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The Chokehold Is Still Alive and Well Courtesy of the Supreme Court

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 12.10.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The double tragedy in the Garner slaying was, of course, his senseless death but also that his death does not alter the fact that the chokehold still remains on the official books as a weapon that police officers can use. For that, thank the U.S. Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Must Make Clear That Pregnancy Discrimination Is Unjust

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

When working women, the primary purchasers in our consumer-fueled economy, are without a salary because they've been forced to quit, are fired or are pushed onto unpaid leave, it negatively affects our economy and families' financial security.

The Broken Promises of Citizens United

Duncan Hosie | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Conservatives on the Court vowed that Citizens United would strengthen American democracy. They were wrong. Five years later, their promises stand in stark contrast to the world we live in today.

Windy City She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 11.26.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Growing up on the south side of Chicago, Gwendolyn Brooks read and wrote as a child. Her first poem was published when she was 14 years old. She attended college but could not find suitable work during the Depression

A Daughter's Plea to the Supreme Court: Let My Parents Keep Their Health Insurance

Arlene Brens | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics
Arlene Brens

I can't speak for everyone, but I can say that for my family, Obamacare has saved my parents' lives. I know that Obamacare is far from perfect. But instead of gutting a law that helps American families, why don't we make the law work better for all Americans?

Question Before the Court: Can Corporations Betray Retirees?

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

M&G has stricken hundreds of families in this rural West Virginia region with fear. They're scared they won't be able to afford health insurance they believed they'd earned. A decision by the Supreme Court affirming the lower courts' rulings would relieve retirees like 78-year-old Tackett and restore justice in Point Pleasant.

The Devil's Bargain: The Illusion of a Trouble-Free Existence in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Who is really to blame when the wool gets pulled over your eyes: you, for believing the con man, or the con man for being true to his nature?

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 2

Dave Kreissman | Posted 10.30.2014 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

As we recognize that American sports and culture do not represent a "post-racial society" after all, it's important to look back at the '60s, the era where there was perhaps the greatest change in the relationship between African-Americans and White America.

Time for a Level Playing Field at the Supreme Court

Evan Bernick | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Evan Bernick

In the vast majority of constitutional cases, the playing field is tilted decisively in favor of one side: The government.

When Excellent Sheep Grow Up

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 12.15.2014 | Books
Aaron Zelinsky

Many have identified the weaknesses in Deresiewicz's jeremiad. In his forthcoming novel, Supreme Ambitions, David Lat, founder of the legal blog Above the Law, takes a different approach. What happens, he asks, to all those excellent sheep after graduation? His answer won't surprise many: The sheep get herded to law school.

Debtor's Prisons in Kentucky and Other Horrors of the Justice System

Don McNay | Posted 12.13.2014 | Crime
Don McNay

What is going on in Kentucky is apparently going on in various pockets of the nation. It has to stop because it is wrong. It also has to stop unless the rulings of the Supreme Court mean nothing to people charged with upholding them.

Voting Rights: What You Need to Know and How the Supreme Court Is Failing Us

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Janessa E. Robinson

As the U.S. Supreme Court rightfully makes way for same-sex marriage across the country, it simultaneously regresses policy on another civil liberty, voting rights.

After SCOTUS Decision, First Same-Sex Couples Wed In Five New States

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.11.2014 | Gay Voices

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) couples across Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin scrambled to tie the knot Oct. 6 after th...

Why the Supreme Court Waited on Marriage Equality

Adam Winkler | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Adam Winkler

Today the Supreme Court announced it would not hear a marriage equality case in the near future, turning down several appeals of lower court rulings that voided bans on same-sex marriage. No doubt this is a disappointment to many who have been waiting for the Court to declare marriage equality a constitutionally protected right. Yet the decision is still a major victory for LGBT rights. Same-sex marriage is absolutely necessary for our country to fulfill its constitutional promises of equal protection and due process of law. Yet there were good reasons for the Court to hold off on deciding the marriage question this term.

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Ozone Regulations

Reuters | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an industry challenge to U.S. Environmental Prot...

Next Supreme Court Term Will Be 'More Important Than Any In The Last 50 Years,' Court Watcher Says

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics

One of the nation's most well-known observers of the Supreme Court says the high court will face more consequential legal questions in the next few ye...

Supreme Court To Hear Cases Over Employment, Housing Bias

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Did retailer Abercrombie & Fitch discriminate against a Muslim woman who was denied a job because her headscarf clashed with the c...

Our Politically Polarized Supreme Court?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

A good deal of the growing lack of confidence in the Supreme Court these days is due precisely to the concern that the justices are increasingly voting in ways that reflect the political values and preferences of the presidents who appointed them. Americans, in other words, increasingly believe that the justices are voting as "Republicans and Democrats." If this is so, it is not because the justices are "repaying" the favor of their appointment, but because presidents have gotten better at selecting nominees whose judicial approaches are likely to lead them to vote in ways that more or less conform to the appointing president's own political values and preferences. But is any of this true? To test this possibility, I did a simple, back-of-the-envelope "study."

GOP Defrauds Voters

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The GOP is working desperately to deny the right to vote to citizens it doesn't like. You know, poor people, black people, Hispanic people, old people, female people, especially people it believes are inclined to vote for Democrats.

IRS Can End 'Dark Money' in Federal Elections

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

New regulations must establish a clearly defined, restrictive limit on how much campaign activity a group can engage in and still be eligible for 501(c)(4) tax status.

Supreme Court Justice Calls Constitution A 'Flawed Document'

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy conceded Thursday that the Constitution is not meant to be interpreted in its original, literal state, the San F...

Does a Corporation Have a Soul?

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

The U.S. Supreme Court has launched an entitlement program for corporations. They are now considered individuals, and individuals with faith. Makes me wonder, if corporations go bankrupt, will they dream?

Constitutional Rights in the Digital Age

Nancy Leong | Posted 09.18.2014 | Technology
Nancy Leong

Just as cell phones are different from ordinary physical objects, the Internet is dramatically different from earlier speech mediums. And the Court should acknowledge those differences in determining the scope of First Amendment protection for speech.

Fighting Back Against 'Hobby Lobby'

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 09.16.2014 | New York
Eric T. Schneiderman

New York State has long been a leader in advancing women's equality, stretching back to the Seneca Falls Convention 166 years ago this weekend. Sadly, as we mark this important anniversary, hard-won victories by the women's rights movement are being threatened by a radical right wing that seeks to roll back the progress we've made.

Religious Tests For Public Office And The Constitution

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

It is, one would hope, highly unlikely that the religious test issue will ever again come before the Supreme Court. But if it does, who knows what these five justices will do?