Posts Tagged ‘ SCOTUS ’

Obama’s justices vs. Obama

January 26, 2012
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Barack Obama, the law professor who railed against the Bush administration's disdain for privacy, has been to civil liberties what the Hindenburg was to air travel: an unexpected debacle. Time after time, he has chosen to uphold government power at the expense of individual protections. ... But there is one big redeeming item on his record: He has appointed to the Supreme Court people who don't entirely share his taste for aggressive statism." (01/26/12)

http://reason.com/archives/2012/01/26/obamas-justices-vs-obama  

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SCOTUS won’t review Venezuela suit

January 26, 2012
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El Paso Times    

"An Ohio investment group's lawsuit seeking to collect $100 million on three-decade-old Venezuelan promissory notes is headed back to a federal judge for further deliberations. The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear the case was a setback for Venezuela, which argued that federal law protects it from U.S. lawsuits because it is a foreign state." (01/26/12)

http://www.elpasotimes.com/nationworld/ci_19830443  

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How GPS tracking threatens privacy

January 25, 2012
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"There is a chicken-and-egg problem here that reflects the circularity of the Katz test: Privacy is expected when it's protected, and it's protected when it's expected. We need to expect more, or we will end up with less." (01/25/12)

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SCOTUS: Woman can’t sue over firing from church

January 11, 2012
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Detroit Free Press    

"In a groundbreaking case, the Supreme Court today held for the first time that religious employees of a church cannot sue for employment discrimination. ... the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School of Redford on behalf of employee Cheryl Perich, over her firing, which happened after she complained of discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act." (01/11/12)

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SCOTUS: Lawyer makes startling argument in FCC case hearing

January 10, 2012
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Christian Science Monitor    

"Not often can one watch a former solicitor general of the United States directing venerable Supreme Court justices to observe naked posteriors of the marble statues that stand sentinel at the highest court in the land. 'There’s a bare buttocks there,' Washington lawyer Seth Waxman advised the startled justices during his oral argument on Tuesday. 'And there’s a bare buttocks here,' he said, pivoting and pointing across the ornate courtroom. The black-robed justices obliged the lawyer by following his extended finger to a sculptor’s rendition of gluteus maximus." (01/10/12)

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SCOTUS struggles with Texas election case

January 9, 2012
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Raleigh News & Observer    

"The Supreme Court appeared to struggle Monday with what to do about holding elections in Texas for the state legislature and Congress in a case that could affect the federal Voting Rights Act and even the balance of power in the House. Texas'[s] primaries already have been pushed back once from March to early April amid a dispute between the GOP-dominated state government and minority groups." (01/09/12)

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Fight against EPA orders heads to SCOTUS

January 8, 2012
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Wall Street Journal    

"In a case watched closely by energy companies and manufacturers, the Supreme Court is set to consider Monday whether to blunt one of the government's chief tools for enforcing the Clean Water Act. Based on 'any information' -- even a newspaper article or an anonymous tip -- the Environmental Protection Agency can issue an administrative compliance order .... business groups contend that the EPA acts as a judge and jury, forcing property owners either to comply, often at great expense, or risk penalties of up to $37,500 a day if the agency later obtains a court ruling to enforce its directive." (01/08/12)

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SCOTUS to enter tangled Texas redistricting case

January 8, 2012
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Christian Science Monitor    

"A bitter dispute over minority voting rights in Texas arrives at the US Supreme Court on Monday where the justices must decide which legislative districts will be used in upcoming elections. At issue is whether federal judges in San Antonio overstepped their authority when they took it upon themselves to redraw congressional and state house election districts without any prior judicial determination that maps drawn for that purpose by the Texas Legislature were illegal or unconstitutional." (01/08/12)

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SCOTUS will look at Arizona Know-Nothing appeasement law

December 12, 2011
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USA Today    

"The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will take up a dispute over an Arizona law that requires police to check the status of people stopped or arrested if officers suspect they are here illegally [sic]. ... At the core is the dispute is how far states can go to try to discourage people from illegally [sic] crossing the border without infringing on the [non-existent] immigration-related power of the federal government." (12/12/11)

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SCOTUS refuses to address child porn law

November 28, 2011
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Christian Science Monitor    

"The US Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear an appeal examining whether an individual convicted of possessing child pornography can be forced to pay potentially millions of dollars in restitution to a child victim identified in the seized images, even when he or she had no contact with the child. The action leaves unresolved conflicting interpretations of a federal restitution statute." (11/28/11)

http://tinyurl.com/85tze33  

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Camera in courtroom for healthcare hearing?

November 16, 2011
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Fox News    

"Republican Sen. Charles Grassley and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi are joining C-SPAN's call to have cameras in the Supreme Court hearing room for the five-and-a-half hour arguments relating to the federal healthcare law. Grassley (R-IA) ... wrote to Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday requesting that audio and video coverage be allowed in the landmark case." (11/16/11)

http://tinyurl.com/76fbude  

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SCOTUS to take up ObamaCare challenge

November 14, 2011
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Washington Post    

"The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a challenge to the health-care overhaul act passed in 2010, with a decision on President Obama’s most controversial domestic achievement likely to come in the summer of his reelection campaign. ... The administration says it is confident the act will be upheld as a valid exercise of federal power, just as Social Security and the Civil Rights Act were found to be constitutional." (11/14/11)

http://wapo.st/voZDdw  

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Supreme Court should require warrants for GPS tracking

November 13, 2011
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Jim Harper  

"As technology advances -- and law enforcement adapts these advancements to police work -- courts will be asked to apply the Fourth Amendment's protections against unreasonable searches and seizures in new and varied situations. The Supreme Court should ensure that courts maintain oversight of Information Age policing." (11/10/11)

