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Oct 25, 2011

Obama healthcare law issues before high court

By James Vicini

(Reuters) – Six cases involving President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul legislation are pending before the Supreme Court as part of the legal battle over the law’s fate.

The following key issues have emerged in the legal briefs recently filed in the cases stemming from Obama’s signature and most controversial domestic achievement that involved the biggest reform of the healthcare system in nearly 50 years:

Oct 17, 2011

US court to hear Shell Nigeria human rights case

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court
agreed on Monday to decide if companies can be held liable in
the United States for international human rights law
violations, a case about allegations that Royal Dutch Shell Plc helped Nigeria violently suppress oil exploration
protests in the 1990s.

The justices said they would hear an appeal by a group of
Nigerians who argue they should be allowed to proceed with
their lawsuit accusing the oil company of aiding the Nigerian
government in human rights violations between 1992 and 1995.

Oct 17, 2011

U.S. high court to hear military medal lying case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday that it would decide whether a federal law making it a crime to lie about being awarded a military medal or decoration violated free-speech rights.

The justices agreed to review a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the “Stolen Valor Act” passed by the U.S. Congress in 2006 because the law went too far in infringing on constitutional freedom-of-speech protections.

Oct 17, 2011

High court to hear military medal lying case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court said on Monday that it would decide whether a federal law making it a crime to lie about being awarded a military medal or decoration violated free-speech rights.

The justices agreed to review a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the “Stolen Valor Act” passed by Congress in 2006 because the law went too far in infringing on constitutional freedom-of-speech protections.

Oct 12, 2011

Supreme Court considers jail strip searches

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court considered on Wednesday whether jails violated constitutional privacy rights by routinely strip searching everyone, even those arrested on minor traffic offenses.

The arguments pitted safety concerns by jails and the Obama administration about a suspect hiding drugs, weapons or other contraband against a suspect’s constitutional privacy rights protecting against unreasonable searches.

Oct 11, 2011

Timeline: Key dates in alleged Iran assassination plot in U.S.

By James Vicini

(Reuters) – U.S. authorities said on Tuesday they had charged two men linked to the Iranian government with plotting to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in the United States.

Following are some key dates in the alleged plot, as described by court papers filed in New York and by U.S. Justice Department officials at a news conference in Washington.

Oct 11, 2011

Key dates in alleged Iran assassination plot in US

Oct 11 (Reuters) – U.S. authorities said on Tuesday they
had charged two men linked to the Iranian government with
plotting to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in the United
States.

Following are some key dates in the alleged plot, as
described by court papers filed in New York and by U.S. Justice
Department officials at a news conference in Washington.

Oct 11, 2011

Supreme Court won’t hear same-sex adoptive parents case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court refused on Tuesday to consider the rights of same-sex parents in a setback for two gay men who wanted both of their names listed on their adopted son’s birth certificate.

In a case closely watched by gay rights advocates, the high court rejected without comment an appeal by Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith, who sued to be listed as parents on a Louisiana birth certificate of the infant they adopted.

Oct 7, 2011

Attorney general fires back on gun scandal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Under fire for a botched operation to track guns smuggled to Mexican drug cartels, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday his critics seek to score political points, but will not try to stem the flow of weapons across the border.

He lashed back at Republican criticism in the Congress over when and what he knew about the operation in which as many as 2,000 guns were sold to suspected gun traffickers. The guns were not properly tracked and ended up at crime scenes in the United States and Mexico.

Oct 5, 2011
via FaithWorld

Top U.S. court hears church-state case on fired Lutheran school teacher

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(Church-court contacts -- Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington, speaks with John Roberts, (R) Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and his wife, Jane Sullivan as Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia, (L) and his wife Maureen, and Anthony Kennedy, (Upper L), wait to depart as they leave St. Matthew's Cathedral after attending the Red Mass in Washington October 2, 2011. The Red Mass is celebrated on the first Sunday in October before the Supreme Court opens its annual term/Joshua Roberts)

The United States Supreme Court considered on Wednesday whether the federal government can examine employment practices of religious groups, a case raising important church-state separation issues. The high court appeared to struggle with how to draw the line in such cases so the government can enforce laws such as those prohibiting discrimination and retaliation while still protecting constitutional religious freedom rights.