All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Supreme Court’

Kim Davis Charge of Official Misconduct Sent to Attorney General

Kim Davis may have reached the end of her rope. Now we’ll see if she decides to do her job, walk away from that job, or risk arrest and impeachment. The County Clerk from Rowan County in Kentucky has been defying the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples in her county, as …

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YouTube Celebrates Marriage Equality With #ProudToLove Video

In one of the most landmark supreme court decisions the country has seen in quite sometime, nine five court justices decided to make it unconstitutional for states to ban same-sex marriage. Enter, mostly positive, online pandemonium. On Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and every social media outlet on the web, millions poured their thoughts and feelings about marriage equality to the online …

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Marriage Equality Is Good for Business, Facebook, Apple, Google, and More Tell Supreme Court

Bans on same-sex marriage are bad for business. That’s the message of a new amicus brief filed in the US Supreme Court. The brief is signed by many major tech companies – as well as companies from industries all across the spectrum. It includes 379 supporters in all. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in multiple cases involving same-sex marriage …

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OJ Simpson Files Appeal For His Jail Release With Nevada Supreme Court

The fate of OJ Simpson now lies with the Nevada Supreme Court after the football star’s lawyers filed an appeal to get him released from jail. Simpson’s lawyers are contesting that a judge had been wrong to deny him a new trial for his 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery conviction in light of information that hadn’t surfaced before. Patricia Palm, …

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Sonia Sotomayor Rips Court a New One

The dust from the “Hobby Lobby” ruling at the Supreme Court has not even settled yet, and the next SCOTUS scandal is already hitting the ground. In the landmark case involving the Affordable Care Act, certain forms of contraception, and whether corporations can claim religious differences that exempt them from following the law of the land, the Court handed down …

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Megyn Kelly Holds No Punches; Now No. 1 News Show

For the past 150 consecutive months, Fox News has ruled the ratings roost, being the most watched news program on cable television. For the grand majority of those years, Bill O’Reilly has led the charge for the “fair and balanced” news station. However, O’Reilly has a new challenger, and she shows no signs of holding back. For the second time …

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Hobby Lobby’s Divisive SCOTUS Win

The Supreme Court case that featured Hobby Lobby and their protest against Obamacare wrapped up with a Hobby Lobby win yesterday. Within minutes your Facebook and Twitter feeds probably blew up with statements of indignation or triumph, depending on where your friends came down on the issue. Unfortunately, much of what you see tossed around out there is probably just …

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Hey Twitter, the Hobby Lobby Ruling Isn’t SCOTUSblog’s Fault

SCOTUSblog is a private blog, sponsored by Bloomberg Law, that’s “devoted to comprehensively covering the U.S. Supreme Court without bias and according to the highest journalistic and legal ethical standards.” It’s one of the most-respected sources for Supreme Court coverage and analysis. It has its own Twitter account. The Supreme Court, yesterday, made a controversial 5-4 ruling in a case …

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Aereo On Last Leg Following Supreme Court Ruling

The Supreme Court has spoken and popular streaming site Aereo will likely be kaput very soon. The site was the subject of a lengthy copyright battle due to the website’s ability to allow its users to watch and record television shows. At a price range of $8 to $12 per month, it was a steal for fans of the site. …

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Alabama Gay Sex Ban Overturned, Ruled Unconstitutional

An appeals court in Alabama has ruled that the Alabama law criminalizing consensual homosexual conduct is unconstitutional, as it “applies to private, legitimately consensual anal and oral sex between unmarried persons.” Civil rights organizations cheered the state appeals court for the ruling. Based on the statute, consensual anal and oral sex was banned, as the court ruled that they were …

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Supreme Court Rules To Allow Prayer At Town Meetings

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday to allow an opening prayer at town hall meetings in Greece, NY sparking fresh debate on the separation of church and state. In a surprise split, 5-4, justices ruled that the prayer, offered by a selected “chaplain of the month”, did not violate the constitutional rights of those in attendance at such meetings, according …

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Aereo TV Service Threatened by Supreme Court Case

In a case which alludes to the 1984 Betamax case, the pseudo-TV service Aereo is being threatened by a lawsuit from major cable companies. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will start hearing arguments from both sides. Two years ago, Aereo was brought to New York City. The concept of the company was simple, yet brilliant. Utilizing thousands of tiny, thumbnail-sized …

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North Dakota Abortion Law Overturned by Judge

Last year, North Dakota’s Republican-led legislature and governor signed into law what abortion rights advocates called the most restrictive law against abortion in the United States. The law, referred to as the fetal heartbeat law, called for the outlaw of abortions in which the fetus’s heartbeat could be detected, limiting the deadline for abortions to as early as six weeks …

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Hobby Lobby Invests in Abortion Pills

In a discovery that is bound to rankle supporters, Mother Jones magazine revealed yesterday that Hobby Lobby is in bed with the enemy. After months/years of fighting the Affordable Care Act’s provisions requiring birth control to be covered by employer-provided insurance plans, including taking that fight all the way to the United States Supreme Court, it now comes to light …

