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Oct 5, 2011

Top court hears fired teacher church-state case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The 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.

Oct 4, 2011

Court hears death row inmate missed deadline case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Supreme Court justices appeared sympathetic on Tuesday to an Alabama death row inmate who missed a filing deadline for an appeal because his New York attorneys went to other jobs and a court notice to them was returned to sender, saying address unknown.

Some justices asked if the case should at least be sent back to an appeals court to clear up a number of disputed factual questions in the case of Cory Maples, convicted of two murders committed in 1995 and sentenced to death.

Oct 3, 2011

US court won’t review drug case text message search

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday let stand a ruling that the police can search text messages from an arrested criminal suspect’s cell phone without obtaining a warrant.

The justices refused to review the California Supreme Court ruling that upheld the search on the grounds that defendants lose their privacy rights for any items they are carrying when taken into custody.

Oct 3, 2011

Supreme Court won’t review gun rights outside of home

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court refused Monday to consider whether an individual’s right to own guns includes carrying a firearm outside the home, staying out of one of the nation’s most divisive social, political and legal issues.

The justices let stand a ruling by Maryland’s highest court that upheld a state law prohibiting the carrying of a handgun without a permit outside of one’s home.

Oct 3, 2011

Top court won’t review gun rights outside of home

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court refused Monday to consider whether an individual’s right to own guns includes carrying a firearm outside the home, staying out of one of the nation’s most divisive social, political and legal issues.

The justices let stand a ruling by Maryland’s highest court that upheld a state law prohibiting the carrying of a handgun without a permit outside of one’s home.

Oct 3, 2011

Supreme court rejects Internet music download case

By James Vicini

(Reuters) – The Supreme Court let stand on Monday a ruling that a traditional Internet download of sound recording does not constitute a public performance of the recorded musical work under federal copyright law.

The justices refused to review a ruling by an appeals court in New York that the download itself of a musical work does not fall within the law’s definition of a public performance of that work.

Oct 3, 2011

U.S. top court rejects Internet music download case

Oct 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court let stand on
Monday a ruling that a traditional Internet download of sound
recording does not constitute a public performance of the
recorded musical work under federal copyright law.

The justices refused to review a ruling by a U.S. appeals
court in New York that the download itself of a musical work
does not fall within the law’s definition of a public
performance of that work.

Oct 2, 2011

Obama’s healthcare law tops new Supreme Court term

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare overhaul will top the agenda in the new Supreme Court term that opens on Monday and could be the most momentous in decades.

Returning from its three-month recess, the nation’s highest court will confront legal challenges seeking to strike down Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement and a host of other charged issues in its 2011-12 term.

Oct 2, 2011

Obama’s healthcare law tops new US high court term

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s
sweeping healthcare overhaul will top the agenda in the new
U.S. Supreme Court term that opens on Monday and could be the
most momentous in decades.

Returning from its three-month recess, the nation’s highest
court will confront legal challenges seeking to strike down
Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement and a host of
other charged issues in its 2011-12 term.

Sep 28, 2011

Obama’s healthcare law appealed to top court

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Twenty-six states and a
small business group appealed on Wednesday to the U.S. Supreme
Court seeking to strike down all of President Barack Obama’s
signature 2010 healthcare law.

The states and the National Federation of Independent
Business said in separate appeals the entire law should be
invalidated because Congress exceeded its powers requiring that
Americans buy health insurance or face a penalty.