Tag: Supreme Court (US)

Split 5 to 4, Supreme Court Rules for California Jail Over Virus Measures

WASHINGTON — By a 5-to-4 vote, the Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with officials at a California jail in a dispute over the adequacy of its response to the coronavirus pandemic. The court’s brief order was unsigned and gave no reasons, which is typical when it acts on emergency applications. The four more liberal justices […]

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Trump’s Bank Was Subpoenaed by N.Y. Prosecutors in Criminal Inquiry

The New York prosecutors who are seeking President Trump’s tax records have also subpoenaed his longtime lender, a sign that their criminal investigation into Mr. Trump’s business practices is more wide-ranging than previously known. The Manhattan district attorney’s office issued the subpoena last year to Deutsche Bank, which has been Mr. Trump’s primary lender since […]

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A Historic Supreme Court Ruling Upends Courts in Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. — Kelsey Lipp was sitting in jail, charged with robbery and murder, when her lawyer walked into court with three pieces of paper and a new plan to get her case thrown out. The documentation he had looked sparse: A letter identifying Ms. Lipp as a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and grainy […]

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President Trump and his Company Investigated for Possible Fraud, Filing Suggests

The Manhattan district attorney’s office suggested on Monday that it has been investigating President Trump and his company for possible bank and insurance fraud, a significantly broader inquiry than the prosecutors have acknowledged in the past. The office of the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., made the disclosure in a new federal court filing […]

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A Vast Racial Gap in Death Penalty Cases, New Study Finds

WASHINGTON — Black lives do not matter nearly as much as white ones when it comes to the death penalty, a new study has found. Building on data at the heart of a landmark 1987 Supreme Court decision, the study concluded that defendants convicted of killing white victims were executed at a rate 17 times […]

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Supreme Court Lets Trump Keep Building His Border Wall

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a request from environmental groups to stop construction of President Trump’s border wall while the administration seeks review of an appeals court loss. The vote was 5 to 4, with the court’s more conservative members in the majority. Its brief order was unsigned and gave no reasons, […]

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The Supreme Court’s Religious Wing Takes on Covid-19 Restrictions

I know I should be jaded by now by the persistence of the Supreme Court’s conservative justices in seeking to elevate religious interests over those of secular society. After all, in the closing days of the court’s term, religious employers won the right to withhold from female employees the contraception coverage to which federal law […]

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Justice Ginsburg in the Hospital Again

WASHINGTON — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recently announced that she has been undergoing chemotherapy to address a recurrence of cancer, was back in the hospital on Wednesday, this time for what a Supreme Court spokeswoman called “a minimally invasive nonsurgical procedure.” The procedure, to “revise a bile duct stent,” was performed at Memorial Sloan […]

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Trump Delays Effort to End DACA

WASHINGTON — President Trump will not try again to immediately terminate President Barack Obama’s program that protects young undocumented immigrants, after the Supreme Court’s decision to invalidate Mr. Trump’s first attempt make good on a crackdown that is at the core of his political identity. Instead, officials said that the administration would conduct a “comprehensive […]

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Trump Again Tries to Block Subpoena for Taxes, Calling It ‘Wildly Overbroad’

President Trump on Monday mounted his most forceful and detailed legal attack yet on the subpoena for his tax returns by the Manhattan district attorney, arguing the request was “wildly overbroad” and “issued in bad faith,” a new court filing shows. Mr. Trump’s lawyers asked a federal judge in Manhattan to declare that the subpoena […]

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The Federal Death Penalty Can Be Administered Fairly

This month, for the first time in 17 years, the United States resumed carrying out death sentences for federal crimes. On July 14, Daniel Lewis Lee was executed for the 1996 murder of a family, including an 8-year-old girl, by suffocating and drowning them in the Illinois Bayou after robbing them to fund a white-supremacist […]

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Split 5 to 4, Supreme Court Rejects Nevada Church’s Challenge to Shutdown Restrictions

The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a request from a church in Nevada to block enforcement of state restrictions on attendance at religious services. The vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joining the court’s four more liberal members to form a majority. The court’s brief order was unsigned and […]

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Shot Twice in the Back: A Case Tests the ‘Fleeing Felon’ Defense

In August 2019, a man stood on a highway bridge over the Colorado River in Rifle, Colo., and pointed a gun to his chest as two police officers urged him not to kill himself. “No! Go away,” said the man, Allan George, a 58-year-old construction worker who was wanted for possession of child pornography. He […]

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Why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Is Suing the Trump Administration

Over the past few weeks, the Trump administration has decided to close the door to engineers, executives, information technology experts, doctors, nurses and others who come to the United States on work visas. It has attempted to ban international students from attending American colleges and universities that hold classes virtually in the fall. And it […]

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Biden Could Quickly Reverse Trump’s Military Transgender Ban, Group Says

WASHINGTON — Joseph R. Biden Jr. could reverse President Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military within 30 days if he is elected president, according to a policy memo from an advocacy group. The Palm Center, which has been fighting the ban since it was announced three years ago, says the Pentagon would […]

