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Supreme Court Reins In State Power To Seize Property And Collect Fines

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The Supreme Court sided with an Indiana man who lost his luxury car following his conviction on a minor drug offense. A unanimous Court said that the states must abide by the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines.  The decision is expected to curtail asset forfeitures, which both liberals and conservatives have criticized. The Supreme Court reigned in state power to ...

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Roberts Joins Liberals To Block Texas Execution Of Disabled Man

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The Supreme Court effectively ensured a Texas inmate named Bobby James Moore will not be executed Tuesday. A majority of the court concluded that Moore is mentally disabled. The court said executing the disabled is “cruel and unusual” in 2002. The Tuesday case was Moore’s second before the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court practically foreclosed the possibility that a Texas ...

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Justice Ginsburg Is Back At The Supreme Court, And She’s Sending A Message

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg took the bench at the Supreme Court Tuesday, the first time she has heard arguments since her treatment for lung cancer in December 2018. The justice’s presence at Tuesday’s arguments was expected — the high court’s public information office announced Friday that Ginsburg would participate in a private conference among the justices to discuss pending petitions. ...

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California Will Lead A Legal Challenge Against Trump’s Border Wall Declaration

California and a coalition of left-leaning states are expected to file a legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration as soon as Monday. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra told ABC News Sunday that the state had prepared to pursue legal action in advance of the president’s announcement, and shared plans to file a lawsuit “imminently.” Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, Nevada, ...

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Weiner Out: Disgraced Ex-Pol Leaves Jail For Halfway House

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Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner was transferred from a federal detention facility in Devens, Massachusetts, to a residential re-entry center in Brooklyn, New York, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Weiner will register as a sex offender as a condition of his release from custody, which is currently scheduled for May 14. His sentence was lessened by several ...

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Trump Was Sued Over His National Emergency Declaration In Less Than Six Hours

Public Citizen, a Washington-based consumer group, filed the first lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration concerning the southern border Friday night. The complaint, lodged in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, says the president’s declaration violates separation of powers principles because there is no emergency at the southern border justifying the invocation of extraordinary powers. ...

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Justice Ginsburg Returns To Supreme Court After Cancer Treatment

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to the Supreme Court Friday, concluding a two-month absence that followed her treatment for lung cancer in December 2018. The Supreme Court’s public information office announced that Ginsburg will attend Friday’s private conference, where the justices make decisions about pending petitions. The Court will consider several urgent matters during the conference, including a request from ...

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Supreme Court To Decide On Citizenship Question In 2020 Census

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The Supreme Court will decide whether the Trump administration may include a citizenship question on the 2020 census questionnaire. The justices released a short order Friday granting the government’s appeal of a lower court order which struck the citizenship question from the census form. The high court will hear oral arguments on the matter in April and issue a decision ...

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He Was A Respected State Supreme Court Justice. Now He’s Going To Jail

Allen Loughry, a former justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, was sentenced to a two-year prison term Wednesday, following his conviction for fraud and lying to federal investigators. U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver assessed penalties in excess of the federal sentencing guidelines, finding an enhancement appropriate because of the gravity of the offenses. The guidelines called for a ...

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Ginsburg’s Health Raises Frightening History Of Incapacity And Disability On The Supreme Court

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Fervid speculation as to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s well-being was set off in December when the Supreme Court abruptly announced that she was being treated for lung cancer. Though a positive prognosis has since allayed the worst fears of Ginsburg’s admirers, her continued struggles broach important but little discussed questions about judicial fitness in an era when unprecedented longevity often ...

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Roberts Joins Liberals To Strike Down Louisiana Abortion Law

The Supreme Court barred enforcement of a Louisiana law called the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act on a five to four vote Thursday night. Chief Justice joined the high court’s liberal bloc to prohibit the law’s implementation, while Justice Brett Kavanaugh led the conservatives in dissent. The act was scheduled to take effect on Friday. The Louisiana measure provides that physicians who ...

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The Supreme Court Gave Itself One Week To Decide On Louisiana Abortion Law

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The Supreme Court will delay its decision as to whether a Louisiana abortion law can take effect. The Louisiana measure — which was scheduled to take effect Monday — requires that physicians conducting abortions have admitting privileges at a local hospital. In a short order issued Friday night, Justice Samuel Alito said the Court would block implementation of Louisiana’s law until ...

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Emergency Abortion Case Will Put The Supreme Court’s Conservatives To The Test

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The Supreme Court is weighing an emergency petition from Louisiana that could mark the beginning of major changes to abortion jurisprudence. The application asks the justices to block implementation of a state law called Act 620 that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Pro-choice litigators say that measure is exactly the same as a Texas ...

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A Little-Noticed Opinion Portends Big Changes For Religious Liberty At Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court’s conservative bloc released a short opinion signaling their willingness to overturn a landmark 1990 decision which they say constrains religious liberty.  The decision, called Employment Division v. Smith, says that laws infringing on religious practices should be upheld provided they are enforced fairly and apply universally.  A challenge to Smith could come quickly — one is currently ...

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Roger Stone released on $250,000 bond

Roger Stone, a mischievous Republican political operative who advised President Donald Trump in the early stages of the 2016 campaign, appeared in a Florida federal court Friday following his early morning arrest for charges arising from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Stone was released on a $250,000 signature bond following Friday’s brief proceedings. The signature bond provides that he will ...

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