Posts Tagged ‘ SCOTUS ’

SCOTUS votes 6-2 against Second Amendment

June 27, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"Gun ownership can be denied to those who commit reckless acts of domestic violence, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 6-2 ruling, in which Associate Justices Clarence Thomas and Sonia Sotomayor dissented, upheld sentences of two men who argued their prior misdemeanor domestic abuse convictions should not deny them the opportunity to own weapons." (06/27/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/06/27/Gun-ownership-can-be-denied-to-domestic-abusers-Supreme-Court-rules/3131467042146/  

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SCOTUS: Bribery is fine if you’re a governor and make up a good cover story

June 27, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"A unanimous Supreme Court on Monday overturned the bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in a ruling that could make it harder for prosecutors to bring corruption cases against elected officials. McDonnell had been found guilty in 2014 of accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman in exchange for promoting a dietary supplement. He was sentenced to two years in prison, but was allowed to remain free while the justices weighed his appeal. The justices voted to narrow the scope of a law that bars public officials from taking gifts in exchange for 'official action,' saying it does not cover routine courtesies like setting up meetings or hosting events for constituents." (06/27/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/high-court-overturns-va-governors-conviction-40160581  

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Jim Crow is alive and well and attending the University of Texas

June 23, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"When the expression 'race-conscious' crosses my field of view, it's usually a safe bet that the person using it is a 'white supremacist' or 'white separatist' chiding those of similar skin tone for not joining him in his dislike of those of darker hue. And usually the vast majority of us see that for what it is and reject it, as we should. Usually. But not when racial quotas and set-asides come up for consideration in the courts. Then racism suddenly becomes not just acceptable but mandatory, or at least de rigueur, in stark contrast to Dr. Martin Luther King's call for a society where we are judged on the content of our characters rather than on the color of our skins." (06/23/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6460  

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Deadlocked Supreme Court deals big blow to Obama immigration plan

June 23, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"In a crushing blow to the White House, the Supreme Court announced Thursday it was evenly divided in a case concerning President Barack Obama's controversial executive actions on immigration. The one-sentence ruling, issued without comment or dissent, means that the programs will remain blocked from going into effect, and the issue will return to the lower court. It is exceedingly unlikely the programs will go into effect for the remainder of the Obama presidency." (06/23/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/23/politics/immigration-supreme-court/  

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SCOTUS upholds racial discrimination in university admissions

June 23, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"A deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of racial preferences in admissions at the University of Texas Thursday, giving an unexpected reprieve to the type of affirmative action policies it has allowed for nearly four decades. The 4-3 ruling did not address all programs designed to attract a diverse student body at colleges and universities. But Justice Anthony Kennedy and the court's more liberal justices said Texas'[s] unique method of singling out some minority students for admission to its flagship campus in Austin was constitutional. The court previously upheld the use of race in college admissions in 1978, then again in 2003." (06/23/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/06/23/supreme-court-university-texas-affirmative-action-race/83239790/  

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Supreme Court ruling is admissible evidence of police state

June 23, 2016
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Kelly Vee Center for a Stateless Society
by Kelly Vee  

"On Monday, June 20, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that evidence police find during illegal stops is admissible in court. As long as the officer can find some outstanding warrant in your name, the court will excuse the officer's illegal stop. The Supreme Court's decision would be disappointing if you expected the Supreme Court to do anything other than serve itself." (06/23/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45423  

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Utah v. Strieff: SCOTUS fuels a dangerous fire

June 22, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"The US Supreme Court's majority opinion in Utah v. Strieff, issued on June 20, is the latest in a long line of rulings expanding the powers of police at the expense of everyone else. Such expansions represent a clear and present danger to the public ... and when resistance to the abuses they encourage explodes into open violence, as it surely will sooner or later, to police themselves." (06/21/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6431  

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SCOTUS: Law? That’s for the little people, not cops!

June 22, 2016
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Denver Post    

"The Supreme Court ruled Monday that courts need not throw out evidence of a crime even if the arresting police officer used unlawful tactics to obtain it. ... The court voted 5 to 3 to reverse a decision of the Utah Supreme Court that threw out drug-possession evidence seized from Edward Strieff in 2006. Monday's U.S. Supreme Court majority agreed that South Salt Lake police officer Douglas Fackrell did not have reasonable suspicion to stop Strieff as he exited a house being watched for drug activity. But once Fackrell radioed in and found that there was an outstanding warrant on Strieff for a traffic violation, he was able to arrest and search him, and the discovery of the drugs was legitimate, the justices ruled." (06/20/16)

https://www.denverpost.com/2016/06/20/supreme-court-rules-5-3-that-mistakes-by-officer-dont-undermine-conviction/  

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SCOTUS to New York, Connecticut regimes: Screw the Constitution, do whatever you want

June 21, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"The Supreme Court has rejected challenges to assault weapons [sic] bans in Connecticut and New York, in the aftermath of the shooting attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 50 people dead. ... Connecticut and New York enacted bans on assault weapons [sic] and large-capacity magazines [using] the December 2012 massacre of 20 children and six educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut [as a pretext]." (06/20/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/supreme-court-leaves-state-assault-weapons-bans-place-39987790  

