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  • Chief Justice Roberts Not Stepping Down Despite Report

    03/04/2010 11:56:48 AM PST · by Ol' Sparky · 107 replies · 4,721+ views
    FoxNews | 3/4/10
    Chief Justice John Roberts is not stepping down from the Supreme Court, despite a celebrity gossip report, a source very close to Roberts told Fox News. RadarOnline.com reported Thursday that Roberts, 55, would be resigning for personal reasons. But the source said the report is "completely untrue." There is "no medical issue, no issue at all," the source said, adding that there is not even a 1 percent chance that Roberts is considering resignation.
  • The Roberts Trap Is Sprung

    01/03/2014 4:49:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 202 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 2, 2014 | Bill Dunne
    One of the most overlooked aspects of the year just ended is the vindication of Chief Justice John Roberts -- a vindication that showed up as the national catastrophe known as ObamaCare got rolling. Roberts may have also doomed Hillary Clinton's chance to live in the White House again. The chief justice, an appointee of President George W. Bush and reputedly a constitutionalist in his jurisprudence, set his diabolical trap (diabolical to Democrats) on June 28, 2012, when he joined with the four liberal justices on the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of ObamaCare. Conservatives and Republicans across the...
  • Is John Roberts Drifting Left?

    05/02/2015 8:02:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    TNR ^ | 05/02/2015 | By Brianne J. Gorod
    This has been a week of surprises from Chief Justice John Roberts. Wednesday he joined the Court’s more liberal members in a 5-4 decision in a significant First Amendment case. Tuesday at the argument in Obergefell v. Hodges, the marriage equality cases, he suggested that a ban on same-sex marriage might present a “straightforward question of sexual discrimination.” These superficially surprising moves support Roberts’s oft-repeated claim that he believes the Justices should decide cases based on the law, not politics. But as Roberts’s tenth term as Chief Justice comes to a close, the biggest tests of that claim are still...
  • ‘We Will Not Obey’: Christian Leaders Threaten Civil Disobedience if Gay Marriage Legalized

    04/29/2015 10:55:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 123 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/29/2015 | Todd Starnes
    <p>That’s the blunt warning a group of prominent religious leaders is sending to the Supreme Court of the United States as they consider same-sex marriage.</p> <p>“We respectfully warn the Supreme Court not to cross that line,” read a document titled, Pledge in Solidarity to Defend Marriage. “We stand united together in defense of marriage. Make no mistake about our resolve.”</p>
  • Churches Brace for Same-Sex Marriage Ruling from Supreme Court

    04/29/2015 10:13:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/29/2015 | Tamara Audi
    Arguments over same-sex marriage played out in the U.S. Supreme Courton Tuesday, but many religious groups opposed to gay marriage aren’t waiting for a ruling. A court ruling expected two months from now could sanction same-sex marriage nationwide. In anticipation, some congregations and religious advocacy groups are re-emphasizing their teachings on marriage, fine-tuning their approach to gays and lesbians and bracing for legal battles and public criticism. “The outcome of this decision will shape the landscape of the church’s ministry in the U.S. for generations to come,” wrote Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the...
  • ‘You Will Burn In Hell!’: Protester Disrupts Supreme Court During Gay Marriage Arguments

    04/28/2015 7:53:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5:01 PM 04/28/2015 | Scott Greer
    As the Supreme Court heard opening arguments on gay marriage Tuesday, one anti-gay marriage protester disrupted the calm of the courtroom and issued an afterlife warning for those who support same-sex unions. “If you support gay marriage, you will burn in hell!” the protester screamed before he was detained by police and escorted out of the building, CNN reports. But that didn’t stop the man from continuing to shout his views about homosexuality and damnation as he was dragged out of the Supreme Court. …
  • Will The Supreme Court Open The Door To The Criminalization Of Christianity?

