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  • Supreme Court Justice Alito: 'Those Who Value Religious Freedom Have Cause for Great Concern'

    06/29/2016 1:50:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    The Stream ^ | 6/29/16 | Kelsey Harkness
    The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear a case challenging a Washington state law that forces a family-owned pharmacy to dispense emergency contraceptives is an “ominous sign” for those who value religious freedom, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said. “If this is a sign of how religious liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern,” Alito said Tuesday in a critical dissent. Alito was joined in his dissent by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Clarence Thomas, falling one justice short of the four needed for the...
  • ABC Swoons Over Abortion Activists After SCOTUS Ruling; 'It’s a Party Right Here!'

    06/29/2016 11:36:48 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 24 replies
    MRC Newsbusters ^ | June 27, 2016 | Curtis Houck
    ABC was the last of the “big three” networks to break in Monday morning with the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down a pro-life Texas law, but they didn’t hold back their approval as the assembled cast of smiling correspondents hailed the “fairly sweeping decision” and expressed glee at the “party right here” by abortion activists “lining up since 4:00 am. to witness this moment.” Chief anchor and Clinton Foundation donor George Stephanopoulos broke in at 10:20 a.m. Eastern to announce “breaking news from the Supreme Court closing at its term with what could be the most important abortion case in...
  • Courts say living by Christian faith illegal

    06/28/2016 7:49:21 PM PDT · by detective · 73 replies
    WND ^ | 06/28/2016 | Bob Unruh
    It started out with hints of official, United States governmental oppression of Christianity as soon as same-sex “marriage” became a bullet point for activists – little things like “discrimination” complaints that those choosing alternative sexual lifestyles somehow weren’t applauded as they thought they deserved. Then it became confrontational for Christians who were simply choosing to live by their beliefs – beliefs similar to those held by the nation’s founders. Bakers were penalized for not promoting homosexuality, ditto for photographers and venue owners. Government officials publicly vilified their Christian faith and ordered them, in some case, re-educated. Now two rulings have...
  • Obama’s DOJ to ‘Look Into’ Challenging SCOTUS on Executive Amnesty

    06/29/2016 4:52:10 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 39 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 6/28/2016 | Brandon Darby
    U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is looking into options to challenge a Supreme Court ruling that effectively determined a lower court’s decision neutering President Obama’s executive amnesty would stand. The ruling would help to prevent Obama from ignoring U.S. laws and from allowing many illegal aliens to stay in the U.S. without deportation. The statements from Attorney General Lynch were made during an interview with Reuters. The Reuters writer appears to have confused the ruling, as SCOTUS did not make the decision to block President Obama’s executive amnesty, they simply tied in their decision–which led to the Fifth Circuit’s ruling...
  • United States v. Texas: The Supreme Court’s Silent Endorsement of Trumpisprudence

    06/28/2016 1:56:47 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 6 replies
    Dorf on Law ^ | 6/27/2016 | Anil Kalhan
    It may be tempting to regard the Supreme Court’s deadlocked decision last week in United States v. Texas, the Republican lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s 2014 immigration initiatives, as something of a “non-decision” or “punt.” The Court’s one-line opinion—which, by convention, affirms the lower court’s judgment but has no further precedential effect—does not address any of the substantive issues presented in the case. Nor does the opinion itself disclose how any of the justices voted on any of the questions before them, although there seems little mystery as to which justices were likely on each side of the decision. And...
  • SCOTUS tosses Texas abortion law, designed to prevent more Kermit Gosnell butcher shops

    06/28/2016 10:54:06 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/28/18 | Dan Calabrese
    Even basic sanitary requirements are too much for the pro-aborts to accept With Anthony Kennedy joining the four Justices who are always liberal (as opposed to Kennedy’s liberal-when-he-feels-like-it approach to interpreting the law), the Supreme Court tossed out the very modest Texas abortion restrictions that simply required abortion clinics to meet the same safety requirements as every other medical clinic, including doctors who are sufficiently credentialed to be able to admit patients at local hospitals. These restrictions were put in place to prevent more Kermit Gosnell-style butcher shops from springing to life. But you can forget that. Any restriction on...
  • 20 Craziest Pro-Abortion Signs At SCOTUS

