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CPS vs. free-range parents: are there Constitutional issues?

43 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Per Ilya Somin, there might be: “In two landmark cases in the 1920s, Meyer v. Nebraska and Pierce v. Society of Sisters, the Supreme Court ruled that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment protects parents’ and guardians ‘to direct the upbringing and education of children under their control.'” Meyer struck down a ban […] CPS vs. Show More Summary

Justice Alito signals beginning of next attack on contraception coverage

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito stayed a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit which upheld the Obama administration's rules expanding contraceptive coverage in health insurance. The challenge before...Show More Summary

A State Just Legalized Tip Theft, and It Is a Very Bad Thing

Earlier this week, the Massachusetts Supreme Court effectively legalized a particular variety of tip theft by restaurant owners. As should be obvious, this a very, very bad thing. Read more...

TOO VAGUE TO BE CONSTITUTIONAL: Two indecipherable criminal laws passed in the 1980s now face scrut…

TOO VAGUE TO BE CONSTITUTIONAL: Two indecipherable criminal laws passed in the 1980s now face scrutiny at the Supreme Court. The legal philosopher Lon Fuller once invented an earnest monarch named Rex who discovered many wrong ways to make law. First, Rex wrote a detailed code of laws, but, to avoid confusing the public, kept […]

Amicus: The Politics of Law

Listen to Episode 15 of Slate’s Amicus: Subscribe in iTunes ? RSS feed ? Download ? Play in another tab With hugely consequential decisions coming down the pike from the Supreme Court later on this spring, there’s been a lot of speculation about how certain key members of the court will vote. Show More Summary

"One virtue of appointing federal appellate judges to the Court is that these highly judicialized folk are already masters at applying Supreme Court doctrine."

"After all, this is what circuit-court judges do every day: they study and apply what the Supreme Court has said about one legal issue or another. One problem, however, is that Supreme Court precedent can be dead wrong. Sometimes, in fact, it is baloney. Show More Summary

10 Novel, Absurd, And Irrelevant Arguments Made In Supreme Court Briefs Against Marriage Equality

5 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

Oral arguments for the same-sex marriage Supreme Court case are just over a week away, and just as many groups and individuals from across the country expressed their support for marriage equality, many expressed their opposition. Among them are the more familiar arguments, like that “conjugal marriage” (i.e. Show More Summary

GEORGE WILL: Shriveled Grapes, Shriveled Liberty. “In oral arguments Wednesday, the Supreme Court

GEORGE WILL: Shriveled Grapes, Shriveled Liberty. “In oral arguments Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear the government defend its kleptocratic behavior while administering an indefensible law. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement...Show More Summary

The Supreme Court's big gay marriage case could rock the 2016 presidential race

The upcoming Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage could shake up the 2016 race for the White House. The nation's highest court is reviewing the constitutionality of states' gay marriage bans and is expected to issue a ruling by June. Show More Summary

WATCH: Broadway Stars Sing #LoveMustWin in Supreme Court

Adam Kaplan (Newsies) and Jake Boyd (Rock of Ages) star in a new music video as part of the #LoveMustWin initiative. read more

Israeli Supreme Court Upholds ‘Anti-Boycott Law’

By Sarah Saadoun | (Human Rights Watch) – On Wednesday, Israel’s Supreme Court upheld key provisions of the country’s “anti-boycott law,” which makes it a civil offense for people or groups to advocate…

The plot thickens on 'Orphan Black'

16 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Tatiana Maslany in BBC America's 'Orphan Black' About two years ago, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously biotech companies could not patent human genes. However, the court made a distinction between DNA that occurs in nature and synthetic DNA created in a laboratory. Show More Summary

US State OKs Execution Method That’s Been Banned for Animal Euthanasia

Oklahoma has approved the use of nitrogen gas asphyxiation for the administration of the death penalty in case the US Supreme Court finds lethal injections - plagued by recent botched executions - to be unconstitutional.

In Canada, Government Prayer Ban is Already Being Tested

A couple of days ago, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that the city of Saguenay in Quebec could not have Catholic prayers at meetings (as was tradition). While the decision was a welcome one, it was also narrow, applying only to Saguenay. What about other cities with religious invocations?Well, one mayor is already testing the law by saying he ain't getting rid of his prayers:

Oklahoma adopts nitrogen gas as possible execution method

19 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Oklahoma may use nitrogen gas as an alternative execution method if the U.S. Supreme Court finds the state’s lethal injection process unconstitutional or drugs are unavailable, under a bill Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed on Friday. Oklahoma’s adoption of nitrogen gas follows...

Sen. Ron Johnson thinks Wisconsinites who have Obamacare insurance are moochers

20 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Dumb as a box of rocks or a bag of hammers? One of 2016's most vulnerable Republican senators, who also happens to be one of the Senate's dumbest, is worried about how the Supreme Court might be hurting his chances for re-election if...Show More Summary

Former Texas GOP Chair: Gay Marriage Could Mean 'End Of America' If State Doesn't Act Before April 28

20 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

With the U.S. Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments on same-sex marriage later this month, anti-gay activists in Texas are becoming increasingly desperate. Last week, we told you how Dr. Steve Hotze, president of the Conservative Republicans of Texas,...

Oklahoma Legalizes "Nitrogen Asphyxiation" as Execution Method

21 hours agoNews : Slate: The Slatest

With the Supreme Court set to review the constitutionality of Oklahoma's preferred exeuction method (lethal injection), the state has enacted a law authorizing "nitrogen asphyxiation" as an alternate means of carrying out death sentences. Show More Summary

ERA? Not Merely Symbolic

This may come as a surprise, but women in our country are not guaranteed equal rights under our Constitution. It's as simple as that. Just ask Supreme Court Justice,Antonin Scalia. He confirmed this fact by saying to the California Lawyer in 2011 that "Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. Show More Summary

Let’s talk about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s fishnet gloves

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is “almost always correct,” writes Antonin Scalia #TIME100 — (@TIME) April 17, 2015 Maybe you noticed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s signature...Show More Summary

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