    04/27/2015 12:37:01 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 27, 2015 | Mario Diaz
    The question before the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow in Obergefell v. Hodges, dealing with the highly-anticipated same-sex “marriage” challenges, is very simple: Does the U.S. Constitution require same-sex “marriage” in every state in the nation?
  • Gay mentor, belief in dignity at roots of Kennedy’s views (USSC justice Anthony)

    04/26/2015 9:50:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 26, 2015 7:40 AM EDT | Mark Sherman
    The Irish Catholic boy who came of age in Sacramento after World War II is an unlikely candidate to be the author of the Supreme Court’s major gay rights rulings. But those who have known Justice Anthony Kennedy for decades and scholars who have studied his work say he has long stressed the importance of valuing people as individuals. And he seems likely also to have been influenced in this regard by a pillar of the Sacramento legal community, a closeted gay man who hired Kennedy as a law school instructor and testified on his behalf at his high court...
  • Shriveled grapes, shriveled liberty

    04/19/2015 1:59:34 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4-19-15 | George Will
    In oral arguments Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear the government defend its kleptocratic behavior while administering an indefensible law. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 is among the measures by which New Dealers tried and failed to regulate and mandate America back to prosperity. Seventy-eight years later, it is the government’s reason for stealing Marvin and Laura Horne’s raisins. New Dealers had bushels of theories, including this: In an economic depression, prices fall, so a recovery will occur when government compels prices to stabilize above where a free market would put them. So Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “brains trust”...
  • Justices reject appeal by US flag-wearing students (Morgan Hill CA)

    03/30/2015 7:53:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 30, 2015 9:44 AM EDT
    The Supreme Court has denied an appeal from former California high school students who were ordered to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out during a celebration of the Cinco de Mayo holiday at school. The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place an appellate ruling that found that school officials acted appropriately because their concerns about racial violence outweighed students’ freedom of expression rights. Administrators feared the American-flag shirts would enflame (sic) the passions of Latino students celebrating the Mexican holiday. …
  • U.S. Supreme court rejects challenge to Wisconsin voter ID law

    03/23/2015 9:44:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/23/2015 | LAWRENCE HURLEY
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to Wisconsin's Republican-backed law requiring voters to present photo identification to cast a ballot, a measure Democrats contend is aimed at keeping their supporters from voting. The justices declined to hear an appeal filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged the law. The ACLU said it then filed an emergency motion with a federal appeals court to try to keep the law from taking effect immediately. Republican Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said the law cannot be implemented for the state's April 7 election because absentee ballots are already...
  • Confederate Flag License Plate Battle Reaches Supreme Court

    03/22/2015 8:11:04 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 86 replies
    chronicle bulletin ^ | 22 Mar 2015 | unknown
    The nine justices will hear a one particular-hour oral argument in a case that raises the situation of how states can let or reject politically divisive messages on license plates with out violating absolutely free speech rights. States can generate revenue...
  • Did Samuel Alito Throw Republicans An Obamacare Lifeline At The Supreme Court?

    03/09/2015 3:11:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/08/2015 | Avik Roy
    As we await a decision in the big Obamacare Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell, progressive pundits have continued to predict a health care apocalypse if the Court sides with challengers to the Obama administration. That’s a wild exaggeration. But there will be some disruption, and Republicans in Congress have been debating the best way to mitigate that disruption. That’s where Associate Justice Samuel Alito comes in. At oral arguments on Wednesday, Alito hinted at another way to overturn illegal subsidies while avoiding near-term problems for the newly insured. The Northern Pipeline precedent At the hearing, President Obama’s Solicitor General,...
  • Here's What Scalia Said About Obamacare Last Week. It's Not What He Said 3 Years Ago.

    03/09/2015 9:59:11 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 36 replies
    Huff Post ^ | 3/9 | Jonathon Cohn
    It's going to be at least a few weeks, and probably a few months, before we know what the Supreme Court is going to do with Obamacare. But Wednesday's oral arguments in King v. Burwell have already made something very clear: Justice Antonin Scalia isn't too worried about intellectual consistency. Among the many issues that came up Wednesday were the likely consequences if the court rules in favor of the plaintiffs, thereby prohibiting the federal government from distributing Obamacare's tax credits in two-thirds of the states. Millions of people depend on those tax credits to purchase health insurance; without the...
  • High court: Amtrak like gov’t agency in helping set rules (USRA redux?)

