Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Tag Archives: Justice Elena Kagan

Supreme Court takes up case on eyewitness identification

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appeared resistant Wednesday to increasing constitutional safeguards against the use of some eyewitness testimony at criminal trials, despite mounting evidence that eyewitness identification plays a crucial role in cases in which people were wrongly convicted. ...

Read More »

Supreme Court says FOIA request cannot be used in lawsuit

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says a Freedom of Information Act request cannot be used to trigger a False Claims Act lawsuit. The court on Monday voted 5-3 to agree with arguments by Schindler Elevator Corp., which sought to get ...

Read More »

High court rules against Navy in open records case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the government’s broad use of an exemption in the federal Freedom of Information Act to withhold documents from the public, ruling for a Washington state resident who wants Navy maps relating to ...

Read More »

Court: Veteran can appeal missed deadline

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that a court for veterans shouldn’t rigidly enforce deadlines on military vets who suffer from mental illnesses. The high court ruled that Doretha H. Henderson, wife of the late David Henderson, can continue ...

Read More »

Court considers whether or not higher drug sentence applies beyond crack cases

WASHINGTON — For years, a federal statute imposed a minimum penalty that was 100 times higher for offenses involving “cocaine base” than for powder cocaine offenses. Though that law has been changed to reduce the disparity, the U.S. Supreme Court ...

Read More »

White House lawyer picked to be solicitor general

WASHINGTON — Donald Verrilli Jr., a deputy counsel to President Barack Obama, was chosen Monday to be the next U.S. solicitor general. Obama announced his intention to nominate Verrilli. If confirmed by the Senate, Verrilli would succeed Justice Elena Kagan ...

Read More »

Supreme Court considers ERISA reliance standard

WASHINGTON — If a summary of pension-plan benefits fails to notify employees of a benefit reduction, what relief can those employees seek? And must they prove detrimental reliance? Those were the issues the Supreme Court justices grappled with during Tuesday’s ...

Read More »