Posts Tagged ‘ SCOTUS ’

SCOTUS deadlocks over citizenship case

June 13, 2011
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Christian Science Monitor    

"A Mexican national has lost his bid to block his deportation from the US by challenging the constitutionality of a 1940 immigration law that treats men and women differently. Lawyers for Ruben Flores-Villar had attacked a statute that makes it easier for an unwed mother to transmit US citizenship to her child born outside the US than for an unwed father in the same position. On Monday, the US Supreme Court announced that it had deadlocked 4 to 4 in the Flores-Villar case. The split was a result of Justice Elena Kagan’s recusal from consideration in the case, leaving the court with only eight members." (06/13/11)

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SCOTUS: Fraud is OK if you create a separate artificial person to take the rap

June 13, 2011
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Bloomberg    

"A divided U.S. Supreme Court, throwing out a suit against Janus Capital Group Inc. (JNS), limited the ability of shareholders of mutual fund companies to press securities fraud suits. The court, voting 5-4 along ideological lines, today said shareholders can’t sue Janus and a subsidiary for helping produce allegedly misleading prospectuses for Janus mutual funds. The majority said the funds are separate legal entities and that neither the parent company nor the subsidiary were responsible for the prospectuses." (06/13/11)

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SCOTUS refuses Snipes appeal

June 7, 2011
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Fox News    

"There will be no courtroom retake for actor Wesley Snipes as the Supreme Court announced Monday that it will not give further consideration to an appeal from the Hollywood star who is serving a three-year prison sentence for tax evasion. Snipes says his constitutional rights were violated when federal prosecutors filed charges in Florida and a judge denied his lawyers a hearing to explain why the venue was inappropriate. Snipes is housed in a federal prison in Pennsylvania and isn't scheduled for release until 2013." (06/06/11)

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CA: SCOTUS declines immigrant tuition case

June 6, 2011
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Christian Science Monitor    

"The US Supreme Court refused on Monday to examine a California law that allows illegal immigrants to attend state colleges and universities at preferential in-state tuition rates that are roughly one-third the cost charged to students from out-of-state. Under the state law any individual ... who graduates from a California high school after attending for three years qualifies for the same tuition discount offered to California residents. The discounts apply at all public universities in the state, including the system’s most prestigious and highly-competitive institutions." (06/06/11)

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Halliburton securities fraud lawsuit reinstated

June 6, 2011
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Reuters    

"Halliburton Co (HAL.N) suffered a legal setback on Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to make it harder for shareholders to proceed with some class-action securities-fraud lawsuits against publicly traded companies. ... The high court reinstated a lawsuit by a group of mutual and pension fund investors who claimed the oilfield services company understated its asbestos liabilities while overstating revenues in its engineering and construction business and the benefits of its merger with Dresser Industries." (06/06/11)

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SCOTUS: Regime officials can do anything they want

May 31, 2011
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Los Angeles Times    

"The Supreme Court, unanimously throwing out a suit against former Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft from someone arrested but never used as a material witness in a terrorism case, has now erected a broad shield protecting the government and Bush administration officials for their conduct in the war on terrorism. ... Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, in a key concurring opinion joined by three liberal justices, said judges should be wary of allowing suits targeting 'national officeholders' working 'in the area of national security.' ... Justice Antonin Scalia, writing the lead opinion, said it did not matter whether Ashcroft was falsely claiming that Kidd and others like him were valuable witnesses." (05/31/11)

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SCOTUS upholds Arizona conscription program

May 26, 2011
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Breaking News USA Today    

"The Supreme Court today upheld an Arizona law penalizing companies that hire illegal immigrants [sic] .... The law permits the state to take away the business licenses of companies that knowingly hire illegal workers. It also requires employers to use an otherwise optional federal verification program, known as the E-Verify system, which collects data on workers from the Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security." [editor's note: In other words, every Arizona employer has been conscripted as an unpaid agent of Immigrations and Customs enforcement. So much for the 13th Amendment - TLK] (05/26/11)

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SCOTUS: Screw the Constitution, we like cops and hate pot

