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  • Andrew Sullivan: Why I’m Jittery About SCOTUS On Marriage

    01/28/2015 6:26:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Dish ^ | January 22, 2015 | Andrew Sullivan
    I was too sick to grapple with the recently revealed fact that the Supreme Court is going to decide some foundational issues with respect to marriage equality this spring and summer. And maybe because I’ve spent so long worrying about a premature decision that I cannot quite believe that the Fourteenth Amendment will find one more minority to protect. The power of the language and arguments in the Windsor decision would be very hard to take back, and with 36 states now offering marriage equality, the ruling would not be another Roe (there’s already a budding national majority for equal...
  • New Saudi King Named In 9/11 Suits

    01/27/2015 7:14:15 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 27 replies
    IBD ^ | January 26, 2015
    President Obama should think before bowing to Saudi Arabia's new king in his Tuesday visit. King Salman has a history of funding al-Qaida, and his son has been accused of knowing in advance about the 9/11 attacks. When it comes to jihadism, Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud is more of a hardliner than his older brother, King Abdullah, who died last week of a lung infection. As such, any commitment he makes to helping the U.S. destroy al-Qaida and Islamic State terrorists should be viewed with great suspicion. The 79-year-old Salman once ran a Saudi charity tied to al-Qaida and...
  • Ted Cruz 2016: 7 Highlights From Pre-Politics Life of GOP Presidential Hopeful

    01/27/2015 4:06:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 27, 2015 | Lisa Cunningham
    Ted Cruz, an outspoken attorney whose first elected role was as a U.S. senator from Texas, is seen as a strong contender for a run for president in 2016. Although he’s only been a senator since 2012, Cruz has already ingratiated himself with the Tea Party. Here are seven highlights from his pre-politics life: 1. His father was a political prisoner of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista during Fidel Castro's revolution and nearly lost his life. "Being the son of an immigrant who came here fleeing oppression and seeking freedom, I think, is an incredible gift," Cruz has said. "It makes...
  • Supreme Court Rules Police Can Violate The 4th Amendment

    01/27/2015 1:17:30 PM PST · by Yellowstone Joe · 120 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1/27/14 | Tyler Durden
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a blow to the constitutional rights of citizens, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in Heien v. State of North Carolina that police officers are permitted to violate American citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights if the violation results from a “reasonable” mistake about the law on the part of police. Acting contrary to the venerable principle that “ignorance of the law is no excuse,” the Court ruled that evidence obtained by police during a traffic stop that was not legally justified can be used to prosecute the person if police were reasonably mistaken that the person had...
  • The Totalitarianism of Same-Sex “Marriage” (what has happened in Canada since 2005)

    01/27/2015 9:54:09 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 27, 2015 | JOE BISSONNETTE
    In November of 1996 First Things hosted a symposium titled “The Judicial Usurpation of Politics” in which contributors discussed the threat to American democracy posed by the Supreme Court instated imposition of abortion on America. Nothing rivals the sheer volume of innocent human beings killed by abortion and yet First Things saw fit to focus not on the babies themselves or the mothers and fathers, but on the threat to democracy and the American experiment posed by the judicial over-reach that legalized abortion.The legalization of same-sex “marriage” does not bring with it the innocent blood which cries to heaven,...
  • U.S. top court rules for employer in retiree benefits fight

    01/26/2015 9:37:12 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 32 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 1/26/15 | Lawrence Hurley
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a company that amended a collective bargaining agreement to force retirees to pay toward healthcare costs, throwing out a lower-court ruling that favored the former employees who objected to the change. On a unanimous vote, the nine-member court handed a win to M&G Polymers USA, a subsidiary of Italy-based chemical company Mossi & Ghisolfi International, by sending the case back for further proceedings in the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Nearly 500 plaintiffs from Ohio who had worked at the M&G polyester plant in Apple Grove, West...
  • Could Louisiana Priest Face Jail for Refusing to Break Confession Seal?

