Posts Tagged ‘ SCOTUS ’

SCOTUS: Constitutional protections don’t cover the people of San Francisco

June 9, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"The Supreme Court refused to weigh in again Monday on one of its most controversial topics: the right to bear arms. The justices declined to reconsider the rights [sic] of local governments to constrain that right -- upheld by the high court in two landmark decisions over the past decade -- by requiring that handguns be disabled or locked up when they are not being carried. The high court left standing a San Francisco law imposing those restrictions, but Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia dissented." (06/08/15)

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SCOTUS strikes down Jerusalem passport law

June 8, 2015
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MSNBC MSNBC    

"The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the American citizen parents of a boy born in 2002 in Jerusalem who wanted his passport to list the place of birth as 'Jerusalem, Israel.' The State Department, which issues passports, had refused. It did so in conformance with a long running U.S. policy to list the place of birth for Americans born in that city as simply, 'Jerusalem.' ... The administration, under presidents of both parities [sic], has insisted that because sovereignty over Jerusalem is one of the major sticking points in any Middle East peace agreement, the U.S. would remain neutral. Being forced to say that Jerusalem was under the control of Israel, the idea went, would be taking sides." (06/08/15)

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Can the president lawfully ignore a Supreme Court decision?

June 4, 2015
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Reason Reason
by Damon Root  

"Last month Hillary Clinton told a group of supporters that if she is elected to the White House in 2016, she will only put forward Supreme Court nominees who favor overturning the Court's 2010 campaign finance decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In short, she will impose a litmus test. But what if Hillary Clinton is elected president and then decides to pursue a different line of attack against Citizens United? What if President Hillary Clinton decides that Citizens United is so wrong, so contrary to the Constitution, that she is under no obligation to acquiesce in it?" (06/04/15)

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An explanation: What the Supreme Court will not do to ObamaCare

June 3, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Writing for the Associated Press, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar worries that the [Supreme Court's ruling in King v. Burwell] 'could wipe out health insurance for millions of people.' Let me lay that fear to rest. No such outcome is possible, for the simple reason that the health plans addressed by ObamaCare are not insurance." (06/02/15)

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SCOTUS: Businesses must cater to workers’ religious beliefs

June 2, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"The Supreme Court ruled Monday that companies cannot discriminate against job applicants or employees for religious reasons, even if an accommodation is not requested. The decision was a defeat for preppy clothier Abercrombie & Fitch, which refused to hire a Muslim girl in 2008 because she was wearing a black hijab, or head scarf. It could benefit job applicants and employees who need time off for religious observances as well as those who adhere to strict dress codes." (06/01/15)

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SCOTUS scratches another Arizona immigration law

June 2, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"The U.S. Supreme Court landed the final blow against an Arizona law that denied bail to immigrants who are in the country illegally and are charged with certain felonies, marking the latest in a series of state immigration policies that have since been thrown out by the courts. The nation's highest court on Monday rejected a bid from metro Phoenix's top prosecutor and sheriff to reinstate the 2006 law after a lower appeals court concluded late last year that it violated civil rights by imposing punishment before trial. While a small number of Arizona's immigration laws have been upheld, the courts have slowly dismantled most of the other statutes that sought to draw local police into immigration enforcement." (06/01/15)

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SCOTUS throws out conviction for posting rap lyrics on Facebook

June 1, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"The Supreme Court on Monday threw out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man prosecuted for making threats on Facebook, but dodged the free-speech issues that had made the case intriguing to First Amendment advocates. Chief Justice John Roberts said it was not enough for prosecutors to show that the comments of Anthony Elonis about killing his ex-wife and harming others would make a reasonable person feel threatened. But the high court sent the case back to the lower court without clarifying exactly what the standard of proof should be. ... Elonis, of Freemansburg, in eastern Pennsylvania, was prosecuted under a law that makes it a crime to threaten another person after he posted Facebook rants in the form of rap lyrics about killing his estranged wife, harming law enforcement officials and shooting up a school." (06/01/15)

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SCOTUS: Police can’t be sued for breaking into woman’s room, shooting her

May 19, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"San Francisco police can't be sued for shooting a knife-wielding, mentally ill woman in her room at a group home, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 6-2 ruling said San Francisco police Sgt. Kimberly Reynolds and Officer Kathrine Holder did not violate the rights of Teresa Sheehan, who survived the 2008 shooting and is suing the city for damages. The decision comes amid an ongoing national debate, after fatal shootings involving officers in Missouri, South Carolina and elsewhere, as to whether police are too quick to use lethal force." (05/18/15)

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Can the president ignore the Supreme Court?