    06/28/2016 9:49:49 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 21 replies
    News Busters ^ | 6-27-16 | By Katie Yoder and Elliot Polsky
    Bet the traditional media won’t show you these. In anticipation of Monday’s Supreme Court decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, activists from both sides assembled en masse around the highest court’s front steps. The abortion case out of Texas challenged HB 2, which required abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and mandated that those clinics adhere to the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers. The media will no doubt cover the court’s decision in favor of abortion supporters (in other words, against the safety regulations that would force abortion clinics to close). But it’s unlikely that the...
  • Hillary: Abortion Is A ‘Constitutional Right,’ Unsure About Second Amendment

    06/11/2016 7:52:44 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/10/2016 | Steve Guest
    Hillary Clinton has no problem calling abortion a “constitutional right,” but when it comes to the Second Amendment, she has refused to take a position. On Friday, Clinton thanked Planned Parenthood for providing abortions when she said that it was a “constitutional right” for women to get an abortion. However, last Sunday, Clinton refused to say whether or not the right to bear arms was a constitutional right. Instead, Clinton criticized late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. “I think that for most of our history there was a nuanced reading of the Second Amendment until the decision by the late...
  • The "Nation of Immigrants" Half Truth and its Corporate Sponsors

    06/28/2016 2:03:08 AM PDT · by Benny Huang · 12 replies
    Freedom Daily ^ | June 28, 2016 | Benny Huang
    The Supreme Court momentarily impeded President Obama's attempt to "fundamentally transform America" last week with its 4-4 vote on his executive amnesty action plan. When the court is deadlocked, previous decisions by lower courts are allowed to stand. In this case, Obama lost because the lower court found that his plan exceeded his executive authority, which is actually what Obama himself said before he decided to do it. The evenly divided court apparently couldn't make up its mind as to whether the president is permitted to act like a dictator and suspend laws he doesn't like. That's a tough question,...
  • Sowell: The Fraud Goes On

    06/27/2016 12:06:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 28, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Last week the Supreme Court of the United States voted that President Obama exceeded his authority when he granted exemptions from the immigration laws passed by Congress. But the Supreme Court also exceeded its own authority by granting the University of Texas an exemption from the Constitution's requirement of "equal protection of the laws," by voting that racial preferences for student admissions were legal. Supreme Court decisions in affirmative action cases are the longest running fraud since the 1896 decision upholding racial segregation laws in the Jim Crow South, on grounds that "separate but equal" facilities were consistent with the...
  • WHOLE WOMAN’S HEALTH v. HELLERSTEDT - First: NULLIFY; Second: LIMIT (as with all SCOTUS Decisions

    06/27/2016 11:14:45 AM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 20 replies
    http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/15pdf/15-274_p8k0.pdf ^ | June 27, 2016 | Supreme Court of the U.S.
    See link for opinion which is void of good-faith constitutionally-based reasoning.
  • The Supreme Court Has Become a Rubber Stamp for the Democrat Agenda

    06/27/2016 11:11:32 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 22 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 6-27-2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The Supreme Court's gone. Even at eight members in a case like this, you can count on Justice Kennedy to join 'em, the four libs. So you essentially have a 5-3 leftist court now. But it's not a court. It is a partisan echo chamber of the Democrat Party or leftist agenda. We have a Democrat nominee, Hillary, who's wiped away -- just erased -- all objections to corruption as a disqualifying factor for Democrats. Democrats are making it clear they don't care how corrupt their leaders are. In fact, the more corrupt their leaders are --...
  • In Voisine v. US, SCOTUS just ruled people convicted of domestic violence can't buy guns

    06/27/2016 9:17:13 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 46 replies
    AOL ^ | June 27, 2016 | Marie Solis
    On Monday, in the case of Voisine v. the United States, the United States Supreme Court handed down a decision that prohibits people convicted of domestic violence from purchasing guns in a 6-2 vote, according to SCOTUSBlog. This was the case of two Maine men who were convicted on state domestic violence charges and then found with firearms and charged with violating a federal law that prohibits domestic abusers from having firearms," reads the live blog. "The question was whether their convictions qualified under the statute."
  • Supreme Court Vacates McDonnell's Corruption Conviction