    01/24/2015 2:17:42 PM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    NC Register ^ | January 22, 2015
    – Angela Marie via Flickr (CC BY 2.0) WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a petition from a Louisiana Catholic diocese that fears a civil lawsuit could force a priest to violate the seal of confession or go to jail. The Diocese of Baton Rouge and diocesan priest Father Jeff Bayhi were disappointed by the decision, which the diocese said has “significant ramifications for religious freedom in Louisiana and beyond.” “The diocese and Father Bayhi will continue their efforts to protect the guarantees of religious freedom set forth in our state and federal constitutions and are...
  • Great news. Republicans look at eliminating filibuster for SCOTUS nominees

    01/24/2015 8:54:55 AM PST · by Bratch · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 24, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I was expecting some action out of the new Congress, but I really never saw this one coming. A group of Republican Senators led by Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) are floating the idea of further extending the nuclear option enacted by the Democrats to take filibusters off the table when considering nominees to the Supreme Court. Clearly wiser heads than myself have been able to determine why this is such a great idea, because I’m not seeing it at the moment. Top Senate Republicans are considering gutting the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees — a move that could...
  • South Fla. student Jordan Sotomayor accused of stalking teacher

    01/24/2015 5:07:01 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | 1/23/15 | John Turchin
    A South Florida high school student has been arrested and charged with stalking a teacher. MIAMI - A South Florida high school student has been arrested and charged with aggravated stalking following an incident with one of his school's teachers. Miami Sunset Senior High School student Jordan Sotomayor, 18, was taken into custody on Wednesday. According to investigators Sotomayor was actively pursuing the teacher for a year. The teacher teaches intensive reading and math. Local 10 News is not releasing her name to respect her privacy.
  • Justices to Hear Case on Execution Drugs

    01/23/2015 3:06:45 PM PST · by lbryce · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 23, 2015 | ADAM LIPTAK and ERIK ECKHOLM
    The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide a case on the constitutionality of the new lethal injection drug combinations that some states are using for executions. The court agreed to hear a challenge to Oklahoma’s choice of drugs even though on Jan. 15 the court declined to stay an execution there, using the same contested drugs. In April, Oklahoma botched the execution of Clayton D. Lockett, who appeared to gasp and struggle after the drugs were administered before he finally died in the execution chamber of a heart attack.
  • Supreme Court hears Texas case that tests extent of civil rights doctrine

    01/22/2015 4:48:11 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 11 replies
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared divided over a challenge to the Fair Housing Act that liberal critics say could gut the civil rights provision. A sharply divided US Supreme Court on Wednesday took up a challenge to the Fair Housing Act (FHA) in an action that liberal critics say could gut the major civil rights provision. At issue in a case from Dallas, Texas, is whether the housing law authorizes lawsuits over racially neutral measures that nonetheless disproportionately impact minority residents. Liberals support the so-called disparate impact theory of civil rights enforcement, while conservatives warn that such an approach...
  • How Chruistians and non-Christians have fared before the Supreme Court (Shortened title)

    01/21/2015 8:24:34 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 4 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | January 20, 2015 | Eugene Volokh
    I’ve long been skeptical of claims that justices in religious freedom cases — and especially devoutly Christian justices, such as Justice Antonin Scalia — are biased in favor of Christians in religious exemption cases. To be sure, justices are people, and people have biases, usually in favor of their own groups. But justices also know quite well that their opinions will affect many more cases, including cases brought by other religious groups. I’m also skeptical of trying to prove such biases simply by counting cases. Different cases involve different legal issues, and — especially when you have only a few...
  • FreeperEd: Will the Supreme Court Deal With Reality When It Makes Its Marriage Ruling?

    01/21/2015 1:33:49 PM PST · by xzins · 39 replies
    FreeperEd ^ | 21 Jan 15 | Xzins
    Will the Supreme Court Deal With Reality When It Makes Its Marriage Ruling? Let's be blunt. When a penis is inserted in a vagina there is a good chance that a new human being will result. When a penis is inserted in an anus, there is a passable chance of disease or defect being the result. This is reality and there is no escaping it. Only a real male and a real female can make babies. Put the two sexes together, and there's a good chance of babies showing up. To deal with reality, cultures through all of recorded history...
  • Obama assails Supreme Court

