutional challenges have been levied against the new law, one by the state of Virginia, which enacted a law exempting its citizens from the federal health insurance mandate, and another by Florida and 12 other states. Legal scholars are...
  • Guns and the States

    03/01/2010 6:23:17 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 9 replies · 592+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03-02-10 | The Wall Street Journal Editorial Staff
    The Supreme Court takes up another Second Amendment case. The Supreme Court today is the scene of a Constitutional duel in a case that will decide if the Second Amendment's guarantee of an individual right to bear arms applies to the states. The answer will determine whether the Court's landmark 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller is a hollow legal anomaly, or if it extends nationwide. In McDonald v. Chicago, the Justices will consider whether the Windy City's ban on handguns is Constitutional. Brought by plaintiffs including 76-year-old Otis McDonald, who wants to keep a handgun in his...
  • Supreme Court To Consider Another Case On Racial Bias In Hiring [Only "Well Qualified" Hired]

    02/20/2010 5:14:22 PM PST · by Steelfish · 12 replies · 925+ views
    LATimes ^ | February 20, 2010 | David G. Savage
    Supreme Court To Consider Another Case On Racial Bias In Hiring Chicago firefighters say they were illegally discriminated against through test scores. A lawyer calls it the flip side to last year's case involving white firefighters in New Haven, Conn. By David G. Savage February 20, 2010 Reporting from Washington - The controversy over racial bias, testing and firefighters that blew up at both the Supreme Court and the Senate last year returns Monday, this time as the justices decide whether blacks who were not hired in Chicago because of their test scores are due damages for years of lost...
  • Supreme Court to rule on famed death penalty case (Fry Mumia!)

    01/17/2010 9:32:59 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies · 1,037+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1/17/10 | Jon Hurdle
    The U.S. Supreme Court is expected on Tuesday to issue its latest decision on the fate of Mumia Abu-Jamal, arguably America's most famous death-row inmate, convicted of slaying a Philadelphia policeman, a crime he denies committing. The court is due to rule on an appeal by the Philadelphia district attorney who is seeking to have Abu-Jamal executed and bring an end to a decades-long legal saga the inmate, a former journalist, wrote about while in prison. Abu-Jamal, now 55, was convicted in 1982 of killing officer Daniel Faulkner on December 9, 1981. He has become an international cause celebre for...
  • Courts to Hear Appeal of Christians Who Want to Exclude Gays In Their Religious Student Group

    12/07/2009 11:07:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies · 1,126+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 12/7/2009 | David G. Savage
    Washington - The Supreme Court agreed today to hear an appeal from a Christian student group in San Francisco which refused to admit gays and lesbians and decide whether the group's right to religious liberty and freedom of association can trump a university's ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation. The case, to be heard next year, could set new rules for campus groups across the nation. The University of California's Hastings College of Law says its officially recognized student groups must be open to all of its students. The law school also has a general non-discrimination policy which applies...
  • High court to look at life in prison for juveniles

    11/07/2009 6:29:20 PM PST · by presidio9 · 28 replies · 1,495+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 7, 2009 | MARK SHERMAN
    Joe Sullivan was sent away for life for raping an elderly woman and judged incorrigible though he was only 13 at the time of the attack. Terrance Graham, implicated in armed robberies when he was 16 and 17, was given a life sentence by a judge who told the teenager he threw his life away. They didn't kill anyone, but they effectively were sentenced to die in prison. Life sentences with no chance of parole are rare and harsh for juveniles tried as adults and convicted of crimes less serious than killing. Just over 100 prison inmates in the United...
  • High court weighs immunity afforded to prosecutors

    11/06/2009 12:22:05 AM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 14 replies · 1,316+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/05/2009 | Washington Post
    The case before the Supreme Court on Wednesday sounded like a television movie, a tale of wrongful imprisonment and the slow, inexorable wheels of justice. Prosecutors under pressure to close the case of a cop killer settle on two young African Americans. They fabricate evidence, coerce perjury and bury the investigation of a white suspect.A sympathetic prison barber unearths the investigative records that eventually lead courts to free the convicted men after years behind bars. And the men seek retribution for the prosecutors who framed them. But here's the twist: The prosecutors say that they can't be sued for anything...
  • Major Supreme Court cases for the new term

    10/06/2009 2:55:50 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 22 replies · 2,423+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | October 4, 2009 | Staff
    Highlights of some high-profile cases that the Supreme Court will take up in its term that begins Monday (10/5/09): _Guns: The Second Amendment's right to keep and bear arms has never been held to apply to state and local laws restricting guns. The court is taking up a challenge to a handgun ban in Chicago to decide whether this right, like many others in the Bill of Rights, acts to restrict state and local laws or only federal statutes. If the court sides with gun rights supporters, lawsuits to overturn all manner of gun control laws are likely. _Animal cruelty...
  • High court to decide if war memorial (Cross) violates Constitution

