Category: Supreme Court

August 1, 2007

Righting the Wrongs of Pay Discrimination

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Filed under: News,Supreme Court - 01 Aug 2007

As The American Prospect and Atrios point out, the House has passed a bill that would overturn the Supreme Court’s decision that pay discrimination claims must be filed within 180 days of the first discriminatory pay check. The Supreme …


July 1, 2007

The Supreme Court and the Trojan Horse

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Filed under: Supreme Court - 01 Jul 2007

In Book Eight of the Odyssey, the blind bard Demodocus sings the story of the Trojan Horse. How after ten long years of war, the Greeks burned their camps and boarded their ships, leaving a giant wooden horse at …


June 30, 2007

Close Supreme Court Rulings Suggest Politics, Not Justice

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Filed under: Supreme Court - 30 Jun 2007

There have been more single vote decisions in the Supreme Court’s rulings this term than there have been in over a decade. 24 of the Court’s 72 rulings have been decided by a 5-4 vote, almost all of these …


June 29, 2007

Guantanamo Prisoners May Appeal Before Civilian Judges

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Filed under: Supreme Court - 29 Jun 2007

Today it the U.S. Supreme Court spun around on an April decision to deny prisoners in Guantanamo Bay access to civilian courts. Hundreds of prisoners will soon have the opportunity to be heard before federal judges, appealing unjust confinement …


June 27, 2007

No Standing for Private Citizens

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Filed under: Supreme Court - 27 Jun 2007

A quick note on Monday’s Supreme Court decision denying individual tax payers the ability to bring suit against the government for mis-spending funds on religious organizations. The decision is unfortunate for it takes away an important check on our …


June 25, 2007

Speech Still Free For Those Who Can Pay For It

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Filed under: Politics,Supreme Court,Voting - 25 Jun 2007

Released on the same day as the decision discussed below by Boarder, the Supreme Court struck down limits on political advertising spending. Rolling back a major portion of the McCain-Feingold bill that was upheld in 2003, the Court’s decision …


“Bong Hits 4 Jesus,” Just Not At School

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Filed under: First Amendment,Freedom of Speech,Supreme Court - 25 Jun 2007

The supreme court ruled to limit students’ speech today, at least when it comes to pro-marijuana messages.

In 2002, Joseph Frederick unfurled a banner at a school-sanctioned event which read, “Bong Hits 4 Jesus.” Young Frederick was summarily …


June 24, 2007

Supreme Court Protects Criminal Defendants

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Filed under: Fourth Amendment,Supreme Court - 24 Jun 2007

The Supreme Court last week quietly issued an unanimous decision upholding Fourth Amendment protections for passengers in stopped cars. The Court held that a passenger in a car is considered “seized” – an important determination that triggers Fourth Amendment …


May 27, 2007

Supreme Court Abortion Ruling Begins to Be Felt

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Filed under: Abortion,Supreme Court - 27 May 2007

The supreme court decision last month to uphold a federal ban on partial birth abortions (Gonzales vs Carhart) is beginning to populate the legal landscape, already suggesting the effects it will have on states’ laws regarding abortion.

States are now …