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All eyes are on these three Supreme Court cases

June 21, 2016
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USA Today USA Today
by Richard Wolf  

"Thirteen cases remain to be decided at the Supreme Court this month, but all eyes are on three of them. With the tumultuous 2015-16 term marked by Justice Antonin Scalia's death winding down, decisions on access to abortion, the use of affirmative action in college admissions, and the fate of millions of undocumented immigrants will determine whether the evenly-divided court tilted liberal or conservative. Other cases still pending before the eight-member court include one that could set a higher bar for public corruption and another that could affect drunk drivers who refuse breath or blood tests." (06/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/06/19/supreme-court-abortion-immigration-affirmative-action-obama-texas/86090066/  

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SCOTUS: Puerto Rico pols can’t restructure debt

June 14, 2016
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The Hill    

"The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Puerto Rico can't restructure the debts of its public utilities to avoid a financial crisis, closing off one of the island's last remaining options for avoiding default without help from Congress. In a 5-2 ruling, the justices said that although the government and people of Puerto Rico should not have to wait for possible congressional action to avert a financial crisis, the Constitution does not allow them to rewrite a statute that Congress enacted in 1984. While states can allow municipalities to seek such debt relief, the lower court said, Congress had not given Puerto Rico that right." (06/13/16)

http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/283249-supreme-court-puerto-rico-cant-restructure-debt  

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New SCOTUS cases may narrow death penalty

June 9, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"For a few minutes Monday morning the future of the death penalty in America looked in dire straits. The US Supreme Court announced that it would hear two capital cases from Texas next term, cases that would question the constitutionality of the practice on multiple levels, including how capital defendants are sentenced and how they are treated on death row. But the court quickly scaled back expectations that the death penalty itself was on the line by clarifying that they will not be considering one key question: whether decades-long stays on death row violate the Eighth Amendment. The court will instead focus on two narrow questions about what kind of defendants should be sentenced to death." (06/07/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2016/0607/New-Supreme-Court-cases-may-narrow-death-penalty  

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School board plans to ask SCOTUS to let them go back to groping students’ genitals

June 7, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A Virginia school board plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the Obama administration went too far in directing the nation's schools to let transgender students use bathrooms of their choice, arguing that the guidance issued to schools is an overreach of power and violates student privacy. ... Joshua Block, an ACLU attorney who has been working on [Gavin] Grimm's case, said it is unfortunate that the school board is seeking a Supreme Court hearing at this stage of the case. 'It is a shame that the Gloucester County School Board continues to spend so much time and money to prevent Gavin from using the restroom,' Block said. 'We will continue to fight on behalf of Gavin and all transgender students to ensure that schools live up to their obligations under Title IX.'" (06/07/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/school-board-plans-to-ask-us-supreme-court-to-hear-transgender-bathroom-case/2016/06/07/381c76f2-2cce-11e6-9de3-6e6e7a14000c_story.html  

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SCOTUS rules against White House in water pollution case

May 31, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against the Obama administration in a case regarding water pollution permits. The nation's highest court ruled unanimously that a landowner can appeal through the federal court system a determination from the Army Corps of Engineers that a water body is subject to federal jurisdiction and permit requirements under the Clean Water Act. ... The case is likely to have consequences for the federal government's entire enforcement of the Clean Water Act, the main law regarding pollution control." (05/31/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/281715-supreme-court-rules-against-obama-admin-in-water-pollution-case  

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SCOTUS turns down death penalty case

May 31, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a Louisiana murderer's request that the justices take his case to decide whether the death penalty is unconstitutional. Lamondre Tucker drew noted support only from the two justices who previously have said the court should consider the question -- Stephen G. Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Tucker 'may well have received the death penalty not because of the comparative egregiousness of his crime, but because of an aribtrary feature of his case, namely, geography,' Breyer wrote. Tucker was convinced of killing his pregnant girlfriend in 2008 and was sentenced to death in Caddo Parish, which Breyer said 'imposes almost half the death sentences in Louisiana, even though it accounts for only 5 percent of the state's population and 5 percent of its homicides,' Breyer wrote." (05/31/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-turns-down-death-penalty-case/2016/05/31/20cf849c-2735-11e6-b989-4e5479715b54_story.html  

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SCOTUS orders new trial for black death row inmate convicted by all-white jury

May 23, 2016
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a black Georgia man convicted of murder by an all-white jury should have a new trial because the prosecution deliberately excluded African-Americans from the jury based on their race. The court's decision reversed as 'clearly erroneous' an earlier ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court, which had said the defendant had not proved racial discrimination in the selection of his jury. It's been nearly 30 years since the U.S. Supreme Court set new rules to counter race discrimination in the seating of juries. But in some jurisdictions, the propensity to bar non-white jurors has persisted, even in capital cases such as the one against Timothy Foster, a black man accused of killing an elderly white woman." (05/23/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/05/23/479166026/supreme-court-orders-new-trial-for-black-death-row-inmate-convicted-by-all-white  

