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Sep 28, 2011

Business group appeals health law to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A small business group said on Wednesday it has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in its legal challenge seeking to strike down all of President Barack Obama’s signature 2010 healthcare law.

The National Federation of Independent Business said in the appeal that the entire law should be invalidated because Congress exceeded its powers in adopting a key provision that requires Americans to buy health insurance or face a penalty.

Sep 28, 2011

Business group appeals US health law to high court

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – A small business group said
on Wednesday it has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in its
legal challenge seeking to strike down all of President Barack
Obama’s signature 2010 healthcare law.

The National Federation of Independent Business said in the
appeal that the entire law should be invalidated because
Congress exceeded its powers in adopting a key provision that
requires Americans to buy health insurance or face a penalty.

Sep 26, 2011

Obama healthcare law headed for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday cleared the way for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide in its 2011-12 term the president’s signature healthcare law that requires Americans to buy insurance or face a penalty.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said it decided against asking the full U.S. Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit to review the August ruling by a three-judge panel of the court that found the requirement unconstitutional.

Sep 22, 2011

Analysis: High-profile Davis execution raises questions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Controversy at home and abroad over the execution of Troy Davis, who was put to death in the United States late on Wednesday for the 1989 killing of a policeman, has renewed questions about the death penalty.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected his last-minute plea for a stay of execution, and Davis, 42, received a lethal injection at a prison in Georgia.

Sep 21, 2011

Republicans criticize U.S. probe of Mexico gun sting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Justice Department investigation into a botched operation to track guns smuggled to Mexican drug cartels was criticized by two senior Republican lawmakers who questioned its objectivity and independence.

In a letter released on Wednesday to Acting Justice Department Inspector General Cynthia Schnedar, they expressed deep concern over her decision to turn over to U.S. prosecutors in Arizona audio recordings obtained during her investigation.

Sep 21, 2011

Judge upholds key part of voting rights law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge on Wednesday upheld a key provision of the landmark U.S. voting rights law aimed at protecting minorities in states and local governments with a history of racial discrimination.

U.S. District Judge John Bates concluded that Congress acted appropriately when it reauthorized the provision in 2006. Congress initially adopted the voting rights act, a historic piece of U.S. civil rights legislation, in 1965.

Sep 16, 2011

Top court stays Texas death row inmate execution

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court gave a reprieve on Thursday to a Texas death row inmate in a case tinged by racial controversy, granting a stay more than 90 minutes after the scheduled time of his execution.

The high court issued the stay of execution for Duane Buck, 48, who had been scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m. local time in Huntsville, Texas, for a pair of shotgun murders in 1995 in Houston.

Sep 13, 2011

U.S. agency handling of Madoff, other assets blasted

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Justice Department report sharply criticized how one of its agencies managed and sold assets seized in Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi investment scheme and other cases between 2005 and last year.

The audit report issued on Tuesday by the department’s office of inspector general found the U.S. Marshals Service did not have adequate procedures to manage, supervise, track, and keep records on certain seized and forfeited assets.

Sep 7, 2011

Ex-U.S. government scientist admits attempted Israel spying

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former U.S. government scientist pleaded guilty on Wednesday to attempted espionage for passing top-secret national defense information to an undercover FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer.

The plea deal calls for Stewart Nozette, 54, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, to receive a sentence of 13 years in prison. The judge said at the hearing that he would accept the guilty plea and would impose the agreed-upon prison term.

Sep 6, 2011

US must reveal some cellphone tracking cases-court

WASHINGTON, Sept 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. government must
tell the public how it tracked suspects by cellphone without
having given a judge detailed reasons for the tracking in some
cases, an appeals court ruled on Tuesday, in a case pitting new
technology against privacy rights.

A leading civil liberties group claimed victory in one of
several cases making its way through the court system weighing
privacy rights against law enforcement using data available
through the proliferation of new technologies like the Global
Positioning System (GPS), cellphones and laptop computers.