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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…

Supreme Court skeptical about use of international chemical weapons treaty in charging jealous wife

The Obama administration’s top constitutional lawyer warned the US Supreme Court on Tuesday to tread lightly in a case involving the international treaty banning chemical weapons.;  …

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…

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