    01/21/2015 11:12:25 AM PST · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 21, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    A day after snubbing liberal activists who were pushing for tougher campaign-finance regulations, President Obama took a swipe at the Supreme Court Wednesday for its “wrong” ruling five years ago on the issue. “Five years ago, a Supreme Court ruling allowed big companies – including foreign corporations – to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence our elections,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “The Citizens United decision was wrong, and it has caused real harm to our democracy.” The president said it was time to “reverse” the trend of unlimited spending on political ads by third parties, but he...
  • Why 3 Supreme Court Justices Didn’t Attend the State of the Union

    01/21/2015 7:48:57 AM PST · by South40 · 35 replies
    MSN ^ | 20 JAN 2015 | Tessa Berenson
    The wording in the Constitution is simple and straightforward: the President “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union.” There's nothing in there about the Supreme Court justices and, accordingly, there's nothing simple and straightforward about their attendance. This year, six justices were in attendance, while three of the most conservative members of the court, Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito were noticeably absent. In the modern era, custom has held that the justices would show up in their official robes and sit impassively. But in recent years, they've become...
  • Supreme Court Unanimously Rules For Bearded Muslim Inmate Gregory Holt

    01/21/2015 6:30:04 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    NBC ^ | 1/21/15
    A unanimous Supreme Court ruling has invalidated an Arkansas state prison rule that barred inmates from growing beards measuring more than a quarter of an inch long. The rule had been challenged by inmate Gregory Holt, a Muslim man who had asked for permission to grow a half-inch-long beard as a compromise from the full beard he believes is required by his faith. In a ruling announced Tuesday, the Supreme Court said the policy violated Holt's religious beliefs.
  • Supreme Court rules for Muslim inmate over prison beard policy

    01/20/2015 7:46:02 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/20/2015 | LAWRENCE HURLEY
    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday ruled in favor of a Muslim prison inmate who challenged a regulation that prevented him from growing a beard. The nine justices, on a 9-0 vote, said that the prison policy violated the religious rights of inmate Gregory Holt, who wants to grow a half-inch (1.3 cm) beard in accordance with his Muslim beliefs. The court rejected the state's reasoning that the policy was needed for security reasons. Justice Samuel Alito, writing on behalf of the court, said the state already searches clothing and hair and had not given a valid reason why...
  • Supreme Court Will Likely Support Homosexual Marriage

    01/19/2015 4:58:31 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 49 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | January 19, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    The Supreme Court is going to once again review the issue of homosexual marriage. Last time around the Court punted on ruling whether states had the Constitutional right to outlaw such “marriages.” This time around they won’t be punting. Odds are by the end of June the Supreme Court will dictate to the country that sodomites have the legal right to marry. Our nation will finally have stooped to the point where we’re no better than Sodom and Gomorrah. Marriage was ordained by God in the Garden of Eden, it has lasted since that time as an institution involving one...
  • Supreme Court to Decide Marriage Rights for Gay Couples Nationwide

    01/17/2015 11:48:18 PM PST · by NetAddicted · 29 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/16/2015 | Adam Liptak
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether all 50 states must allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, positioning it to resolve one of the great civil rights questions in a generation before its current term ends in June. The decision came just months after the justices ducked the issue, refusing in October to hear appeals from rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five states. That decision, which was considered a major surprise, delivered a tacit victory for gay rights, immediately expanding the number of states with same-sex marriage to 24, along with the District of Columbia,...
  • US Supreme Court to Decide on Same-Sex 'Marriage'

    01/17/2015 3:22:48 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    Zenit ^ | January 17, 2015
    Archbishop: "It's hard to imagine how the essential meaning of marriage ... consistent with every society throughout all of human history, could be declared illegal" Washington, D.C., January 17, 2015 (Zenit.org) | 192 hits The U. S. Supreme Court granted a request Friday to review the November 2014 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upholding the constitutionality of marriage laws in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The decision regarding same-sex marriage is expected in June or July.Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and...
  • Fox’s Shep Smith: Same States That Were ‘Fighting Integration’ Are Against Gay Marriage

    01/16/2015 8:05:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 16, 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    During his breaking news coverage of the Supreme Court’s decision to hear four different cases challenging same-sex marriage bans in four different states this term — Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee — Fox News’ Shepard Smith compared the remaining resistance to marriage equality in this country to those who wanted to keep segregation intact during the Civil Rights Movement. “Not in every case, but in most cases, the same states which were fighting integration are fighting this as well,” Smith said. “Those states which always seem to be behind the curve for reasons which are explainable and understandable. Those are...
  • IRS Scandal Is Back (Weekly Update)

