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Supreme Court grants reprieve to death row inmate over pentobarbital drug

he US Supreme Court granted a last minute stay to a convicted murderer who is challenging the drugs prison officials had planned to use for his execution on Wednesday. Death Row inmate Herbert Smulls was to be executed overnight Wednesday by the state of Missouri, but Justice Samuel Alito late…

Supreme Court backs Wisconsin airline that reported pilot to TSA

The United States Supreme Court on Monday overturned a defamation judgment against an airline which had been sued after warning that a former pilot could pose a security risk. William Hoeper initially won a $1.4 million settlement against his former employer Air Wisconsin, which had alerted the federal Transportation Security…

Supreme Court will take case on warrantless cell phone searches

The US Supreme Court agreed Friday to consider whether police have the authority to search the mobile phones of suspects without a warrant, in a key constitutional test in the smartphone age. The top US court indicated it would consider arguments later this year in two related cases on police…

Supreme Court mulls over case involving abortion clinic ‘buffer zone’

More than 40 years after legalizing abortion in the United States, the Supreme Court Wednesday appeared skeptical of a law creating a buffer zone at abortion clinics, where opponents want to be able to protest freely. The case, which combines the controversial question of abortion with the always sensitive issue…

Supreme Court puts same-sex marriage on hold in Utah

Same-sex marriages in Utah were halted by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The nation’s highest court granted Utah’s request to suspend a judge’s ruling that allowed same-sex marriage in the state. Judge Robert J. Shelby had ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violated the U.S. Constitution in late…

Supreme Court issues emergency stay halting birth control mandate for Catholic groups

According to the Associated Press, a Supreme Court justice has issued an emergency stay to halt the birth control mandate for Catholic organizations. Catholic organizations had petitioned the Supreme Court to stop those elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would have forced them to provide health insurance that…

That sound you hear is the shredding of the social contract

I met Supreme Court Justice William Brennan in 1987 when I was creating a series for public television called In Search of the Constitution, celebrating the bicentennial of our founding document. By then, he had served on the court longer than any of his colleagues and had written close to…

The Hobby Lobby Lawsuit Is A Trojan Horse

You have to hand to right wing pundits. They kick ass at the bait-and-switch, particularly with their own people. They knew that throwing a major fit over the contraception mandate, no matter how much it’s dressed up in “religious freedom” as an excuse, would be understood by their followers as…

White supremacist serial killer put to death after Supreme Court lifts stay of execution

The U.S. Supreme Court vacated two stays of execution Wednesday morning for convicted murderer Joseph Paul Franklin, clearing the way for Missouri to put him to death. A 63-year-old death row inmate who targeted blacks and Jews was granted a stay of execution Tuesday evening, just hours away from his…

Man says arrest for shooting ‘upskirt’ photos on subway platform violates free speech rights

A Massachusetts man arrested for taking “upskirt” photos of women without their consent is arguing that the charges against him should be thrown out because they violate his right to free speech. Michael Richardson was arrested in August 2010 after police said he tried to take surreptitious photos of women…

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