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Supreme Court: Police need a warrant before searching a suspect’s cell phone

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that police officers usually need a warrant before they can search an arrested suspect’s cellphone. The court said on a 9-0 vote in an opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts that the right of police to…

Supreme Court declines to revive New Jersey sports betting law

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New Jersey’s attempt to introduce licensed sports betting has failed, with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday leaving intact a lower court ruling that said a federal law did not allow it. The high court declined appeals filed by the state and its supporters…

Supreme Court declines to hear Wisconsin abortion case

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to intervene in the legal fight over a new Wisconsin law that requires any doctor performing an abortion to have privileges to admit patients to a nearby hospital. The justices turned away the state’s appeal of a…

Supreme Court gives taxpayers more power to fight IRS summons

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled unanimously that taxpayers have a right to challenge an Internal Revenue Service summons enforcement action in court when they can show the tax agency might have issued the summons in bad faith. The tax-collecting IRS argued taxpayers already have opportunities…

Is this man trying to gaslight the Supreme Court?

Stop saying I’m threatening you, or you’ll be sorry! I can’t say I thought I’d see a day when an abuser would try to the favorite psychological tactic of abusers—gaslighting—in an argument in front of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Anthony Elonis on…

Supreme Court rejects Argentinian appeal on $1.3 billion debt

US Supreme Court rejects Argentine debt appeals (via AFP) The US Supreme Court Monday turned back Argentina’s appeals against paying at least $1.3 billion to hedge fund investors in its defaulted bonds, piling pressure on the country’s finances. The justices effectively upheld an August 2013 New York appeals…   [Image…

Supreme Court rejects appeal over school graduation in church

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand an appeals court ruling that a Wisconsin school district could not hold graduation ceremonies in a church auditorium because of concerns about the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition on government endorsement of religion. The nine justices were split on the decision, with Justices Antonin…

Supreme Court: Anti-abortion group can challenge Ohio ban on false campaign ads

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived a challenge by two conservative groups that contend an Ohio law imposing fines for making knowingly false statements about political candidates violates their right to free speech. The court voted 9-0 that the lawsuit could go ahead even though the Ohio Elections Commission…

Law firms flock to same-sex marriage proponents, while shunning conservatives

By Joan Biskupic (Reuters) – As U.S. lawsuits seeking gay-marriage rights move toward a likely showdown at the Supreme Court next year, major law firms are rushing to get involved — but only on the side of the proponents. A Reuters review of more than 100 court filings during the…

Supreme Court leaves intact jury verdicts against big tobacco

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a series of appeals filed mainly by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co seeking to overturn Florida court rulings worth more than $70 million in favor of customers who sued over injuries associated with smoking. By turning…

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