U.S. Supreme Court http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Hobby Lobby Decision May Be Bigger Blow To Gay Rights Than Contraceptive Access http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/hobby-lobby-decision-may-be-bigger-blow-gay-rights-contraceptive-access <p>The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision may not be as big a threat to contraceptive coverage for women as it first appeared.</p><p>After a few weeks of legal sleuthing, several leading Supreme Court experts think the court has signaled it will approve a compromise to provide free contraceptive coverage to women who work for companies and religious nonprofits that object to the coverage on religion grounds.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:14:17 +0000 William Freivogel 38152 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Hobby Lobby Decision May Be Bigger Blow To Gay Rights Than Contraceptive Access Legal Roundtable: Are Missouri's Proposed Amendments Necessary? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/legal-roundtable-are-missouris-proposed-amendments-necessary-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two proposed amendments to Missouri's Constitution will appear on August's ballot, and they are raising questions among law enforcement officials, lawmakers and voters.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:20:11 +0000 Erica Smith 37979 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Legal Roundtable: Are Missouri's Proposed Amendments Necessary? Hobby Lobby Decision Says Corporations Have Religious Freedom; Local Cases Seek More http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/hobby-lobby-decision-says-corporations-have-religious-freedom-local-cases-seek-more <p><strong>Update: U.S. district court grants St. Louis Archdiocese an injunction from enforcement of the mandate to provide contraceptive coverage, even with the existing religious accommodation. </strong></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:33:12 +0000 William H. Freivogel 37664 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Hobby Lobby Decision Says Corporations Have Religious Freedom; Local Cases Seek More Case Striking Illinois Requirement That Home-Health Workers Pay Dues May Only Apply In That State http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/case-striking-illinois-requirement-home-health-workers-pay-dues-may-only-apply-state <p>In a case from Illinois that may not reach outside that state, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Pamela Harris, whose child’s disabilities required that he have around-the-clock care. She became his home health worker and objected to having to pay union dues that she thought reduced the amount of money she had to care for her child.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:27:14 +0000 William H. Freivogel 37665 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Case Striking Illinois Requirement That Home-Health Workers Pay Dues May Only Apply In That State Analysis: Supreme Court Unanimous Decisions Do Not Equal Agreement http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/analysis-supreme-court-unanimous-decisions-do-not-equal-agreement <p>The era of unanimity on the U.S. Supreme Court lasted about four days.</p><p>When the U.S. Supreme Court issued three important decisions last week with unanimous votes, a flurry of legal and media commentary talked about Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. having engineered a new era of consensus on the court, with nearly two-thirds of this year's decisions decided without a dissent. Some contended that this new consensus court had rejected President Barack Obama's extremism and bolstered House Speaker John Boehner's threatened lawsuit against the president.</p><p></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:38:53 +0000 William H. Freivogel 37640 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Analysis: Supreme Court Unanimous Decisions Do Not Equal Agreement U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Buffer Zones At Abortion Clinics http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-strikes-down-buffer-zones-abortion-clinics <p>Governments cannot ban anti-abortion "sidewalk counselors" from a 35-foot buffer zone that includes the sidewalk in front of an abortion clinic unless the governments first have tried less restrictive methods of protecting women from face-to-face intimidation as they enter reproductive health facilities.<br /> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:49:33 +0000 William Freivogel 37566 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Buffer Zones At Abortion Clinics Beneath Unanimous Supreme Court Decisions On Appointments, Abortion Lay Sharp Divisions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/beneath-unanimous-supreme-court-decisions-appointments-abortion-lay-sharp-divisions <p>The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously struck down President Barack Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and a Massachusetts law keeping opponents of abortion off the sidewalks within 35 feet of an abortion clinic.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:24:54 +0000 William Freivogel 37554 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Beneath Unanimous Supreme Court Decisions On Appointments, Abortion Lay Sharp Divisions U.S. Supreme Court Rules Authorities Need Warrants For Cell Phone Searches http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-rules-authorities-need-warrants-cell-phone-searches <p>In a landmark decision protecting Americans' digital privacy, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday that police almost always need to get warrants to search the cell phones of people they arrest.</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:26:15 +0000 William Freivogel 37515 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org U.S. Supreme Court Rules Authorities Need Warrants For Cell Phone Searches U.S. Supreme Court Overturns DOMA, No Broader Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-overturns-doma-no-broader-ruling-same-sex-marriage <p>Gay and lesbian couples who are legally married in the 12 states that, along with Washington, D.C., allow same-sex marriages will be able to access federal marriage benefits such as tax breaks.</p><p>The 5-4 ruling issued by the U.S. Supreme Court just moments ago says the Federal Defense of Marriage Act violates the 5th Amendment by "singl[ing] out a class of persons deemed by a state entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty."</p><p><strong>Proposition 8</strong></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:06:01 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & Kelsey Proud 27736 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org U.S. Supreme Court Overturns DOMA, No Broader Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage Supreme Court Seems Ready To Side With Monsanto In Soybean Patent Case http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/supreme-court-seems-ready-side-monsanto-soybean-patent-case <p><em><strong>Updated on Tuesday, February 19, at 6:10 p.m. to add quote from Bowman.</strong></em></p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/11-796.pdf">heard oral arguments today</a> in a legal battle between St. Louis-based Monsanto and a 75-year-old Indiana farmer.</p><p>The case revolves around whether Vernon Hugh Bowman violated Monsanto's patent rights when he bought seeds from a grain elevator and planted them.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 19:51:48 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 9450 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Supreme Court Seems Ready To Side With Monsanto In Soybean Patent Case