    03/09/2015 9:43:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 9, 2015 12:04 PM EDT | Sam Hananel
    A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that Amtrak is more like a part of the government than a private corporation when it helps federal agencies craft rules to keep trains running on time. But the justices said it’s up to lower courts to decide whether Congress gave the passenger rail company too much power to develop standards that other private railroads must follow. A 2008 law directs Amtrak to work with the Federal Railroad Administration to create standards that let Amtrak keep priority over freight trains along common railroad tracks. That upset the freight railroad industry, which argues that Amtrak...
  • Sonia Sotomayor may have saved Obamacare

    03/08/2015 6:42:31 PM PDT · by LucyT · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Mar. 8, 2015, 6:45 PM | Cristian Farias, Slate
    In a dispatch on King v. Burwell, the closely watched Obamacare challenge, NPR’s Nina Totenberg observed that the plaintiffs’ attorney, Michael Carvin, argued before the Supreme Court with “red-faced passion.” Indeed, Justice Sonia Sotomayor hadn’t even finished the preamble to her first question when Carvin interrupted her to finish an earlier thought. He then caught himself and apologized, at which point Sotomayor tempered him: “Take a breath.” Carvin needed that moment, because Sotomayor was about to ask a bombshell question about federalism, a subject that later dominated a key portion of the hearing.
  • Actually, Justice Kennedy, IRS Did Tell Congress Section 36B Contains “Contradictory Language”

    03/07/2015 7:37:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2015 | Michael F. Cannon
    During oral arguments in King v. Burwell on Wednesday, Justice Anthony Kennedy expressed skepticism about the government’s claim that the Supreme Court should defer to the Internal Revenue Service’s interpretation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as allowing certain taxes and subsidies in all states, when the statute authorizes those measures only in states that have an “Exchange established by the State.” Specifically, Kennedy expressed skepticism that the IRS interpretation was eligible for so-calledChevron deference, telling Solicitor General Donald Verrilli: And it seems to me a little odd that the director of Internal Revenue didn’t identify this problem...
  • Stark contrast: the two attorneys arguing the Obamacare case

    03/03/2015 2:07:11 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/03/2015 | Sarah Wheaton
    One attorney is known for his measured, authoritative approach, the other for a brash, confrontational style. And when the Affordable Care Act brings both of them back before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, these differences may be on display as much as their legal points.In what’s arguably the most important case of the court’s term, Michael Carvin will argue for plaintiffs seeking to upend a fundamental aspect of Obamacare, and Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. will again defend the government. Both are hailed as brilliant litigators steeped in case law, and their first round in 2012 concluded with each man...
  • Roberts too good a lawyer to vote against ACA

    03/03/2015 8:44:35 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 03/03/2015 | Brianne J. Gorod
    When the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in King v. Burwell this week, all eyes will be on Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., trying to figure out which way he's leaning. He's too good a lawyer to do otherwise.
  • Supreme Court ruling could upend Obamacare politics

    02/26/2015 9:57:58 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 54 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/26/15 | David Nather & Jennifer Haberkorn
    What Obamacare gave, the Supreme Court could take away. The Supreme Court next Wednesday hears a case that could end Obamacare subsidies in 34 states that use HealthCare.gov. If the justices rule that the subsidies are illegal through the federal exchange, they would largely unravel President Barack Obama’s health care law, which has helped millions of Americans get insured. Story Continued Below . . The circumstances are different than the last time the court had a chance to gut Obamacare. That was in 2012, and the court narrowly upheld the law and its unpopular individual mandate. Back then, most of...
  • What if the Supreme Court rules against Obamacare?

