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Feb 21, 2012

Supreme Court rejects Phil Spector murder case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review the murder conviction of legendary music producer Phil Spector, turning down an appeal by his attorney arguing his constitutional rights had been violated at his trial.

The justices without any comment let stand a ruling by a California appeals court that upheld the second-degree murder conviction of Spector for the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson in his suburban Los Angeles home.

Feb 18, 2012

Justices allow Montana corporation election spending

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday handed a victory to corporations and a political advocacy group by allowing them to spend freely before Montana’s 2012 elections, a follow-up case to the court’s major campaign finance ruling two years ago.

The justices granted a request from the three plaintiffs to put on hold a December decision by the Montana Supreme Court that upheld a century-old state law banning independent corporate campaign spending.

Feb 17, 2012

U.S. arrests suspect in Capitol suicide attack plot

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Moroccan man was arrested near the U.S. Capitol on Friday wearing a vest he believed was full of al Qaeda-supplied explosives and charged in an attempted suicide bombing of Congress, the Justice Department said.

Amine El Khalifi, 29, an illegal immigrant who lives in Alexandria, Virginia, was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against property owned and used by the United States, intending to detonate a bomb and to shoot people, the department said.

Feb 17, 2012

Supreme Court to hear military medal lying case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. law making it a crime to lie about receiving a military medal goes before the Supreme Court next week, with the Obama administration defending it for protecting the reputation of war heroes and opponents arguing it violated free-speech rights.

The justices will hear arguments Wednesday on whether an appeals court was correct to strike down the “Stolen Valor Act” adopted by Congress in 2006 for infringing on constitutional free-speech rights, a case about how far the government may go to prosecute false claims about military honors.

Feb 16, 2012

Could Obama healthcare law force you to buy a car?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An attorney challenging President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law before the U.S. Supreme Court said on Thursday that Congress could require Americans to buy a car or other product if people were compelled to obtain medical insurance.

But a former Obama administration attorney dismissed those concerns, calling them “absurd hypotheticals,” and defended the insurance purchase requirement in the 2010 law as part of a comprehensive scheme to address a national problem of soaring healthcare costs.

Feb 13, 2012

Supreme Court justice, wife robbed in Caribbean

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and his wife Joanna were robbed last week at their vacation home on the Caribbean island of Nevis by a man armed with a machete, a court spokeswoman said on Monday.

Spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said the robbery took place on the evening of February 9, the intruder stole about $1,000, but no one had been hurt. Two unidentified guests also were present.

Feb 11, 2012

U.S. Catholic bishops oppose Obama birth-control plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Catholic Church leaders said they will fight President Barack Obama’s controversial birth-control insurance coverage policy despite his compromise that religious employers would not have to offer free contraceptives for workers, shifting the responsibility to insurers.

In an abrupt policy shift aimed at trying to end a growing election-year firestorm, Obama on Friday announced the compromise.

Feb 11, 2012

Obama administration defends healthcare Medicaid law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Administration attorneys defended on Friday the part of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law that expands the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled and said Congress has the power to set the terms under which it will disburse funds to the states.

In a written brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, the attorneys disagreed with the argument by 26 states that have challenged the law that the Medicaid expansion was unprecedented and will impose a significant, onerous financial burden on the states.

Feb 10, 2012

Top court urged to undo Montana campaign money ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Corporations and a political advocacy group asked the Supreme Court on Friday to allow them to spend freely before Montana’s 2012 elections, citing the court’s major campaign finance ruling two years ago.

The three plaintiffs asked the justices to first put on hold and then ultimately overturn a decision by the Montana Supreme Court in December that upheld a century-old state law banning independent corporate campaign spending.

Feb 9, 2012
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U.S. Muslim pleads guilty to threatening TV show over Prophet Mohammad image


(Eric Cartman, one of the stars of the animated TV series South Park, 22 February 2010/Hunter Kahn)

A Muslim convert from New York pleaded guilty on Thursday for his role in threatening the writers of the satirical “South Park” television show for their depiction of the Prophet Mohammad and to other criminal charges, the U.S. Justice Department said. It said Jesse Curtis Morton, who is also known as Younus Abdullah Muhammed, admitted his guilt at a federal court hearing in Alexandria, Virginia. He ran a website that encouraged Muslims to engage in violence against enemies of Islam.