William Freivogel

William Freivogel

William H. Freivogel is director of the School of Journalism at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a professor at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

U.S. Supeme Court
11:14 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Hobby Lobby Decision May Be Bigger Blow To Gay Rights Than Contraceptive Access

Credit Matt H. Wade | Wikipedia

The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision may not be as big a threat to contraceptive coverage for women as it first appeared.

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.

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Politics & Issues
4:49 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Buffer Zones At Abortion Clinics

Chief Justice John Roberts

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.

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Court Decisions
2:24 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Beneath Unanimous Supreme Court Decisions On Appointments, Abortion Lay Sharp Divisions

U.S. Supreme Court
Credit supremecourt.gov

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.
 

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Privacy Rights
2:26 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Authorities Need Warrants For Cell Phone Searches

U.S. Supreme Court
Credit Matt H. Wade | Wikipedia

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.

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Campaign Finance Laws
2:22 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Overall Limits On Campaign Contributions

U.S. Supreme Court
Credit Matt H. Wade | Wikipedia

(Updated 4:30 p.m., Wed., April 2 with comments from U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.)

For the second time in four years, the five Republican-appointed justices on the U.S. Supreme Court have opened the door for rich donors to increase their influence on elections. 

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St. Louis fantasy baseball firm tosses shutout vs.
11:00 pm
Sun June 1, 2008

St. Louis fantasy baseball firm tosses shutout vs. MLB

The Supreme Court was not expressing an opinion on the legal issue when it decided without comment to turn down the appeal by Major League Baseball..  But the action effectively ends the suit in which Major League Baseball and the Players Association joined forces against C.B.C. Distribution and Marketing, the parent of CDM Fantasy Sports of St. Louis.

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Retaliation at Illinois Cracker Barrel was discrim
11:00 pm
Mon May 26, 2008

Retaliation at Illinois Cracker Barrel was discrimination, court rules

The U.S. Supreme Court broadened the legal protection of workers who face retaliation for complaining about discrimination at work. The court ruled that workers who complained about race and age discrimination were protected from reprisals, just as are those who complain about sex discrimination have been protected since a 2005 decision.

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Cracker Barrel Retaliation is Discrimination
11:00 pm
Mon May 26, 2008

Cracker Barrel Retaliation is Discrimination

What do you think?

- Is retaliation for complaining about discrimination the same as discrimination?

- Should the Supreme Court say that retaliation is covered by the law if the text of the statute doesn't say so explicitly?

- What about the male coach of the girls' softball team who suffered reprisals after complaining the girls didn't get the same resources as the boys' baseball team?