    02/22/2015 7:30:48 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 82 replies
    Politico ^ | February 22, 2015 | By Kyle Cheney, Sarah Wheaton and Rachana Pradhan
    The Supreme Court this June could cut off millions of Americans from affordable Obamacare coverage. The response from the nation’s governors gathering in Washington this week was an assortment of shrugs. POLITICO interviewed more than a dozen governors, from both parties, this weekend at the National Governors Association winter meeting. Most said they’re in a wait-and-see zone. The Supreme Court will hear arguments next week, the decision is likely in late June and no one can foretell how the court will rule on its second major case that could strike at the heart of the president’s signature health law. For...
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Americans are ready for marriage equality

    02/17/2015 7:43:39 PM PST · by annalex · 62 replies
    LGBTQNation ^ | Thursday, February 12, 2015 | LGBTQNation staff/Ginsburg
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Americans are ready for marriage equality The 81-year-old justice discussed the public’s increasing acceptance of gays against the backdrop of resistance by Alabama officials to a federal court order that took effect Monday and made it the 37th gay-marriage state. With the high court set to rule on the issue by June, she said it “would not take a large adjustment” for Americans should the justices say that gay marriage is a constitutional right. “The change in people’s attitudes on that issue has been enormous,” Ginsburg said. “In recent years, people have said, ‘This is the way...
  • Ginsburg says she would overturn campaign spending case

    02/04/2015 3:11:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2015 5:23 PM EST
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says if there is one decision she could overturn from the past 10 years, it would be the 2010 Citizens United case that allowed virtually unlimited corporate spending on political campaigns. Speaking to students at Georgetown University Law Center, Ginsburg said Wednesday that the nation’s political system “is being polluted by money.” …
  • Obama reportedly considered appointing Hillary Clinton to the Supreme Court

    02/04/2015 2:47:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/04/2015 | Colin Campbell
    President Barack Obama once mulled whether to make Hillary Clinton a Supreme Court justice, according to his top former adviser. The Daily News reported Tuesday that former White House official David Axelrod said Obama considered offering Clinton the job after defeating her in the presidential primary six years ago. Axelrod made the claim in his new book, "Believer: My Forty Years in Politics." The 2008 primary contest was highly charged and at times bitter. Now facing the general election as the Democratic nominee, Obama needed Clinton's supporters to rally behind his candidacy. At the time, Obama was said to be...
  • Might Your Workers Be Eligible For Medicaid? Start-Up Helps Employers Find Out

    01/07/2015 3:36:36 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | January 7, 2015 | By Phil Galewitz
    The Gold ‘N Silver Inn in Reno, Nev., has long offered health coverage to its employees — but many of the cooks, dishwashers and waiters who make close to minimum wage can’t afford the $100 monthly premium. Last January, when Nevada became one of more than two dozen states to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, 10 of the diner’s 55 employees qualified for the government insurance program for low-income Americans. None of them realized it, however, until the family-run restaurant hired BeneStream, a New York-based start-up funded partly by the Ford Foundation. BeneStream charges $40 to screen each...
  • [Supreme] Court: Traffic stop OK despite mistake of law (Roberts v. Fourth Amendment 8-1)

    12/16/2014 7:46:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 96 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 15, 2014 12:12 PM EST | Sam Hananel
    Police can use evidence seized during a traffic stop even if it turns out the officers initially pulled a car over based on a misunderstanding of the law, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 8-1 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts said that such a stop does not violate the Constitution’s protection against unreasonable searches. The ruling came in a North Carolina case in which a police officer pulled over Nicholas Heien’s car because the right brake light was out, although the left one still worked. A consensual search led to the discovery of cocaine in the trunk. A...
  • Convicted Murderer Abortion Doctor Gosnell Loses Appeals

    12/05/2014 11:09:40 AM PST · by PROCON · 9 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 5, 2014 | Sarah Rumpf
    The United States Supreme Court has shut down an attempt by Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell to appeal his conviction and get out of the plea deal that allowed him to avoid the death penalty.Gosnell, 73, was found guilty and convicted of three counts of first degree murder for babies who were born alive during late-term abortion procedures and were then killed by Gosnell, who used scissors to pierce the infants' necks and sever their spinal cords, as Breitbart News reported. He was also convicted of involuntary manslaughter for a patient who died after a botched abortion he performed, as well...
  • Texas to execute man who lawyers say is delusional (Scott Panetti)

