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Supreme Court rules new criteria needed for determining racist states

The U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision Tuesday morning in the case of Shelby County, Alabama v. Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General, finding that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional. According to the SCOTUSblog, the court ruled 5 to 4 in the case with Chief Justice John…

Same-sex couples anxiously wait for Supreme Court marriage ruling

By Ronnie Cohen and Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) – The Reverend Paul Mowry, a minister at the Sausalito Presbyterian Church near San Francisco, awoke at 6:30 a.m. Monday, hoping it would be the day the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that would allow him to marry Joe Silverman, his companion…

Supreme Court to consider letting protesters near abortion clinics

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to a Massachusetts law that prevents anti-abortion demonstrators from standing within 35 feet of abortion clinics, which was passed to prevent harassment of clinics’ staff and patients. Justices said Monday they will consider whether the law infringes upon free…

Supreme Court takes up challenge to Obama’s recess appointment power

The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to rule on a president’s ability to fill vacant government positions without Senate confirmation, a decision that could overturn about 1,000 rulings issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Bloomberg News reported that the court will consider the suit by the Noel Corporation…

Supreme Court rules generic drug makers cannot be held liable for defects

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that makers of generic drugs already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cannot be held liable under state law for claims of design defects. In a 5-4 vote, the court ruled for Mutual Pharmaceutical Co, a unit of…

New Jersey Supreme Court approves Senate special election

N.J. Supreme Court allows special U.S. Senate elections (via NJ.com) TRENTON — The special October election to fill the seat of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg can go on as scheduled after the state Supreme Court today said it won’t hear the case. In a one-page notice, Chief Justice…

Ted Cruz adding voter ID to immigration bill to reverse Supreme Court ruling

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) reacted to a Monday Supreme Court ruling striking down an Arizona law requiring voters to provide proof of citizenship by declaring that he would add a voter ID requirement to the comprehensive immigration reform bill currently being debated in the Senate. Writing for the court’s majority,…

Supreme Court rebukes Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that an Arizona law requiring proof of U.S. citizenship for prospective voters was pre-empted by federal law, landing another blow against state policies derided as targeting immigrants. In a 7-2 ruling (PDF) delivered by Justice Antonin Scalia, the high court decided that the National…

50 years after Supreme Court banned school-sponsored prayer, students still pray

School prayer: 50 years after the ban, God and faith more present than ever (via The Christian Science Monitor) At the adolescent-unfriendly hour of 7:10 on this rainy spring morning in tiny Loachapoka, Ala., classes won’t start for another half hour in the public school. But already the science lab…

SCOTUS swiftly revokes right to protest on court grounds

Just two days after a judge struck down a decades-old law banning protests on Supreme Court grounds, the nation’s highest court has in effect restored it with a new rule governing conduct on its premises. The ban, first passed by Congress in 1949, was struck down Tuesday with extreme prejudice…

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