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Op-Ed: Trump's nominee creates 'Constitutional Crisis' in Supreme Court

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg about six weeks before Election Day has set into motion what could turn out to be the most severe strain our Democracy, and the Supreme Court has ever seen.

Review: ‘On the Basis of Sex’ follows a modern-day suffragette Special

‘On the Basis of Sex’ is a rousing film that chronicles the extraordinary life of a woman who’s made judicial history and cemented her position as an American pioneer.

U.S. Supreme Court rules police need warrant to track cell phones

Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that police are required to obtain a search warrant before they can gain information to any individual's cell phone location.

Tech companies pleased with SCOTUS ruling against 'patent trolls'

Washington - In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a ruling that will make it more difficult for so-called “patent trolls” to launch patent infringement lawsuits in jurisdictions that are extremely favourable to plaintiffs.

Supreme Court will hear 'racially tainted' death penalty case

The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments today concerning the death sentence imposed on a Texas man. During the penalty phase of the trial, the jury heard testimony the defendant was more likely to re-offend because he is black.

U.S. Supreme Court may end 'mandatory union dues'

Washington - Supreme Court arguments for and against mandatory union fees indicate the union practice may be doomed, according to an article published Monday in the Los Angeles Times.

Reclaim states' rights, says Texas Governor Abbott

Texas Governor Greg Abbott wants a convention of the states to convene to "restore the rule of law in America." The convention outlined in Article V of the U.S. Constitution has never been invoked.

Op-Ed: Bernanke — More corporate criminals should have gone to jail

“It would’ve been my preference to have more investigation of individual actions because obviously everything that went wrong or was illegal was done by some individual, not by an abstract firm,” he continued.

Op-Ed: Taxpayers hit with legal fees in states that fought gay marriage

It's been two months since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage and declared it a constitutionally protected civil right, and now, attorneys general and governors who battled against it are receiving a pricey thank-you note for their loss.

Op-Ed: Same-sex marriage is not about sex

A scrawled sign hanging over the counter down at Sparky’s Diner is meant to be a jab at those folks who have a selected interpretation of the First Amendment right to free speech. It reads: “You can say what you like as long as I like what you say."

Last-minute SCOTUS rulings affect voting laws in 2014 elections

Washington D.c. - A flurry of last-minute Supreme Court decisions will have an immediate effect on voting laws in four states as voters head to the polls for the 2014 midterm elections.

Supreme Court denies cert in same-sex marriage cases

Today the U.S. Supreme Court denied cert in same-sex marriage cases, refusing a final ruling on the issue, but allowing same-sex couples to get married in 5 more states with more to join soon. Same-sex marriage will now be legal in the majority of states.

Op-Ed: Supreme Court twiddles thumbs on gay marriage as Obama plays pool

Denver - Sometimes it seems that if Colorado isn’t the center of the universe, at least it is the center of the United States. Take same-sex marriage or marijuana.

If Hobby Lobby was a Muslim-run business imposing Sharia law...

In a post on the website for his new play, Allegiance, the openly gay, former Star Trek actor George Takei commented on last week's Hobby Lobby decision by the United States Supreme Court.

SCOTUS rules in favour of Hobby Lobby in contraception case

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that certain businesses with clear religious beliefs can be exempt from having to pay for contraception for employees.

U.S. Supreme Court hammers Aereo with 6-3 ruling

New York - The United States Supreme Court came down hard today on tech-media newcomer Aereo, ruling against the company in a 6-3 decision. The judgement effectively destroys the Manhattan-based business, forcing them rebuild their profit model from the ground up.

Drugmakers ordered to pay $9 billion for hiding cancer risks

Japan's biggest pharmaceutical company has been hit with a $6 billion penalty for concealing cancer risks associated with its Actos diabetes drug while Eli Lilly and Co, Takeda's co-defendant in the case, was ordered to pay $3 billion in punitive damages.

Virginia bill to force use of electrocution returned to committee

In the U.S., lethal injection is the primary method of execution, although some states give the condemned a choice of a firing squad, hanging, the gas chamber or electrocution. But the drugs used in lethal injections have become difficult to obtain.

Op-Ed: America — a Constitution Free Zone

Seizures, strip searches, forced detentions based on simple "reasonable suspicion". The 4th Amendment has officially been neutralized for Americans, and the scary part is most of us don't even realize it.

Utah takes fight against same-sex marriage to US Supreme Court

Washington - Utah has taken its fight against LGBT marriage equality to the highest court in the nation, asking Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to suspend a lower court's ruling permitting same-sex couples to legally wed in the staunchly conservative state.

Op-Ed: U.S. Supreme Court issues ruling devastating to small businesses

With most Americans celebrating long-overdue rulings on the gay rights cases, the U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a quieter ruling in a lesser-celebrated case, setting back consumers and small-businesses forced into arbitration.

US Supreme Court strikes down key section of Voting Rights Act

The US Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in a 5-4 decision Tuesday. The section requires several US districts to obtain federal approval before making changes to voting legislation.

Human genes cannot be patented, rules Supreme Court

New York - The Supreme Court of the United States ruled unanimously (9 - 0), today that drug and research companies may not patent human genes simply because they have discovered the precise location and sequence of genes.

Op-Ed: U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Helps Monsanto Crush 75-Year Old Farmer

It is hard to read about the United States Supreme Court’s recent ruling in favor of agriculture giant Monsanto and not cringe.

Supreme Court Justices reject Alabama's immigration law appeal

Montgomery - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Alabama's request to revive a provision of the state’s anti-immigration law that critics say attempts to sanction racial profiling.

US Supreme court rejects Nigerian court human rights ruling

The Supreme Court of the United States has stated that it cannot consider law suits brought against the United States by foreign countries.

Protesters gather as Supreme Court hears gay marriage arguments Special

Washington - Thousands of people gathered in front of the Supreme Court today as arguments commenced in the nation's highest court over same-sex marriage for the first time. Demonstrators from both sides of the issue arrived throughout the day.

Op-Ed: Will the Supreme Court decide in favor of Gay Marriage?

This month, the Supreme Court will decide on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage prohibitions. The Court will give its legal stamp of approval to those liberals or conservatives who either support or reject same sex "marriage" relationships.

Op-Ed: US Supreme Court denies challenge of warrantless wiretappings

Washington - Carrying on the tradition of legal nonsense that typifies government legal defenses of practices involved in the war on terror, the US Supreme Court has denied a challenge by civil libertarians against warrantless wiretapping.

US Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage arguments on March 26

On March 26 and 27, the United States Supreme Court will listen to arguments in regard to the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8.
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ACTION: The Oakland Athletics play the Cincinnati Reds at home in June 2013. The Athletics will likely be staying in Oakland for at least 10 years after the U.S. Supreme Court turned down legal efforts to force major league baseball to allow them to move to San Jose.
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King John of England (right) and an English baron agreeing to Magna Carta. A detail from the bronze doors of the U.S. Supreme Court building, Washington, D.C.
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Demonstration against California Proposition 8 in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013, the day oral arguments were heard in Hollingsworth v. Perry. Now, rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans are Constitutional according to denial of cert.
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