    11/29/2014 9:18:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 29, 2014 11:32 AM EST | Michael Graczyk
    No one disputes that Scott Panetti—heavily armed, head shaved and wearing camouflage—shot and killed his in-laws at their Texas Hill Country home, showering his estranged wife and 3-year-old daughter in blood. Panetti himself acknowledged during his 1995 capital murder trial that he had killed Joe and Amanda Alvarado. Dressed as a cowboy, he acted as his own attorney, believing only an insane person could prove an insanity defense. Jurors convicted him and sentenced him to death, and he is scheduled to die on Wednesday. Panetti’s attorneys are seeking to get him off death row or, in the very least, to...
  • If Obama Attempts Amnesty, Wouldn't You Think The GOP Will Take It To The Supreme Court?

    11/05/2014 6:32:08 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 43 replies
    And how come no one has brought this up? The GOP already took Obama-Care and a few other matters to the Supreme Court over the last few years. So why not take this matter to the Supreme Court. Mitch McConnell would become a hero if he and Boenher take a stand and threaten the President that they will take the issue to the Supreme Court and they will make the final decision on whether to let 5-10 Million Illegals become legal. (and god knows hows many are criminals).
  • Obama praises Supreme Court’s gay marriage orders

    10/20/2014 10:18:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 20, 2014 11:22 AM EDT
    President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court’s recent gay marriage orders may have the biggest impact of any ruling of his presidency. Obama told The New Yorker that the court’s Oct. 6 rejection of appeals from states seeking to preserve gay marriage bans is the best of his tenure. …
  • Supreme Court won’t touch foie gras ban (California’s ban)

    10/14/2014 12:22:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 14, 2014 9:41 AM EDT
    The Supreme Court is allowing California to continue enforcing a law that bans the sale of foie gras. The justices on Tuesday rejected a challenge to the law from producers of the delicacy in New York and Canada. …
  • Black leaders slam Supreme Court’s 'cowardice' in marriage protection ruling

    10/13/2014 8:34:22 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 16 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 10/13/14 | Jim Kouri
    A number of black Christian pastors and church leaders slammed the United States Supreme Court justices for turning down a case that would once and for all settle the dispute and divisiveness created by the issue of same-sex marriage. The National Coalition of Black Pastors and Christian Leaders characterized the court's decision -- "not to hear the case" and send it back to the lower courts -- as cowardice on the part of the nine members of the nation's highest court. On Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court simply stated that it would not review cases which overturned...
  • Conservative states balk at gay marriage action

    10/07/2014 10:39:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 7, 2014 10:30 PM EDT | Roxana Hegeman
    Conservative officials in some of the six states where Supreme Court action this week likely cleared the way for same-sex weddings say they won’t issue marriage licenses to gay couples until their hands are forced. Now, gay rights advocates are preparing to do just that. James Esseks, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project, called the court’s action a “watershed moment for the entire country,” and other gay rights activists described plans Tuesday to challenge remaining bans. …
  • High court denies gay marriage appeals [legal immediately in IN, OK, UT, VA and WI]

    10/06/2014 7:07:01 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 211 replies
    AP ^ | 10/06/2014 | Mark Sherman
    he Supreme Court has turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The court's order immediately ends delays on marriage in those states. Couples in six other states should be able to get married in short order. That would make same-sex marriage legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia. But the justices have left unresolved for now the question of same-sex marriage nationwide.
  • Withdraw This Nominee (A Look Back At The Harriet Miers Supreme Court Nomination)

    10/02/2014 11:17:03 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 7, 2005 | Charles Krauthammer
    When in 1962 Edward Moore Kennedy ran for his brother's seat in the Senate, his opponent famously said that if Kennedy's name had been Edward Moore, his candidacy would have been a joke. If Harriet Miers were not a crony of the president of the United States, her nomination to the Supreme Court would be a joke, as it would have occurred to no one else to nominate her. We've had quite enough dynastic politics over the past decades. (Considering the trouble I have had with Benjamin and William Henry Harrison, I pity the schoolchildren of the future who will...
  • In Lincoln, chief justice says law, not politics, drives Supreme Court’s rulings (John Roberts: NE)

