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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.