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Woman Disfigured by Generic Drug Loses $21 Million Award

Woman Disfigured by Generic Drug Loses $21 Million Award

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Eight years after she was burned and blinded by a prescription drug, Karen Bartlett feels numb.
On Monday the Supreme Court ruled that Mutual Pharmaceutical Co., the maker of the drug Bartlett took for shoulder pai…

Supreme Court Upholds ‘Minor Intrusion’ of Arrestee DNA Swabs

Supreme Court Upholds ‘Minor Intrusion’ of Arrestee DNA Swabs

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court Monday upheld a Maryland law that allows officials to take DNA without a warrant from those who have been arrested, but not convicted of a serious crime.Justice Anthony Kennedy, for a 5-4 majority…

Scalia Discusses Race, Homosexuality, Boredom

Scalia Discusses Race, Homosexuality, Boredom

Paul Morigi/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia showed a lighter side while joking with students from the University of California Washington Center.At the event Monday, held to publicize his new book, Reading Law: The Inte…

Pelosi Attends Supreme Court Arguments, Predicts DOMA Will Be Struck Down

Pelosi Attends Supreme Court Arguments, Predicts DOMA Will Be Struck Down

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — After attending oral arguments at the Supreme Court Wednesday to debate the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, one of the most outspoken advocates in Congres…

Supreme Court to Hear Arguments Regarding Gay Marriage this Week

Supreme Court to Hear Arguments Regarding Gay Marriage this Week

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments from both sides of the same sex marriage debate this week.
At issue are California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. Both prohibit same sex marriage, but …

Bill Clinton Says ‘It’s Time to Overturn’ Gay Marriage Law He Signed

Bill Clinton Says ‘It’s Time to Overturn’ Gay Marriage Law He Signed

Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for TRANS4M(WASHINGTON) — Former President Bill Clinton is adding his name to the list of those who say the Supreme Court should overturn the federal law restricting marriage to one man and one woman. Seventeen years after he…

President Obama Explains Legal Argument for Same-Sex Marriage

President Obama Explains Legal Argument for Same-Sex Marriage

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama strongly suggested Friday that his interpretation of the Constitution does support a fundamental right to same-sex marriage, even if he didn’t put that argument in writing before the Supre…

Civil Rights Leaders Swarm Court for Voting Rights Act’s Section 5

Civil Rights Leaders Swarm Court for Voting Rights Act’s Section 5

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Just hours before the unveiling of a new Rosa Parks statue at the U.S. Capitol, civil rights pioneers, young and old, convened on the steps of the Supreme Court to demonstrate for the importance of Section 5 of…

Supreme Court Seems Likely to Rule Against Parts of Voting Rights Act

Supreme Court Seems Likely to Rule Against Parts of Voting Rights Act

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Conservative justices on the Supreme Court continued to express strong reservations Wednesday about Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, suggesting the key provision of the law might be in danger.
That section of the l…

Challenge to the Voting Rights Act Reaches Supreme Court

Challenge to the Voting Rights Act Reaches Supreme Court

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The opposing sides in a landmark Supreme Court case concerning a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 have filed court briefs that suggest they see America through two different lenses.At issue is a key provis…

Supreme Court Appears Divided on Major DNA Case

Supreme Court Appears Divided on Major DNA Case

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — It’s not very often a Supreme Court justice says something like this at arguments: “I think this is perhaps the most important criminal procedure case that this court has heard in decades.”But that w…

Supreme Court Rejects Secret Surveillance Challenge

Supreme Court Rejects Secret Surveillance Challenge

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a group of lawyers, journalists and human rights researchers do not have the legal right to challenge the constitutionality of a federal law that expands the government&rsquo…

Arrestee DNA and Rape: One Prosecutor’s Story Arrives at Supreme Court

Arrestee DNA and Rape: One Prosecutor’s Story Arrives at Supreme Court

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When the Supreme Court hears a case challenging a Maryland DNA law this week, one former prosecutor will be remembering the dormant rape case she says was solved because of the law. At issue before the court is the Mary…

White House Brief Foreshadows Supreme Court Arguments on Gay Marriage

White House Brief Foreshadows Supreme Court Arguments on Gay Marriage

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The White House has asked the Supreme Court to strike down a main provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, but in the legal paper filed with the judiciary it may have signaled a wider push for same-sex marriage as…

Supreme Court to Hear Major DNA Case

Supreme Court to Hear Major DNA Case

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court will revisit the crossroad of privacy and evolving science later this month when it considers whether officials can take the DNA — without a warrant — of someone who has been arrested but not co…

Gay Rights Activists Look to Roe v. Wade Abortion Strategy 40 Years Later

Gay Rights Activists Look to Roe v. Wade Abortion Strategy 40 Years Later

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Demonstrators will take to the streets this week to protest Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion 40 years ago on Tuesday.The “March for Life” comes two months before another g…

Justice Sotomayor Says Swearing In VP Biden Will Be ‘Surreal’

Justice Sotomayor Says Swearing In VP Biden Will Be ‘Surreal’

(WASHINGTON) — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says that one of the most significant moments of her life will take place this week during President Obama’s second inauguration. Sotomayor, born in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents, said in an int…

Justice Clarence Thomas Speaks, But What Does He Say?

Justice Clarence Thomas Speaks, But What Does He Say?

Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Nearly seven years since he last spoke up during oral arguments, Justice Clarence Thomas cracked a joke Monday. Unfortunately, it’s unclear exactly what he said.The comment came dur…

How Much Is a Pet Worth? Texas Supreme Court to Rule

How Much Is a Pet Worth? Texas Supreme Court to Rule

Courtesy Medlen Family(AUSTIN, Texas) — A case that may reflect a pet owner’s worst nightmare has made its way to the Texas Supreme Court, which must decide if a family can place sentimental value on a pet that was accidentally euthanized.Approximatel…

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Warrantless DUI Blood Tests

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Warrantless DUI Blood Tests

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court will hear a case on Wednesday about a Missouri man who says his constitutional rights were violated when he was pulled over after drinking beer at a bar called Slinger’s and forced to take a blood…

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