    09/20/2014 11:52:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | Friday, September 19, 2014 2:30 PM | Joe Duggan
    While political partisanship flourishes in the halls of Congress, it has no place in the chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court, the chief justice said Friday in remarks to Nebraska law students. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. said he worries that the partisan rancor of the age has skewed the public understanding of the court’s role in government. During a 55-­minute talk at the University of Nebraska College of Law, he stressed that the rule of law, rather than politics, drives the court’s decisions. “We are not Democrats and Republicans in how we go about it,” he told an audience...
  • Housing bias dispute could return to Supreme Court

    09/06/2014 6:49:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 6, 2014 8:48 AM EDT | Sam Hananel
    It’s not easy to prevent the Supreme Court from deciding an issue once the justices have agreed to hear a case. But over the past two years, civil rights advocates have managed to do just that by coaxing settlements in a pair of high-profile housing discrimination cases weeks before the court was set to hear oral arguments. The advocates’ goal was to remove any chance that court conservatives might undermine a powerful legal doctrine the Obama administration and others have used increasingly to enforce the Fair Housing Act. […] In disparate impact cases, plaintiffs rely on statistics to show that...
  • States urge Supreme Court to take up gay marriage

    09/04/2014 11:25:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 5, 2014 2:08 AM EDT | Scott Bauer and Michael Tarm
    A stinging rejection of same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana, issued by a unanimous and unequivocal U.S. appeals court, has brought hope to those fighting the laws that the Supreme Court will feel pressure to rule soon in their favor. The ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago came Thursday, the same day 32 states asked the Supreme Court to settle the issue once and for all. Fifteen states that allow gay marriage, led by Massachusetts, filed a brief asking the justices to take up three cases from Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma and overturn bans....
  • Why the Halbig Decision Should Be Taken Seriously

    07/24/2014 9:22:24 PM PDT · by SteveH · 16 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 23, 2014 | Sean Trende
    ... “The Supreme Court simply isn't going to rip insurance from tens of millions of people in order to teach Congress a lesson about grammar. . . . For Halbig to unwind Obamacare, the Supreme Court would ultimately have to rule in the plaintiff's favor. And they're not going to do that. By the time SCOTUS even could rule on Halbig the law will have been in place for years.” This sort of reaction is a mistake, at least insofar as a pundit is trying to figure out what the Supreme Court might actually do, if and when the case...
  • According to the Supreme Court, Corporations Have More Religious Freedom Than Taxpayers

    07/01/2014 5:36:28 PM PDT · by unlearner · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/1/2014 | Avik Roy
    For all of the non-stop wall-to-wall coverage of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby—in which the Court ruled that the government doesn’t have the authority to force “closely-held corporations” to violate their religious beliefs—a simple fact has been lost. The ruling did not overturn a single word of the “Affordable Care Act,” otherwise known as Obamacare. Nor did the Supreme Court prevent the government from requiring that taxpayers finance abortion-related services. Pro-life activists—and Obamacare opponents—are cheering today. But when they sit down and reflect, they’ll realize that they haven’t won a thing. The Supremes endorsed the White...
  • Hill reacts to Hobby Lobby ruling

    06/30/2014 8:53:04 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | June 30, 2014 | Paige Winfield Cunningham,Seung Min Kim
    The Supreme Court’s ruling that employers with religious objections don’t have to comply with Obamacare requirements to provide contraception coverage sparked swift reaction on Capitol Hill.
  • Scalia: Supreme Court Making Major Change To Constitution's Religious Liberty Protections

    06/17/2014 9:47:56 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 39 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 17, 2014 | Ken Klukowski
    Today the Supreme Court denied review in an important First Amendment case, Elmbrook School District v. Doe. But there’s big news in a dissent that accompanied this denial, declaring that big change is underway for religious liberty.
  • Court to hear dispute over state tax collection (MD)

