Supreme Court rules on strangest First Amendment case in recent history

You may recall back in January when we talked about the case of Jeffrey Heffernan. He was the cop in Paterson, New Jersey who was demoted because of “overt involvement in a political campaign.” At the time I described it as one of the strangest First Amendment cases ever seen in the courts. Here’s a [...]

Edinburg mother’s immigrant story reaches the Supreme Court

The story of a 45-year-old mother from Edinburg and her mixed-status family reached the nation’s highest court earlier this month as eight Supreme Court justices debate a case that directly affects millions of immigrants like her across the country. The mother of three, identified as Jane Doe No. 1, is one of three women from [...]

Supreme Court Lets Texas Voter ID Law Stand — For Now

The Supreme Court on Friday left intact a strict voter identification law in Texas, while leaving open the possibility that it would consider challenges to the law. NPR’s Wade Goodwyn explains. Article source: Supreme Court

House revives bill to give governor more say in Supreme Court selection process

The Kansas House voted Saturday evening to revive a bill that could expand Gov. Sam Brownback’s authority over the Supreme Court Nominating Commission. The bill also would give Secretary of State Kris Kobach authority over the list of Kansas lawyers who can participate in elections of the lawyers who serve on the commission. It would [...]

Rescue the Supreme Court From Limbo

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Thanks to a court summons, elderly Kerala parents get their son back after 17 years

78-year-old Ramachandran Nair and his wife Ambujakshi living in Kerala’s Pattambi received a court summons last week; in the name of their son Muraleedharan (Murali). Instead of being unhappy that their son was involved in a legal tangle, the elderly couple were ecstatic. They had last seen Murali in 1999, their son who was twenty-years-old [...]

No diesel cabs on Delhi roads from tomorrow, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court refused on Saturday to give more time to taxi operators in the National Capital Region (NCR) to switch from diesel to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), even as they pleaded there is no technology available in the market to convert them to the cleaner fuel. The SC was holding a special hearing to [...]

The Supreme Court May Have Just Derailed Europe’s Safe Harbor Agreement

On Thursday, the Supreme Court gave federal agencies far wider latitude to hack and search into computers around the world, and the decision could have a chilling effect on digital trade relations between the U.S. and Europe. The court made changes to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure that will allow U.S. law enforcement to [...]

Supreme Court Trying to Find Its Way After Scalia

Two months, 31 arguments and 18 decisions since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, is the Supreme Court hopelessly deadlocked or coping as a party of eight? The answer varies with the issue, but arguments last week in the corruption case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell show there are high-profile cases on which justices [...]

Supreme Court wrestles with corruption law

The Supreme Court is weighing a thorny issue that often bedevils lawmakers on Capitol Hill: how to define corruption. In reviewing the conviction of former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), the justices are delving into the broader question of where the ethical lines should be drawn for public officials. After oral arguments on Wednesday, it appeared [...]

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