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Supreme Court should call off the police dogs

The law makes it easy for police to stop a car because of a minor infraction — even if the real reason for the stop is a hunch or a hope that the officer will find drugs or other evidence of a more serious crime. The Supreme Court exacerbated that problem in 2005 when it ruled that police are free...

Support for Gay Marriage at New High

“A week before a closely watched U.S. Supreme Court hearing on the issue, public support for gay marriage reached a new high in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, with 61 percent of Americans – more than six in 10 [...]

Supreme Court hears raisin case again

Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Horne v. USDA, with many Justices skeptical of the government’s position that it can seize nearly half of a family’s raisin crop under a USDA program without creating a “taking” for which it would owe just compensation under the Fifth Amendment of the Bill of Rights. Show More Summary

Supreme Court Considers Whether to Allow Federal Government to Bankrupt U.S. Citizen for Committing Act of Capitalism

In March of 2014, I told you about a Stalinist-sounding government-created cartel in raisins, and the couple who resisted it. Today, the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case, and it looks like they may be ready to overturn it. As I explained in my 2014 post: Meet the Stalinist-sounding “Raisin Administrative Committee.” During the […]

Supreme Court Rules That A Traffic Stop Ends When The 'Objective' Is 'Complete,' Rather Than Whenever The Officer Feels It Is

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Another small win for the Fourth Amendment, thanks to the US Supreme Court. With its ruling in the Rodriguez v. US case, law enforcement officers will have to work just a little bit harder to perform unconstitutional searches during traffic stops. Show More Summary

Obama’s America: School Keeps White Kids Out of Field Trip

Remember when the Supreme Court declared a prohibition on school segregation? That was 1954. Now, in 2015, “separate but equal” is back with white kids being punished for the sins

Texas legislative panel votes to restrict same-sex marriage

Just a week before the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, Texas lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill in committee that would bar state or local funds from being used to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Supreme Court Limits Use of Dog Sniffs During Traffic Stops

Good decision by the Supreme Court yesterday, holding police can't delay a traffic stop to bring on the dogs without reasonable suspicion. Actual holding: Absent reasonable suspicion, police extension of a traffic stop to conduct a dog sniff... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

High court appears to back farmer's battle against California raisin board

2 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

The California raisins were back before the Supreme Court, and the justices sounded ready to rule in favor of a Fresno farmer in his long battle against a Depression-era law that allows the government to seize privately grown crops to reduce supply and prop up prices.

Janet Porter: Gay Marriage Caused Noah’s Flood

I must have missed this part on Bible study. Faith 2 Action founder and anti-gay filmmaker Janet Porter has a message for the Supreme Court: Strike down bans on same-sex marriage, and the whole world may be doomed. In her daily radio bulletin today, Porter once again claimed that gay marriage was responsible for Noah’s [...]

Justices Skeptical Whether Crop Program Has a ‘Raisin’ D’être

The Supreme Court seemed less than convinced that it's constitutional for the government to be able to seize a portion of a farmer's crop to reduce supplies and prop up prices.

Conservatives Argue The Obamacare Lawsuit Won't Be So Bad After All. That's Nonsense.

3 days agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Get ready for a new line from the crowd that brought a lawsuit before the Supreme Court threatening to devastate Obamacare and snatch health insurance away from millions of people: The lawsuit won’t actually devastate Obamacare...Show More Summary

Raisin hell in the Supreme Court

Like characters in a Sergio Leone Western, government programs fall into three main categories: the good, the bad and the ugly. The program under inspection Wednesday at the Supreme Court fell squarely in the last category.

GOP Rep. Has An Idea For How To Stop The Supreme Court From Affirming Marriage Equality

3 days agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments next week for and against bans on same-sex marriage, and many are hopeful that it will eventually rule in favor of expanding marriage equality. So what are social conservatives to do to stop it? According to Rep. Show More Summary

Supreme Court Rules Police Cannot Drag Out Traffic Stops

In a 6-3 decision Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police cannot hold motorists beyond what is necessary to conduct routine traffic stops. The majority opinion in Rodriguez v. United States – penned by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg...Show More Summary

Supreme Court Rules That A Traffic Stop Ends When The 'Objective' Is 'Complete,' Rather Then Whenever The Officer Feels It Is

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Another small win for the Fourth Amendment, thanks to the US Supreme Court. With its ruling in the Rodriguez v. US case, law enforcement officers will have to work just a little bit harder to perform unconstitutional searches during traffic stops. Show More Summary

Drug Dog Search Prolonged Traffic Stop, Says SCOTUS

Using a drug-sniffing dog in a completed traffic stop, in the absence of any reasonable suspicion to do so, is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday in a 6-3 opinion. Officer Morgan Struble pulled Dennys Rodriguez over for veering onto the shoulder, then jerking back onto the road. Rodriguez had......

Tea Party Senator accidentally reveals absurdity of GOP stance on Obamacare

Tea Party Senator Ron Johnson has unveiled a new plan to provide temporary help to the millions of people who might lose health coverage if the Supreme Court sides with the King challengers and guts subsidies in three dozen federal-exchange states. Senator Johnson’s fix reportedly has 29 GOP co-sponsors, including Senate leader Mitch McConnell, and […]

Gov. Rick Snyder won't recognize dying man's gay marriage

3 days agoNews : NY Daily News

No matter the outcome of the Supreme Court’s ruling, a gay Mich. man dying of brain cancer may not live to see his marriage recognized.

SNIFFING AROUND  FOR PRIVACY:  The Supreme Court yesterday ruled that police cannot detain motoris…

SNIFFING AROUND  FOR PRIVACY:  The Supreme Court yesterday ruled that police cannot detain motorists stopped for a routine traffic violation any longer than it takes to complete their resolution of the traffic violation (running a driver’s license/registration/insurance check and writing a ticket).  The case, Rodriguez v. Show More Summary

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