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US May Have to Stop Taking Farmers' Raisins

Supreme Court sounds skeptical about old agriculture rule

(Newser) - A post-World War II-era program that forces raisin producers to give part of their annual crop to the government could soon be a relic of history. Several Supreme Court justices expressed doubts this week that federal officials can legally take raisins away from farmers without full payment even if the... More »

Confederate Flag on Texas Plates Heads to High Court

Supreme Court to decide if state has right to ban what some see as offensive

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today considers whether Texans should have the right, as folks in nine other states do, to drive around with a license plate bearing the Confederate flag. The Sons of Confederate Veterans—a "heritage organization," as per spokesman Ben Jones, and "not a bunch of... More »

John Roberts' One Question on ObamaCare May Be Huge

Jeffrey Toobin thinks he may be leaning to save the law, for now

(Newser) - In yesterday's arguments about ObamaCare before the Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts surprised observers by saying almost nothing. But the single question he did ask might well have tipped his hand, writes Jeffrey Toobin at the New Yorker . If Toobin is right, it's a mixture of good... More »

ObamaCare Case: Kennedy, Roberts Tough to Read

Chief justice says little, while Kennedy challenges both sides during arguments

(Newser) - It's all up to Anthony Kennedy and John Roberts now. In today's arguments before the Supreme Court in King v. Burwell—the case that could decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act—the liberal justices sounded predictably in favor of the law, the conservative justices sounded predictably... More »

No Plan B If Court Rules Against ObamaCare: WH

But Republicans say they've got something in mind

(Newser) - The Supreme Court begins hearing arguments today in a case that could result in people in 34 states losing subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, the New York Times reports. But if the court opts to take what one Democrat calls "a wrecking ball to a major part of... More »

'Millions Lose' if Plaintiffs Win Obamacare Case

'King v. Burwell' makes a 'bizarre' argument, says USA Today

(Newser) - Four people are bringing their case against Obamacare to the Supreme Court Wednesday, and USA Today doesn't like it. "As legal challenges go, the latest complaint is bizarre," writes the editorial board. In sum, the plaintiffs say a literal reading of the law only allows states with... More »

Ginsburg: America Can Handle Gay Marriage

As gay Americans have come out, we 'recognized they are one of us'

(Newser) - As far as Ruth Bader Ginsburg is concerned, America is ready for gay marriage. In an interview yesterday, the Supreme Court justice said she believes a high court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage would be accepted at this point, Bloomberg reports. "The change in people’s attitudes on that issue... More »

Most Alabama Counties Buck Feds on Gay Marriage

More than two-thirds halt all marriage

(Newser) - In Alabama, county officials are caught between an order from the state's chief justice not to issue same-sex marriage licenses and a federal judge's ruling legalizing gay marriage—and most of them have decided to just stop issuing any marriage licenses. After the Supreme Court refused to keep... More »

Supreme Court Won't Stop Gay Marriages in Alabama

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange had asked to keep the decision on hold

(Newser) - The Supreme Court says it won't stop same-sex marriages from beginning in Alabama today. The court this morning denied the Alabama attorney general's request to extend a hold on a judge's ruling overturning the state's ban on gay marriage. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange had asked... More »

Guy on Death Row 30 Years Gets Last-Minute Reprieve

US Supreme Court steps in as Texas planned execution for Tuesday

(Newser) - A Texas inmate set to be executed next week for fatally shooting four men at an airplane hangar more than 30 years ago won a reprieve today from the US Supreme Court. Lester Bower Jr., 67, among the longest-serving Texas death row inmates, had been scheduled for lethal injection Tuesday.... More »

Supreme Court Litigant Who Vanished Returns

Bobby Chen was apparently in California

(Newser) - It's aptly called an "unprecedented mystery" by the Wall Street Journal . A New York man who claims Baltimore illegally razed a home he owned there managed to get his case—which actually centers around a filing deadline, not the demolition itself—all the way to the Supreme Court.... More »

Courts: Nursing Mom's Firing Isn't Sexist— Men Can Lactate

Supreme Court won't overturn lower ruling

(Newser) - When a woman took legal action over a reported firing linked to breastfeeding, courts dismissed the move—in part because men are capable of lactating, the Raw Story reports. Now, the Supreme Court is letting that dismissal stand. "The court's reasoning in this case echoes old Supreme Court... More »

3 Executions on Hold Until Supreme Court Hears Case

Unless Oklahoma comes up with an alternative to controversial drug

(Newser) - Three death-row inmates in Oklahoma now have a much better chance of living long enough to see whether their court challenge to lethal injection is successful. The Supreme Court today ordered Oklahoma to put the executions on hold until the court hears their case in late April, reports NBC News... More »

CBO: ObamaCare Will Cost 20% Less Than We Thought

Revised estimates come in well under initial ones 5 years ago

(Newser) - When the CBO was crunching numbers back in 2010 on how much ObamaCare would cost the federal government, it came up with a figure of $710 billion for fiscal years 2015 to 2019. Yesterday, the agency cut that by 20% to $571 billion, reports the New York Times . CBO chief... More »

Supreme Court Will Review Lethal Injection

Justices to hear appeal from death-row inmates in Oklahoma

(Newser) - Gay marriage won't be the only high-profile issue on the Supreme Court's docket: The justices today said they would take up the issue of lethal injection, reports SCOTUSblog . Death-row inmates in Oklahoma say the state's three-drug protocol amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, as evidenced by... More »

Supreme Court Unanimous on Inmate Beard Length

Arkansas inmate, Gregory Holt, a Muslim, can grow a half-inch beard

(Newser) - The Supreme Court was unanimous today in a decision that will allow an Arkansas inmate to grow a half-inch beard. The state's rule specified that beard length must be kept to a quarter inch; Gregory Holt, a Muslim man also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad, had sought permission to... More »

Supreme Court to Rule on Gay Marriage

Justices expected to issue a decision on constitutionality in June

(Newser) - The Supreme Court will weigh in on the constitutionality of gay marriage in a matter of months. Justices today said they would hear arguments in April, with a decision expected in late June, reports AP . The main question: whether all Americans, regardless of what state they live in, have a... More »

Deep-Voiced Attorneys Less Likely to Win in Court

A male lawyer's voice can actually predict whether he wins his case

(Newser) - When it comes to leaders, men and women both prefer women who have more masculine voices, research shows. And men are more likely to vote for men who use deeper, more masculine tones, while CEOs with deeper voices tend to make more money and run larger companies. But when it... More »

Man at Center of Supreme Court Case Has Vanished

Bobby Chen filed handwritten petition without a lawyer

(Newser) - A New York man was "shocked" when he learned that a home in Baltimore he owned had been razed by the city—illegally, he says—and he managed to get his case all the way to the Supreme Court. But as justices prepare to hear it, Bobby Chen is... More »

Suit: Pregnant Woman Fired Over Bathroom Breaks

Dawn Steckmann says she was accused of 'stealing from company'

(Newser) - When Dawn Steckmann, an employee at a cellphone chip manufacturer in Beaverton, Ore., told her supervisor she was pregnant in 2011, she says he told her not to worry about clocking out during her more-frequent bathroom breaks. But when she became pregnant again in 2013, a bladder issue that arose... More »

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