U.S. Supreme Court

The Source - June 9, 2014
1:46 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

The Source: Has The Roberts Court Made "Uncertain Justice"?

Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to Barack Obama on Jan. 21, 2009.
Credit White House (Pete Souza) / via Wikimedia Commons

The nearly decade-long tenure of Chief Justice John G. Roberts has seen some momentous decisions. Recent cases include the overruling of DOMA, Citizen's United and the legality of the Affordable Care Act mandate. 

The 17th head of the U.S. Supreme Court has left an indelible mark in history. Though the decisions have varied at times, privacy, corporate personhood, free speech and money in politics all have been affected, sometimes drastically, by this judge.

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The Source - April 24, 2014
2:57 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

The Source: The End Of Affirmative Action At Colleges?

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  The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of states to ban considerations of race in college admissions on Tuesday. Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action questioned the legality of a Michigan Constitutional Amendment prohibiting state universities from using affirmative action in their admission process. 

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Higher Education
10:04 am
Wed April 23, 2014

UT Pres. Powers Says Affirmative Action Helps Provide A "Diverse Campus"

Marsha Miller University of Texas

*Correction: The quotes from President Powers were made to reporters on April 9 at the Civil Rights Summit. They were not made as a reaction to the SCOTUS ruling on the case. This story has been edited accordingly.

This week the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the State of Michigan’s decision that bans colleges and universities from using any type of affirmative action for admissions.

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The Source - March 25, 2014
12:33 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

The Source: Religious Rights In For-Profit Businesses

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This morning the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.; the hearing also includes Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius

The case weighs the rights of business owners over their employees and how far business owners' expression of religious beliefs can extend. It poses the question further: Can a for-profit, private company exercise religion? 

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Gun Rights
10:27 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Supreme Court Won't Hear NRA’s Case For Lowering Conceal-Carry Age Limit

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In a rare case that pitted Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott against the National Rifle Association, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case involving the NRA’s request to lower the age limit for conceal-carry permits and purchasing a firearm.

Abbott defended Texas Department of Public Safety Director Col. Steve McCraw in his assessment that lowering the age requirement for anyone applying for a conceal handgun license from 21 to 18 would disrupt public safety.

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The Source - February 24, 2014
9:25 am
Mon February 24, 2014

The Source: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Texas v. The EPA

Houston power plant as seen from Lynchburg ferry at the end of Battleground Road.
Louise Vest (Flikr.com User: OneEighteen)

A major climate change initiative by the Obama administration has been challenged. The White House, in an re-interpretation of the Clean Air Act, enacted stricter regulations for greenhouse gases, and stated it would begin permitting polluters. 

Today the Supreme Court hears arguments in Texas v. EPA. Texas' permitting system for air polluters predates the EPA and the state believes it has done and can do a better job of the permitting.

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Author Interviews
1:01 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

As A Latina, Sonia Sotomayor Says, 'You Have To Work Harder'

In addition to being the first Hispanic to serve on the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor was New York state's first Hispanic federal judge.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 11:46 am

Like most sitting Supreme Court justices, Sonia Sotomayor is circumspect when talking about the court; but she has written intimately about her personal life — more so than is customary for a Supreme Court justice.

"When I was nominated by the president for this position, it became very clear to me that many people in the public were interested in my life and the challenges I had faced," she tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "... And I also realized that much of the public perception of who I was and what had happened to me was not quite complete."

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Abortion In Texas
12:05 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Attorneys For Pro-Abortion Groups Exploring Options For Coming 5th Circuit Ruling

Attorneys exit the court building in October after final arguments in what was the first legal challenge of Texas' new abortion law.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

As a panel of federal judges on the US 5th Circuit Court is wrestling with a decision in the lawsuit against Texas’ new abortion law andattorneys for pro-abortion groups are exploring what comes next, which could mean taking the case to the U.S. Supreme Court or seeking a new panel at the circuit court level.

Two of the judges on the 5th Circuit panel are the same justices that threw out a lower court’s injunction, which allowed the hospital admitting privileges requirement to take effect while both sides waited for a trial and decision. 

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Abortion In Texas
10:53 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Supreme Court Refuses To Block Texas Abortion Law By Narrow Margin

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The U.S. Supreme Court is siding with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that allows Texas abortion law to remain in effect while awaiting a trial.

Planned Parenthood of American asked Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to review the Fifth Circuit Court ruling that allowed the law to remain in effect while awaiting trial.

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Higher Education In Texas
9:27 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Once Again, 5th Circuit Court Hears Arguments In Fisher v. University Of Texas

The Supreme Court did not make a decision on the Fisher case and urged the lower court to instead take a closer look at UT admitting policies.
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A panel of judges from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals were in Austin yesterday to hear oral arguments in the affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

Austin-resident Abigail Fisher argued she lost her spot at UT because she’s white and took her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court did not make a ruling and instead kicked it back to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, saying the court needed to take another look at UT admission policies.

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