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April 28, 2004 | From Associated Press
Excerpts from Tuesday's Supreme Court oral arguments, as transcribed by Alderson Reporting Co.: Solicitor Gen. Theodore B. Olson: This is a case about the separation of powers. The Constitution explicitly commits to the president's discretion the authority to obtain the opinions of subordinates and to formulate recommendations for legislation. Congress may neither intrude on the president's ability to perform these functions nor authorize private litigants to use the courts to do so....
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August 4, 2010 | By Maura Dolan and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
The federal judge who overturned Proposition 8 Wednesday said the ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage was based on moral disapproval of gay marriage and ordered the state to stop enforcing the ban. U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker, in a 136-page ruling, said California "has no interest in differentiating between same-sex and opposite-sex unions." "The evidence shows conclusively that moral and religious views form the only basis for a belief that same-sex couples are different from opposite-sex couples," Walker wrote.
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February 20, 2006 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
For Americans troubled by the prospect of federal agents eavesdropping on their phone conversations or combing through their Internet records, there is good news: A little-known board exists in the White House whose purpose is to ensure that privacy and civil liberties are protected in the fight against terrorism. Someday, it might actually meet. Initially proposed by the bipartisan commission that investigated the attacks of Sept.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2007 | Abigail Goldman, Times Staff Writer
In 2004, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was looking to hire an expert to handle an appeal, not to build a long-term relationship with another big-city attorney. The world's largest retailer had plenty of those, paying 250 law firms around the country about $200 million a year to represent its interests. Then the legal team at Wal-Mart met mild-mannered Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., a Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner. Now, he represents the company on a variety of matters around the U.S.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2001 | PETER KAPLAN, REUTERS
The U.S. government will appeal a judge's dismissal of a landmark suit charging AMR Corp.'s American Airlines with using predatory tactics to drive low-cost carriers from its hub at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the Justice Department said Tuesday. The case has been closely watched because it could settle some long-disputed questions about what constitutes fair competition in the airline industry. The government filed notice of the pending appeal with the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2000
Underlying all the U.S. Supreme Court debate Monday over equal-protection guarantees, the intent of the voter and the appropriate reach of the Florida Supreme Court was a single question, the most basic one the court has faced in this matter: Does every vote count? In a second round of solemn yet spirited argument, a majority of the justices appeared not to have moved from the presumption they seemingly held in stopping the recount Saturday--that George W.
NATIONAL
December 6, 2006 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
A presidential advisory commission created two years ago to monitor the effects of anti-terrorism measures on civil liberties held its first public hearing Tuesday amid criticism from advocacy groups that the panel was a paper tiger and indications that its members were wrestling with their watchdog role. The four-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board was urged to take a more aggressive tack in checking the power of the Bush administration in its handling of the war on terrorism.
OPINION
December 3, 2000
Court wrestles with complex issues. "May it please the court," intoned each lawyer as he began his argument before the U.S. Supreme Court at Friday's extraordinary recorded session. Though questions from the nine justices raised doubt about how they would rule on the constitutional challenge to Florida's Supreme Court decision regarding ballot recounts, there can be no doubt about the value of listening to the hearing, as Americans were finally permitted to do.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2003 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Department of Justice has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn regulations established by Southern California's smog-fighting agency to curb pollution from taxis, buses, trash trucks and other fleet vehicles. The government contended in a friend of the court brief filed Friday that the rules are at odds with the federal Clean Air Act because the authority to make such rules is limited to the federal government.
NEWS
December 24, 1993 | RONALD J. OSTROW and DAVID LAUTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The campaign to win release for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard hit a snag Thursday with the disclosure of a note Pollard wrote that appears to express justification for his actions in selling classified information to Israel. The handwritten note was dated last June and disclosed Thursday by Jewish Week, a New York-based newspaper. In it, Pollard praised an article emphasizing the moral rightness of his action and comparing him to Moses.
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