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Supreme Court makes it easier for police to search homes without a warrant

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a victory to law enforcement agencies by making it easier for police to search a dwelling without a warrant. The court held on a 6-3 vote that police can search a home without a warrant, even if the…

Supreme Court declines to review challenges to more restrictive gun laws

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday declined to wade into the politically volatile issue of gun control by leaving intact three court rulings rejecting challenges to federal and state laws. The court’s decision not to hear the cases represented a loss for gun rights advocates, including the National…

Florida executes man who raped and murdered 9-year-old boy

A man who admitted to raping and murdering a nine-year-old boy was executed Wednesday in Florida. Juan Carlos Chavez, 46, who spent the past 15 years on death row, was declared dead of lethal injection after 8:00 pm (0100 GMT Thursday), said Florida prisons spokeswoman Misty Cash. He was put…

Missouri inmate executed 24 minutes before Supreme Court rejected his appeal

Last Wednesday, the state of Missouri executed a man while his appeal was still being considered by the justices of the Supreme Court. In an article in The Atlantic, Andrew Cohen reports that Herbert Smulls — a black man convicted by an all-white jury — was on the phone discussing…

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…

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