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Dec 10, 2011

High court to decide Texas election maps

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday halted the use of judge-drawn Texas election maps that favor minority candidates and Democrats in 2012 congressional and state legislative elections and agreed to decide the dispute that could have national implications.

The justices said they would hear arguments on January 9 in the first battle to reach the high court over political line-drawing of election maps nationwide after the 2010 U.S. census. The fights typically occur every 10 years.

Dec 7, 2011

U.S. citizen Fai pleads guilty in Pakistan lobbying case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Naturalized U.S. citizen Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai pleaded guilty on Wednesday to secretly receiving millions of dollars from Pakistan and the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI) while lobbying in the United States over the disputed territory of Kashmir.

In a deal with federal prosecutors, Fai pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, to conspiracy and tax violations over a decades-long scheme to conceal $3.5 million that came from Pakistan to fund his lobbying efforts.

Dec 7, 2011

U.S. citizen in Pakistan lobbying case pleads guilty

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A naturalized U.S. citizen pleaded guilty on Wednesday to secretly receiving millions of dollars from Pakistan and its spy service while lobbying in the United States over the disputed territory of Kashmir.

In a deal with federal prosecutors, Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, to conspiracy and tax violations over a decades-long scheme to conceal $3.5 million that came from Pakistan to fund his lobbying efforts.

Dec 6, 2011

Supreme Court ready for TV? It’s a split decision

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Televising U.S. Supreme Court proceedings would benefit the public, some said at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, while others called the idea possibly unconstitutional and a potentially harmful influence.

The question of putting cameras in America’s highest court, a long-standing debate, took a new twist recently with requests to televise next year’s Supreme Court arguments on President Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare overhaul law.

Dec 6, 2011

U.S. top court ready for TV? It’s a split decision

WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Televising U.S. Supreme Court
proceedings would benefit the public, some said at a Senate
hearing on Tuesday, while others called the idea possibly
unconstitutional and a potentially harmful influence.

The question of putting cameras in America’s highest court,
a long-standing debate, took a new twist recently with requests
to televise next year’s Supreme Court arguments on President
Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare overhaul law.

Dec 5, 2011

U.S. top court rejects worship at public school appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court let stand on Monday a ruling that religious groups cannot use public schools facilities for worship services outside of normal school hours in a case about church-state separation.

The justices refused to review the ruling by a U.S. appeals court that upheld a New York City Board of Education policy against religious worship at its schools.

Dec 5, 2011

Supreme Court rejects worship at public school appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court let stand on Monday a ruling that religious groups cannot use public schools facilities for worship services outside of normal school hours in a case about church-state separation.

The justices refused to review the ruling by a U.S. appeals court that upheld a New York City Board of Education policy against religious worship at its schools.

Dec 5, 2011

U.S. top court to hear Cheney-Secret Service case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it will decide whether a man arrested after touching then-Vice President Dick Cheney and criticising his Iraq war policies can sue two Secret Service agents.

The justices agreed to hear an Obama administration-backed appeal by agents Virgil Reichle and Dan Doyle, who argue that they cannot be held personally liable for damages because their arrest of Steven Howards was supported by sufficient cause.

Dec 5, 2011

Supreme Court to hear Cheney-Secret Service case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court said on Monday it will decide whether a man arrested after touching then-Vice President Dick Cheney and criticizing his Iraq war policies can sue two Secret Service agents.

The justices agreed to hear an Obama administration-backed appeal by agents Virgil Reichle and Dan Doyle, who argue that they cannot be held personally liable for damages because their arrest of Steven Howards was supported by sufficient cause.

Dec 1, 2011

High court urged to allow Texas election maps

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Texas Democratic Party and representatives of minority groups urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to allow the use of an interim Texas map for congressional and legislative districts drawn by a panel of federal judges for the 2012 elections.

Attorneys for the state Democratic Party and for groups representing Hispanics and blacks said stopping use of the court-drawn maps would disrupt election preparations, result in voter confusion and cause turmoil.