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Supreme Court: Poisoning your husband’s lover doesn’t violate chemical weapons treaty

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the federal government wrongly used a chemical weapons law to prosecute a Pennsylvania microbiologist convicted of trying to poison her husband’s pregnant lover. On a unanimous vote, the court handed a win to Carol Anne Bond,…

Supreme Court rules that inmate over threshold IQ can still be too impaired to execute

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a death sentence for a Florida man in a decision that found the state’s method for assessing whether defendants are mentally disabled was unconstitutional. The court ruled on a 5-4 vote, with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing…

Missouri prisoner’s execution in limbo after Supreme Court stay

The U.S. Supreme Court was weighing Wednesday the fate of a Missouri killer sentenced to death, a day after his execution was halted at the 11th hour. Russell Bucklew had been set to die at 12:01 am (0501 GMT) on Wednesday before a flurry of legal proceedings late Tuesday ended…

Supreme Court to hear case of U.S. air marshal fired for leaking info to MSNBC

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it would weigh whether the federal government rightly fired a U.S. air marshal for disclosing sensitive information to the news media. The justices agreed to hear an appeal filed by the administration of President Barack Obama, which…

Arkansas Supreme Court will not hear state appeal against marriage equality ruling

By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) – The Arkansas Supreme Court on Wednesday left in place a lower court ruling that struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying it was not the right court to hear the state’s appeal. “The (trial) court’s order is not final, and…

Same-sex couples flock to Arkansas after judge strikes down marriage ban

By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) – Nearly 100 same-sex couples, hoisting rainbow flags, crowded the county courthouse of Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas, on Monday morning to receive marriage licenses after a judge last week struck down the state’s 10-year ban on gay marriage. Arkansas is the…

Netflick? Supreme Court justices completely lost when it comes to modern technology

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One U.S. Supreme Court justice referred to Netflix as “Netflick.” Another seemed not to know that HBO is a cable channel. A third appeared to think most software coding could be tossed off in a mere weekend. These and other apparent gaffes by the…

Atheists need to put the Christian right on the spot, ask them if they really think we’re less American

One of the reasons it’s important for atheists to organize and make themselves more visible is that it’s probably one of the best weapons against bullshit like the Supreme Court coughed up yesterday, allowing explicitly Christian prayer to open legislative sessions. Ian Millhiser explains why it’s so dangerous: Town of…

Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to New Jersey gun regulations

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to weigh in on whether gun owners have a constitutional right to carry handguns outside the home. The court decided not to hear a challenge to a New Jersey state law that requires people who want to…

Supreme Court rules Christian prayers at town meetings are constitutional

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a town in New York state did not violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban on government endorsement of religion by allowing prayers before its monthly meetings. In a decision that is likely to guide how local governments…

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