Today, the Supreme Court will begin hearings on the cases pending constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8. It is the first legal step in a process that will end in June, when the Nine is expected to release its opinion to the public - one that could have drastic effects on the ri ... More >>
UPDATE: According to the New York Times, the Supreme Court agreed this afternoon to decide on the constitutionality of the Proposition 8 appeal and the Defense of Marriage Act.It is, arguably, the most significant social battle in America's courts since Roe v. Wade or even Brown v. the Board of Educ ... More >>
Edith Windsor, the octogenarian lesbian widow who successfully sued the federal government for over chariging her $363,000 in estate taxes, wants to take her case to the Supreme Court.
According to a press release from the New York Civil Liberties Union, which is representing Windsor along with the ... More >>
Bad news if you don't like getting dehumanized: The U.S. Supreme Court just ruled 5-4 to OK strip searches for any offense.
What this means: if you get booked for an offense as minor as an unpaid parking ticket, you might have to bare all for corrections officers before being admitted to jail.
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The Supreme Court decided in an 8-1 decision that police have the authority to break into your house if they suspect you're destroying drugs. The Chicago Tribune brings us part of Justice Alito's important decision: "'When law enforcement officers who are not armed with a warrant knock on a door, th ... More >>
Granted, it's hard to see how the tools for putting out Cosmopolitan (this month's lead article: "First, Take Off His Pants") and Seventeen ("Amazing Hair") instantly translate into running the nation's largest and most troubled public school system. But for the moment anyways, it might be wo ... More >>
Alfalfa: Not yet genetically modifiedThe U.S. Supreme Court, which has nearly hacked Miranda to death, may very well swing its scythe at environmentalists and consumers. The court's making noises as if it will strike down the current ban on Monsanto's genetically engineered, pesticide-resistant alfa ... More >>
Despite some desperate last-minute calls, the Senate cleared Sonia Sotomayor's last obstacle, approving her for the Supreme Court 68-31. Nine Republicans joined all the Democrats in voting for her (the conservative American Spectator lists them, presumably with dishonor). "I wish President Ob ... More >>