    10/05/2009 10:48:01 AM PDT · by TaraP · 17 replies · 1,157+ views
    CNN ^ | October 5th, 2009
    A, California -- Driving along a pockmarked road amid rocks and Joshua trees in a lonely southern California desert, religious controversy might be the last thing you'd expect to encounter. And if you don't look too closely, you're likely to zip right past the focus of a hotly contested Supreme Court battle. A federal judge has ordered the Mojave Cross, a war memorial erected by a veterans group 75 years ago, to be covered. It's boxed in plywood. The issue is less about what the cross symbolizes and more about where it sits: In the middle of the Mojave National...
  • High court to decide if war memorial violates Constitution: Boxed-up cross

    10/05/2009 2:15:21 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 8 replies · 1,019+ views
    cnn ^ | 15 minutes ago | Bill Mears
    CIMA, California -- Driving along a pockmarked road amid rocks and Joshua trees in a lonely southern California desert, religious controversy might be the last thing you'd expect to encounter. And if you don't look too closely, you're likely to zip right past the focus of a hotly contested Supreme Court battle. A federal judge has ordered the Mojave Cross, a war memorial erected by a veterans group 75 years ago, to be covered. It's boxed in plywood.
  • 2010: High court ruling may have huge impact on 2010 races [McCain-Feingold]

    09/07/2009 3:47:10 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies · 2,940+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-09-07 | Reid Wilson
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear arguments from campaign finance reform advocates and opponents in a case many insiders say will be the most significant decision in more than 35 years. The case the court will hear, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, has the potential to overturn key elements of campaign finance law that prevent corporate spending on elections, a move that would open the door to millions of dollars that could not be spent previously. “This is the biggest case in campaign finance law, really, since Buckley v. Valeo in 1976,” said Rob Kelner, a partner at...

    08/25/2009 12:31:23 PM PDT · by pabianice · 2 replies · 909+ views
    NSSF Bulletin | 8/25/09
    The U.S. Supreme Court is slated to hear oral arguments in U.S. v. Stevens on Oct. 6. NSSF alerted conservation, sportsmen and outdoor media groups to this case previously and filed an amicus brief with the court. The case centers around a 1999 federal statute used to prosecute a Virginia man on animal cruelty-related charges that could similarly be used to prosecute retailers for stocking and selling books, DVDs or art depicting hunting scenes. In the 2004 case, the defendant was initially convicted, but the decision was later overturned by the Third Court of Appeals as a violation of the...
  • (VANITY)The Mojave Desert Memorial (how will Sotomayor decide?)

    08/18/2009 6:08:01 AM PDT · by Doogle · 4 replies · 748+ views
    FOXNEWS ^ | 08/08/09 | FOX
    Although the Supreme Court's term doesn't formally kick off until Oct. 5, justices scheduled arguments in a key campaign finance case for Sept. 9, and are hearing a case early in the fall term regarding a legal fight over a war memorial in the Mojave National Preserve.
  • Conn. diocese seeks appeal to US Supreme Court

    07/20/2009 7:47:51 AM PDT · by Pope Pius XII · 6 replies · 579+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | July 18, 2009 | JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN
    A Roman Catholic diocese in Connecticut sought Friday to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to keep under wraps sex abuse documents that could shed light on how a prominent retired cardinal handled the allegations. Bridgeport Diocese officials asked the state Supreme Court to continue a stay on releasing the documents while it asks the nation's highest court to review the case. The state court has ruled that more than 12,000 pages of documents from more than 20 lawsuits against priests should be released. Those documents have been sealed from public view since the diocese settled the cases in 2001.
  • Court to tackle clarity of Miranda warnings again (felon let go because 'he didn't know')

    06/22/2009 7:08:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 55 replies · 2,017+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6/22/09 | Michael J. Sniffen
    Court to tackle clarity of Miranda warnings againBy Michael J. Sniffen, Associated Press Writer Mon Jun 22, 5:36 pm ET WASHINGTON – "You have the right to remain silent." Most people only hear those words while watching cop shows on TV. They usually zone out for the rest of the now familiar Miranda warning to people under arrest. But in the real world, the Supreme Court is still listening to the words that follow. It agreed Monday to hear another case over just how explicit that phrasing must be. In its landmark 1966 Miranda v. Arizona ruling, the high court...
  • Gun Rulings Open Way to Supreme Court Review

    06/16/2009 9:24:35 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies · 670+ views
    NYTimes ^ | June 16, 2009
    Gun Rulings Open Way to Supreme Court Review JOHN SCHWARTZ June 16, 2009 A year ago, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark decision establishing the constitutional right of Americans to own guns. But the justices did not explain what the practical effect of that ruling would be on city and state gun laws. Could a city still ban handguns? The justices said the District of Columbia could not, but only because it is a special federal district. The question of the constitutionality of existing city and state gun laws was left unanswered. That left a large vacuum for...
  • Justices to Weigh Issue of Patenting Business Methods