    06/27/2016 7:43:16 AM PDT · by ExNewsExSpook · 43 replies
    Daily Press ^ | 27 June 2013 | Travis Fain
    The U.S. Supreme Court vacated former Gov. Bob McDonnell's conviction on corruption charges Monday morning. The decision was unanimous, according to SCOTUSblog, which is tracking opinion releases this morning in Washington, D.C. The court overturned a decsion that rose out of the U.S. District Court in Richmond, then was affirmed by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. The nut of the government's case against McDonnell, and his wife Maureen, was this: In taking some $177,000 in gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams, and then setting meetings Williams sought to gain legitimacy for a controversial dietary supplement, the McDonnells engaged...
  • Breaking: SCOTUS Strikes Down Texas Abortion Laws

    06/27/2016 7:10:19 AM PDT · by NRx · 274 replies
    WaPo ^ | 06-27-2016 | Staff
    The Supreme Court struck down Texas abortion restrictions that had caused more than half of the state’s abortion clinics to close.
  • Supreme Court set to rule on abortion clinic restrictions

    06/26/2016 6:52:25 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 26, 2016 | Supreme Court set to rule on abortion clinic restrictions
    The Supreme Court on Monday is poised to once again enter the fray on the abortion issue, an already divisive subject complicated by election-year politics and a split bench that may lack the votes to rule definitively. The high court will wrap up its work for the summer by issuing a judgment on how far Texas can go to regulate abortion clinics in the state, and whether those provisions have the effect of limiting first-trimester abortions guaranteed by the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. Texas reproductive clinics are asking the justices to keep their facilities open in the face of...
  • SCOTUS Immigration Ruling a ‘Huge Disappointment’ Say U.S. Catholic Bishops

    06/24/2016 10:28:28 AM PDT · by detective · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 24, 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    In a strongly worded statement, the chairman of the Committee on Migration of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has denounced Thursday’s Supreme Court decision that blocked the Obama administration’s executive action to shield more than 4 million illegal immigrants from deportation, calling it a “huge disappointment.”
  • Obama: ‘Enforcement Priorities Developed by My Administration Are Not Affected’ by SCOTUS Ruling

    06/23/2016 10:36:05 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 36 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 23, 2016 | Melanie Hunter
    (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama said Thursday that despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s tie vote, which essentially blocks his immigration plan, the millions of illegal immigrants that he sought to make legal with his executive action will remain a low priority for deportation by his administration. “Enforcement priorities developed by my administration are not affected by this ruling. This means that the people who might have benefited from the expanded deferred action policies – long-term residents raising children who are Americans or legal residents – they will remain low priorities for enforcement. As long as you have not committed a...
  • Lawyer for Sheriff Joe: 'Obama rules like he is King George III'

    06/23/2016 6:30:45 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 16 replies
    The Newsblaster ^ | 6/23/2016 | Scotty Robinson
    A lawyer for Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona’s Maricopa County, who first challenged Barack Obama’s immigration amnesty strategy that was blocked on Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court, says it is good the justices “stood up to an out-of-control president who rules like he is King George III in 1776.” The court was split 4-4 so the resulting ruling is that the decision from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is left standing. That affirmed a lower court’s decision that Obama could not implement an expanded amnesty program with orders from his agencies and departments. WND had broken the...
  • Opinion analysis: Obama immigration plan all but doomed

    06/23/2016 6:16:42 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 21 replies
    SCOTUSblog ^ | 6/23/2016 | Lyle Denniston
    Analysis President Barack Obama’s ambitious plan to overhaul U.S. immigration policy for millions of foreign nationals living in the U.S. came close to crashing down Thursday in a Supreme Court decision so brief that it was barely mentioned by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. If the policy is not yet entirely doomed, it could be after it is formally returned to a federal judge in Brownsville, Texas, who is sure to be guided by an appeals court ruling that already has said, in essence, that the government probably will lose. Technically, the policy might have another test before the...
  • Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Program at University of Texas

    06/23/2016 10:21:04 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 40 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/23/2016
    The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas, Austin, handing supporters of affirmative action a major victory. The vote was 4-3. Only seven justices participated in the decision. Justice Elena Kagan had recused herself for prior work on the case as United States solicitor general and the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat remains vacant. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr., dissented....
  • High court limits use of repeat offender law