    01/16/2015 1:45:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 16, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    The Obamacare-IRS ScandalFrench Terror Attacks Tied To FBI Asset? New Docs: Top IRS official may have obstructed investigations into the IRS scandal The Obamacare-IRS Scandal There is a lawsuit that could bring President Obama’s federal healthcare crashing down under the weight of its own lawlessness. A few weeks ago, we filed anamicus brief in support of plaintiffs who are making the plain obvious point to the United States Supreme Court that President Obama (or any other president) should not be permitted to rewrite federal statues in brazen violation of the U.S. Constitution’s separation of powers. The plaintiffs in David King...
  • Supreme Court to Decide Whether Constitution Protects Same-Sex Marriage

    01/16/2015 1:19:49 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 165 replies
    WSJ ^ | January 16, 2015 | By JESS BRAVIN
    Decision Later This Year Could Extend Gay Marriage to All 50 States or Cloud Existing Unions WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Friday said it would decide whether the U.S. Constitution gives same-sex couples the right to marry, signaling what could be the final chapter of a push by advocates to extend gay unions nationwide. The court accepted challenges to same-sex marriage bans in four states—Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee—that a federal appeals court upheld in November 2014. The ruling by the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati departed from recent decisions by other appeals courts that found same-sex couples...
  • Breaking: The US Supreme Court has agreed to take up the issue of same-sex marriage

    01/16/2015 12:35:49 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 102 replies
    Twitter ^ | 01/16/2015 | Pete Williams
    Breaking: The US Supreme Court has agreed to take up the issue of same-sex marriage.
  • Is Political Speech More Important Than Religious Speech? Supreme Court Hears Arguments

    01/15/2015 8:31:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/15/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    The issue of whether political speech is more important than religious speech was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in oral arguments Monday in a case involving a small church that is suing an Arizona town over a sign display code they believe violates their rights. Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared to favor Good News Community Church and its pastor Clyde Reed over the town of Gilbert's restrictions on religious roadside signs. During the arguments, a couple attorneys wondered if Gilbert's code on roadside signs placed political speech above religious speech. Reed and his congregation were represented by...
  • White House just assuming they’ll win Obamacare case at SCOTUS

    01/14/2015 3:36:37 PM PST · by PROCON · 73 replies
    hotair.com ^ | Jan. 14, 2015 | Kevin Glass
    King v. Burwell, the court case that will determine if Obamacare’s language about federal subsidies and their availability on exchanges “established by the state”, will be heard in oral arguments at the Supreme Court on March 4, with a decision to come down later this year. The Obama White House is apparently so confident that they’ll win the case that they’re not preparing any back-up plan in case the Supreme Court wrecks the structure of their signature legislation. As Politico’s health care newsletter wrote this morning:Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) says that at a roundtable discussion with congressional leaders he asked...
  • Supreme Court lets stand delta smelt protection, dealing blow to farmers

    01/12/2015 10:42:48 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 1-12-15 | Michael Boyle
    What they’re saying • “The law prohibits us from making such fine utilitarian calculations to balance the smelt’s interests against the interests of the citizens of California. — Federal Judge Jay Bybee • “These regulations have harmed farmers and farmworkers in the Central Valley ... by diverting vast quantities of water away from human use and out to the Pacific Ocean, all to try to improve the habitat of ... a 3-inch fish on the Endangered Species Act list. — James S. Burling, director of litigation for the Pacific Legal Foundation The Supreme Court on Monday steered clear of a...
  • Farmers in dry California decry water decision favoring fish

    01/12/2015 4:24:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 12, 2015 5:04 PM EST | Scott Smith
    California farmers struggling with drought say a U.S. Supreme Court decision issued Monday that keeps strict water restrictions in place to protect a tiny, threatened fish has forced them to leave thousands of acres unplanted in the nation’s most fertile agricultural region.The justices rejected appeals from farmers in California's Central Valley and urban water districts who had challenged a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan to safeguard the 3-inch-long Delta smelt, a species listed as threatened in 1993 under the federal Endangered Species Act. The smelt only lives in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the largest estuary on the West Coast...
  • Supreme Court rejects ObamaCare challenge from doctors' group