    05/27/2014 7:12:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2014 9:59 AM EDT
    The Supreme Court is taking up a dispute over how a state may tax income its residents earn in another state. The high court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal from Maryland officials who want to overturn a lower court ruling that found the state’s tax law unconstitutional. …
  • Obama Nominated Confederate Flag Supporting Judge (Plus real marriage, abortion, etc)

    05/15/2014 4:07:03 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    Senate Democrats lambasted one of President Barack Obama's picks for a federal judgeship in Georgia on Tuesday, skewering him for his past votes on abortion and the Confederate flag. It was unclear whether Michael Boggs' nomination to become a federal district judge in Georgia was in peril. He is now a judge on that state's appeals court. At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Democrats repeatedly challenged his votes as a Georgia state legislator a decade ago. They focused on his support for measures to post information online about doctors who perform abortions and to keep the Confederate battle...
  • U.S. justices agree to hear homeowner case against bank

    04/28/2014 10:45:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:22am EDT | Lawrence Hurley
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide what process struggling homeowners need to follow if they want to back out of mortgages issued when lenders fail to adhere to a federal disclosure law. The court will weigh whether homeowners need to write a letter to their lender or file a lawsuit in order to benefit from a provision of the federal law, known as the Truth in Lending Act. The law allows consumers to rescind mortgages for up to three years after the agreement was made if the lender does not notify them of various details about the...
  • High court nixes $3.4M award to child porn victim

    04/23/2014 6:12:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2014 5:38 PM EDT | Mark Sherman
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices said Congress should change the law to benefit victims. The justices said in a 5-4 ruling that a 1994 federal law gives victims the right to seek restitution from offenders, but only to the extent that the victim’s losses are tied to the offenders’ actions. In this case,...
  • Court rejects Arizona’s appeal in immigration case

    04/22/2014 12:12:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2014 7:10 PM EDT | Jacques Billeaud
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal of a blocked provision of Arizona’s 2010 immigration enforcement law, dealing another blow to Gov. Jan Brewer in her effort to defend the law. The court declined to review the ruling that barred police from arresting people who harbor those living in the United States illegally. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked police from enforcing the prohibition, concluding last year that it was vague and trumped by federal law, which already forbids harboring people in the country unlawfully. …
  • What Are Justice Stevens’s Proposed Six Amendments?

    03/06/2014 5:05:02 PM PST · by Bogey78O · 32 replies
    Josh Blackman's blog ^ | 3-6-2014 | Josh Blackman
    After my previous post on the Justice Stevens’s new book, I requested a review copy from the publisher, which I have now received. Here are his six proposed Amendments. I’ll avoid commenting until I read the entire book (a fairly breezy 133 pages, followed by the Constitution as it stands now, and a list of all JPS clerks). The “Anti-Commandeering Rule” (Amend the Supremacy Clause of Article VI) This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States,...
  • US Supreme Court set to review case of German homeschooling family that Obama admin wants deported

    02/19/2014 1:21:53 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 23 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/19/14 | Michael Farris
    February 19, 2014 (HSLDA) - The United States Supreme Court has scheduled Romeike v. Holder for review conference February 21. The court is expected to rule on whether or not to take the case and announce the ruling in its February 24 orders. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their children were initially granted asylum by a U.S. immigration judge in 2010 after he determined that the German government’s refusal to permit them to homeschool for religious reasons amounted to persecution. Germany had threatened to levy fines, file criminal charges, and take custody of the children if the Romeikes did not...
  • Supreme Court Puts Gay Marriage On Hold In Utah

    01/06/2014 7:55:17 AM PST · by Colonel_Flagg · 97 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | January 6, 2014 | Fox News
    The Supreme Court has put gay marriage on hold in Utah. The high court on Monday granted the state a stay in their same-sex marriage challenge. The decision comes after a federal judge last month ruled in favor of gay marriage.