    06/23/2016 9:40:10 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 3 replies
    ap.org ^ | 6/23/16 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is making it tougher for federal prosecutors to seek longer prison terms for people convicted of repeated violent crimes. The justices ruled 5-3 Thursday that lower courts are limited in how they can consider prior state crimes for purposes of increasing sentences under the federal Armed Career Criminal Act.
  • Supreme Court blocks Obama immigration plan

    06/23/2016 9:08:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | June 23, 2016
    The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Obama’s immigration executive actions, in a tie decision that delivers a win to states challenging his plan to give a deportation reprieve to millions of illegal immigrants. The justices' one-sentence opinion on Thursday marks a major setback for the administration, effectively killing the plan for the duration of Obama's presidency. The judgment could have significant political and legal consequences in a presidential election year highlighted by competing rhetoric over immigration. As the ruling was announced from the bench, pro-immigration activists filled the sidewalk in front of the court, some crying as the ruling...
  • Supreme Court Tie Deals Blow to Obama's Immigration Order

    06/23/2016 8:31:32 AM PDT · by askrenr · 31 replies
    The Texas Trubine ^ | June 23, 2016 | Julián Aguilar
    Dealing a major blow to President Obama’s controversial executive immigration order, the U.S. Supreme Court announced Thursday it had failed to produce a majority opinion on the policy — meaning that the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals’ November 2015 decision rejecting the policy stands. The program had been blocked in February 2015 by a Brownsville-based federal judge, Andrew Hanen, days before it was scheduled to begin. In a one-sentence opinion, the Supreme Court declared, "The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court." The ruling was immediately hailed by conservatives across the country.
  • High court strikes limits drunk driving test laws

    06/23/2016 7:59:56 AM PDT · by rarestia · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 23, 10:35 AM EDT | SAM HANANEL
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Thursday placed new limits on state laws that make it a crime for motorists suspected of drunken driving to refuse alcohol tests. The justices ruled that police must obtain a search warrant before requiring drivers to take blood alcohol tests, but not breath tests, which the court considers less intrusive.
  • Supreme Court Decision: Blocks Obama's Immigration Plan

    06/23/2016 7:41:15 AM PDT · by georgiegirl · 135 replies
    Fox Business | 6/23/16 | Fox Business
    Breaking news by Stu Varney. Supreme Court was tied 4 to 4, so the lower court decision stands against Obama's Immigration plan.
  • Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Program at University of Texas

    06/23/2016 7:26:00 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 78 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 23 2016 | Adam Liptak
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas at Austin, handing supporters of affirmative action a major victory. The vote was 4-3. Only seven justices participated in the decision, as Justice Elena Kagan had recused herself for prior work on the case as United States solicitor general and the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat remains vacant. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel...
  • Supreme Court Ruling On Polarizing Immigration Executive Order Could Come This Week

    06/22/2016 2:17:04 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 35 replies
    patch.com ^ | 6/22/2016 | Tony Cantu
    The high court will determine if Obama's DAPA -- Deferred Action for Parents of Americans -- is Constitutional. AUSTIN, TX -- The U.S. Supreme Court this week could rule on a far-reaching immigration-related case that would allow the parents of immigrant children to stay in the country legally. United States v. Texas, the pending U.S. Supreme Court case hinges on the constitutionality of an Obama administration initiative -- Deferred Action for Parents of Americans -- known by its acronym DAPA. The program was unveiled by Obama in November 2014 as an executive action, in a move to grant deferred action...
  • The Supreme Court Just Created a Full-Blown Police State

    06/22/2016 11:37:57 AM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 78 replies
    armstrongeconomics.com ^ | Jun 21, 2016 | Martin Armstrong
    The Supreme Court ruling in Utah v Strieff awarded the police total freedom to stop any citizen, at any time, to do whatever they desire. The Supreme Court determined that the “poisonous fruit” of a police officer’s stop of a citizen can be used against them at trial. This has wiped out, in reality, any constitutional protection you thought you had. This is a sad day for the United States, for the Supreme Court has officially created a full-blown police state and clearly has no intention of honoring why this nation began the entire American Revolution — to prevent illegal...
  • Stephen Colbert Slams Senate for Failing to Pass Gun Control Bills

