Judicial Branch

Security Officials Order Staff, Media, and Attorneys to Evacuate Boston’s Federal Courthouse

April 17, 2013

“Security officials on Wednesday ordered staff, media and attorneys to evacuate Boston’s federal courthouse, according to a Reuters reporter on the scene.”

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Federal Bankruptcy Judge Approves American Airlines-U.S. Airways Merger; Blocks $20 Million Outgoing CEO Severance Package

March 27, 2013

“A federal bankruptcy judge gave approval on Wednesday for US Airways and American Airlines to proceed with their planned merger, according to a source familiar with the situation.”

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules Warrant Required For Drug Sniffing Dogs at Homes in Florida v. Jardines

March 27, 2013

“Writing for the majority, Scalia said officers trespassed on Joelis Jardines when they approached his door with a drug-sniffing dog on a six-foot leash to investigate a tip Jardines was growing pot inside.”

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Supreme Court Arguments Express Skepticism About the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

March 27, 2013

“Kennedy, viewed as a key swing vote, appeared critical of the federal government’s declining to recognize marriages that states have made legal. Kennedy voiced sympathy Tuesday for children of gay couples who want their parents’ unions to be recognized.”

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U.S. Supreme Court Hints Against Sweeping Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage During Oral Arguments

March 26, 2013

“Following the oral argument, Pete Williams of NBC News reported that it seemed “quite obvious that the U.S. Supreme Court is not prepared to issue any kind of sweeping ruling” declaring that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.”

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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on California’s Proposition 8 and DOMA This Week

March 25, 2013

“The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in two cases that have the potential to transform American society and the status of gays and lesbians in it.”

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Supreme Court Justices Signal Uncertainty on Upcoming Ruling on Drug Patent Litigation

March 25, 2013

“U.S. and state regulators say the practice costs consumers, insurers and government billions of dollars annually. The Federal Trade Commission, which has called the deals “pay for delay,” has fought them in court for more than a decade.”

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Gun Rights Advocates File Federal Lawsuit to Overturn New York Gun Control Law

March 21, 2013

“The lawsuit, filed in a Buffalo court, says the law’s ban on assault weapons and prohibitions against large-capacity magazines violate the Second Amendment.”

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Supreme Court Ruling: Copyright Law Allows Re-Sale Of Textbooks Sold Abroad (Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons)

March 19, 2013

“In a 6-3 opinion, the court threw out a copyright infringement award to publisher John Wiley & Sons against Thai graduate student Supap Kirtsaeng, who used eBay to resell copies of the publisher’s copyrighted books that his relatives first bought abroad at cut-rate prices.”

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Former President Bill Clinton: Supreme Court Should Strike Down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

March 9, 2013

“Clinton says the Defense of Marriage Act is incompatible with the Constitution. He says he signed the law in 1996 to avoid legislation that would have been even worse for gays.”

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Federal Judge Strikes Down 2011 Idaho State Law Banning Late-Term Abortions

March 7, 2013

“Idaho is one of at least eight states that have enacted late-term abortion prohibitions in recent years based on controversial medical research suggesting that a fetus feels pain starting at 20 weeks of gestation.”

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Republican Senators Block Washington D.C. Court of Appeals Nominee Caitlin Halligan

March 7, 2013

“Obama still has not secured Senate approval for a single nomination to the D.C. Circuit. The court has four vacancies on its 11-member panel.”

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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case on Campaign Finance Regulations and Donation Limits

February 19, 2013

“The case, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, argues that the limit on what individuals are allowed to give candidates ($46,200 per two-year cycle) and parties and PACs ($70,800 per two-year cycle) is an unconstitutional violation of the individual donor’s free speech rights.”

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Supreme Court to Hear Case on Warrantless DNA Samples by Law Enforcement

February 7, 2013

“While all states require DNA from individuals convicted of a felony, the federal government and 28 states also require DNA collection and analysis from at least some arrestees.”

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U.S. Judge Dismisses Iraq Lawsuit Over the United Nations Oil For Food Scandal Under

February 7, 2013

“U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein in Manhattan said the government of Iraq could not recover damages and other remedies under an anti-racketeering law because most of the wrongful conduct took place in foreign countries.”

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