U.S. Supreme Court

Proving Civil Rights Violations
10:50 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Police Use Of Force: How Did We Get Here And Where Can We Go?

The laws governing how much force police are allowed to use has had a long, circuitous history.
Credit Flickr | Quinn Dombrowski

Second of two parts.

Even though a St. Louis County grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, the case against Wilson is not entirely closed. The U.S. Department of Justice is also conducting an investigation into the Aug. 9 incident.

Read more
St. Louis on the Air
2:24 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Legal Roundtable Previews Supreme Court Session

U.S. Supreme Court
Credit supremecourt.gov

The U.S. Supreme Court started its new term Monday morning by announcing it would not hear petitions related to bans on gay marriage in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. 

Read more
St. Louis on the Air
4:25 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Join The Legal Roundtable Audience On Monday

"St. Louis on the Air" Legal Roundtable broadcast from Washington University

"St. Louis on the Air" will host local legal leaders Monday for the Legal Roundtable, and you're invited to join us for the live broadcast.

The Legal Roundtable will convene at Washington University's Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom, and will discuss the new session of the U.S. Supreme Court and other legal matters. Audience members will be able to ask questions during the live broadcast.

Guests

Read more
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.

Read more
St. Louis on the Air
3:20 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Legal Roundtable: Are Missouri's Proposed Amendments Necessary?

Credit James Cridland via Flickr

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. 

Read more
Contraception
10:33 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Hobby Lobby Decision Says Corporations Have Religious Freedom; Local Cases Seek More

Credit supremecourt.gov

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.

Read more
What is a state employee?
6:27 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Case Striking Illinois Requirement That Home-Health Workers Pay Dues May Only Apply In That State

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan criticized the court ruling.
Credit Wikipedia | government photo

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.

Read more
Appointments, buffer zones
11:38 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Analysis: Supreme Court Unanimous Decisions Do Not Equal Agreement

Credit Matt H. Wade | Wikipedia

The era of unanimity on the U.S. Supreme Court lasted about four days.

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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.
 

Read more

Pages