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Trump unveils potential SCOTUS nominees

May 18, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Donald Trump on Wednesday unveiled a list of 11 judges he would consider nominating to fill the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, an unusual move for a presidential candidate that underscores his efforts to appeal to conservatives. The list includes: [a bunch of people you never heard of]. ... Five of the 11 names were floated in March by the conservative Heritage Foundation, which Trump said was assisting him in compiling a list of potential nominees." (05/18/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/18/politics/donald-trump-supreme-court-nominees/  

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WA: SCOTUS rejects challenge to Seattle minimum wage law

May 3, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge by business groups to Seattle's law raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour, a move echoed by other locales, in a case focusing on how the ordinance affected local franchises like McDonald's. The Seattle law's supporters hailed the court's action, which left intact a lower court ruling backing the measure, as a defeat for 'the big business lobby' that has taken aim at minimum wage hikes." (05/02/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-minimumwage-idUSKCN0XT18Z  

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There are better reasons to vote against Trump than judge picks

April 21, 2016
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Ilya Shapiro Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro  

"I began joking that Trump would nominate his horse to the high court, in an allusion to the Roman emperor Caligula's (possibly apocryphal) appointment of his favorite horse to the Senate. It was worth a few laughs. Then Justice Scalia died and the speculation got all too real. That same night, February 13, at the GOP debate in Greenville, South Carolina, Trump mentioned Diane Sykes and Bill Pryor as possible replacements. Whoa. Sykes of the Seventh Circuit (Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin) and Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit (Alabama, Florida, Georgia) are serious people, both appointed by George W. Bush, who would be on any Republican president's short list. That certainly got my attention, and not just because of these judges' overall reputations." (04/20/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/there-are-better-reasons-vote-against-trump-judge-picks  

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SCOTUS upholds use of stolen Iranian money to pay victims of terrorism

April 20, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld actions taken by Congress and President Obama that held Iran financially responsible for acts of terrorism dating back to the 1983 bombing of a Marine Corps barracks in Beirut. The 6-2 ruling by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a victory for victims and their surviving family members, who had sought access to some $2 billion in assets controlled by Iran in a U.S. bank." (04/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/04/20/supreme-court-iran-terrorism-compensation-beirut-bombing/83275082/  

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Supreme fashion reject

April 18, 2016
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James Bovard Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard  

"'You should never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth,' the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen declared in his famous play An Enemy of the People. Unfortunately, the justices on the Supreme Court of the United States -- the sacred burial ground of Americans' rights and liberties -- are not members of Ibsen's fan club. I learned this bitter truth in March 1995 ..." (04/15/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/supreme-fashion-reject/  

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Republicans duck and run from Merrick Garland

April 6, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post
by Dana Milbank  

"Merrick Garland is an oppo researcher's nightmare. Those who oppose President Obama's Supreme Court nominee have been digging for dirt to justify opposition by 52 of the 54 Senate Republicans to granting him a hearing. But about the worst thing anybody has come up with: an allegation that Garland crossed lanes in a relay race. In summer camp. Fifty years ago." (04/05/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/republicans-duck-and-run-from-merrick-garland/2016/04/05/20e5c680-fb6b-11e5-80e4-c381214de1a3_story.html  

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The elephant in the voting booth

April 5, 2016
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Ilya Shapiro Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro  

"In Evenwel v. Abbott, the Supreme Court treaded water. Instead of clarifying how states can draw voting districts to comply with the principle of 'one person, one vote,' it punted: States have always used some version of 'total population,' JusticeRuth Bader Ginsburg wrote, so they should be able to continue doing so. In the absence of clear legal precedent, this historical approach rejected both the challengers' suggestion that voting power should be equalized, and the U.S. government's claim that states must always maintain 'representational equality.' The status quo is unchanged, at least for now." (04/05/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/elephant-voting-booth  

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SCOTUS upholds “one person, one vote” in Texas case

April 5, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"The Supreme Court refused Monday to change the way state and municipal voting districts are drawn, denying an effort by conservatives that could have increased the number of rural, mostly white districts at the expense of urban, largely Hispanic ones. The 'one person, one vote' case was among the most consequential of the high court's term, and once again the court's liberal wing won out. The ruling left intact Texas'[s] method of drawing districts with roughly equal numbers of residents. Challengers had argued only eligible voters should be counted, a method that would have allowed states to ignore non-citizens and others who do not vote, including children. In most cases, that would have helped Republicans and hurt Democrats." (04/04/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/04/04/supreme-court-voting-rights-texas-districts-population-scalia/81121876/  

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Judge Garland and the Second Amendment

April 3, 2016
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Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Stephen P Halbrook  

"Though President Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court will more than likely remain in limbo until at least until after the November election, the choice should be unsettling to supporters of the Second Amendment and gun ownership rights." (04/01/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8726  

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