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Feb 9, 2012

U.S. Muslim man pleads guilty to threatening “South Park” show

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – 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.

Feb 9, 2012

US Muslim man pleads guilty to threatening TV show

WASHINGTON, Feb 9 (Reuters) – 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.

Feb 6, 2012

Opponents: Congress went too far in Obama healthcare law

WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Congress went beyond its
powers by requiring Americans to buy insurance under President
Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare overhaul, opponents told the
U.S. Supreme Court on Monday in arguing the law’s centerpiece
provision should be struck down.

In separate written briefs, 26 states and an independent
business group argued Congress overstepped its authority under
the Constitution to regulate interstate commerce by mandating
that individuals buy health insurance or pay a penalty by 2014.

Jan 27, 2012

Subpoenas issued to financial firms in expanded probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Justice Department issued civil subpoenas to 11 financial institutions as part of a new effort to investigate misconduct in the packaging and sale of home loans to investors, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday.

Holder declined to provide specifics, including the names of the firms.

“We are wasting no time in aggressively pursuing any and all leads,” Holder said at a news conference announcing details of a new working group to investigate misconduct in the residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) market, “you can expect more to follow.”

Jan 27, 2012

Obama lawyers argue rest of health law can survive

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration told the Supreme Court on Friday that nearly all of President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul can survive if the court declares unconstitutional the law’s centerpiece provision requiring health coverage.

Administration attorneys argued in a written brief that all but two provisions can be separated from the requirement that Americans buy health insurance or pay a penalty by 2014, the law’s cornerstone known as the individual mandate.

Jan 24, 2012

Supreme Court rules police need warrant for GPS tracking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that police cannot put a GPS device on a suspect’s car to track his movements without a warrant, a test case that upholds basic privacy rights in the face of new surveillance technology.

The high court ruling was a defeat for the Obama administration, which had argued that a warrant was not required to use global positioning system devices to monitor a vehicle on public streets.

Jan 23, 2012

Appeals court rejects Padilla torture lawsuit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An appeals court on Monday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by an American citizen who claimed he had been illegally detained and tortured at a military jail in South Carolina.

The ruling found the claims by Jose Padilla, who has been convicted on terrorism charges, to be without merit. It held he had no right to sue for certain alleged constitutional violations and concluded the judiciary cannot review such sensitive military decisions.

Jan 23, 2012

Supreme Court overturns California slaughterhouse law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court struck down on Monday a California law that requires slaughterhouses to immediately euthanize animals that cannot walk, ruling that federal meat safety and inspection law takes precedence.

The justices unanimously ruled for an industry trade group,

the National Meat Association, that sued to block enforcement of the California state law. The justices overturned a U.S. appeals court ruling that the state law could be enforced.

Jan 23, 2012

Supreme Court limits police use of GPS to track suspects

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court for the first time ruled on Monday that police attachment of a GPS device to monitor a suspect’s vehicle was a search protected by constitutional privacy rights, a test case involving new surveillance technology.

The high court’s ruling was a defeat for the Obama administration, which defended the use of global positioning system devices without a warrant and without a person’s knowledge as a legal way to monitor a vehicle on public streets.

Jan 20, 2012

Supreme Court rejects judge-drawn Texas election maps

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Friday ruled in a Texas political dispute, rejecting judge-drawn election maps favoring minority candidates and Democrats in the 2012 congressional and state legislature elections.

In its first ruling on political boundary-drawing based on the 2010 U.S. Census, the high court unanimously set aside the interim maps created by federal district court judges in San Antonio.