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Jan 18, 2012

Death row inmate wins missed deadline case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a new hearing for a convicted murderer on death row in Alabama who missed a deadline to appeal because his New York lawyers went to other jobs and critical court notices were returned unopened by the law firm’s mailroom.

By a 7-2 vote, the justices ruled that a U.S. appeals court had been wrong in refusing to consider the inadequate legal representation claims by the inmate, Cory Maples, who was convicted of two murders in 1995 and sentenced to death.

Jan 18, 2012

US top court upholds copyright law for famous foreign works

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court
on Wednesday upheld a law that gave copyright protection to
millions of foreign works, including famous films, paintings and
books, that had been in the public domain.

By a 6-2 vote, the high court rejected arguments by an
orchestra conductor, other performers and educators that the
1994 act violated U.S. copyright law and constitutional
free-speech rights.

Jan 17, 2012

Court won’t add candidates to Virginia ballot

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An appeals court on Tuesday rejected a request by candidates Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich to be added to the Virginia ballot in the state’s March 6 Republican presidential primary election, saying they knew the rules and failed to qualify.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and congressman Ron Paul were the only two candidates to qualify for the primary in Virginia by submitting the 10,000 verifiable signatures by the deadline. Romney is the frontrunner in the race for the Republican nomination to face Democratic President Barack Obama on November 6.

Jan 17, 2012

Supreme Court rejects prayer, student Internet cases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court passed up the chance on Tuesday to hear controversial new cases about prayers before public government meetings and punishing students for Internet parodies or attacks made on computers at home.

The high court rejected appeals by local government and school district officials who argued that opening their meetings with prayers did not violate the constitutional requirement on church-state separation.

Jan 11, 2012
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U.S. Supreme Court: ministers can’t sue churches for job discrimination


(The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, with Prince Charles of Britain and Justice Stephen Breyer descending on May 3, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday for the first time in an important church-state separation issue that ministers cannot sue their churches claiming they had been fired in violation of employment discrimination laws.

Jan 11, 2012

High court: ministers can’t sue churches for bias

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday for the first time in an important church-state separation issue that ministers cannot sue their churches claiming they had been fired in violation of employment discrimination laws.

The justices unanimously overturned an appeals court ruling that the job of a former teacher and minister at a church school was secular rather than religious and she could pursue her claim that she was improperly fired in violation of federal law.

Jan 11, 2012

Supreme Court rejects special review of eyewitness testimony

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the Constitution does not require a special judicial inquiry into the potential unreliability of eyewitness testimony in criminal cases when there has been no police misconduct.

By a 8-1 vote, the high court sided with New Hampshire and Obama administration attorneys, who argued that existing safeguards were sufficient to prevent unreliable testimony.

Jan 10, 2012

States oppose Obama healthcare Medicaid law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Twenty-six states challenging President Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare overhaul filed a U.S. Supreme Court brief on Tuesday arguing the law unconstitutionally expands the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled.

By threatening a loss of federal funds, Congress unconstitutionally coerced states into expanding their Medicaid programs, the states led by Florida argued. They said states have no real alternative but to keep participating in Medicaid.

Jan 10, 2012

U.S. justices question why some TV nudity allowed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Liberal Supreme Court justices on Tuesday questioned if the government inconsistently restricted profanity and nudity on broadcast television, opposing some shows but allowing it on famous movies like “Saving Private Ryan.”

Conservative justices, meanwhile, voiced support for the Federal Communications Commission’s policy and said it may have symbolic value in preserving decency at a time when nudity and dirty words have proliferated on unregulated cable channels.

Jan 10, 2012

Court rules for arbitration in credit card case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday for Synovus Financial Corp and CompuCredit Holdings Corp and said credit card claims by consumers under a 1996 law must be handled in arbitration, not in court.

By an 8-1 vote, the justices overturned a ruling by a U.S. appeals court in San Francisco that the language in the law, the Credit Repair Organizations Act, was intended to bar arbitration of claims.