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Is Partisan Gerrymandering Constitutional?

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Are lines drawn based on party affiliation constitutional?

The U.S. Supreme Court may provide an answer before the next round of redistricting commences in 2020.

The U.S. Supreme Court decided to review a case out of Wisconsin to determine if there are limits to drawing lines based on party affiliation.

Stay tuned.

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June 23, 2017 at 8:58 pm

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Tie Vote Kills President Obama’s Immigration Plan

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Less is more.

In a one sentence ruling, the U.S Supreme Court upheld a judgment by the U.S Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit striking President Obama’s executive order on immigration.

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June 23, 2016 at 10:02 am

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U.S. Supreme Court: UT Affirmative Action Program is Constitutional

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In a 4-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the use of race in the admissions program at UT-Austin is constitutional.

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June 23, 2016 at 9:54 am

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Supreme Court: Aggregate Contribution Limits Unconstitutional

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In a 5-4 decision that will certainly alter the political landscape, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that aggregate limits on the amount an individual can give violates the First Amendment.

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April 2, 2014 at 10:03 am

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U.S. Supreme Court: We Are Open for Business!

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The U.S. government may be shutdown, but the U.S. Supreme Court is ready to tackle some challenging issues. including affirmative action and campaign donor limits.

The case involving campaign contributions comes at an interesting time.  Both Democrats and Republicans have been raising money from faithful donors during the government shutdown.

Stay tuned for more.

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October 7, 2013 at 9:36 am

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SCOTUS: Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional

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Breaking News:  The U.S. Supreme Court has declared the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.

More to come.

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June 26, 2013 at 9:20 am

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Supremes: No Proof of Citizenship Required to Vote

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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Arizona law that required proof of citizenship to vote in addition to what federal law requires.

This was a major victory for minority and civil rights groups who argued that the requirements were an attempt to suppress the vote of citizens and legal immigrants.

The case is Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., No.  12-71.

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June 17, 2013 at 10:35 am

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U.S. Supreme Court: Naturally Occurring DNA Can be Swabbed But Not Patented

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Last week, in a 5-4 decision in Maryland v. King (No. 12-207), the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly held the following:

“When officers make an arrest supported by probably cause to hold or a serious offense and bring the suspect to the station to be detained in custody, taking and analyzing a cheek swab of the arrestee’s DNA is, like fingerprinting and photographing, a legitimate police booking procedure that is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment.”

Today, in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. (No. 12-398), the Court unanimously held that “[a] naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and is not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated, but cDNA is patent eligible because it is not naturally occurring.”

As expected, the reactions in both cases were mixed.  Civil libertarians criticized the King case for being too invasive and unconstitutional.  Opponents of genetic patents are undoubtedly pleased with today’s ruling because no one can monopolize and exploit for profit a segment of naturally occurring DNA.

 

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June 13, 2013 at 11:00 am

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The Nail Biting Begins

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With arguments over affirmative action, gay marriage, Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, and patents over human genes already presented, the nail biting among court observers has certainly begun.  If history is a guide, the most controversial decisions will be released in late June before the Court adjourns.

This term’s cases will have a huge impact on social and political issues.  Affirmative action in higher education could be outlawed, the Defense of Marriage Act could be declared unconstitutional, minority voting rights under Section 5 could be scaled back and human patenting could be prohibited.

In the coming weeks,  SupremeCourtInsider.com will be analyzing the cases for the public’s review.

Stay tuned.

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April 22, 2013 at 11:38 am

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Section 5 Under Scrutiny

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The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments today on the constitutionality of the 2006 reauthorization of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

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February 27, 2013 at 3:36 pm

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