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Reinventing Parks & Rec.

“The few green havens that are public parks” is a phrase from the Supreme Court’s opinion in the Overton Park case.  The case involved a plan to build a highway through the middle of a major park in Memphis.  The Court put a heavy burden on the government to justify the project: “The few green havens […]

Kansas Supreme Court Rejects Lawmakers' Bid To Fix Education Funding

6 hours agoNews : The Two-Way

The Legislature has until June 30 to resolve an "inequitable and unconstitutional" funding structure, the court says, or else schools will have to close.

Lesbian adoption ruling reversed by Alabama Supreme Court

The Alabama Supreme Court has voided its earlier decision not to recognize a lesbian couple's adoption that was carried out in another state. The opinion announced Friday falls into line with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued in March that said the Alabama court erred in declaring the adoption...

Ginsburg Says Supreme Court 'A Paler Place' Without Her Dear Friend Scalia

6 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was once asked how in the world he and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with such clashing ideologies, could remain such good buddies. As Ginsburg recalled Thursday, Scalia responded, "I attack ideas. Show More Summary

The Friday Slatest Newsletter

Today's biggest stories: Obama laid a wreath in Hiroshima and met survivors of the 1945 atom-bomb blast. Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first justice to say publicly that having only eight people on the Supreme Court is annoying. Senator...Show More Summary

Kansas Supreme Court rejects some education funding changes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court is threatening again to close the state’s public schools and has rejected some education funding changes enacted by legislators earlier this year. The court ruled Friday on a law that revised parts of the state’s funding formula but resulted in no change in total funds for most […]

Patentlyo Bits and Bytes by Anthony McCain

Charlene Morrow & Sapna Mehta: Supreme Court To Weigh In On Damages For Design Patent Infringement Michael Borella: USPTO Issues Memorandum Regarding Enfish And TLI Elijah Nouvelage: Jury Sides With Google In $9 Billion IntellectualShow More Summary

Garland Watch: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says HURRY UP

It’s been 72 days since Merrick Garland was nominated to the Supreme Court, and Senate Republicans continue to block that nomination from even receiving a hearing. Garland Watch is a regular look at the week in Garland news and Senate obstruction. Being Merrick Garland these days means being at the center of events for which you are not even present. Show More Summary

Supreme Court vacancy watch Day 104: Hey, it's recess time!

It's Friday, May 27 and Day 104 since Justice Antonin Scalia died and Mitch McConnell laid down his Supreme Court blockade: No meetings, no hearings, no votes on his replacement. It's also Day 72 since President Obama named Merrick Garland to be Scalia's replacement. Show More Summary

More needs to be done about sexual harassment in health care

Having recently watched a cable television recreation of the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, I am left thinking about how far some of us have come and how far some of us haven’t. The confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991 changed the concept of sexual harassment in the workplace by bringing […]

Bathroom Lawsuit Could Send Transgender Rights To U.S. Supreme Court

11 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

A lawsuit brought by Texas and other states against the Obama administration's policy on bathroom access may move the United States closer to a resolution on transgender rights by putting the issue on a trajectory for the Supreme Court. Conservative...Show More Summary

Alabama Supreme Court annuls its ruling on lesbian adoption

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court has voided its earlier decision not to recognize a lesbian couple’s adoption that was carried out in another state. The opinion announced Friday falls into line with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued in March that said the Alabama court erred in declaring the adoption held in […]

Federal Judges Just Opened Up A Huge New Front In The Battle Against Forced Arbitration

A new court ruling sets up a Supreme Court fight over whether or not bosses can ban their workers from class-action suits. The post Federal Judges Just Opened Up A Huge New Front In The Battle Against Forced Arbitration appeared first on ThinkProgress.

For Teen Killers, Iowa Bans Life Without Parole

Life without parole is now off the table for juveniles convicted of first-degree murder in Iowa, reports the AP. In a 4-3 ruling Friday, the state Supreme Court says such sentences equal cruel and unusual punishment because predicting young people's "future prospects for maturation and rehabilitation" is impossible when their...

Iowa Bans Life Without Parole For Killer Teens

The Iowa Supreme Court has banned judges from imposing life sentences on teen killers, which would keep them from the possibility of parole in the future. Teens convicted of first-degree murder in Iowa can now prove themselves to the Iowa Board of Parole that they have been rehabilitated and can be released back into society,... Show More Summary

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A new law in South Carolina chips away at Roe v Wade

EVER since 1973, when the Supreme Court ruled that women have a limited constitutional right to end their pregnancies, states have imposed restrictions designed to curtail that right or make it more difficult to exercise. Two recentShow More Summary

Greenhouse: Can We Please Stop Talking About the Little Sisters?

Linda Greenhouse thinks that conservative commentators including me have “perpetuated” a “widespread misunderstanding” of a recent Supreme Court case by making it sound as though it were “about nuns.” It’s about the rights of femaleShow More Summary

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Supreme Court Needs a Ninth Justice

14 hours agoNews : Slate: The Slatest

On Thursday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg closed her annual address to the Second Circuit Judicial Conference with a surprising prediction: “Eight, as you know, is not a good number for a multimember court,” she told the audience. “When...Show More Summary

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Eight is not enough

Senate Republicans are convinced it's no big deal if the Supreme Court has eight justices instead of nine. Ruth Bader Ginsburg knows better.

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