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After Death of John Lewis, Democrats Renew Push for Voting Rights Law

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor Monday to lament the death of Representative John Lewis, a civil rights icon whom the Republican leader called a “monumental figure” who made “huge personal sacrifices to help our nation move past the sin of racism.” While many Democrats welcomed the tribute, they immediately pressed […]

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Stay Safe, Justice Ginsburg

HOUSTON — The only word to describe life here right now is this: hell. The pandemic is raging, the economy is shuddering and the energy city’s lifeblood, oil, while rebounding from a terrifying negative $37 a barrel in April, is still in the not-pretty $40 range. The state leadership is, at best, useless. Temperatures are […]

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A Timely Case on Police Violence at the Supreme Court

Early on a summer morning in Albuquerque in 2014, two state police officers in dark tactical gear arrived at a housing complex to serve an arrest warrant. In the parking lot, they came upon Roxanne Torres, sitting in her car with the engine running. Ms. Torres was not the woman they were looking for. But […]

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This 19th-Century Law Helps Shape Criminal Justice in Indian Country

There was something of a scramble, after the Supreme Court ruled in McGirt v. Oklahoma that much of Eastern Oklahoma was now officially Indian Country. Under the doctrine of tribal sovereignty, the state of Oklahoma could no longer prosecute serious felony cases involving Native Americans on reservation land. But there was little clarity about other […]

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A More Liberal Supreme Court? Not When It Comes to Voting Rights

For the fourth time since April, the Supreme Court this week made it harder for Americans to vote. The ruling, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in dissent, was part of “a trend of condoning disfranchisement.” The court’s rulings — in cases from Alabama, Florida, Texas and Wisconsin — provide a contrast to an image of the […]

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Why Trump’s Attacks on John Roberts Aren’t Working With Some Conservatives

LA PORTE, Ind. — Mitch Feikes is one of many conservatives who disagreed with some of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s recent decisions, including striking down a restrictive Louisiana abortion law and ruling against the White House in its effort to undo an Obama-era immigration program. Which is what makes it somewhat surprising when […]

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The Radical Resistance of John Lewis

Representative John Lewis, who died Friday at age 80, will be remembered as a principal hero of the blood-drenched era not so long ago when Black people in the South were being shot, blown up or driven from their homes for seeking basic human rights. The moral authority Mr. Lewis exercised in the House of […]

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The Justice Department’s Shameful Rush to Federal Executions

Early on Tuesday morning, while much of the country was still asleep, the federal government executed its first death-row prisoner in 17 years. We are among the lawyers who represented the prisoner who was killed, Daniel Lee. Make no mistake: The circumstances of Mr. Lee’s execution are a vivid illustration of the serious problems with […]

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For Third Time This Week, the Federal Government Carries Out an Execution

WASHINGTON — A 52-year-old man was put to death on Friday for the 1993 murders of five people, the third federal execution this week after a 17-year hiatus of federal capital punishment. The execution of Dustin Lee Honken proceeded without any last-minute delays, unlike those of the two other federal inmates who had been put […]

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Dustin Honken Executed: Third Federal Government Execution This Week

WASHINGTON — A 52-year-old man was put to death on Friday for the 1993 murders of five people, the third federal execution this week after a 17-year hiatus of federal capital punishment. The execution of Dustin Lee Honken proceeded without any last-minute delays, unlike those of the two other federal inmates who had been put […]

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Supreme Court Allows Restrictions on Voting by Ex-Felons

The Supreme Court allowed Florida on Thursday to bar people with felony convictions from voting unless they have paid court fines and fees. The court’s brief, unsigned order gave no reasons, which is typical when the justices consider emergency applications. It left in place an appeals court’s stay of a trial judge’s ruling that Florida’s […]

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D.A. Accuses Trump of Delay ‘Strategy’ in Fight Over Tax Returns

The Manhattan district attorney’s office accused President Trump on Thursday of purposely dragging out a court battle over a subpoena seeking eight years of his tax returns in an attempt to effectively shield himself from criminal investigation. Carey R. Dunne, a lawyer for the prosecutor’s office, told a federal judge that the longer the president […]

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Government Executes Wesley Ira Purkey, Second Federal Death Row Prisoner in a Week

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department executed a 68-year-old man on Thursday for the gruesome murder in 1998 of a teenage girl, the second time this week the federal government has carried out capital punishment after a 17-year hiatus. Wesley Ira Purkey was put to death at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., by lethal […]

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Government Executes Second Federal Death Row Prisoner in a Week

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department executed a 68-year-old man on Thursday for the gruesome murder in 1998 of a teenage girl, the second time this week the federal government has carried out capital punishment after a 17-year hiatus. Wesley Ira Purkey was put to death at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., by lethal […]

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John Roberts’s Triumphant Supreme Court Term

For once, the conventional wisdom was right: The Supreme Court term that ended last week was a triumph for Chief Justice John Roberts. But, as usual, the conventional wisdom skims the surface, focusing on the obvious: his steering of the court toward a center comfortably aligned with public opinion, and protecting it from an institutionally […]

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