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The high court's most political ruling

The high court's most political ruling

WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- 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
Supreme Court upholds individual mandate

Supreme Court upholds individual mandate

WASHINGTON, June 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Thursday the federal healthcare law's individual mandate survives as a tax, handing a huge victory to President Obama.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND
Supreme Court overturns Stolen Valor Act

Supreme Court overturns Stolen Valor Act

WASHINGTON, June 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of 6-3 Thursday, struck down a law that made it a crime to falsely claim to have won medals for military service.
Suits expected over Ariz. immigration law

Suits expected over Ariz. immigration law

WASHINGTON, June 26 (UPI) -- Law enforcement officials say they expect a litigious period in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's split ruling on Arizona's immigration law.
Court guts Arizona immigration law

Court guts Arizona immigration law

WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday struck down most of Arizona's tough illegal alien law, which the Obama administration said usurped the federal government's role.

FCC violations set aside by high court

WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously but narrowly Monday to set aside three violations incurred by ABC and Fox for "indecency."
'Influence, gratitude, access not corruption'

'Influence, gratitude, access not corruption'

WASHINGTON, June 3 (UPI) -- 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.
Justices will decide the fate of gay marriage

Justices will decide the fate of gay marriage

WASHINGTON, May 20 (UPI) -- 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

WASHINGTON, May 13 (UPI) -- 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

Affirmative action headin' for a Texas showdown

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- 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
Getting naked down at the jail

Getting naked down at the jail

WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- 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
Healthcare, at long last, reaches the justices

Healthcare, at long last, reaches the justices

WASHINGTON, March 25 (UPI) -- 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
Court rules on defense lawyers, pleas

Court rules on defense lawyers, pleas

WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday in two cases regarding plea bargains and defense lawyers, evoking two strong dissents from Justice Antonin Scalia.
Is there a constitutional right to contraception?

Is there a constitutional right to contraception?

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- Is there a constitutional right to privacy underpinning the right to contraception? Suddenly, in this political climate, you can't be sure, no matter what the U.S. Supreme Court said in 1965.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND
Supreme Court: U.S., not state, owns riverbeds

Supreme Court: U.S., not state, owns riverbeds

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday the United States, not the state, owns the rights to lease several power-producing rivers in Montana.

Court weighs Medicaid rate cuts

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote Wednesday, told a lower court to explore the leeway states have in setting Medicaid payments.
Son of Bush vs. Gore

Son of Bush vs. Gore

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Stories have been exploding in the national media over the past week as news outlets finally wake up to the fact that for the second time in about a decade, a U.S. Supreme Court decision is going to have a major impact on a presidential election.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND
Gingrich threats a dark omen for courts?

Gingrich threats a dark omen for courts?

WASHINGTON, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich may have fired the first shot, but the federal courts and especially the U.S. Supreme Court may be in danger of being seen as political entities rather than an impartial judiciary.
When police kill

When police kill

WASHINGTON, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a case that goes right to the heart of how police officers interact with the public: When should police be punished for killing an unarmed person under questionable circumstances?
Supreme Court to hear healthcare challenge

Supreme Court to hear healthcare challenge

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a challenge by 26 states to President Obama's landmark healthcare reform law.
Unveiling secret corporate political money

Unveiling secret corporate political money

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The Securities and Exchange Commission is being flooded with support for a proposed regulation that would undo at least some of the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission -- which opened the floodgates to often secret corporate political contributions that threaten to swamp American elections.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND

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Group wants Thomas ethics investigated

Group wants Thomas ethics investigated

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A group of 20 Democrats in Congress want the U.S. Justice Department to investigate whether Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas violated ethics rules.
First Amendment, Kennedy triumph

First Amendment, Kennedy triumph

WASHINGTON, July 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court term that ended last week will go down in the history books as a triumph for the First Amendment, sometimes at the cost of pain for grieving families, and the ongoing emergence of Justice Anthony Kennedy as one of the most powerful people in U.S. government.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND
Indian nation can't sue in 2 courts

Indian nation can't sue in 2 courts

WASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) -- An Indian nation can't sue over the same issue in two courts, even if the courts individually couldn't provide full relief, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled.
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