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Supreme Court will hear ‘public prayer’ case on Wednesday

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that challenges whether the city council of Greece, N.Y., can open its meetings with a public prayer. The arguments will likely focus on an appeals court ruling that found the prayers – given by a range of believers from…

Planned Parenthood petitions Supreme Court to block Texas abortion law

Planned Parenthood and other abortion-rights groups on Monday filed an emergency request with the U.S. Supreme Court to block a Texas law that has left at least a dozen clinics in the state unable to provide services to women. After a panel of judges appointed by President George W. Bush…

Supreme Court to decide whether corporations can pray

The Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge to a provision in Obamacare which requires that insurers cover preventive health care without co-pays. Three private companies — Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood, and Autocam – are arguing that the inclusion…  …

The Obama administration doesn’t want the Supreme Court to look at NSA spying

President Barack Obama’s administration is urging the Supreme Court not to take up the first case it has received on controversial National Security Agency cybersnooping. US government attorneys argue that the Supreme Court does not have the jurisdiction to take the case, filed in July by the Electronic Privacy Information…

Broadcast television networks ask Supreme Court to stop Aereo

The four major broadcast television networks are taking their case against cord-cutting startup Aereo to the U.S. Supreme Court after failing to win a preliminary injunction Friday against the firm facing their copyright infringement suit. Federal Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton in the United States District Court for the District of…

Supreme Court rejects Cuccinelli’s bid to ban sodomy in Virginia

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to re-establish the ban on oral and anal sex in his state. In March, Cuccinelli had appealed to the Supreme Court after a three-judge panel of the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had…

Supreme Court declines to review Argentine debt case

The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider a landmark appeal by Argentina of a lower court’s order to pay around $1.5 billion to two hedge funds. But the decision did not end Argentina’s avenues to challenge the 2012 ruling, supported in August on appeal, that it had to…

Supreme Court to judge ‘Raging Bull’ copyright fight

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to referee a Hollywood legal brawl stemming from the Oscar-winning boxing drama “Raging Bull.” Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed 1980 movie starred Robert De Niro as the tortured middleweight Jake LaMotta. However, a copyright spat has rumbled on for years between the estate of late screenwriter…

New Jersey ban on marriage equality struck down by state court

A New Jersey Superior Court judge struck down the state ban on same-sex marriage on Friday, ruling that LGBT couples must be granted marriage licenses starting on Oct. 21. The New Jersey Star-Ledger reported that Judge Mary Jacobson argued the state’s law allowing civil unions denied married same-sex couples federal…

Ten Commandments statue outside Supreme Court toppled by vandals

A monument of the Ten Commandments erected by Faith and Action, an evangelical Christian group, was toppled over the weekend. The statue faces the private entrance to the Supreme Court, and many congresspeople and their staff members must pass it on their way into nearby office buildings. The founder of…

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