Tag Archives: U.S. Supreme Court


Posted 1 year ago in Gay and Lesbian issues Government by Betsy Kim  
Supreme Court Possible Rulings on Prop. 8 [Infographic]

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to soon announce its decision on Proposition 8, a 2008 California law, which banned same-sex marriage. The high court could strike down Prop. 8, finding it unconstitutional; decline to rule, noting the proponents’ lack of standing; or uphold the law, citing states’ rights. The American Foundation for Equal Rights infographic below also maps out the possible status of gay marriage across the country, depending on the court’s decision. Let us know in the comment …

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Posted 1 year ago in Podcasts by Matt Plessner  
Company Fights to Patent the Human Gene [Podcast]

  U.S. Supreme Court To Decide if Companies Can Patent DNA Myriad Genetics has isolated a human DNA sequence used for tests to detect whether women are at a higher risk for breast or ovarian cancer. The Salt Lake City, Utah, company holds patents on two isolated genes, which gives it a monopoly on these tests. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Patent Protection Foundation assert companies should not be able to patent human genes, which occur in …

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Posted 1 year ago in Crime Immigration by Michele Bowman  
Guilty Plea Means Deportation, Says Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 20 held that one of its 2010 rulings – that under the Sixth Amendment, criminal defense attorneys must warn their clients that guilty pleas can result in deportation – does not apply retroactively. In Chaidez v. United States, the Court said Padilla v. Kentucky, the 2010 case, was not retroactive because it created a new rule about warning defendants, as opposed to simply applying existing rules.   Sorry, Says Court: Play It Forward Roselva …

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Posted 2 years ago in Your Home & The Law by Aaron Kase  
Floating Homes Are Not Boats, Supreme Court Rules

Floating homes that aren’t designed to actually travel across the water should not be classified as boats and don’t have to follow federal admiralty law, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week. The decision means that people across the nation who live on the water don’t have to worry about running afoul of maritime laws, as long as it’s clear that their home isn’t used as a boat. In Lozman v. Riviera Beach, the court said a “reasonable observer” test …

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Posted 2 years ago in Crime by Michele Bowman  
Kids as Young as 12 Can Be Tried as Adults for Murder

A 12-year-old girl has been charged with murder after she and two older friends allegedly carjacked a man in Durham, N.C., shot him, and left him for dead in the street.   Three Murder Charges The 12-year old, along with a girl aged 14 and a boy aged 16, asked 35-year-old Johnny Danilo Villatoro for a ride on Dec. 28, then stole his car and shot him, according to local news reports. Cops found him lying in the street, and …

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