December 11, 2012 |
A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down Illinois' ban on carrying concealed weapons, handing a significant victory to gun-rights advocates. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled against the Illinois law, but gave the state 180 days to craft a new piece of legislation that would deal with the court's concerns. Illinois was the only state where carrying a concealed weapon was entirely illegal. State and Chicago officials announced they would study the ruling before deciding on their next step.
June 29, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Led by a chief justice who some conservatives immediately branded a turncoat, the Supreme Court upheld most of President Obama's healthcare law Thursday, resolving a high-stakes constitutional clash not seen in decades and handing Obama a victory that surprised many in Washington. Chief Justice John G. RobertsJr.and the four liberal justices joined to uphold the Democrats' most ambitious social legislation in a generation. The unpopular requirement that everyone buy health insurance or pay a penalty - likened by detractors to a rule that everyone purchase broccoli - was unconstitutional as a mandate, Roberts said, but valid as long as it was simply considered a tax. "We do not consider whether the act embodies sound policies," wrote Roberts, a conservative appointed to the court by PresidentGeorge W. Bushin 2005.
June 22, 2012 |
Just as Charlie Brown always trusts that this time Lucy won't snatch away the football before he kicks it, advocates of cameras in the Supreme Court still hope that the justices might say yes to pleas that they allow their faces to be plastered on TV screens. On Tuesday, both the chairman and the ranking Republican of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked that the justices allow TV cameras to capture the announcement of its opinions in the challenge to "Obamacare. " In a letter to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., Sens.
June 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Television cameras will surround the Supreme Court Thursday morning, as they did Monday, anticipating something that may, again, not happen. The momentous healthcare decision could be announced Thursday. Or not. All we really know is that it is extremely likely to be handed down by the following Thursday, June 28, when the court is expected to end its current term. The court works in secrecy as it prepares its opinions, and outsiders might be surprised to learn that some of its work is done at the last minute.
June 29, 2010 |
The Supreme Court largely affirmed Monday the legitimacy of an accounting regulator created by a post-Enron antifraud law, striking down only a minor provision of the statute. The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board was established in 2002 as part of the Sarbanes-Oxley law, which Congress passed after the Enron Corp. scandal exposed a wave of accounting chicanery used by some companies to pump up their stock prices during the late-1990s bull market. The board has vast authority over the accounting industry to ensure that auditors do not sign off on questionable financial reporting to curry favor with the companies that hire them.
May 18, 2010
When the Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that executing juveniles amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, the author of the majority opinion, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, made two convincing arguments: that juveniles are less capable of appreciating the consequences of their actions than are adults (something every parent knows) and that putting them to death violated "evolving standards of decency." On Monday the court, again in an opinion by Kennedy, rightly concluded that the same considerations make it unconstitutional to sentence minors to life in prison without the possibility of parole for offenses other than murder.