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Why the Supreme Court’s same sex marriage ruling won’t be like Roe v. Wade

Why Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling won't be like Roe v. Wade (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Gay-marriage supporters carry signs in front of the Supreme Court before the court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act March 27. Op-ed contributor James Richardson writes: ‘Whereas…

Supreme Court affirms Rumsfeld’s immunity from torture lawsuits

U.S. military officials who engaged in ordering or carrying out the torture of individuals in custody can now rely upon an across-the-board legal defense that protects them from being sued for committing what amounts to an international crime, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling on Monday. The court affirmed an…

Supreme Court sanctions warrantless DNA collection from arrestees

Police in states that collect DNA evidence from everyone arrested for felony crimes may continue to do so, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. In a 5-4 decision (PDF) that saw arch conservative Justice Antonin Scalia side with the nation’s three reliably liberal justices, the court upheld a ruling out…

El Salvador’s Supreme Court denies life-saving abortion to woman

El Salvador’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday against allowing a 22-year-old woman to terminate her pregnancy to save her life, according to the Associated Press. In a 4-1 vote, the judges upheld the country’s strict abortion laws even though the woman’s fetus is missing most of its brain due to a…

New Zealand Supreme Court to hear Kim Dotcom appeal

New Zealand’s Supreme Court on Thursday granted Kim Dotcom leave to appeal a ruling that US authorities do not have to disclose all of the evidence they have against the Megaupload founder. The Court of Appeal in March had overturned a decision ordering US prosecutors to hand over the evidence…

Is smoking in public park a constitutional right? Supreme Court refuses to hear case

The US Supreme Court declined on Monday to take up a case testing whether smokers have a constitutional right to light up in a public park. The high court…  …

SEC may force Wall Street to disclose all corporate political donations

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is considering a rule that could stem the tide of shadowy corporate money into political advocacy groups, plugging a hole in campaign finance law blown open by the Supreme Court’s controversial decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The rule, supported by a…

Pro-DOMA lawyer fails in Supreme Court appeal not to disclose airline fees in ads

The Supreme Court refused on Monday to hear a challenge to a federal statute requiring airlines to include taxes and other fees in their price listings, Reuters reported. Three airlines — Allegiant Air, Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines — sought to challenge a July ruling by a three-judge panel of…

Supreme Court agrees with prisoner’s handwritten appeal in assault case

The Supreme Court sided with a prisoner’s handwritten appeal on Wednesday, ruling in a unanimous opinion the federal government can be sued in abuse cases involving federal prison guards. The Associated Press reported that the opinion, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, will allow Kim Millbrook to proceed with his lawsuit,…

Watch live: Marriage equality activists rally outside of Supreme Court during DOMA arguments

Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on March 27. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

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