May 16, 2011
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WRDW News    

"The Supreme Court has ruled against a Kentucky man who was arrested after police burst into his apartment without a search warrant because they smelled marijuana. The justices, by an 8-1 vote Monday, reversed a Kentucky Supreme Court ruling that threw out the evidence gathered when officers entered Hollis King's apartment. The court said there was no violation of King's constitutional rights because the police acted reasonably. Only Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented." (05/16/11)

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SCOTUS declines “so help me God” suit

May 16, 2011
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The Christian Science Monitor    

"The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up an atheist challenge to the use of the phrase, 'so help me God,' at the conclusion of the presidential oath of office during a president-elect’s inauguration. The lawsuit initially asked a federal judge to block Chief Justice John Roberts from reciting 'so help me God' while administering the oath in January 2009 to President-elect Obama. It also sought an order preventing two members of the clergy from conducting an invocation and benediction during the 2009 inauguration. A federal judge threw the suit out, ruling that the atheists lacked the necessary legal standing to bring the litigation." (05/16/11)

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SCOTUS protects state, quislings from alleged torture victims

May 16, 2011
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Bloomberg    

"The U.S. Supreme Court, refusing to question the federal government’s power to withhold information for national security reasons, rejected an appeal by five men who say the CIA had them shipped to foreign countries to be tortured. The court today left intact an appeals court decision dismissing their suit against a Boeing Co. (BA) unit on the grounds that it would inevitably expose state secrets." (05/16/11)

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SCOTUS steps into feud over Jerusalem status

May 2, 2011
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The Christian Science Monitor    

"The US Supreme Court agreed Monday to take up a case that could greatly complicate the delicate Middle East peace process in a legal challenge to the US State Department’s policy of neutrality over the disputed status of Jerusalem. The case arises out of a clash between Congress and the White House over which branch of government is empowered to decide how best to conduct sensitive issues of diplomacy overseas." (05/02/11)

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Supreme Court backs AT&T, limits class-action suits

April 27, 2011
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USA Today    

"The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that consumers can be bound by an arbitration clause in a cellphone deal or other contract even when state law permits a class-action lawsuit for claims arising from the deal. In a 5-4 vote, the justices divided along familiar ideological lines, with conservatives in control. Dissenting liberal justices said the ruling would make it harder for consumers with small-dollar grievances to band together and sue corporations." (04/27/11)

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SCOTUS: No to expedited healthcare hearing

April 25, 2011
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The Christian Science Monitor    

"The US Supreme Court declined on Monday to immediately take up Virginia’s challenge to the constitutionality of the new health-care reform law. Virginia’s Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli had asked the court to bypass the usual appeals process by allowing the case to proceed directly from a district-court ruling to the nation’s highest court. The justices, without comment, refused the request. " (04/25/11)

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Feds to Supreme Court: Allow warrantless GPS monitoring

April 22, 2011
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Wired    

"The Obama administration is urging the Supreme Court to allow the government, without a court warrant, to affix GPS devices on suspects’ vehicles to track their every move." (04/19/11)

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Justices skeptical of states’ global warming lawsuit

April 19, 2011
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USA Today    

"The Supreme Court appeared ready to rule that federal judges cannot set limits on greenhouse gas emissions, after a majority of justices suggested Tuesday that such disputes over global warming are better left to Congress and federal regulators. Five power companies, including American Electric Power, are appealing a lower court decision that would permit a group of six states and the city of New York to sue under federal 'public nuisance' law and claim the plants’ emissions intensify global warming." (04/19/11)

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Supreme Court should reject climate change nuisance suit

April 18, 2011
posted by

The Christian Science Monitor
by Megan L. Brown  

"On April 19, the Supreme Court will hear argument in American Electric Power Co., Inc. v. Connecticut, an unprecedented 'public nuisance' lawsuit brought against several of the nation’s largest coal-fired utilities that allegedly contribute to global warming. The dispute is part of a fundamental debate over whether to combat climate change with government policies or lawsuits. The case has the attention of business and environmental interests -- and should concern the broader public -- because the plaintiffs ask judges, rather than elected officials or executive branch appointees, to set economic, energy, and environmental policy." (04/18/11)

