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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.

Supreme Court revives 'Obamacare' challenge

Washington - Long after most analysts and pundits stopped reporting that Obamacare could yet be overturned in the Supreme Court, a First Amendment objection filed by Liberty University, based in Lynchburg, Virginia, could do just that.

Supreme Court to consider gay marriage Special

On Tuesday, November 6th Maine, Maryland and Washington voted to legalize same-sex marriage, while Minnesota voters rejected a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

U.S. Supreme Court refuses Ohio Republican's request

Washington - Despite a last-minute appeal from Republicans, the US Supreme Court has denied a request to limit early voting for Ohio residents the weekend before the 2012 Presidential Election.

Op-Ed: Monsanto seed patent appeal proves US govt can’t read

Verbosity is no great help to law. If you’ve read American statutes, you’ll see sentences a mile long, literally. In the case of Monsanto’s “one time only” seed licensing and patent infringements wars, the verbs have come home to roost.

Supreme Court looks at discrimination, affirmative action again

Austin - On October 10th, the United States Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments in the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a case that will decide if the the use of race in the admissions process should continue.

Justice Stephen Breyer featured speaker at MPSA Conference Special

Chicago - With thoughtfulness and humor, US Supreme Court Justice Breyer delivered an insightful lecture that included his thoughts on his favorite case, relationships with other justices, and democracy.

Op-Ed: A spring visit to see the architecture of the U.S. Supreme Court Special

Washington - Currently, most of the attention on the nation's highest court is focused on what's been happening on the inside of the Supreme Court building with national healthcare under heavy debate.

Secret closed-door U.S. Supreme Court meeting on Obama Healthcare

On March 30, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court held a secret conference regarding the Obama healthcare overhaul law, or the Affordable Care Act, discussing behind closed doors how they will rule on the healthcare case.

Op-Ed: Citizens United was bad and if the RNC prevails, it'll get worse

Comedians Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart have used humor to highlight the American travesty called Citizens United. But many believe that the Supreme Court’s decision was a disaster for this democracy. And now the Republicans want to make it much worse

Chief Justice Roberts: All justices to rule on Prez health plan

Washington - President Barack Obama's already-passed health-care plan is being challenged in court. Two justices, who are believed to be biased for and against, are being asked not to decide on it. But Chief Justice Roberts says no judge is to be recused.
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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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