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Court strikes down DOMA

Court strikes down DOMA

WASHINGTON, June 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling Wednesday, struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which denies a raft of benefits to gay couples.
Voter ID repercussions could be vast

Voter ID repercussions could be vast

WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court last week stepped into the national fight over voter identification requirements, and the result won't please those pushing such requirements in at least 30 states.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer

Court strikes down U.S. prostitution policy

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-2 Thursday the government cannot force a private group to disavow prostitution or forfeit federal funds.

Court reinforces arbitration-only agreements

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-3 for American Express Thursday, saying expense was not an excuse to avoid arbitration and go to court.

Court: Jury must approve fact extending sentence

WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- An unusual U.S. Supreme Court coalition ruled 5-4 Monday any alleged fact that would extend a sentence must be presented to the jury.
Court: U.S. law pre-empts Arizona registration requirement

Court: U.S. law pre-empts Arizona registration requirement

WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Monday Arizona's requirement of proof of citizenship before voter registration is pre-empted by federal law.
Natural DNA can't be patented

Natural DNA can't be patented

WASHINGTON, June 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court last week dealt a devastating blow to the genetics industry -- or opened up new vistas depending on your point of view -- by ruling unanimously that naturally occurring DNA segments could not be patented.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
DNA ruling a big win for police

DNA ruling a big win for police

WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court, in a huge victory for law enforcement, ruled 5-4 last week that taking a DNA sample from prisoners accused of serious crimes does not violate the Constitution.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer

Supreme Court affirms deference due agencies over their jurisdiction

WASHINGTON, May 20 (UPI) -- An agency such as the Federal Communications Commission must be given deference concerning the scope of its jurisdiction, the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday.

Woman may seek attorney's fees even if original suit was filed late

WASHINGTON, May 20 (UPI) -- A woman may seek attorney's fees from the U.S. government despite a ruling that her suit seeking compensation was filed late, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.

Texas executes fifth inmate this year

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, May 7 (UPI) -- One-time drug dealer Carroll Joe "Outlaw" Parr was executed in Texas Tuesday for killing a teenager over a marijuana purchase outside a convenience store.
Justices ready to change America

Justices ready to change America

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- It's spring, and the U.S. Supreme Court is lifting a mighty hammer. When the justices bring that big hammer down, they may change forever the way the races interact in the United States, and may forever redefine the millennia-old definition of marriage.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer

Justices keep injunction on Ala. law on harboring illegal workers

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down Alabama's appeal of a federal court's ruling that part of the state's immigration law was unconstitutional.
Under the U.S.Supreme Court: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev entitled to a lawyer?

Under the U.S.Supreme Court: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev entitled to a lawyer?

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- The FBI and the rest of a crack U.S. interrogation team wanted to question the remaining marathon bombing suspect in his Boston hospital room without his lawyer because of what they fear: undiscovered explosive devices that could still kill and possible accomplices who might decide to carry out more terror.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
Do cases sound death knell for affirmative action?

Do cases sound death knell for affirmative action?

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- While the Texas case on affirmative action in college admissions is still pending, the U.S. Supreme Court surprisingly agreed last week to hear an affirmative action case out of Michigan that promises to be a genuine mover and shaker.

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U.S. Supreme Court toss class-action suit against Comcast

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday ruled 5-4 in favor of Comcast in rejecting a class-action antitrust lawsuit filed by Philadelphia cable customers.
Court hears DOMA challenge

Court hears DOMA challenge

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court resumed its examination of same-sex marriage Wednesday, this time considering the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Court: Dog sniff was a 'search'

WASHINGTON, March 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday that the use of a drug-sniffing dog outside a home is a "search" that must be supported by probable cause or a warrant.

Voter ID -- fraud prevention or voter suppression?

WASHINGTON, March 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court may be holding the political future of the United States in its hand as it tries to decide how far the states may go in requiring identification from those who attempt to vote.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent

Supreme Court shakes up copyright law

WASHINGTON, March 19 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court Tuesday ruled foreign buyers of books, movies and other products can resell them in the United States over the copyright owners' objections.

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Court hears Ariz. voter registration case

Court hears Ariz. voter registration case

WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court heard argument Monday on whether Arizona or any state may require proof of citizenship for voter registration.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, March 11, 2013.
By United Press International
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