    06/22/2016 7:10:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 51 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 6/22/2016 | Nick Paschal
    Stephen Colbert was angrier than usual with the Senate after they failed to pass any of the proposed gun control bills this week. The Late Show host had a hard time believing that they couldn’t come together on something that so many Americans agree on, saying, “Ninety-two percent of Americans want to expand background checks for gun buyers, and you just ignore them. Since when does 8 percent of the population get to have total control of an issue?”
  • Abortion, race, immigration among last Supreme Court cases

    06/21/2016 8:29:42 PM PDT · by cardinal4 · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 21 June 2016 | Mark Sherman
    WASHINGTON — It happens every June. The Supreme Court nears the finish line with the most contentious cases still to be resolved. This year is no exception. Among the court's eight remaining cases are regulation of Texas abortion clinics, race in college admissions, protections for people living in the U.S. illegally and the public corruption conviction of Virginia's former governor.
  • Paul Ryan's Treason

    06/21/2016 3:52:41 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 159 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | June 21, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    In an awkward interview with the Huffington Post, House Speaker Paul Ryan threatened to sue Donald Trump if he were to ban Muslim immigration or build a border wall with Mexico. Considering the current track record of suing Obama over abuses of power, this is little more than a confession of impotence. And yet it’s deeply troubling that a top Republican is willing to go to such lengths to fight for Muslim migration or for that matter illegal immigration in general.
  • Apple's Cook to host Paul Ryan fundraiser amid Trump woes

    06/21/2016 11:39:57 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 21 replies
    Apple CEO Tim Cook will host a fundraiser with House Speaker Paul Ryan next week as the iPhone maker tries to strengthen its relationships with key Republicans — despite its decision to pull support for the GOP convention because of its distaste for Donald Trump. Cook will help generate cash for Ryan at a private breakfast on June 28 in Menlo Park, Calif., along with Gary Wipfler, the company’s treasurer, according to an invite obtained by POLITICO on Monday. The money benefits not only the speaker but a joint fundraising committee aimed at helping to elect other House Republicans.
  • Why Paul Ryan Wants Hillary Clinton To Win The White House

    06/21/2016 11:14:21 AM PDT · by BAW · 118 replies
    DCWhispers ^ | June 21, 2016 | DCWhispers
    Sources now indicate Paul Ryan wants Hillary Clinton to be America’s next president, and is doing everything in his power to secure that very outcome. If that allows Hillary to nominate up to three more Supreme Court Justices and thus tilt the balance of power of the Court so it represents far-left, progressive views, so be it. The forty-six-year-old Paul Ryan doesn’t care because he has already been promised, and wishes to make certain, that he is the GOP’s 2020 nominee for president. And it’s not just the 2020 election cycle that is currently on the table. Powerful Republican insiders...
  • Franklin Graham [Facebook Post About Today's Meeting with Donald Trump]

    06/21/2016 1:58:19 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 124 replies
    facebook ^ | 6/21/16 | Franklin Graham
    I’ve been in New York this morning to attend a meeting organized by Dr. Ben Carson and others who invited Donald J. Trump to speak to evangelical Christian leaders from across the country. Governor Mike Huckabee was moderator and Mr. Trump answered questions on a wide range of issues. Dr. James Dobson asked the first question–he asked Mr. Trump what he would do concerning religious liberty issues. Mr. Trump said the number one thing he could do for religious liberty would be to appoint great Supreme Court justices and he reminded everyone that the next president could appoint up to...
  • Supreme Court ruling makes life harder for patent trolls, easier for Apple

    06/21/2016 12:19:50 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | June 21, 2016 | By Ben lovejoy
    The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday ruled that a 2011 law designed to make it easier to defeat new patent trolls were legal. The law had been challenged by a company attempting to patent something which had long been done by other companies. The case before the Supreme Court focused on a patent held by Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC that claims an invention for alerting drivers when they are speeding. GPS technology company Garmin brought a challenge at the Patent Office, which invalidated the Cuozzo patent after concluding its claims weren’t innovative when viewed against other prior technologies. The ruling will be of particular benefit to...
  • Wife of Clarence Thomas: Retirement Rumors Aren't True

