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Ted Cruz adding voter ID to immigration bill to reverse Supreme Court ruling

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) reacted to a Monday Supreme Court ruling striking down an Arizona law requiring voters to provide proof of citizenship by declaring that he would add a voter ID requirement to the comprehensive immigration reform bill currently being debated in the Senate. Writing for the court’s majority,…

Supreme Court rebukes Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that an Arizona law requiring proof of U.S. citizenship for prospective voters was pre-empted by federal law, landing another blow against state policies derided as targeting immigrants. In a 7-2 ruling (PDF) delivered by Justice Antonin Scalia, the high court decided that the National…

50 years after Supreme Court banned school-sponsored prayer, students still pray

School prayer: 50 years after the ban, God and faith more present than ever (via The Christian Science Monitor) At the adolescent-unfriendly hour of 7:10 on this rainy spring morning in tiny Loachapoka, Ala., classes won’t start for another half hour in the public school. But already the science lab…

SCOTUS swiftly revokes right to protest on court grounds

Just two days after a judge struck down a decades-old law banning protests on Supreme Court grounds, the nation’s highest court has in effect restored it with a new rule governing conduct on its premises. The ban, first passed by Congress in 1949, was struck down Tuesday with extreme prejudice…

Supreme Court nixes DNA patenting for companies

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision Thursday morning saying that biotech companies and pharmaceutical manufacturers cannot patent configurations of Deoxyribonucleic Acid, also known as DNA. According to the decision in the case of Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. United States Patent and Trademark Office, et al., companies…

Analysis: Whatever the Supreme Court decides, marriage equality faces more legal challenges

By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Whatever the U.S. Supreme Court decides this month, gay marriage appears destined to face several more years of legal debate and at least one more round of argument at the high court. That’s because a majority of the court’s nine justices, based on their…

Why the Supreme Court’s same sex marriage ruling won’t be like Roe v. Wade

Why Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling won't be like Roe v. Wade (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Gay-marriage supporters carry signs in front of the Supreme Court before the court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act March 27. Op-ed contributor James Richardson writes: ‘Whereas…

Supreme Court affirms Rumsfeld’s immunity from torture lawsuits

U.S. military officials who engaged in ordering or carrying out the torture of individuals in custody can now rely upon an across-the-board legal defense that protects them from being sued for committing what amounts to an international crime, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling on Monday. The court affirmed an…

Supreme Court sanctions warrantless DNA collection from arrestees

Police in states that collect DNA evidence from everyone arrested for felony crimes may continue to do so, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. In a 5-4 decision (PDF) that saw arch conservative Justice Antonin Scalia side with the nation’s three reliably liberal justices, the court upheld a ruling out…

El Salvador’s Supreme Court denies life-saving abortion to woman

El Salvador’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday against allowing a 22-year-old woman to terminate her pregnancy to save her life, according to the Associated Press. In a 4-1 vote, the judges upheld the country’s strict abortion laws even though the woman’s fetus is missing most of its brain due to a…

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