    01/12/2015 12:52:07 PM PST · by PROCON · 29 replies
    thehill ^ | Jan. 12, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a 2-year-old legal challenge to a central provision of ObamaCare from a conservative doctors group. The case, which was led by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, sought to strike down the law’s individual mandate, which fines individuals who fail to purchase health insurance.
  • Supreme Court rejects new challenge to Obamacare law

    01/12/2015 8:13:15 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 12, 2015 | BY LAWRENCE HURLEY
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up another broad challenge to President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. The court rejected an appeal filed by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and the Alliance for Natural Health USA. The groups had challenged various aspects of the law known as Obamacare including the so-called individual mandate that requires people to obtain health insurance or pay a tax. In March 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of the Obama administration. In 2012, a district court judge also ruled against the...
  • Court denies one same-sex marriage case (USSC refuses appeal of LA Gay marriage ban!)

    01/12/2015 7:57:47 AM PST · by icwhatudo · 25 replies
    SCOTUS blog ^ | January 12th, 2015 9:41 am | Lyle Denniston
    The Supreme Court, returning from its winter recess, decided on Monday not to take on a same-sex marriage case that remains under review in a federal appeals court, but otherwise took no action on that constitutional controversy. The Court made no comment as it turned down a plea by same-sex couples in Louisiana to review that state’s ban, which had been upheld by a federal trial judge in New Orleans (Robicheaux v. George).
  • ACA and Employer Mandate Back in National Spotlight

    01/09/2015 2:35:24 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 3 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 1-9-14 | Sean Riley
    On Thursday, the U.S. House passed a bipartisan measure to restore the definition of full-time work to 40 hours instead of 30 under the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is gearing up to consider a legal challenge in King v. Burwell that could eliminate the employer mandate in the majority of states. If passed by the Senate and able to survive a veto threat, Thursday’s measure in the House would directly impact companies across the country subject to the ACA’s employer mandate. The employer mandate, which partially went into effect January 1st for businesses with 100...
  • 46 Changes to ObamaCare . . . So Far

    01/03/2015 1:25:25 PM PST · by rhema · 4 replies
    Galen Institute ^ | Jan. 2, 2015 | Tyler Hartsfield and Grace-Marie Turner
    By our count at the Galen Institute, more than 46 significant changes already have been made to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: at least 28 that President Obama has made unilaterally, 16 that Congress has passed and the president has signed, and 2 by the Supreme Court. CHANGES BY ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION 1. Medicare Advantage patch:
  • Supreme Court: Mark Levin and Landmark Legal Foundation

    01/02/2015 3:42:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Conservative radio host and Landmark Legal Foundation President Mark Levin has submitted an amicus brief in support of the petitioners in King v. Burwell, the Obamacare legal case that will be heard by the Supreme Court on March 5, 2015. The case addresses whether "the Internal Revenue Service may permissibly promulgate regulations to extend tax-credit subsidies to coverage purchased through exchanges established by the federal government under Section 1321 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." Essentially, the case looks at whether federal subsidies are legal and available to people living in states that did not set up their...
  • JW Files SCOTUS Amicus Brief, Argues against Subsidies for Federal Health Exchange Enrollees

    01/02/2015 2:11:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 2, 2014
    Group asks High Court to affirm the limits on the executive branch’s ability to disregard federal statutes, reaffirm separation of powers (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on December 24, 2014, it filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the IRS and the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Treasury over a decision by the agencies to ignore a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The lawsuit seeks specifically to prevent the IRS from providing refundable tax credits to individuals who purchase health care coverage through...
  • Supreme Court Rules 8-1 Citizens Have No Protection Against 4th Amendment Violations by Police

    12/26/2014 7:31:29 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 89 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 12-26-14 | John Whitehead
    In a blow to the constitutional rights of citizens, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in Heien v. State of North Carolina that police officers are permitted to violate American citizens' Fourth Amendment rights if the violation results from a "reasonable" mistake about the law on the part of police. Acting contrary to the venerable principle that "ignorance of the law is no excuse," the Court ruled that evidence obtained by police during a traffic stop that was not legally justified can be used to prosecute the person if police were reasonably mistaken that the person had violated the law....
  • Why Liberals Should Fear the Supreme Court in 2015

