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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

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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…

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…

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