Peterson convicted by 'voices from the grave'

Peterson convicted by 'voices from the grave'

How could former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson be convicted in large part on hearsay evidence -- the words of someone who was not in court but reported by a third party -- when the Constitution gives any defendant the right to confront his accuser?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
DOMA challenges fall like snow on high court

DOMA challenges fall like snow on high court

Given the strident differences on gay marriage between U.S. President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney, the issue has produced few political headlines as the candidates slash at each other in the final months before the November election.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Obama in Catholic bishops' cross hairs

Obama in Catholic bishops' cross hairs

No president in U.S. history has been targeted en masse in lawsuits filed by Catholic bishops and institutions till now: President Obama is facing a tsunami of suits opposing the contraception mandate in his healthcare reform law.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
What if Gore vs. Bush becomes Obama vs. Romney?

What if Gore vs. Bush becomes Obama vs. Romney?

Will the reputation and persuasive power of the U.S. Supreme Court survive in the unlikely event the court appears to decide the 2012 presidential election, as it seemingly did in 2000's Bush vs. Gore?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Correspondent
Getting fired for a Facebook 'like'

Getting fired for a Facebook 'like'

How much freedom of speech do you have in a social network setting -- for instance, can you be fired if you click "like" on Facebook for something your boss doesn't like?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, Senior UPI Legal Correspondent
Drones in the sky over America

Drones in the sky over America

They're coming: In a few years the skies over the United States will be filled with hundreds if not thousands of of drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, doing a variety of tasks -- border security, disaster relief, search and rescue, counter-terrorism and looking down on people and streets on behalf of police departments.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, Senior UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent
The arithmetic of gay marriage

The arithmetic of gay marriage

Supporters of California's Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage in the state, finally asked the U.S. Supreme Court last week to reverse a lower-court ruling that struck it down.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Gun control in the post-Aurora world

Gun control in the post-Aurora world

In the wake of the horrific tragedy in Aurora, Colo., a crescendo of voices is calling for some new kind of gun control to put a stop to such attacks. But even though the U.S. Supreme Court has left some wiggle room for regulation in its most recent gun control cases, there remains the question of political will.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, Senior UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent
Will voter ID laws cost Obama the election?

Will voter ID laws cost Obama the election?

With polls showing President Obama and Mitt Romney locked in a desperately close race for the presidency, will voter identification laws suppress the Democratic vote and cost Obama the election, or will they simply cut down on voter fraud as Republicans contend?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Citizens United -- My how the money rolls in

Citizens United -- My how the money rolls in

Secret corporate money continues to swamp the American political process in the wake of the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United vs. FCC, evoking the words of an old folk song: "My father makes counterfeit money, My granny makes bathtub gin, My sister sells kisses to sailors, And oh how the money rolls in."
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
What Roberts actually said about healthcare 'tax'

What Roberts actually said about healthcare 'tax'

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the Supreme Court opinion last month declaring the individual healthcare mandate is constitutional because the penalty for violating the mandate can be considered a tax -- thereby igniting a political firestorm -- but what did Roberts actually say?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Correspondent
The high court's most political ruling

The high court's most political ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court last week slapped down Montana's restrictions on corporate political contributions in a ruling that shows the court at its most divided -- and at its most political.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND
Lesson learned -- don't touch a politician

Lesson learned -- don't touch a politician

The U.S. Supreme Court disposed of the Dick Cheney "touching" case earlier this month, but its unsettling lessons will linger for some time.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND
Plaintiffs still pound Walmart

Plaintiffs still pound Walmart

If you thought the Walmart sex discrimination fight was over when the U.S. Supreme Court broke the massive class action suit last year, saying the company had the right to fight the allegations case by case, you thought wrongly.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND
'Influence, gratitude, access not corruption'

'Influence, gratitude, access not corruption'

The U.S. Supreme Court will go behind closed doors June 14 and decide what to do about Montana's cheeky slap at Citizens United vs. FEC, the high court ruling that opened the gates to hundreds of millions in corporate independent political expenditures.
Spying on the American public

Spying on the American public

The U.S. Supreme Court should hear argument in a case central to the law that allows spying on U.S. citizens without a warrant in the name of counter-terrorism, just as a partisan Congress decides whether to renew the law later this year.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND
Justices will decide the fate of gay marriage

Justices will decide the fate of gay marriage

The president proposes, but the Supreme Court disposes: The apparent consensus in the legal writing community is that the issue of gay marriage will be fought out eventually on the battleground of the U.S. Supreme Court, and the justices will have the final say.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND
2012 election drowning in secret money

2012 election drowning in secret money

The 2012 elections are awash in secret money, with donors accountable to no one, while the national media sleeps and few voters seem to care.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND
Opening the gate to criminal alien appeals

Opening the gate to criminal alien appeals

Is the U.S. Supreme Court about to open the appeal floodgates for legal aliens who committed crimes in the United States, pleaded guilty but weren't told they would face deportation under federal law?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND

Affirmative action headin' for a Texas showdown

If you think all the politically controversial cases all have been exhausted this term at the U.S. Supreme Court, think again -- the challenge to affirmative action to be heard sometime next term promises to be a real gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND
Gray market case may pack Internet wallop

Gray market case may pack Internet wallop

What do you do when a U.S. Supreme Court case involving a key area of commerce -- an area growing more important each day with the omnipotence of the Internet -- ends in a 4-4 tie decision and mass confusion in the lower courts?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND
Do Arizona, Obamists even like each other?

Do Arizona, Obamists even like each other?

With so many major decisions ready to drop at the U.S. Supreme Court before the justices rise for their summer recess in late June, it's easy to forget that one of the biggest disputes, the Obama administration's challenge to Arizona's stringent immigration law, has yet to be heard.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND
Getting naked down at the jail

Getting naked down at the jail

New list of emergency items for your car: first-aid kit, flares, tools, clean underwear -- for those inevitable strip searches at the jail after routine traffic stops. The concept gives new meaning to the usual police order, "Spread 'em."
MICHAEL KIRKLAND
Defending property from the EPA

Defending property from the EPA

A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision last month may affect millions of Americans while providing red meat for politicians running for everything from president to county assessor -- though the ruling may have become somewhat lost for the moment amid all the hoopla surrounding the challenge to healthcare reform.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND
Healthcare, at long last, reaches the justices

Healthcare, at long last, reaches the justices

The U.S. Supreme Court, at long last, is poised to hear three days of argument in the challenge to the national healthcare reform law, producing a decision before the end of June that could have a huge impact on the November presidential election.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND
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