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=13840  

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SCOTUS case on GPS surveillance could break new ground

November 1, 2011
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USA Today    

"In a potentially groundbreaking case on high-tech tracking by police, the Supreme Court will decide whether constant surveillance is such an intrusion on people's lives that police need a warrant before attaching a GPS device to a person's car. The case, to be heard Nov. 8, tests law enforcement's use of the latest technology to fight crime as it raises the specter of a 'Big Brother' government knowing one's every move." (11/01/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3uv8fsc  

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SCOTUS may consider ObamaCare case

October 27, 2011
posted by

The Raw Story    

"The US Supreme Court will decide on November 10 whether or not to take up the case of President Barack Obama’s historic health care law, court sources said Wednesday. The decision by the nine justices, to be made in closed session, could be made public that day or on the following Monday, November 14, the sources said. The top US court has received six requests to rule on the legislation passed in 2010, which was fiercely contested by Republicans. Five of those requests will be considered on November 10." (10/26/11)

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SCOTUS reviews strip searches for minor charges

October 12, 2011
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Fox News    

"The Supreme Court is debating whether a man who was arrested on a warrant for an unpaid traffic ticket should be among prisoners strip-searched when taken into custody at the county jail. The warrant was the result of a computer error, and defendant Albert Florence had paperwork proving that he had paid his tickets and served probation for the pile-up of outstanding violations collected in his 20s. But, Florence said, he went from having a good day with his family to being horrified and humiliated and detained for days." [editor's note: That this could happen, for a non-violent, statutory offense (let alone that he HAD paid the parking tickets years ago!), is just ... preposterous! Let's keep a watch on this one - SAT&93; (10/12/11)

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SCOTUS considers strip search case

October 10, 2011
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USA Today    

"Albert Florence was riding in a car with his wife and son on a New Jersey highway in 2005 when he was picked up on a warrant for an outstanding fine, taken to jail and, as part of routine processing, ordered to strip naked. Florence said he went from the elation of having just bought a new home -- the family was headed to a celebratory dinner -- to the degradation of a strip search. And the arrest warrant was in error." (10/10/11)

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Obama regime asks SCOTUS to review “individual mandate”

September 28, 2011
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USA Today    

"The Obama administration on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to decide the constitutionality of a requirement that most Americans buy health insurance by 2014, paving the way for a ruling in the middle of the 2012 presidential election campaign. Separately, 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business, which have challenged the mandate as exceeding federal power, urged the justices to intervene and strike it down." (09/28/11)

http://usat.ly/oCjh36  

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SCOTUS halts execution of Texas man

September 15, 2011
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel    

"The U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution Thursday of a black man convicted of a double murder in Texas 16 years ago after his lawyers contended his sentence was unfair because of a question asked about race during his trial. Duane Buck, 48, was spared from lethal injection when the justices, without extensive comment, said they would review an appeal in his case." (09/15/11)

 

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AZ: Brewer appeals Know-Nothing appeasement ruling to SCOTUS

August 10, 2011
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Los Angeles Times    

"Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer appealed to the Supreme Court to revive the state's disputed immigration policing law, seeking a ruling that could free states to take aggressive enforcement action against illegal immigrants [sic]. ... If the justices agree to take up the Arizona case, they would hear arguments in the winter and probably hand down a ruling in late spring as the presidential race gets underway." (08/10/11)

http://lat.ms/ngx79t  

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SCOTUS rejects ban on violent video games

June 28, 2011
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USA Today    

"The Supreme Court's groundbreaking decision Monday striking down California's ban on the sale of violent video games to minors represents a landmark moment for the gaming industry and lifts a threat to its creative development. The 7-2 decision, affecting a $25 billion industry and about 100 million-plus gamers, immediately ricocheted across the Internet, as video game fans and developers hailed the victory on Twitter and Facebook." (06/27/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3olkvhd  

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SCOTUS rejects global warming suit

June 20, 2011
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Reuters    

"The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a global warming lawsuit against five big power companies, its most important environmental ruling since 2007 and a victory for the utilities and the Obama administration. The justices unanimously overturned a ruling by a U.S. appeals court that the lawsuit now involving six states can proceed in an effort to force the coal-burning plants to cut emissions of gases that contribute to climate change." (06/20/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3kbj5oc  

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Supreme Court Justices are generalists

June 20, 2011
posted by

The Volokh Conspiracy
by Orin Kerr  

"In a sense, the Justices are like most litigators. They become quasi-specialists about cases and issues because they have to be, but they’re not experts in the fields of law that they decide. When a case is on the docket, the Justices jump into the issue and learn about it. They try to figure out what is happening, and then they vote. ... This has a lot of important consequences for the role of the Supreme Court." (06/20/11)

http://volokh.com/2011/06/20/supreme-court-justices-are-generalists/  

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SCOTUS allows suit against Bayer

June 16, 2011
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Agence France-Presse    

"The US Supreme Court on Thursday allowed a class-action suit by alleged victims of the anti-cholesterol drug Baycol, which was taken off the market in 2001 by German pharmaceuticals giant Bayer. The US top court said in a unanimous decision that states were not allowed to ban any class-action suits for the drug, which went on the US market in 1997 and was blamed for the deaths of 31 Americans four years later due to side effects including fatal muscle toxicity leading to kidney failure." (06/16/11)

http://tinyurl.com/6dq46ep  

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SCOTUS: Age must be weighed in interrogations

June 16, 2011
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USA Today    

"By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court on Thursday bolstered the rights of young people who are picked up and questioned by police. In a decision that goes to the heart of the longstanding Miranda warnings, the justices said that a suspect's age must be considered when determining whether the suspect believed he was free to leave a room and not respond to officers' questions." (06/16/11)

http://tinyurl.com/6c7bcew  

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