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Supreme Court wary of major change to software patent law

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court justices stepped gingerly into a raging debate over computer software on Monday, voicing concerns about vaguely defined patents but signaling they would avoid any radical change to existing law. This may help tech companies fend off lawsuits filed by “patent trolls,”…

Clarence Thomas’ wife sparks effort to impose tougher Supreme Court ethics

Democrats in the House and Senate plan to re-introduce legislation that would hold Supreme Court justices to the same judicial standards as federal judges. Mother Jones reported that Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will introduce the Supreme Court…

Combative Obama warns Supreme Court on health law

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Monday challenged the “unelected” Supreme Court not to take the “extraordinary” and “unprecedented” step of overturning his landmark health reform law. In a highly combative salvo on a case which could have a critical impact on his reelection chances, Obama warned that health…

Chris Hayes: Now we know where Supreme Court justices get their news

On Saturday morning’s edition of MSNBC’s “Up with Chris Hayes,” host Chris Hayes used his weekly “Now We Know” segment to note the fact that many of the conservative Supreme Court justices appear to be getting their news from right wing blogs. Referencing remarks by Justice Antonin Scalia regarding the…

Supreme Court voting patterns surprisingly predictable: study

The ideal judge is completely rational and free of consistent bias, making their judicial decisions completely unpredictable. But the decisions of Supreme Court justices in real life may actually be quite predictable, according to a new study published in the Nov. 9 issue of the online journal PLoS ONE. For…

Democrats call for investigation of Justice Clarence Thomas

Twenty House Democrats called Thursday on the U.S. Judicial Conference to formally request that the U.S. Department of Justice investigate Justice Clarence Thomas’s non-compliance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. Justice Thomas indicated on his annual financial disclosure forms that his wife had received no income since he…

Plane with Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg evacuated

WASHINGTON — A plane carrying 179 passengers including US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was evacuated Wednesday after an engine problem that led the pilot to deploy emergency chutes, officials said. Ginsburg, 78, was “fine” after sliding down the chute in the evacuation at Dulles International Airport outside Washington,…

Top ten crazy sh*t Pat Buchanan says

Talking to Reverand Al Sharpton this week, Pat Buchanan described Obama as “your boy.” But while some became outraged at his comments, they came as no surprise to others more familiar with Buchanan’s rich history of bigotry. Below are 10 of his most outrageously bigoted comments on everything from African-Americans…

74 members of Congress file letter questioning impartiality of Justice Thomas

Seventy-four Members of Congress have signed a letter calling for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from cases involving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act because of his family’s financial ties to groups dedicated to lobbying against it. “The appearance of a conflict of interest merits recusal…

Group: Supreme Court justices ‘participated in political strategy sessions’ before Citizens United

On the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United, which overturned nearly a century of restrictions on campaign spending, a progressive group has asked the Department of Justice to look into “conflicts of interest” two justices may have had when issuing the ruling. In a petition to…

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