    06/20/2016 2:05:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2016 | Guy Benson
    This item in the Washington Examiner touched off a brief spate of panic among right-leaning Court watchers late yesterday, as conservatives contemplated the potential ramifications of another SCOTUS vacancy arising upon the departure of a reliably conservative justice. Antonin Scalia's death earlier this year was a serious blow that underscored the stakes of the fall election. Could it possibly be true that Clarence Thomas is also eying the exits -- even with the Democrats favored to retain the White House at this point in the race? Justice Clarence Thomas, a reliable conservative vote on the Supreme Court, is mulling retirement after the presidential election, according...
  • Supreme Court Declines To Hear Challenge [CONNECTICUT’S BAN ON POPULAR SEMI-AUTOMATIC FIREARMS]

    06/20/2016 1:31:27 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 73 replies
    DailySignal ^ | June 20, 2016 | Connecticut Citizens Defense League, Inc. Blog
    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA – The United States Supreme Court declined on Monday to review a lower court’s ruling refusing to strike down on Second Amendment grounds Connecticut’s ban on certain semi-automatic firearms including the most popular rifles in the Nation. The Connecticut Citizens’ Defense League (CCDL) and other plaintiffs challenged Connecticut’s ban in 2013, arguing that the ban openly flouts the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which held that law-abiding citizens have an individual right to keep commonly owned firearms in their homes for self-defense.
  • Supreme Court Weakens Protections Against Unconstitutional Police Stops

    06/20/2016 12:21:30 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 56 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 06/20/2016 | Chris Geidner
    https://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/supreme-court-weakens-protections-against-unconstitutional-p?utm_term=.bsYgvzddN#.tlERGMqqX Supreme Court Weakens Protections Against Unconstitutional Police Stops The 5-3 decision prompts a sharp rebuke from Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who writes that those targeted by police “warn us that no one can breathe in this atmosphere.” Originally posted on Jun. 20, 2016, at 12:16 p.m. Updated on Jun. 20, 2016, at 1:07 p.m. BuzzFeed News Reporter Chris Geidner/BuzzFeed WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday made it easier for police to get evidence admitted in a prosecution even if that evidence was obtained after an unconstitutional stop. In a 5-3 decision, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the court that...
  • Supreme Court Rules for Police in Search Case

    06/20/2016 10:36:30 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 20, 2016
    Supreme Court Rules for Police in Search Case he Supreme Court ruled Monday that evidence of a crime may be used against a defendant even if the police did something wrong or illegal in obtaining it. The justices voted 5-3 to reinstate the drug-related convictions of a Utah man. The ruling comes in a case in which a police detective illegally stopped defendant Joseph Edward Strieff on the streets of South Salt Lake City, Utah. A name check revealed an outstanding warrant for Strieff. Strieff was placed under arrest and searched. He was carrying methamphetamine. Justice Clarence Thomas said for...
  • Supreme Court leaves state assault weapons bans in place

    06/20/2016 9:10:32 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 34 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 6/2/16 | AP
    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has rejected challenges to assault weapons bans in Connecticut and New York, in the aftermath of the shooting attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 50 people dead. ADVERTISEMENT The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling that upheld laws that were passed in response to another mass shooting involving a semi-automatic weapon, the elementary school attack in Newtown, Connecticut. The Supreme Court has repeatedly turned away challenges to gun restrictions since two landmark decisions that spelled out the right to a handgun to defend one's own home.
  • Clarence Thomas's Wife Blasts "Bogus" Retirement Rumors

    06/20/2016 7:46:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 20, 2016 | Lydia Wheeler
    The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is slamming reports that her husband is considering retirement. In a Facebook post, Ginni Thomas called an article in The Washington Examiner “bogus.” “For all those contacting me about the possibility of my husband retiring, I say --- unsubscribe from those false news sources and carry on with your busy lives.”
  • Panic Sets In Over Prospect Of Losing Another Conservative SCOTUS Justice (Thomas Retiring)

    06/20/2016 5:21:15 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 36 replies
    hotair.com ^ | June 20, 2016
    While not entirely unexpected, this is what we might refer to as a wake-up call. As reported by the Washington Examiner over the weekend, sources close to conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas say that he’s looking at announcing his retirement after the elections this November. Justice Clarence Thomas, a reliable conservative vote on the Supreme Court, is mulling retirement after the presidential election, according to court watchers.
  • What to Expect When Trump Meets 900 Evangelical Leaders Tuesday