    06/02/2009 11:42:22 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 47 replies · 1,593+ views
    New York Times ^ | 06/01/2009 | By ADAM LIPTAK
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide what sorts of business methods might be patented, an issue with the potential to reshape significant parts of the economy. “This is the most important patent case in 50 years, in particular because there is so much damage and so much good the court could do,” said John F. Duffy, a law professor at George Washington University who submitted a brief in the appeals court in support of neither side. “The newest areas of technology are most threatened by the issues at stake here,” Professor Duffy said. “The court taking...
  • 13-year-old's school strip-search case heads to Supreme Court

    04/20/2009 3:08:13 AM PDT · by BykrBayb · 71 replies · 2,798+ views
    CNN ^ | 11:33 p.m. EDT, Sun April 19, 2009
    The case of a 13-year-old Arizona girl strip-searched by school officials looking for ibuprofen pain-reliever will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this week. The justices in January accepted the Safford school district case for review, and will decide whether a campus setting gives school administrators greater discretion to control students suspected of illegal activity than police are allowed in cases involving adults in general public spaces. The case is centered around Savana Redding, now 19, who in 2003 was an eighth-grade honors student at Safford Middle School, about 127 miles from Tucson, Arizona. Redding was strip-searched by school...
  • Supreme Court To Weigh Strip-Searches At Schools

    04/18/2009 12:38:41 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 42 replies · 1,556+ views
    LA Times ^ | April 18, 2009
    Supreme Court to weigh strip-searches at schools In an Arizona case, officials were worried about campus safety, while the student felt embarrassment. By David G. Savage April 18, 2009 Reporting from Safford, Ariz. -- When Savana Redding, now 19, talks of what happened to her in eighth grade, it is clear that the painful memories linger. She speaks of being embarrassed and fearful and of staying away from school for two months. And she recalls the "whispers" and "stares" from others in this small eastern Arizona mining town after she was strip-searched in the nurse's office because a vice principal...
  • Gay Marriage Issue Steering Clear of the Supreme Court

    04/11/2009 8:44:00 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 16 replies · 952+ views
    NYT ^ | April 11, 2009 | ADAM LIPTAK
    WASHINGTON — And now there are four. In the space of a week, the number of states allowing same-sex marriage has doubled, with Iowa and then Vermont joining Massachusetts and Connecticut. In California, gay and lesbian couples were exchanging vows for five months before voters put a stop to the practice in November. Californians are still talking it over, though, and loudly. New York and New Jersey may be next to debate the question. In other contexts, this sort of turmoil might amount to an invitation for the United States Supreme Court to step in. But there are all sorts...
  • Now Showing At Supreme Court: 'Hillary: The Movie'

    03/21/2009 11:32:34 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies · 961+ views
    American Thinker ^ | March 21, 2009
    Now showing at Supreme Court: 'Hillary: The Movie' By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press Writer Mar 21, 10:00 am ET WASHINGTON – Months after its debut, "Hillary: The Movie" faces nine of the nation's toughest critics: the Supreme Court. The justices' review of the slashing documentary financed by longtime critics of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton could bring more than just a thumbs up or thumbs down. It may settle the question of whether the government can regulate a politically charged film as a campaign ad. David Bossie, a former Republican congressional aide who produced the Clinton movie and...
  • Double jeopardy in before US Supreme Court

    03/21/2009 10:59:37 AM PDT · by rgr · 18 replies · 2,018+ views ^ | 03/21/09 | JUAN A. LOZANO
    Double jeopardy in before US Supreme Court HOUSTON A former Enron Corp. executive is hoping a little known component of the Fifth Amendment's double jeopardy clause will help him avoid a retrial on charges related to financial fraud at the once mighty energy giant. Attorneys for F. Scott Yeager are set to present oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday on the issue of whether double jeopardy prevents prosecutors from retrying individuals after a jury votes not guilty on some charges, but fails to reach a verdict on others that share an element with the acquitted charges. Prosecutors...
  • Now showing at Supreme Court: 'Hillary: The Movie'

    03/21/2009 7:05:04 AM PDT · by FourPeas · 28 replies · 1,524+ views
    AP ^ | 3/21/09 | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON – Months after its debut, "Hillary: The Movie" faces nine of the nation's toughest critics: the Supreme Court.The justices' review of the slashing documentary financed by longtime critics of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton could bring more than just a thumbs up or thumbs down. It may settle the question of whether the government can regulate a politically charged film as a campaign ad.
  • Court turns down Agent Orange cases

    03/02/2009 7:52:57 AM PST · by SmithL · 483+ views
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- The Supreme Court has turned down American and Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange who wanted to pursue lawsuits against companies that made the toxic chemical defoliant used in the Vietnam War. The justices offer no comment on their action Monday, rejecting appeals in three separate cases, in favor of Dow Chemical, Monsanto and other companies that made Agent Orange and other herbicides used by the military in Vietnam.