    12/26/2014 4:41:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    National Journal ^ | 12/26/2014 | Sam Baker
    The Supreme Court is poised for a blockbuster year in 2015—and the list of high-profile cases could keep growing. Already, the Court is set to rule in a case that threatens to wreak havoc on Obamacare. The justices are also considering questions of religious freedom, free speech, and limits on political fundraising. That mix of cases poses big risks for liberals, who were caught off guard by the Court's enthusiasm for another high-stakes Obamacare battle. And under Chief Justice John Roberts, the Court has steadily chipped away at campaign-finance limits. But Republican governors and social conservatives also have a lot...
  • Court Upholds Public School’s Ban of American Flag; TMLC asks Supreme Court for Review

    12/21/2014 5:13:40 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 24 replies
    Thomas Moore Law Center ^ | December, 15, 2014 | Staff
    On Monday (December 15, 2014), the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, MI, along with two other entities, asked the US Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision which upheld a California public school’s ban on the display of the American flag because it feared the flag might incite Mexican students to violence. In his minority dissent, Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain criticized the decision as permitting “the will of the mob to rule our schools.”
  • Supreme Court Sides With Police In 4th Amendment Case Arising from Officer’s ‘Mistake of Law’

    12/20/2014 11:11:53 PM PST · by Altariel · 23 replies
    Reason.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Damon Root
    In a decision issued this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the police in a case arising from an officer’s “mistake of law.” At issue in Heien v. North Carolina was a 2009 traffic stop for a single busted brake light that led to the discovery of illegal drugs inside the vehicle. According to state law at the time, however, motor vehicles were required only to have “a stop lamp,” meaning that the officer did not have a lawful reason for the initial traffic stop because it was not a crime to drive around with a single busted brake...
  • U.S. Supreme Court allows gay marriage to proceed in Florida next month (7-2)

    12/20/2014 9:37:19 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 25 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | December 20, 2014 | Bill Cotterell
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday declined to extend a stay sought by Florida officials defending the state's ban on same-sex marriages, allowing gay marriages to proceed in Florida next month. Some weddings would be allowed to start when a stay expires after Jan. 5 following an order by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta earlier this month. "The Supreme Court once again has spoken, opening the door for marriage equality here," said Nadine Smith, chief executive officer of Equality Florida, an advocacy group. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who asked the high...
  • Supreme Court Accepts Fake Hijab Civil Rights Case

    12/19/2014 2:12:53 PM PST · by PROCON · 10 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | Dec. 19, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The most obvious question to ask about the EEOC’s obsession with the Samantha Elauf case is why is it even a case? Setting aside the entire legal question of whether a store that sells trendy clothing is required to accept an employee wearing a 7th century symbol that says she is her husband’s or father’s property… Elauf’s being a Muslim woman wearing Hijab had nothing to do with why she wasn’t hired. There are two issues in the case 1. Abercrombie and Fitch have a policy against headcoverings for employees 2. Samantha Elauf was not hired by A and F...
  • Clinton Press Secretary Thinks Hillary Should Be a Supreme Court Justice

    12/17/2014 10:32:15 AM PST · by PROCON · 24 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | De. 16, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The only question is why stop there? Can’t we just appointed a politician, whose only qualification for every job she has gotten in the last two decades has been her last name, Supreme Overlord of the Universe?Mike McCurry, Bill Clinton’s press secretary and a guy you happily forgot even existed until now, returns with a proposal so insane that even Obama might shake his head.What if a vacancy now appeared on our nation’s highest court? Given the bitterness and polarization that exists in Washington today, it is hard to imagine any nominee offered by Barack Obama having a less than...
  • Florida asks highest court to block gay marriage

    12/16/2014 3:58:04 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    tampabay.com ^ | 12/15/14 | Anna M Phillips
    Less than two weeks after a federal court refused to temporarily block gay marriages from taking place, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intercede... Recent history suggests Bondi's application is headed for rejection. Her request will land on the desk of one of the court's most conservative members — Justice Clarence Thomas, who is responsible for overseeing federal courts in Florida. He could rule on her request for a stay (in which case, the full court could reverse his decision) or he could refer the matter to the entire court.
  • Atheists Push to Remove Language From Constitutions in States Banning Them From Public Office

