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Posted 9 months ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Mich. Affirmative Action

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments today on whether a state can preemptively ban any consideration of race in higher education admissions policies. In Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, the court will decide whether a 2006 ballot initiative which altered the Michigan constitution to preclude affirmative action in public university admissions will be allowed to stand. “The use of race-based and sex-based preferences in college education is certainly one of the most hotly contested issues of our time,” Michigan …

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Posted 9 months ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court Tackles Abortion, Affirmative Action, Guns

The U.S. Supreme Court has a busy slate of cases coming in front of it this term, with several that have the potential to have landmark precedential effects on the rights of everyday Americans. Through the fall and winter the justices will consider cases that touch on campaign finance, affirmative action, abortion, gun rights and public prayer, among other hot-button issues. “The big cases on the docket are all across the board,” says Vikram D. Amar, a professor at the …

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Posted 9 months ago in Litigation Products Liability by Michele Bowman  
US Supreme Court Rejects Big Tobacco Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 7 declined to hear big tobacco companies’ appeal of a Florida Supreme Court decision that makes it easier for smokers to sue the companies. As a result, a jury’s findings of fact in a massive class action suit from years ago can continue to be used in individual suits.    New Case, Old Findings Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds, and Liggett had asked the high court to hear their appeal of a $2.5-million jury award …

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Posted 9 months ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Harvard Law Prof Defends Affirmative Action

Harvard Law Professor Randall L. Kennedy spoke in Philadelphia yesterday to support the use of affirmative action in American public life, particularly in regard to increasing opportunities for black Americans. “It’s a good thing for public authorities to do what they can to redress the ongoing scars of past discrimination,” Kennedy said to an audience at the city’s central library. The professor recently published a book titled “For Discrimination: The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama …

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Posted 10 months ago in Crime Government by Janet Raasch  
Mandatory DNA Testing Is a Double-Edged Sword

Modern DNA analysis has revolutionized the criminal justice system. It has been used to prove — without a doubt — that suspects were involved in crimes and to free people who were wrongly convicted. The DNA sample is taken by swabbing the inside of a person’s cheek. If you are convicted of a serious crime, your DNA becomes part of state and federal crime databases, where it can be searched for association with other crimes. But what if you are …

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