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Non-Sequiturs: 04.01.15

Protesters disrupt the Supreme Court to complain about Citizens United. Just two or three more of these and Alito is sure to break! [SCOTUSBlog] In completely unrelated news, TV spending in the Supreme Court race in Wisconsin has now topped $600,000. Show More Summary

Protesters Charged After Disrupting Supreme Court Hearing

9 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) - Protesters disrupted U.S. Supreme Court proceedings for the third time in just over a year on Wednesday, with several shouting denunciations of campaign finance rulings before the nine...Show More Summary

Unpatentable Vegetables Are Now Patentable In Europe

9 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As Techdirt has reported, in the US, software patents are getting harder to obtain as the US Patent Office applies the important Alice v. CLS Bank ruling from the Supreme Court. In Europe, "programs for computers" are explicitly excluded...Show More Summary

Supremes: GPS Trackers Are Form of Search and Seizure

Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic: If the government puts a GPS tracker on you, your car, or any of your personal effects, it counts as a search -- and is therefore protected by the Fourth Amendment. The Supreme Court clarified and affirmed that law on Monday, when it ruled on Torrey Dale Grady v. Show More Summary

Bank of America at center stage in U.S. top court bankruptcy case

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday considered the case of a Massachusetts homeowner battling his mortgage lender over a bankruptcy plan, several justices focused their attention on his unlikely ally: Bank of America Corp. Show More Summary

-New York City: Mayor Will Allow Churches to Continue Using Schools

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will allow Churches to continue to rent school buildings for now in spite of a recent ruling the Supreme Court than allows a ban by the city’s Board of Education to continue. The current mayor says he intends to allow churches to have access on the same basis as any […]

SCOTUS Won't Hear Students' American Flag Free Speech Case

The Supreme Court won't be hearing an appeal from high school students who sued after school administrators asked them to remove American flag T-shirts or take excused leave. That leaves intact the Ninth Circuit's ruling from a year ago, holding that the school did not violate the students' rights......

Today’s moms are working later into their pregnancies — and going back to work earlier too

Last week the Supreme Court handed down a 6-3 ruling making it easier for pregnant women to take employers who discriminate against them to court. As the Pew Research Center's FactTank blog notes, the ruling has special salience today given that pregnant women are now working much later into their pregnancies than they used to. And not only […]

Deadly Decades: Roe at 42

In January of 1973, the Supreme Court decided that women have the right to an abortion, and the legality of such a procedure was granted. To “celebrate” this decision’s 42nd birthday, NARAL Pro-Choice America recognized it with an event called “Realizing the Promise: Roe at 42? on Monday, March 30. Show More Summary

News: Why 'RFRA' Is America's Latest Four-Letter Word

A once-popular religious freedom law is now seen as license to discriminate. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once warned that too much religious freedom would be “courting anarchy.” This week, his prophecy came true—at least onShow More Summary

Georgia Supreme Court: No, Writing Mean Things About Copyright Trolling By Linda Ellis Is Not 'Stalking'

13 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A few years ago, we wrote about a terrible Georgia state court ruling against Matt Chan, the operator of Extortion Letter Info (ELI), a website/forum that has tracked copyright trolling for many years. There had been a number of discussions on the site about Linda Ellis, who is somewhat notorious for her trolling effort. Show More Summary

Kentucky’s Governor Doesn’t Think Gay Marriage Bans Are Discriminatory Because Straights Can’t Marry The Same Sex Either

13 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Queerty

Listen up, folks. Kentucky’s Governor Steve Beshear wants everyone to know: Contrary to what you might think, a ban on same-sex marriage is not actually discriminatory against gay people. In a brief filed with the Supreme Court, which...Show More Summary

This Supreme Court Decision Could Have a Big Effect on Medicaid and State Budgets

14 hours agoNews : Reason

A Supreme Court ruling yesterday could have a big impact on one of the country’s biggest programs. In a 5-4 decision, the High Court ruled that health care providers do not have the right to sue states over low Medicaid rates. UnderShow More Summary

House Republicans to Push Bill Declaring “End to Racism” in U.S.

WaPo: “In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision striking down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act, a group of Southern House Republicans have put forward a congressional resolution declaring that ‘racism is a thing of the past’ … Continue reading ?

Protesters again disrupt U.S. Supreme Court proceedings

16 hours agoNews : The Newsroom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Protesters disrupted U.S. Supreme Court proceedings for the third time in just over a year on Wednesday, with several people shouting out before the nine justices heard oral arguments in a bankruptcy case. TheShow More Summary

The Battle for Marriage Equality Is Still Being Fought in the Lower Courts

When it comes to the fight for marriage equality, all eyes are on the Supreme Court and what it will do this June. But that doesn't mean there's nothing happening in the lower courts in the meantime. Last week, a district court judge...Show More Summary

Supreme Court Tired Of White Kids Whining About Their Precious American Flag

16 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Wonkette

Turns out you do not have an unlimited constitutional right to be a dickbag to your fellow classmates just because you are white, and they are Mexican, and you really don’t like Mexicans. Who knew? Read more on Supreme Court Tired Of White Kids Whining About Their Precious American Flag…

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s feminist Passover essay reminds women and girls they can save the world

16 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg published an essay on Tuesday about the festival of Passover, lauding the great women of Jewish tradition and celebrating the feminist spirit of the holiday. The essay, published by the American Jewish World Service, explained that Passover is based in the...

US Supreme Court Spider-Man case could lead to more life-saving drugs

16 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Geek.com

The the end of March, the Supreme Court of the United States is hearing arguments about a real-life web shooter and the results could determine how much money research universities can invest in […]

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