    12/11/2014 8:34:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/11/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    Although these bans aren't enforceable under federal law, a coalition of atheists are now lobbying to remove language from constitutions in Maryland and six other states that prevent people who do not believe in God from holding public office. Along with Maryland, the constitutions of Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas all bear language prohibiting people who do not believe in God from holding office according to The New York Times. And the Openly Secular coalition wants the language removed. "If it was on the books that Jews couldn't hold public office, or that African-Americans or women...
  • Obama administration claims a right to hide evidence before Supreme Court

    12/10/2014 10:32:48 AM PST · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 12/10/14 | Kyndra Miller Rotunda and Rear Admiral James Carey (Ret.) and Bob Carey and Joshua Flynn-Brown
    Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in United States v. June, a case that has received little attention, but will have far-reaching implications. The case boils down to this: Can the federal government actively conceal material evidence in order to escape liability? Common sense says no. The Obama administration says yes. June involves the Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA) and a doctrine called “equitable tolling.” Prior to 1946, the doctrine of sovereign immunity prohibited citizens from filing suit against the government. That all changed in 1946, when a military plane crashed into the Empire State Building, killing and...
  • Latest Gruber Video Ruins Administration's Supreme Court Argument To Save Obamacare

    12/04/2014 11:39:40 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 12 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 12.4.2014 | Jeff Dunetz
    f all the Jonathan Gruber videos released so far, this one could be the most damaging. Revealed on Tuesday's Greta Van Susteren program on Fox News, the latest blockbuster has the Obamacare architect explaining if your state doesn't set up an exchange, its residents aren't eligible for tax credits, precisely the opposite of what the Administration is arguing before the Supreme Court. The question before the Supreme Court is whether the language of the Affordable Care Act restricts the premium subsidies (in the form of tax credits) to residents buying insurance from a state-run exchange, and prohibits the credits on...
  • GOP asks Supreme Court to take on another ObamaCare case

    12/04/2014 9:45:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 4, 2014 | sarah Ferris
    Members of the GOP are asking the Supreme Court to take up another case against ObamaCare, this time challenging a controversial medical board that the party has called “a death panel.” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and several other Republicans will file an amicus brief Thursday urging the court to reconsider a case against a piece of the healthcare law called the Independent Payment Advisory Board. “Because the law frees [the board] of any checks and balances, waiting could be dangerous. The Supreme Court should hold that the time to answer these constitutional questions is now, not...
  • Justice Kennedy and Dignity: Why, on his own principles, he should not vote for same-sex marriage.

    12/04/2014 6:27:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/04/2014 | Howard Slugh
    Justice Kennedy’s jurisprudence evidences a deep concern for the dignity of same-sex couples. That’s why he should not vote to create a right to same-sex marriage. This sounds counterintuitive, but it’s true, for reasons I shall explain. On October 6, the Supreme Court declined to review any of the seven same-sex-marriage cases sent to it. This momentarily dashed the hopes of activists and advocates that the court would recognize a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. A few weeks later, the Sixth Circuit upheld four states’ traditional marriage laws. This established a conflict between the Sixth Circuit and those appellate courts...
  • Texas Leads 17 States Suing Obama Administration Over Immigration Action

    12/03/2014 2:20:52 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 3, 2014 | by Carrie Dann
    Seventeen states, led by Texas Attorney General and Governor-elect Greg Abbott, are suing the Obama administration over the president's recent executive actions on immigration. In a statement, Abbott said the president's unilateral action to offer deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants "tramples the U.S. Constitution's Take Care Clause and federal law." The coalition of states involved in the suit includes: Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
  • U.S. justices grapple with UPS pregnancy discrimination case

    12/03/2014 12:03:46 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 57 replies
    Rooters ^ | Lawrence Hurley
    Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared unsure on Wednesday how to decide a case that could determine whether employers must provide accommodations for pregnant workers who may have physical limitations on duties they can perform. During a one-hour argument before the nine justices, two of the court's three women - Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg - showed most sympathy for former UPS Inc truck driver Peggy Young. But it was unclear how some of the other justices would vote in the closely watched case involving women's workplace rights. The case concerns whether the package delivery company violated a...