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Massachusetts activists push to end corporate political spending

A coalition of lawmakers, advocates and activists rallied at the Massachusetts Statehouse on Tuesday to support a resolution that calls on Congress to overturn the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The People’s Rights Resolution was introduced to the Massachusetts legislature by state Sen. Jamie…

2nd New York state judge upholds fracking ban in towns

ALBANY, New York (Reuters) – A New York state judge on Friday upheld an upstate community’s ban on gas drilling, marking the second victory this week for opponents of the drilling method known as fracking. The authority vested in towns and cities in New York to regulate use of their…

Supreme Court to decide if corporations can be sued for human rights abuses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court will weigh next week whether corporations can be sued in the United States for suspected complicity in human rights abuses abroad, in a case being closely watched by businesses concerned about long and costly litigation. The high court on Tuesday will consider the reach…

Legalization of gay sex challenged in India court

NEW DELHI — India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday began hearing more than a dozen petitions filed to overturn a 2009 ruling that decriminalised gay sex between consenting adults. Homosexuality was ruled lawful three years ago by a Delhi High Court order that declared the colonial-era ban was unconstitutional, in a…

Law professor: Supreme Court could send affirmative action to the ashbin

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley said Tuesday night that the U.S. Supreme Court probably has enough votes to rule against racial preference in college admissions. On Countdown with Keith Olbermann, he noted that Justice Anthony Kennedy, who very often determines contentious cases, had previously voted against affirmative action.…

Supreme Court to hear case on affirmative action

The Supreme Court announced Tuesday morning that it will review affirmative action for the first time in almost a decade after a white student was denied acceptance into the University of Texas, according to The Associated Press. The case is being brought to the highest court after the 5th Court…

Supreme Court allows Montana corporation election spending

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday handed a victory to corporations and a political advocacy group by allowing them to spend freely before Montana’s 2012 elections, a follow-up case to the court’s major campaign finance ruling two years ago. The justices granted a request from the three…

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer robbed by machete-wielding man

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was uninjured after being robbed by a machete-wielding intruder last week, according to the Associated Press. The 73-year-old justice, his wife Joanna and a friend were on vacation in the Caribbean island of Nevis when the incident occurred. The intruder took about $1,000 in cash…

Thank Scalia For Your Birth Control Coverage (Seriously)

If you’ve been listening to cable news for the past few days, two things immediately leap out at you. The first is that there are a lot of pundits who are willing to speak for lay Catholics’ simmering sense of outrage at the Obama Administration’s decision to mandate contraceptive coverage…

Sweden lawyers say Assange extradition request is valid

Lawyers for Swedish authorities told Britain’s Supreme Court on Thursday that a bid to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assangefor questioning over rape allegations is valid. In his final appeal within the British legal system, Assange is resting his fight against extradition on the argument that the Swedish prosecutor who ordered his arrest in December 2010 was not…

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