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The Supreme Court Just Stopped Local Sheriffs From Carjacking to Pay the Bills

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court unanimously decided the case of Timbs v. Indiana. The decision was an auspicious one, and it was auspicious for two reasons. The first was that the decision was written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg so, yes, she's back, sports fans. The second is that it was a harpoo


Supreme Court strikes blow against states that raise revenue by hefty fines, forfeitures

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that states cannot impose excessive fees, fines and forfeitures as criminal penalties. The decision, which united the court's conservatives and liberals, makes clear that the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against "excessive fines" applies t


Supreme Court overturns death penalty for man with intellectual disability

The Catholic Mobilizing Network applauded the court’s decision, saying it “parallels a growing consensus among the American public that the death penalty is falling out of favor.”


Ruth Bader Ginsburg Returns to the Supreme Court With Vigor

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to the bench Tuesday for the first time since her cancer surgery last December. Become a Free ALM Digital Reader. Tony Mauro, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. A lead writer for ALM's Supreme Court Brief, Tony focuses on the c


The Mysterious RBG returns, alive, to Supreme Court bench, refuting conspiracy theories

Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to the Supreme Court bench Tuesday to hear oral arguments for the first time since undergoing cancer surgery in December. According to Supreme Court reporters, Ginsburg smiled as she arrived with her fellow justices at court, taking her seat unassisted at 10 a.m. ET. Acc


Supreme Court rules out death penalty for Texas inmate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is ending a long legal fight by ruling that a Texas death row inmate is intellectually disabled and thus may not be executed. The justices ruled 6-3 on Tuesday in the case of inmate Bobby James Moore.


Clarence Thomas Echoes Trump, Suggests Supreme Court Revisit Landmark First Amendment Case on Libel Law

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in a court decision Tuesday that there should be a reconsideration of a landmark Supreme Court case that set the standard for libel for public figures.


She's back: Ruth Bader Ginsburg returns to the Supreme Court after lung cancer surgery

As Supreme Court justices returned to the bench Tuesday to resume hearing cases after a month-long winter recess, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was among her peers for the first time since her recent cancer surgery.


Supreme Court ruling means more information on mystery Mueller grand jury case may become public

Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for potentially unsealing more information in the case involving special counsel Robert Mueller's grand jury. The justices, in an unsigned order, granted the administration's request to file redacted copies of briefs filed under seal at an


Ruth Bader Ginsburg returns to put Supreme Court back at full strength

Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court returned to full strength Tuesday as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made her first public appearance at the court since December. The 85-year-old Ginsburg spent the last few months recovering from lung cancer and, according to friends, is walking more than a mile


Ruth Bader Ginsburg Returns To Supreme Court Bench For First Oral Arguments Since Surgery

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back at the Supreme Court for her first oral arguments since receiving treatment for cancer in December, a spokeswoman for the court confirmed Tuesday.


US Supreme Court Rules Unanimously To Curb Civil Asset Forfeiture

For years, law enforcement had used civil asset forfeiture, seizing assets from people suspected of involvement in a crime without necessarily charging them with wrongdoing, nationwide to increase local revenue. In many cases, victims were never charged with a crime and never saw their money or prop


Supreme Court ruling protects citizens against excessive state fines

In a decision announced Wednesday by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Timbs v. Indiana that the 8th Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause applies to state and local governments.


Bombshell Mueller report may never be fully revealed

Washington (CNN)Robert Mueller's report could land within days, yet rather than offering definitive answers, his hotly anticipated filing might only ignite a new controversy -- over how much of the special counsel's conclusions most Americans get to see.


Supreme Court ruling to curb Michigan's police seizures property, cars

Ruling in the Indiana case of a low-level heroin dealer whose $42,000 Land Rover SUV was confiscated by police — even though the man served no jail time — the U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday that the nation's criminal justice system may not impose excessive criminal fines and forfeitures.


Supreme Court Delivers Unanimous Victory for Asset Forfeiture Challenge

States are bound by the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against excessive fines and fees when they seek to seize property or other assets from individuals charged or convicted of a crime, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday.


Supreme Court, in unanimous ruling, moves to limit state and local governments’ power to impose fines and seize property

The court on Wednesday ruled in favor of Tyson Timbs of Marion, Ind., whose $42,000 Land Rover SUV was seized after his arrest for selling a couple hundred dollars’ worth of heroin. Timbs drew wide support from civil liberties organizations that want to limit civil forfeitures, which they say empowe


Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Lee Daniels' 'Empire' in Copyright Lawsuit

Back in 2016, Clayton Prince Tanksley launched a lawsuit against Daniels and co-creator Danny Strong, claiming that plot of the series was similar to his storyline for a show called 'Cream'.


“Disaster” as Indian Supreme Court orders eviction of “8 million” tribespeople

India’s Supreme Court has ordered the eviction of up to 8 million tribal and other forest-dwelling people, in what campaigners have described as “an unprecedented disaster,” and “the biggest mass eviction in the name of conservation, ever.”


Pelosi urges members to back resolution terminating national emergency

(CNN)Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi urged members of Congress Wednesday to back a resolution halting the national emergency declared by President Donald Trump to fund a border wall.