May 11, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Is the Supreme Court really constitutionally empowered to review laws passed by Congress, veto those laws if it deems them unconstitutional, and order the president of the United States to act accordingly? It's a good question, albeit one most people considered long settled. [Ben] Carson brought it up on Fox News Sunday." (05/10/15)

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Obama flunks the constitutional test

May 4, 2015
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Ilya Shapiro Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro  

"As the world awaits the Supreme Court's rulings on Obamacare and gay marriage, pundits have engaged in a phony war that misses a larger story: the court's rejection of the government's extreme claims of unlimited federal power. Indeed, the Obama administration has already lost unanimously 20 times, having passed in its first five years the Bush DOJ's number across two full terms (15)." (05/04/15)

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A campaign finance victory that is less than it seems

April 30, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps  

"It is rare for Chief Justice John Roberts to join forces with the Court's four more liberal members in a 5-4 decision. It is equally rare for the Chief to approve a restriction, however slight, on money in politics. Both things occurred Wednesday, when the Court narrowly upheld a state legal-ethics rule that bars candidates for judicial office from directly asking for campaign contributions. In Williams-Yulee v. Florida State Bar, Roberts not only joined with the liberal wing, but also wrote the opinion. 'Judges are not politicians, even when they come to the bench by way of the ballot,' Roberts wrote. 'A State may assure its people that judges will apply the law without fear or favor -- and without having personally asked anyone for money.' But to quote the late Tallulah Bankhead, 'there's less in this than meets the eye.'" (04/30/15)

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SCOTUS endorses Florida ban on judges seeking campaign cash

April 30, 2015
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Bradenton Herald    

"A divided Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld Florida's ban on judicial candidates directly soliciting campaign funds. In a ruling that affects many of the 39 states where voters elect trial or appellate judges, the high court concluded that the direct-solicitation ban does not violate the First Amendment's free-speech guarantee." (04/29/15)

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DC: Gay marriage friends, foes spar outside SCOTUS

April 28, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"The debate over gay marriage in America, one of the leading social issues of this era, played out on the sidewalks outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday as the nine black-robed justices weighed the arguments inside. 'You people are wicked, an abomination to God,' a demonstrator against legalizing same-sex marriage told gay rights supporters on a public address system set up outside the courthouse. The gay marriage supporters, who outnumbered those who were opposed, sang the U.S. national anthem to try to drown out the demonstrator's voice." (04/28/15)

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Religious Americans support gay marriage

April 28, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Robert P Jones  

"The Supreme Court hears oral arguments on Tuesday in a case that weighs whether state bans against same-sex marriage violate the constitution’s guarantee of equal protection for gay and lesbian couples. Ahead of the ruling, many religious conservatives are reiterating their opposition to allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally. Although public opinion has shifted dramatically, especially among religious Americans, many leaders of the conservative Christian political movement continue to act as if public opinion were frozen in the 1970s. But in fact, more religiously affiliated Americans now support same-sex marriage than oppose it." (04/28/15)

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SCOTUS to hear arguments on marriage apartheid cases

April 28, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"The Supreme Court is set for historic arguments Tuesday in a cluster of cases that could allow same-sex couples across the nation to claim a constitutional right to marry unheard of a generation ago. In cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, the justices will consider two questions: whether the Constitution requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and whether states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states where they are legal." (04/28/15)

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Marriage equality gets its day in court

April 27, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps  

"As the oral argument in the same-sex marriage cases nears, the smart money remains on a 5-4 decision upholding the right of individuals to be married in their own states and to have those marriages recognized by other states. In fact, under the surface, a lot of the briefing seems to be less about whether the Court will affirm marriage equality and more about how. If history is a guide, the Court will speak in oblique, even oracular terms. A strong, clear opinion would serve the nation better." (04/27/15)

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SCOTUS makes it easier to sue the US government

April 23, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday made it easier for people to sue the federal government by ruling in favor of plaintiffs in two separate cases including one involving a Hong Kong woman who was strip-searched while in immigration detention in Oregon. On a 5-4 vote deciding both cases, the justices ruled that court deadlines for filing certain lawsuits can be extended if plaintiffs have good reasons for the delay. President Barack Obama's administration had asked the court to impose a strict deadline for such lawsuits under a law called the Federal Tort Claims Act." (04/22/15)

