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Supporters and foes of same sex marriage to rally at Supreme Court

Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage are prepared to turn out in force in Washington on Tuesday, when the US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a landmark case. Over two days, lawyers from both sides of the emotionally-charged debate over marriage equality will put their cases before the nine…

Queue already forming for Monday’s Supreme Court hearing on same-sex marriage

With Thermos bottles, sleeping bags and a few good books, about a dozen people lined up Friday to be among the first to attend oral arguments at the US Supreme Court on gay marriage. Never mind that the hearings don’t begin until next Tuesday. They said they were determined to…

Supreme Court rules ‘first sale doctrine’ applies to lawful copies of a copyrighted work

The US Supreme Court sided Tuesday with a former Thai student who made $90,000 reselling text books bought abroad and sparked a copyright row with a publisher. Supap Kirtsaeng, who arrived in the United States in 1997 to study math at the University of Southern California on a scholarship, had…

Supreme Court hears arguments on Arizona voter law that requires proof of citizenship

Case focused on whether voter-approved law which requires voters to prove they are US citizens, violates federal law The Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments on Monday in a case which will decide whether US states can require voters to submit proof of citizenship to cast a ballot. The case…

Bill Clinton calls for Supreme Court to overturn same sex marriage ban he signed

Former President Bill Clinton has called for an end to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law that called for marriage to be defined as between a man and a woman. In an Op-Ed piece in Thursday’s Washington Post, the 42nd president of the U.S. called on…

Clint Eastwood urges Supreme Court to end California’s ban on same-sex marriage

Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood has joined more than 100 conservatives in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down California’s ban on same-sex marriage, according to MSNBC. Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson were also among those who signed the amici curiae, or “friends of…

Supreme Court declines to hear case on corporate campaign contributions

Campaign finance: Supreme Court declines case on contributions by corporations The US Supreme Court declined on Monday to take up a case testing whether a century-long ban on political contributions to candidates from corporations violates corporations’ freedom of speech. The action came without comment by the justices. At issue in…

Georgia attorney general: Mentally disabled inmate Warren Hill not entitled to stay of execution

The state of Georgia has applied to the US supreme court to overturn a stay of execution for Warren Hill, the intellectually disabled prisoner who came within half an hour of being put to death on Tuesday night. Georgia’s attorney general has filed a petition with the highest court in…

Supreme Court declines to hear Sixth Amendment case on unanimous juries for criminal convictions

Unanimous juries for criminal convictions? Supreme Court declines case. The US Supreme Court declined on Tuesday to take up a case examining whether the Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial requires that juries in criminal cases reach their verdicts unanimously. Two states, Louisiana and Oregon, permit convictions on less…

Supreme Court case could eliminate the few campaign spending limits Citizens United left behind

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a case that could affect the historic Citizens United verdict. According to the Political Wire blog, the Republican National Committee and one wealthy Alabama donor will argue before the court that, while donors are limited to giving no more than $2,500 directly…

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