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First Video from Inside Supreme Court Hits YouTube

“What you’re about to see has never been seen before. This is video from inside the chamber of the US Supreme Court. Under their arcane rules, no one is allowed to record the proceedings, not even C-SPAN–in the year 2014.” Here’s a first. Thanks to YouTube and someone’s shifty device-hiding skills, we now have the first ever video recorded and …

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More Federal Privileges Extended to Same-Sex Couples

For those couples that are of the same sex, it appears as if things are only going to get better for your partnerships and lives. Not only are more states opening their doors to acceptance of same-sex marriage, now the Federal Government is extending privileges to those who were married in the eyes of the law, but barely acknowledged. The …

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Utah Same-Sex Marriages Deemed Legal By Federal Govt

On December 20, Federal District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby shocked the world (or at least Utah) when he ruled that Utah’s state constitutional ban on same-sex marriages was unconstitutional, and thus opened the floodgates for same-sex couples to file for marriage. The mad rush to the county clerk’s office only lasted approximately 2.5 weeks, however, as the Supreme Court …

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Same-Sex Marriage Blocked In Utah, Appeal Pending

Who didn’t see this coming? Following a surprise ruling that led to same-sex marriage being legalized in the state of Utah on December 20th, the Supreme Court has now put a hold on any new unions. A federal appeals court is expected to weigh the legality of the matter and make a final ruling on gay marriage in the state. …

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Canada Prostitution: Supreme Court Removes Restrictions On Sex Trade

Sex workers in Canada are celebrating after the country’s highest court unanimously struck down three anti-prostitution laws. In their landmark 9-0 ruling, the nine judges deemed that bans against owning and visiting brothels, publicly soliciting for sex and living off prostitution proceeds constitute gross violation to the principles of life, liberty and security of sex workers. Prostitution is legal in …

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New Mexico Supreme Court Rules For Marriage Equality

The New Mexico Supreme Court has made a landmark decision regarding marriage equality. The panel of five judges ruled that same-sex marriages were legal across the state. An excerpt of the decision reads: We conclude that although none of New Mexico’s marriage statutes specifically prohibit same-gender marriages, when read as a whole, the statutes have the effect of precluding same-gender …

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Federal Judge Rules Against NSA Spying Program

In perhaps the most startling decision handed down by the federal court system in quite some time, Judge Richard J. Leon of the District of Columbia ruled that the National Security Agency’s practice of gathering and collecting phone metadata (numbers called, length of conversations, locations, and times) most likely violates the 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution, and as …

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Kamala Harris Against Corporate Religious Claims

Attorney General Kamala Harris is in the middle of the battle between corporations and their religious freedoms, and the administration and its Affordable Care act. She previously filed a request for the Supreme Court to review whether for-profit businesses can deny coverage for contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The cases of such businesses as Hobby Lobby, a biblically-founded …

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NSA Supreme Court Ruling: Spying Will Continue

The Electronic Privacy Information Center, also known as EPIC, skipped lower federal courts and took their petition against the NSA straight to the Supreme Court. They claimed that a secret federal court improperly authorized the government to collect electronic records from telecom giant Verizon and leading Internet companies, including Microsoft, Apple, Google, Yahoo and Facebook. The court denied the petition …

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Oklahoma Ultrasound Case: Law Remains Struck Down

NewsOK.com, along with Reuters and the AP, report that the U.S. Supreme Court declined any review of a 2012 Oklahoma Supreme Court decision to strike down the law that forced any woman who wanted to abort their fetus to be shown a live ultrasound of that fetus and have it explained by a doctor. By declining to review Pruitt v. …

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Supreme Court could hear the ‘Boobies’ Bracelet case

The case between two teenage girls and a Pennsylvania school district may soon be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. The case began in 2010 when Brianna Hawk and Kayla Martinez, now 14 and 15, were suspended from school for wearing bracelets with the phrase “I (heart) boobies” in support for Breast Cancer Awareness Day. The school district had banned …

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Arizona and Kansas Exploit Supreme Court Loophole

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court struck down an Arizona law that required voters to present proof of their United States citizenship in order to vote in local as well as federal elections. The New York Times reports that Arizona has agreed to comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling, even though the state has planned to join Kansas in the …

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Supreme Court: You Can’t Patent Human Genes

Can you patent genes? That very question was before the Supreme Court not too long ago, and now the highest court in the land has made its decision. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court today ruled that human genes can not be patented. Of course, it’s a little more complicated than that. The general gist, however, is that companies …

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Supreme Court Upholds First-Sale Doctrine On Items Bought Overseas

Does the first-sale doctrine apply to items bought overseas? That was the question before the Supreme Court in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. It was an extremely important case that bode poorly for the consumer if the Court were to side with the publisher, but thankfully it proved to be pro-consumer in this case. For those new to …

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Apple, Facebook, Google and Other Tech Companies Join to Back Same-Sex Marriage

On March 26th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry, in which the respondents will broadly argue that state laws banning same-sex marriage (like California’s Prop 8 ) are unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The Supreme Court will also hear a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), meaning that …

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