U.S. Supreme Court leaves San Jose housing law in place

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a legal challenge to a San Jose affordable housing law, leaving intact the city’s effort to address the exploding cost of housing in Silicon Valley. The justices declined to hear the building industry’s appeal of a ruling last year by the California Supreme Court upholding San Jose’s [...]

Obama taps staffer to lead Supreme Court process

President Barack Obama’s nomination is expected soon, with some outside speculation putting it as early as this week. | AP Photo By Edward-Isaac Dovere 02/29/16 11:36 AM EST With the clock ticking on making his Supreme Court pick, President Barack Obama has tapped senior adviser Brian Deese to lead the behind-the-scenes process. The nomination is [...]

US Supreme Court declines review in NJ pension fight

TRENTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to intervene in the multi-billion dollar pension dispute between Gov. Chris Christie and government worker unions. The justices denied the unions’ petition for review, leaving in place a June New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that said Christie didn’t have to make scheduled pension payments into the declining [...]

Will the US Supreme Court Take Precedent Seriously on Abortion?

“Substantial obstacle” is the key phrase here, because it is the Supreme Court’s definition of what is also called an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to choose. In 1992, the Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v. Casey heard a challenge to Roe v. Wade. In a controlling plurality opinion, three justices “reaffirmed” the right [...]

Clarence Thomas Breaks 10 Years of Silence at Supreme Court

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Vigilance court says no evidence against Kerala CM in land case

Thiruvananthapuram: In a relief to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, a vigilance court on today observed that there was no evidence to link him to the controversial Pattoor land deal case. Enquiry Commissioner and Special Judge (Vigilance) Johan K Illikadan, however, pointed that there was prime facie evidence to prove that encroachment had taken place [...]

Supreme Court rejects NJ employees’ appeal over pension fund

The Supreme Court is refusing to disturb a ruling from New Jersey’s top court that sided with Gov. Chris Christie in a legal fight with public worker unions over pension funds. The justices did not comment Monday in rejecting the unions’ appeal. The high court order came less than three weeks after Christie ended his [...]

Senate Republicans Hope Bipartisan Drug Bill Shifts Focus From Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court Decision That Made a Mess of Abortion Rights

The rise of incrementalism In the period immediately following Roe, abortion opponents mobilized and pushed for a federal constitutional amendment declaring that a fetus was a “person” entitled to “equal protection” under the 14th Amendment. But those efforts stalled. Abortion opponents began arguing for a new, pragmatic strategy known as “incrementalism.” Instead of attempting to [...]

When Should A Judge Recuse Himself? Supreme Court Weighs The Question

i The Supreme Court hears arguments Monday testing whether a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice violated the Constitution when he ruled in a death penalty case that he had been involved with as a prosecutor. At issue is whether then-Chief Justice Ronald Castille, by refusing to recuse himself, denied the defendant, Terrance Williams, a fair hearing. [...]

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