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SCOTUS: Police can’t extend traffic stop to wait for sniffing dogs

April 21, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police may not drag out a routine traffic stop in order to buy time for a dog to search the vehicle for drugs. 'A police stop exceeding the time needed to handle the matter for which the stop was made violates the Constitution's shield against unreasonable seizures,' Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote, adding that authority for stopping the vehicle 'ends when tasks tied to the traffic infraction are -- or reasonably should have been -- completed.'" (04/21/15)

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When the Supreme Court stopped economic fascism in America

April 7, 2015
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Richard M. Ebeling The Daily Bell
by Richard Ebeling  

"There was a time when the Supreme Court of the United States defended and upheld the Constitutional protections for economic liberty in America. This year marks the 80th anniversary of one of the Supreme Court's finest hours, when it overturned Franklin Roosevelt's agenda for economic fascism in the U.S. The trend toward bigger and ever-more-intrusive government, unfortunately, was not stopped, but the case nonetheless was a significant event that at that time prevented the institutionalizing of a Mussolini-type fascist economic system in America." (04/07/15)

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SCOTUS rejects North Carolina appeal on voting law

April 6, 2015
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Fayetteville Observer    

"The Supreme Court has passed up an early chance to review a contested North Carolina election law that opponents say limits the ability of African-Americans to cast ballots. ... The federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, had blocked a part of the law that eliminated same-day registration during early voting in North Carolina. A trial is set for July in the lawsuit filed by civil rights groups, and the issue of voting restrictions could return to the Supreme Court before the 2016 elections." (04/06/15)

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SCOTUS turns away challenge to Wisconsin voter ID law

March 23, 2015
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The State    

"The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a challenge to Wisconsin's voter identification law, after having blocked the state from requiring photo IDs in November's general election. The justices' action means the state is free to impose the voter ID requirement in future elections, including one just two weeks away. The decision is further evidence that the court put the law on hold last year only because the election was close at hand and absentee ballots already had been mailed with no notification of the need to present photo IDs. The court did not comment on its order." (03/23/15)

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Three potential paths post-ObamaCare ruling

March 15, 2015
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Benjamin Domenech Heartland Institute
by Benjamin Domenech  

"There are three paths Congress could take in the wake of a ruling from the Supreme Court that strikes down the Obamacare insurance exchange subsidy system. They amount to a path toward doing nothing, a path toward doing something, and a path toward doing everything." (03/14/15)

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Saving ObamaCare with Supreme hypocrisy?

March 12, 2015
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James Bovard JimBovard.com
by James Bovard  

"America's prisons are overflowing in part because the Supreme Court has objected to few of the 4,500-plus criminal statutes Congress enacted. Thanks to the threat of ruinous mandatory minimum penalties, 97 percent of defendants plead guilty. As Justice Antonin Scalia noted in a 2012 dissent, the current system 'presents grave risks of prosecutorial overcharging that effectively compels an innocent defendant to avoid massive risk by pleading guilty to a lesser offense.' The Supreme Court will likely rule on the Obamacare case in June. Does the court believe that unlimited coercion of citizens is OK but that any pressuring of state governments is a cardinal sin?" (03/12/15)

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King v. Burwell: The latest ObamaCare mess at the Supreme Court

March 12, 2015
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Rob Natelson Tenth Amendment Center
by Rob Natelson  

"When I first heard about King v. Burwell, the latest Obamacare controversy before the U.S. Supreme Court, I assumed it was the kind of case in which the legislative intent was clear, but for one reason or another the wording of the statute did not match the legislative intent. That would have been an interesting case, because it would have given the Court a chance to struggle with age-old 'intent vs. text' questions. It turns out, though, that the legislative intent is unclear -- if there was any unified intent at all. And the statute is at least as messy as the evidence of intent." (03/10/15)

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Why the Supremes need to scrap ObamaCare’s federal exchange subsidy

March 10, 2015
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Shikha Dalmia Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

"Last week's oral arguments for King vs. Burwell, the latest legal challenge to Obamacare before the Supreme Court, confirmed one thing: The law, as written, is a complete mess. The justices might be tempted to take it upon themselves to straighten it out to avoid disrupting coverage for millions of Americans, but that's really not their job. The Obama administration will no doubt disagree, but the most appropriate -- and the least political -- course for the justices would be to overrule the contested portion of the law and let Congress rewrite it." (03/10/15)

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