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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…

Supreme Court refuses to overturn Georgia’s church gun ban

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a case that hoped to overturn a Georgia law that bans people from carrying guns in churches. The appeal was filed by a non-profit group called GeorgiaCarry.org and a Baptist preacher, both of whom previously lost before the 11th U.S. Circuit…

Supreme Court: Law says organizations cannot be sued for torture

The United States Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a law on the books since 1991 precludes organizations, both political and corporate, from sued for torture or murder outside of the U.S. In a unanimous ruling on Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority (PDF), Justice Sonia Sotomayor said that the careful text of…

Wisconsin Supreme Court won’t take up voter ID case

The Wisconsin Supreme Court refused to take up appeals to the state’s new voter ID law Monday, but an advocate against the law remained hopeful that they would take up the case in the future. The law, which requires residents to show photo ID in order to vote, was blocked…

Obama to hold forum on women and the economy

US President Barack Obama hosts a forum Friday on women and the economy, as aides warn of a “devastating” impact on the key voting bloc if the Supreme Court overturns his health care law. The White House said the forum would “examine the ways in which the administration has worked…

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