    06/19/2016 5:15:20 PM PDT · by blueyon · 74 replies
    CP Politics ^ | 6/19/16 | Anugrah Kumar
    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's closed-door meeting Tuesday with 900 top evangelical and social conservative leaders will be a time of questions and answers on issues such as the Supreme Court, sanctity of life and religious freedom, according to an organizer, who said a similar meeting is being discussed also with Trump's rival Hillary Clinton. "Of the more than 50,000 questions that came in, many of them focused on those three issues. Others focused on issues related to leadership, national security, and faith," Johnnie Moore, the spokesperson for My Faith Votes, a non-partisan organization focused on engaging the 25...
  • End of conservative Supreme Court: Clarence Thomas may be next to leave

    06/19/2016 12:51:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 19, 2016 | Paul Bedard
    Justice Clarence Thomas, a reliable conservative vote on the Supreme Court, is mulling retirement after the presidential election, according to court watchers. Thomas, appointed by former President George H.W. Bush and approved by the Senate after a bitter confirmation, has been considering retirement for a while and never planned to stay until he died, they said. He likes to spend summers in his RV with his wife. His retirement would have a substantial impact on control of the court. The next president is expected to immediately replace the seat opened by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, providing a...
  • Supreme Court may take action on state assault weapon bans

    06/19/2016 6:50:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 84 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/19/2016 | unknown
    The U.S. Supreme Court may weigh in this week on gun control, an issue smoldering again following the June 12 Orlando massacre, with the justices due to decide whether to hear a challenge by gun rights advocates to assault weapon bans in two states. The Connecticut and New York laws prohibit semiautomatic weapons like the one used by the gunman who fatally shot 49 people at a gay night club in Orlando in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The Supreme Court will announce as soon as Monday whether it will hear the challenge brought by gun rights...
  • Chuck Todd To Paul Ryan: Supporting Trump Puts ‘Party Over Country’

    06/19/2016 8:23:07 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 58 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Hillary Clinton: the patriotic choice for president? That seems the implication of Chuck Todd’s challenge to Paul Ryan in an interview aired on today’s Meet The Press. When Ryan told Todd that as Speaker of the House, he was supporting Trump, Todd retorted: “you just made a case though for party over country.” How absurd! As Ryan rightly went on to explain to Todd, “No I didn’t! I know Hillary Clinton won’t agree with anything we want to do. She’ll put a bad judge on the Supreme Court. She won’t agree with any of the conservative reforms we’re trying to...
  • Biggest advantages to voting for The Donald

    06/17/2016 7:40:06 AM PDT · by skimbell · 17 replies
    QCOnline ^ | 6/17/16 | (Col.) Dave Shaver
    ...But perhaps the single biggest reason to vote for Trump is to keep the Supreme Court from liberalizing and destroying this country. The recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to rule concealed carry outside the home as illegal is just the beginning of what liberal judges can do to us. We need to let the #stoptrump folks know that whatever the raccoon exterminator does, right or wrong, he’ll save us from a liberal Supreme Court...
  • Supreme Court rules Puerto Rico can't restructure debt

    06/13/2016 9:54:44 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 6/13/16 | Lydia Wheeler
    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Puerto Rico can't restructure the debts of its public utilities to avoid a financial crisis, closing off one of the island's last remaining options for avoiding default without help from Congress. In a 5-2 ruling, the justices said that although the government and people of Puerto Rico should not have to wait for possible congressional action to avert a financial crisis, the Constitution does not allow them to rewrite a statute that Congress enacted in 1984. While states can allow municipalities to seek such debt relief, the lower court said, Congress had not given...
  • La Raza Council Cancels Pro-Muslim, Anti-Trump Event After Massive Terrorist Attack

    06/12/2016 10:00:50 PM PDT · by detective · 116 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/12/2016 | Casey Harper
    A coalition of civil rights groups planned to hold an event Monday attacking Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his rhetoric against Mexicans and Muslims, but cancelled it after 50 people were killed and at least 53 more wounded in a reported Islamic terrorist attack Sunday. The event was supposed to include leaders from several top rights groups including National Council of La Raza and Muslim Advocates, an advocacy group founded by American Muslim lawyers. The groups said in a press release promoting the event they planned to condemn Trump for “demonizing” certain groups and would demand an apology. The...