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Justices Scalia and Ginsburg say Supreme Court will likely rule on NSA surveillance

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two members of the Supreme Court indicated on Thursday night that the court will ultimately have to decide the legality of National Security Agency surveillance activities. The two justices, Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, made the comments during a public event at the…

Iranian Supreme Court overturns death sentence for former U.S. Marine

Iran court overturns ex-US Marine’s death sentence (via AFP) Iran’s Supreme Court has overturned the death sentence handed to a former US Marine convicted of espionage, with the penalty being cut to 10 years in jail, media reported Sunday. Amir Hekmati, a dual US-Iranian citizen, was arrested in August 2011,……

Legal fight over same-sex marriages enters new front as federal appeals court takes on Utah law

By Joan Biskupic DENVER (Reuters) – The battle over same-sex marriage in the United States enters a new legal front on Thursday when a federal appeals court hears oral arguments on a Utah state law forbidding gays and lesbians from marrying. The hearing in an ornate century-old building in Denver,…

Supreme Court declines early look at tea party activist’s NSA surveillance case

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down a long-shot request for a ruling on whether the U.S. government’s gathering of Americans’ phone records is unlawful. The justices’ refusal to intervene means the case will go forward in the appeals court, as scheduled. Plaintiffs…

Supreme Court declines case of photographer who refused to do business with gays

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider whether a New Mexico photography company had free speech grounds to refuse to shoot the commitment ceremony of a same-sex couple. The court’s refusal to intervene means an August 2013 New Mexico Supreme Court decision…

Ted Cruz brags to Christian students: I’ve beaten atheists before, and I can do it again

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told a group of Christian college students that their religious liberty was under attack, but the likely 2016 presidential candidate assured them he had experience fighting back against the atheist hordes. “These are troubled times, and religious liberty – the very first liberty in the bill…

Bernie Sanders: Supreme Court is paving the way to an oligarchic society

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) blasted the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Wednesday to abolish overall federal campaign spending limits, meaning that wealthy individuals now have carte blanche to spend as much as they like to affect the outcomes of federal elections. “Freedom of speech, in my view, does not mean…

Supreme Court strikes down overall limits on federal campaign contributions

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday expanded how much political donors can give candidates and parties in federal elections by striking down a key pillar of campaign finance law. On a 5-4 vote, the court struck down the overall limits on how much individuals…

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,”…

Supreme Court declines new birth control cases brought by Roman Catholic groups

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up preliminary appeals brought by Roman Catholic groups that want an exemption from part of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law requiring employers to provide insurance that covers contraception. The cases were brought by a series…

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