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Court rejects donor-list, TSA scanner cases

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from a national anti-gay marriage group that tried to thwart Maine’s campaign disclosure law requiring it to release its donor list. The high court turned aside an appeal from the National Organization for Marriage, a Washington, D.C.-based group that donated $1.9 million to a political action committee that helped repeal Maine’s same-sex marriage law in 2009. The law is on the ballot again in the Nov. 6 election.

For now, the 2009 donor list remains under wraps while a separate NOM case makes its way through the state court system.

Also Monday, the justices:

— Declined to hear a Florida man’s challenge to the use of full-body scanners at airports. Jonathan Corbett wanted to challenge the Transportation Security Administration’s use of full-body scanners and/or enhanced pat downs at airport security lines. Federal courts in Florida refused to hear his lawsuit, saying it could only be filed with the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta affirmed.

— Turned away an appeal challenging a federal rule that bars development on 50 million acres of roadless areas in national forests. The decision leaves in place a federal appeals court decision that upheld the so-called roadless rule that took effect late in the presidency of Bill Clinton.

The state of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association said closing so much forest land to development has had serious consequences for residents of Western states and the logging, mining and drilling industries.

 

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