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Rep. John Lewis at the March on Washington: ‘I gave a little blood on that bridge in Selma, Alabama for the right to vote’

Invoking the legacy of the bloody assault he endured in Selma, Ala., Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) used the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington to call upon Congress to fix the provisions of the Voting Rights Act invalidated earlier this year by the U.S. Supreme Court. “I gave…

Justice Scalia says Supreme Court should stop inventing ‘new minorities’

Conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia struck a dismissive tone on Monday against diversity in a speech in Bozeman, Montana, the Associated Press reported. “It’s not up to the courts to invent new minorities that get special protections,” Scalia told an audience at an event held by the Federalist Society,…

Rick Santorum accused of soliciting illegal campaign contributions

Rick Santorum, who in January of 2012 opposed legislation to repeal the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision on the grounds that it would be “horrible,” today finds himself accused of soliciting and accepting a campaign contribution whose questionable legality is a product of that very decision. The Court’s decision allowed…

Hillary Clinton slams ‘unseemly rush’ of voter suppression bills since Supreme Court verdict

In the first of an upcoming series of 20 policy speeches, Hillary Clinton took aim at the 80-plus bills introduced in various states in the wake of the Supreme Court decision that gutted the Voter Rights Act. “We’ve seen an unseemly rush by previously-covered jurisdictions to enact or enforce laws…

Florida moves forward with unconstitutional execution of mentally ill man

Schizophrenic man will die by lethal injection at 6pm Monday unless his lawyers can convince the supreme court to intervene Florida is preparing to execute a schizophrenic man who believes that he is the immortal prince of God vested with superhuman powers that include an ability to control the sun,…

Southern Baptists tell Supreme Court: Neutral legislative prayers means the Unitarians win

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention has weighed in on the issue of opening government meetings with sectarian prayers. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed Friday, the ERLC told the Supreme Court that prohibiting Christian pastors from delivering a prayer to start official town meetings would…

Kansas Republican devises new plan to circumvent Supreme Court’s recent Voting Rights ruling

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) is considering a plan that could split voters in federal and state elections, depending on the kind of form they use to register, Right Wing Watch reported. Kobach’s idea would bar voters who register using the federal form issued as part of the…

Supreme Court orders California to free thousands of inmates from overcrowded prisons

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Friday to excuse California from a lower-court order demanding that the nation’s largest state prison system reduce its inmate population by about 10,000 convicts this year to ease crowding. State prison officials, insisting that further cuts are…

Privacy group to file Supreme Court petition against NSA surveillance program

The Domestic Surveillance Project division of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) announced Thursday that it plans to file a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court (FISC) ruling which authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect metadata on domestic phone calls. According…

Judges refuse to let up on order to reduce California prison overcrowding

By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) – A federal court on Wednesday refused to back down from an order requiring California to reduce prison overcrowding by the end of the year, a goal that could force the early release of up to 10,000 inmates. The decision is the latest in a feud…

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