U.S. Supreme Court

3:20 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Wash. Congressman Jim McDermott Talks Supreme Court, Immigration Reform, And More

Marcie Sillman talks with U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott about the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decisions, President Obama's executive action on immigration policy, and a variety of other issues.

Gun Buyers
3:04 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Supreme Court Rules Against Gun 'Straw Purchases'

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 12:59 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a major victory to gun control advocates on Monday. The 5-4 ruling allows strict enforcement of the federal ban on gun "straw purchases," or one person buying a gun for another.

The federal law on background checks requires federally licensed gun dealers to verify the identity of buyers and submit their names to a federal database to weed out felons, those with a history of mental illness and others barred from gun ownership.

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7:38 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Washington Juvenile Killers Could Get Second Chance At Release

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling spurred Washington legislators to require individualized sentence reviews for juvenile killers, after 25 years.
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Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 5:05 pm

In Miller v. Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that automatic life without parole for juvenile killers is unconstitutional.

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Women's Health
9:33 am
Fri June 13, 2014

6 Questions About Contraception Coverage And The Supreme Court

Customers enter a Hobby Lobby store on March 25, in Antioch, Calif.
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Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 5:06 am

One of the most watched issues before the Supreme Court this term may turn on the question of religious freedom. But it will also likely determine how women will be able to access a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – one seeking to guarantee no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance plans.

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7:53 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Supreme Court Rules Some Kids Must Restart Immigration Process At Age 21

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 8:35 am

Digging into the nitty gritty of immigration law, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that some immigrant children who turn 21 while their parents' immigration application is still pending have to go to the back of the line and start over.

The Associated Press explains:

"The justices on Monday sided with the Obama administration in ruling that immigration laws do not let children who age out of the system qualify for visas.

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7:24 am
Thu June 5, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Won't Block Oregon Same-Sex Marriage

File photo of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, DC.

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 3:42 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court won't block same-sex marriages in Oregon. The high court Wednesday turned down a request to halt gay marriages in the state.

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College Admissions
9:28 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette speaks to reporters after arguing the case before the U.S. Supreme Court in October. He's with XIV Foundation CEO Jennifer Gratz, who was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the University of Michigan's affirmative action policy.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 5:02 am

The Supreme Court has ruled that a Michigan ballot initiative to ban racial preferences in college admissions is constitutional, overturning a lower court decision.

In a 6-2 decision Tuesday, the justices said the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong to set aside the voter-approved ban as discriminatory.

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Campaign Donations
2:42 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

SCOTUS Rules Against Some Campaign Finance Limits

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Ross Reynolds talks with Marcia Coyle, chief Washington correspondent for the National Law Journal, about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to reject funding limits in federal elections.

U.S. Supreme Court
9:14 am
Thu March 27, 2014

‘My Beloved World’ By Sonia Sotomayor

Sonya Sotomayor's book, "My Beloved World."

Sonia Sotomayor is the 111th justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. She’s also its first Hispanic and third female justice. In her memoir, “My Beloved World,” Sotomayor details her childhood struggle with diabetes, her family life and her drive to become a lawyer.

Sotomayor spoke at Town Hall on March 10, 2014. The talk was moderated by Eric Liu.

Political Spending
4:05 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Who's Really Paying For Those Political Campaign Ads?

In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court held that political spending is protected under the First Amendment.
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David Hyde talks with Rick Hasen, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, about the fourth anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case: Citizens United v. Federal Election Committee.

Judicial System
8:47 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Sotomayor's Dissent Highlights Concerns Over Elected Judges

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor answers a question at Chicago Public Library in Chicago, in January.
Nam Y. Huh AP

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 5:39 pm

Justice Sonia Sotomayor's dissent in a case this week involving the death penalty in Alabama was not aimed at public opinion, but it could be Exhibit A for why the nation's judiciary is falling in the public's estimation.

Sotomayor wrote a 12-page dissent when her colleagues refused to review the state's law that allows judges to overrule jury decisions on whether a defendant should be executed. She called it "an outlier" that might contradict the Constitution.

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Gay Marriage
10:37 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense Of Marriage Act

Plaintiffs in the Prop. 8 case, react on steps of the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013, after justices cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. From left: Jeff Zarrillo, Paul Katami, David Boies, Sandy Stier and Kris Perry.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

The Supreme Court issued rulings on two highly-anticipated cases on gay marriage today. By 5-4, it ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.

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Crime and Punishment
5:13 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Supreme Court Says Wash. Man Got Excessive Prison Sentence

U.S. Supreme Court
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The United States Supreme Court decided Thursday that a Colville man received an excessive prison sentence when a federal judge overstepped his bounds.

The high court’s ruling was welcome news to Matthew Descamps’ family.

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SCOTUS Under Roberts
11:39 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Marcia Coyle Discusses Her Book On The Current Supreme Court

Marcia Coyle's book "The Roberts Court."

The Supreme Court has recently heard cases on everything from same sex marriage to DNA evidence. Marcia Coyle’s new book, "The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution," delves into the landscape of the the Supreme Court under chief justice John Roberts. David Hyde sits down with Coyle to find out what makes the highest court tick.

DNA Testing
8:52 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Supreme Court Decision Revives Washington State Debate Over DNA Collection

US Supreme Court Building

A legislator in Washington state says she will revive a bill that would make it easier for police to collect DNA samples. That’s in the wake of a US Supreme Court ruling Monday. The five-to-four ruling upheld a Maryland law that allows police to collect DNA samples at the time of arrest from people who are charged with certain violent crimes or sex offenses.

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