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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…

Supreme Court to hear Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case on Wednesday

The rights of married same-sex couples will come under scrutiny at the US Supreme Court on Wednesday in the second of two landmark cases being considered by the top judicial panel. After the nine justices mulled arguments on a California law that outlawed gay marriage on Tuesday, they will take…

Supreme Court posts audio of oral arguments in Prop. 8 case

The Supreme Court posted audio and transcripts on Tuesday of oral arguments heard in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, which argues that California’s Proposition 8, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional. Proposition 8, which Californians ratified in the 2008 election, has been struck…

Supreme Court restricts unwarranted police use of drug-sniffing dogs

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police cannot intrude onto private property and use drug-sniffing dogs to obtain probable cause for a more thorough search, in an untypical ruling that saw Justice Antonin Scalia side with the court’s liberal wing to swing the 5-4 decision. The case, Florida v.…

Why Is Gay Marriage Different Than Abortion?

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments about DOMA and Prop 8 today, and there’s a lot of anticipation now, especially since they could truly use this opportunity to not only strike down these laws but also to make same-sex marriage a right held by all Americans. Unsurprisingly, same-sex marriage opponents…

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