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PA supreme court tackles gerrymandering under state law as SCOTUS hears federal challenge

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday heard a challenge to the way that state's congressional district map has been drawn. Its decision could affect this year's federal midterm elections. Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices on Wednesday interrogated lawyers defending the way the state's congre

DAILY KOS - 2018-01-18 21:03:22

Florida Supreme Court disbars medical marijuana lawyer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court is disbarring a lawyer who told clients medical marijuana was legal and issued "Official Legal Certification" cards more than two years before voters approved marijuana for medical use. The Thursday ruling said some of Ian Christensen's clients were

WASHINGTON TIMES - 2018-01-18 20:51:45

Supreme Court declines to review case over collecting stale debt

January 18, 2018 / 5:14 PM / Updated 33 minutes ago The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a lower court's decision holding Portfolio Recovery Associates liable for violating the U.S. Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by trying to collect old debt and not telling a borrower it was not legall

REUTERS - 2018-01-18 17:09:46

Supreme Court blocks Prato appeal in Dexia swaps ruling

LONDON, Jan 18 (IFR) - The English Supreme Court has delivered a blow to Italian local authorities seeking compensation for soured derivatives trades after refusing to grant Comune di Prato permission to appeal a 2017 decision in favour of its swap counterparty, Dexia Crediop. The ruling, which ove

REUTERS - 2018-01-18 14:58:00

Senate Republicans Steamroll Judicial Process

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans hardly could have done more last year to help President Donald Trump reshape the nation's federal courts with conservative appointees. They put Justice Neil Gorsuch in a Supreme Court seat, one they blocked Barack Obama from filling during his l

ROLL CALL ONLINE - 2018-01-18 16:33:44

Pro-life pregnancy centers fight for free speech on eve of March for Life

Hours before the 46th annual March for Life will commence in Washington, D.C., on Friday, a slew of pro-life advocates, including 22 states and 144 members of Congress are rallying beside pregnancy center network National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, supporting them in National Institute

WASHINGTON EXAMINER - 2018-01-18 16:53:45

The Supreme Court's coming decision could put unions past the point of no return

Organized labor faces a transformation this year. In February, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Janus v. AFSCME to decide whether government employees can be fired for refusing to pay union dues. A decision for petitioner Mark Janus could extend right-to-work protections to millions of publi

THE HILL - 2018-01-18 11:40:06

Questions and answers about executive privilege

WASHINGTON (AP) - Presidents since George Washington have resisted congressional requests for documents and the testimony of administration officials by asserting a power known as executive privilege. Executive privilege is the president's power to keep information from the courts, Congress and the

TOWNHALL - 2018-01-18 09:24:00

The El Salvador Tragedy

President Trump didn't include El Salvador on his vulgar list of deplorables. But his forthcoming expulsion of nearly 200,000 Salvadorans will inflict more harm on that poor and violent country of 6.3 million people than any verbal assault. Actions speak louder than words. Haiti and the continent of

NEW YORK TIMES - 2018-01-18 10:45:17

They argued that prostitution is a constitutional right. Nice try, said federal court.

In this Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 photo, an undercover sheriff's deputy talks to a man who pulled over to talk with her in Compton, Calif. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) The Supreme Court's 2003 ruling in the case Lawrence v. Texas is one of its best-known in recent memory. In a 6-3 decision, the justices inv

WASHINGTON POST - 2018-01-18 10:57:00

Congress' ability to twist arms is limited - unless it wants to arrest Bannon itself

Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). (Matt McClain/The Washington Post) Multiple members of the House Intelligence Committee proposed a grave response to the dism

WASHINGTON POST - 2018-01-18 08:51:00

India's Supreme Court on Trial

Even by the standards of a country where something unexpected happens every minute, the scene at India's Supreme Court last week was startling. India's top judges are invariably reticent; they shy away from any public display of political affiliations, for example. But, last week, the four most seni

BLOOMBERG - 2018-01-18 00:30:09

Grassley under fire for planning vote on 17 judicial nominees

Greg Nash Judicial and LGBT advocates are slamming Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGOP senators eager for Romney to join themFive hurdles to a big DACA and border dealGrand jury indicts Maryland executive in Uranium One deal: reportMORE (R-Iowa) for

THE HILL - 2018-01-17 22:01:39

Supreme Court mulls whether lawyer can admit client's guilt to try to avoid death penalty

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer raised concerns Wednesday that defendants in criminal cases will "walk right into jail" if the high court decides a defense attorney cannot admit his client is guilty over the objections of the client if the lawyer is trying to avoid the death penalty. Breyer, wh

WASHINGTON EXAMINER - 2018-01-17 19:25:45

Supreme Court struggles with murder suspect's denial

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court struggled Wednesday with a murder suspect's demand to mount an incredible defense that his lawyer believed would result in a death sentence. On one hand, a majority of justices seemed to agree that defense attorney Larry English should not have told a jury that Louisia

USA TODAY - 2018-01-17 19:59:38

Supreme Court considers exceptions to overtime rule

Looking under the hood and figuring out what is wrong is a popular cliche, but on Wednesday, the Supreme Court examined whether the workers who actually do that should be guaranteed overtime pay. The justices heard oral arguments in Encino Motorcars v. Navarro, a case involving whether the Fair Labo

WASHINGTON EXAMINER - 2018-01-17 22:49:48

Supreme Court Skeptical of Lawyer's Conduct in Death Penalty Case

The decision by Larry English to concede that his client was guilty of killing three people in a bid to avoid the death penalty, rather than arguing his innocence, ended with his client being convicted and receiving a death sentence.Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times WASHINGTON - The Supreme

NEW YORK TIMES - 2018-01-17 20:12:06

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Appears Open To Striking Down Gerrymandered Map

The justices struggled during oral arguments to determine what a fix could look like, especially with the midterm elections coming up this year. The Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg in 2011. HARRISBURG, Pa. A plurality of state Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared open to the possi

HUFFINGTONPOST - 2018-01-17 18:11:19

DOJ Asks Supreme Court to Weigh in on DACA (Audio)

Leon Fresco, a partner at Holland and Knight, discusses new attempts by the Trump administration to shut down the DACA program, which now involves a petition to the Supreme Court to allow the administration to go ahead with its plans to dismantle the program, which would allow people brought into t

BLOOMBERG - 2018-01-17 20:20:17

Justices lean toward death row inmate in dispute with lawyer

The Supreme Court appeared to be in broad agreement Wednesday that a lawyer for a criminal defendant cannot override his client's wish and concede his guilt at trial, even if the lawyer's aim is to avoid a death sentence. "People can walk themselves into jail. They can walk themselves, regrettably

ABC NEWS - 2018-01-17 19:19:00