Tag Archives: Supreme Court

Supreme Court takes up dispute over union fees

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2011, file photo, Karen Wallace, right, and Meryleigh Brainerd, left, both teachers in Calaveras County, join in a candlelight vigil in front of the state Capitol to express sympathy with union members in Wisconsin in Sacramento, Calif.  A group of California schoolteachers, backed by a conservative group, has asked the Supreme Court to rule that unions representing government workers can't collect fees from those who choose not to join. (AP Photo/Robert Durell, File)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout. The justices said Tuesday they will ...

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Choose your own Scalia insult

Antonin Scalia

“Pure applesauce.” “Jiggery-pokery.” Comparable to “the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie.” How’s that for a sampling of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s thoughts on his colleagues’ judicial reasoning? And that’s just last week. Scalia’s dissents in both King v. ...

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Supreme Court upholds use of execution drug

FILE - This July 25, 2014 file photo shows bottles of midazolam at a hospital pharmacy in Oklahoma City. On Monday, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma saying that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the use of a controversial drug that has been implicated in several botched executions. Two of the justices said for first time that death penalty itself probably is unconstitutional.

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Excerpts from Supreme Court’s gay marriage opinions

Excerpts from the majority opinion of Justice Anthony Kennedy and dissents written by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito in the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling Friday that declared a constitutional right to same-sex ...

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High court strikes down ‘vague’ part of career criminal law

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday struck down part of a federal law intended keep people convicted of repeated violent crimes in prison longer. The justices ruled that a catchall phrase in the Armed Career Criminal Act defining what ...

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