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Supreme Court rules campaign contribution caps unconstitutional

Supreme Court rules campaign contribution caps unconstitutional

April 2 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court Wednesday made one of their most significant campaign finance decisions by declaring caps on campaign contributions unconstitutional.
Aileen Graef

Supreme Court rules for whistleblowers in challenge to Sarbanes-Oxley

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- Whistleblowers at privately held companies are protected from firing if their employers contract with public companies, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Supreme Court leery of Mass. abortion-protest buffer zone

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court appeared skeptical Wednesday of the legality of Massachusetts' 35-foot buffer zone for protests at abortion clinics, observers said.

Bob Grant, radio host known for controversial racial remarks, dies

NEW YORK, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Bob Grant, the New York radio host who compared former Mayor David Dinkins to a men's room attendant and called Martin Luther King Jr. a "slimeball," has died.

U.S. Supreme Court won't block Texas abortion law

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A divided U.S. Supreme Court refused to block a controversial Texas abortion law critics say will force about a third of the clinics in the state to close.
Locking away the innocent

Locking away the innocent

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- The case of Ryan Ferguson, the Missouri man freed after spending 10 years behind bars for a murder he says he didn't commit, shows that the nation's justice system, one of the fairest in the world, occasionally convicts the innocent, puts them in prison and throws away the key. Does the U.S. Supreme Court give a damn?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.
By United Press International
Some Supreme Court justices attend mass before Christian prayer case

Some Supreme Court justices attend mass before Christian prayer case

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A U.S. Supreme Court majority attended mass before starting a term that includes deciding whether Christian prayer at government meetings is constitutional.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013.
By United Press International
U.S. Justice Ginsburg to officiate at same-sex marriage

U.S. Justice Ginsburg to officiate at same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will officiate at the marriage of Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser and economist John Roberts in Washington.

Supreme Court refuses to stay order to Calif. to cut prison population

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to reverse or delay an order that California cut the number of inmates in its prisons by almost 10,000 this year.
DOMA and Prop 8, finding the light

DOMA and Prop 8, finding the light

WASHINGTON, June 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision last week striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and its companion ruling that in effect upheld the outlawing of California's Proposition 8, ignited a national conversation -- where does same-sex marriage go from here? For that matter, where does marriage go from here?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
Court dismisses challenge to adverse Prop 8 ruling

Court dismisses challenge to adverse Prop 8 ruling

WASHINGTON, June 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote Wednesday dismissed a challenge to a ruling that struck down California's law limiting marriage to heterosexuals.

Minn. lawmaker apologizes for calling Justice Thomas 'Uncle Thomas'

ST. PAUL, Minn., June 26 (UPI) -- A Minnesota state lawmaker said he "hastily used a loaded term" in a tweet Tuesday calling U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas "Uncle Thomas."

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, June 23, 2013.
By United Press International

Court makes it harder to extend sentences for prior convictions

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- The U.S Supreme Court, in a complicated 8-1 ruling Thursday, made it harder for the federal government to extend sentences for prior crimes.

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: 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.
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
Court: Natural DNA cannot be patented

Court: Natural DNA cannot be patented

WASHINGTON, June 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court, in a major blow to genetics companies, ruled unanimously Thursday naturally occurring DNA segments cannot be patented.
Court rules for Calif. raisin growers

Court rules for Calif. raisin growers

WASHINGTON, June 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday unanimously ruled for California raisin producers, who said the government transferred their assets without just compensation.
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.

Utility can use overseas tax payment to offset U.S. taxes

WASHINGTON, May 20 (UPI) -- The utility PPL Corp., based in Pennsylvania, can claim a credit on its U.S. tax filing to offset an overseas tax payment, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 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.
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