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May 21, 2012

Supreme court rules for government on immigrants’ residence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the length of lawful residence in the United States by immigrant parents cannot be considered by the federal government in deciding whether their children should be deported.

The justices unanimously handed a victory to the Obama administration and overturned a ruling by a U.S. appeals court that immigrants who entered the United States as children may count their parents’ years in this country to satisfy the residency requirements.

May 21, 2012

U.S. top court decides in vitro fertilization benefits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that children conceived through in vitro fertilization after the death of a parent were not automatically entitled to survivor benefits under the Social Security law.

The justices unanimously sided with the Obama administration and overturned a U.S. appeals court’s ruling for a New Jersey woman who is seeking benefits for her twins conceived by artificial insemination after her husband’s death.

May 21, 2012

Supreme Court to hear government eavesdropping appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear an Obama administration appeal arguing that attorneys, journalists and human rights groups have no right to sue over a law making it easier for U.S. intelligence agencies to eavesdrop on foreign communications.

The justices said they would review a ruling by a U.S. appeals court in New York that the plaintiffs have the legal right to proceed with their challenge to a 2008 amendment to the law, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

May 21, 2012

Supreme Court to hear US govt. eavesdropping appeal

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) – The Supreme Court agreed on
Monday to hear an Obama administration appeal arguing that
attorneys, journalists and human rights groups have no right to
sue over a law making it easier for U.S. intelligence agencies
to eavesdrop on foreign communications.

The justices said they would review a ruling by a U.S.
appeals court in New York that the plaintiffs have the legal
right to proceed with their challenge to a 2008 amendment to the
law, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Apr 30, 2012

Top court to follow up on immigration lawyer case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide how broadly to apply its two-year old ruling that immigrants have a constitutional right to effective assistance of counsel and must be told about possible deportation stemming from a guilty plea.

The justices said they would consider whether its March 31, 2010, ruling would apply retroactively to previous convictions or would only to convictions after that date. Defense lawyers said in their Supreme Court appeal that the issue has profound practical significance.

Apr 26, 2012

U.S. judge rejects releasing bin Laden photos

WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday
refused to order President Barack Obama’s administration to
release photos and video of the U.S. military operation that
killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan almost a year ago and the al
Qaeda leader’s burial at sea.

The government watchdog group Judicial Watch had requested
the Defense Department and CIA release any photos or video
footage of the May 1 operation that killed bin Laden in
Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Apr 25, 2012

Supreme Court appears to back Arizona on immigration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Several Supreme Court justices on Wednesday voiced support for Arizona’s effort to crack down on illegal immigration, appearing to reject Obama administration arguments that the federal government has sole responsibility for dealing with people who illegally enter the United States.

The conservative justices who hold a majority on the court suggested by their questions and comments that states would have significant latitude to adopt laws that discourage illegal immigrants from moving to and staying in the United States.

Apr 25, 2012

US high court appears to back Arizona on immigration

WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) – Several U.S. Supreme Court
justices on Wednesday voiced support for Arizona’s effort to
crack down on illegal immigration, appearing to reject Obama
administration arguments that the federal government has sole
responsibility for dealing with people who illegally enter the
United States.

The conservative justices who hold a majority on the court
suggested by their questions and comments that states would have
significant latitude to adopt laws that discourage illegal
immigrants from moving to and staying in the United States.

Apr 23, 2012

Supreme Court won’t hear New York City rent case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a constitutional challenge to a New York City rent stabilization law and regulations that control rent increases and evictions for nearly 1 million apartments.

The justices turned down an appeal by a couple, James and Jeanne Harmon, who own and live in a small brownstone building in Manhattan. They claimed three tenants in their building pay government-set rents at 59 percent below market value.

Apr 23, 2012

US high court won’t hear New York City rent case

WASHINGTON, April 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on
Monday refused to hear a constitutional challenge to a New York
City rent stabilization law and regulations that control rent
increases and evictions for nearly 1 million apartments.

The justices turned down an appeal by a couple, James and
Jeanne Harmon, who own and live in a small brownstone building
in Manhattan. They claimed three tenants in their building pay
government-set rents at 59 percent below market value.