June 28, 2005 |
The Supreme Court, declaring that public officials may not seek to advance or promote religion, on Monday struck down the posting of the Ten Commandments on the walls of two Kentucky courthouses. But the court did not set a clear rule for deciding when the government had gone too far in permitting religious displays, and the decision probably wasn't the last word. In its 5-4 ruling, the court said the commandments were "a sacred text" that carried an "unmistakably religious" message.
February 23, 2003 |
During an appendectomy in 1996, surgeons discovered that Vietnam veteran Joseph Isaacson had a form of cancer associated with exposure to the defoliant Agent Orange. But when Isaacson tried to claim payment from a settlement fund set up by Agent Orange manufacturers, he was told he was too late and, besides, the $180-million kitty had been exhausted. On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether Isaacson, a vice principal at a middle school in Irvington, N.J.
November 11, 2004 |
A dog can be a drug cop's best friend, and most of the Supreme Court justices said Wednesday that they saw no reason to limit a police officer's use of a dog to sniff out drugs or explosives. The high court is being urged to overturn a 2003 decision by the Illinois Supreme Court, which held that a police officer who stopped a car for speeding needed evidence of a drug crime before the officer called in a drug-sniffing dog.
July 5, 1993
Continuing a long legal quest, a surrogate mother has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether she has parental rights to a 2-year-old Tustin boy. Attorney Richard C. Gilbert, arguing that his client, Anna M. Johnson, has been the victim of a "shameful collapse" of the judicial system, said Sunday that a petition was mailed to the nation's highest court early last week. The court could decide by this fall whether Johnson's claim will be accepted for review.
November 8, 1987 |
Supreme Court nominee Douglas H. Ginsburg, it seems, was a puzzle wrapped in a paradox inside a surprise. On Oct. 29, when President Reagan put forward his name, the 41-year old federal appeals judge was a man about whom almost nothing was known. Then, as details of his life came to light, some proved to be startlingly unexpected. Paradoxically, the more that was learned about him, the more elusive Ginsburg became. He emerged a man whose life and record were not all of one piece.
June 11, 2007 |
Five years after the Supreme Court declared in Atkins vs. Virginia that the death penalty was unconstitutional for those who are mentally retarded, Daryl Atkins still sits on death row. In August, lawyers for the man who won the landmark ruling will try again to convince a jury here that he is indeed mentally retarded and therefore deserves a life term in prison, not execution.