In his dissent last week in the case of Maryland v. King, Justice Antonin Scalia argued that the Fourth Amendment is violated when police take warrantless DNA samples from individuals arrested for serious crimes. “Make no mistake about it,” Scalia wrote. Show More Summary
More games: The U.S. Supreme Court granted an extension Tuesday for Illinois's attorney general to decide whether to appeal a court order permitting the state's gun owners to carry concealed firearms.Justice Elena Kagan granted a delay...Show More Summary
The Supreme Court ruled today that truckers at the Port of Los Angeles can't be forced to affix "How Am I Driving?" placards on their trucks, reports the LA Times. The decision is getting more attention than you might expect, however, thanks to Elena Kagan's sense of humor and apparent...
LGBT ally Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), the Senate's oldest member (above, with Justice Elena Kagan), has died at 89, North Jersey reports: The oldest member of the Senate, Lautenberg had struggled with health problems since late last year, when he...
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of Monsanto today, in a major challenge to the biotech giant’s dominant market share over soybeans. Justice Elena Kagan held in a narrow ruling that farmer Victor “Hugh” Bowman violated Monsanto’s patent over its pervasive herbicide-resistant soybeans when it utilized the common practice of saving seeds from [...]
Four years ago Laura Symczyk filed a collective action against Genesis Healthcare Corp., alleging that it broke the law by automatically deducting 30 minutes per shift for meal breaks even when employees worked during the breaks. Genesis made a $7,500 settlement offer to Symczyk personally, but admitted no liability to the rest of its workforce. Show More Summary
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(Orin Kerr) News here. Srinivasan was previously awarded the John Roberts/Elena Kagan Award for the D.C. Circuit Hopeful Nominated in the Last Few Months of A Presidential Term With No Chance of Confirmation This Late (But A Very Promising Future Next Time). It looks like this may be the next time. If so, it will be excellent [...]
During Tuesday’s oral arguments about Proposition 8, Justice Elena Kagan challenged attorney Charles Cooper about his claims that procreation is the purpose of marriage. She inquired whether a couple over the age of 55 should be allowed to marry since they could no longer produce a child. Cooper attempted to counter with the absurd argument [...]
For the past two days, the Supreme Court has been examining the constitutionality of cases related to same-sex marriage and the female justices have been dropping mics all over the oral arguments. Justice Elena Kagan, Justice Ruth Bader...Show More Summary
So, Politico jumped the shark on gay marriage yesterday in reporting that Justice Elena Kagan that she had a ‘gotcha’ moment during yesterday’s hearings on the Defense of Marriage Act. But a real ‘gotcha’ moment would have been if Politico...Show More Summary
Let’s take a stroll down memory lane. It’s 2009, and Elena Kagan is answering questions during her confirmation hearing for the position of Solicitor General within the Obama administration. According to William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection, who posted this piece on March 25, this is what she had to say about gay marriage: 1. Show More Summary
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan showed Wednesday that in 1996, the House passed the Defense of Marriage Act not to gently respect tradition but "to express moral disapproval of homosexuality." Paul Clement, the law's defender in court,...Show More Summary
#Scotus Justice Elena Kagan drew gasps in #DOMA arguments Wednesday, when she quoted from the House report that voiced "moral disapproval" of homosexuality. The visceral reaction in the courtroom to what now sounds like an archaic phrase suggested how public...
Justice Elena Kagan The Defense of Marriage Act's defenders have been trying to claim that the law isn't about bigotry and denying people the right to equality. No, no, see, it's about supporting traditional marriage, and doesn't that...Show More Summary
During Tuesday’s oral arguments, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan asked how same-sex marriage would harm “the institution of marriage”. “I did not pick this up in your briefs,” she told Charles Cooper, the lead lawyer for the defendants. “How does … Continue reading ?
Justice Antonin Scalia saw a moment to display that famous(?) sense of humor when pro-Prop 8 attorney Chris Cooper argued that procreation lay at the heart of the gay marriage debate. Justice Elena Kagan asked Cooper about a heterosexual couple over 55 years of age seeking to get married, even though they technically wouldn’t be [...]
The Supreme Court has finished hearing the arguments in the Proposition 8 case, and prognosticators are busy reading the tea leaves for what they might be thinking. Here's what went down: Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and, perhaps surprisingly, John Roberts, peppered Charles Cooper, the lead attorney for...
In 2010, when Elena Kagan was being considered for the Supreme Court and there became something of a national conversation about sexuality and high court justices, Focus on the Family's Tom Minnery told reporter Greg Sargent that “[s]omeone who is...