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SCOTUS refuses to hear Gitmo case

April 18, 2011
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The Christian Science Monitor    

"The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the plight of five detainees at Guantanamo who were ordered released in 2008, but still remain at the detention camp in a dispute over whether they could be transferred to the US pending their resettlement to another country. The action marks the second time the high court has turned back an appeal by the same group of men, all members of China’s persecuted Uighur minority." (04/18/11)

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SCOTUS: Tax credits for religious schools okay

April 4, 2011
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The Christian Science Monitor    

"The US Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by taxpayers in Arizona challenging a state tax credit program that primarily benefits parochial schools. In a 5-to-4 decision, the high court said the taxpayers lacked the necessary legal standing to bring their lawsuit. The action sweeps away a ruling by a federal appeals court panel that had struck down the tax credit program as a violation of the First Amendment’s ban on government establishment of religion." (04/04/11)

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When police interrogate children

March 29, 2011
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Wendy McElroy  

"On its surface, a case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court may seem to be legally trivial; it’s about a juvenile who stole from neighborhood houses. But J.D.B. v. North Carolina could redefine both the law’s 'reasonable person' standard and what it means to be in custody. The case is a bellwether on the status of children’s rights and how far America has slid into a police state." (03/29/11)

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SCOTUS rejects Troy Davis appeal

March 29, 2011
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Savannah Morning News    

"The U.S. Supreme Court Monday rejected a two-pronged appeal for Troy Anthony Davis in the 22-year-old slaying of off-duty Savannah police officer Mark Allen MacPhail. The court’s action refusing to order the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta to review the case and refusing to do so themselves apparently will allow officials to resume preparation of Davis’ execution by lethal injection." (03/28/11)

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SCOTUS revisits campaign finance

March 28, 2011
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ABC News    

"The Supreme Court returned to the controversial issue of campaign finance today, hearing a constitutional challenge to Arizona's public financing system for political campaigns. Several of the conservative justices on the bench seemed skeptical of the constitutionality of the Arizona Citizen's Clean Elections Act." (03/28/11)

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SCOTUS to consider Arizona’s Incumbent Protection Act

March 27, 2011
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Los Angeles Times    

"The state's Citizens Clean Elections Act, which provides candidates with public campaign funds as long as they don't accept private donations, is being challenged. Legal experts say its chances of survival aren't good. ... On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a constitutional challenge to the Arizona law brought by the conservative Goldwater Institute and the libertarian Institute for Justice." (03/26/11)

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SCOTUS case could help determine how big one lawsuit can get

March 24, 2011
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Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel    

"Brad Seligman is a determined civil rights lawyer with a small office and a powerful idea for turning a single lawsuit into a nationwide class action claim against America's largest employer. Armed with stories from several women who said they were passed over for promotions at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Seligman is at the helm of what could be the largest job-discrimination case in U.S. history, affecting as many as two million women and putting at risk tens of billions of dollars of the company's money." (03/24/11)

 

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SCOTUS: Justices debate rights of juveniles

March 24, 2011
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USA Today    

"How easy is it for police or judges to put themselves in the mind of a 13-year-old student whom an officer pulled from class and took to a closed room for questioning about stolen goods? In an important test of the constitutional rights of juveniles at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, the question was whether law enforcement officials would know if the youth felt free to leave the room or not respond to questions." (03/23/11)

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SCOTUS makes it easier to sue businesses

March 23, 2011
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Bradenton Herald    

"The Supreme Court made it easier to haul businesses into court on Tuesday, ruling that investors can sue them for purposefully withholding damaging information about a product and that employees can sue them for retaliation without having to make a written complaint. The court ruled unanimously to let a lawsuit by a group of investors against Matrixx Initiatives Inc., the makers of the now-discontinued Zicam nasal cold remedies, go forward, while ruling in a separate case on a 6-2 vote to let Kevin Kasten's retaliation lawsuit against Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. proceed." (03/22/11)

 

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