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  • La. Supreme Court dismisses school workers' suit

    October 31, 2014 3:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of New Orleans public school workers who were fired after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to much of the city in 2005. It was a reversal of fortune for the employees, who had won at the... more »
  • OJ Simpson appeal in hands of Nevada Supreme Court

    October 27, 2014 10:56 AM

    LAS VEGAS, NV - O.J. Simpson's appeal for release from a Nevada prison is now up to the state's Supreme Court. Simpson lawyers argue in a final brief to the Nevada high court that a lower court judge was wrong to deny the former football star a new trial in... more »
  • Supreme Court upholds 2012 education overhaul

    October 15, 2014 6:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court says an education overhaul bill pushed through the Legislature in 2012 is constitutional - reversing a lower court's finding that the legislation crammed too many diverse elements into a single bill. Wednesday's decision was a victory for Gov. Bobby Jindal, who had strongly backed... more »
  • Justices stop parts of Texas abortion law

    October 14, 2014 5:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has blocked Texas from enforcing key parts of a 2013 law that would close all but eight of the state's abortion facilities. The justices largely granted the request of abortion providers Tuesday. With three dissenting votes, the court suspended a ruling by the 5th U.S.... more »
  • Can dentists block competition over teeth-whitening?

    October 14, 2014 12:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is weighing what to do about a state regulatory board made up mostly of dentists that is trying to prevent lower-cost competitors who aren't dentists from offering teeth-whitening services. The outcome in the antitrust case argued at the high court Tuesday could turn on how... more »
  • Judge faces La. Supreme Court in disciplinary hearing Play Video

    October 13, 2014 6:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - West Baton Rouge Parish Judge Robin Free and his attorney Steven Scheckman went before the Louisiana Supreme Court on Monday for hearing concerning Free's alleged misuse of his judiciary power. News 2's Chris Nakamoto was on the scene as Judge Free exited the courtroom while refusing... more »
  • Kansas asks court to block gay marriage licenses

    October 10, 2014 12:12 PM

    TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas' attorney general has asked the state Supreme Court to block same-sex marriage licenses, hours after a court office in the state's most populous county issued one, believed to be the first in the state, to a gay couple. The petition asks for an immediate order blocking... more »
  • Group asks high court to block Nevada gay marriage

    October 8, 2014 10:52 AM

    LAS VEGAS - A group fighting to keep Nevada's state ban on same-sex marriage wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate a short-lived ruling that blocked weddings from taking place. Coalition for the Protection of Marriage attorney Monte Neil Stewart says he filed a request for Justice Anthony Kennedy to... more »
  • Gay marriage move may mean something for Louisiana Play Video

    October 7, 2014 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- After the Supreme Court decided not to hear cases on same-sex marriages where states struck down a ban, some people in Louisiana think the move may push the state closer to the edge of allowing gay marriage. "That gives us a lot more hope than we've had... more »
  • High court glitch delays news on gay marriage

    October 6, 2014 2:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says technical problems kept dozens of reporters at the court and people checking the court's website from learning immediately that the justices had rejected gay marriage appeals from five states. More than 30 pages were missing from copies of the court's list of more than... more »
  • Supreme Court clears way for gay marriage expansion

    October 6, 2014 8:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's order turning way appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriage has triggered a series of moves in affected states to clear the way for gay and lesbian unions. Without comment, the justices brought to an end delays in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and... more »
  • High court puts off start of early voting in Ohio

    September 29, 2014 4:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - A divided Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which had been set to begin Tuesday. The justices' order by a 5-4 vote Monday granted a request from state officials, who have been trying to trim the number of days for early voting... more »
  • State AG appeals gay marriage ruling to La. Supreme Court

    September 27, 2014 11:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's attorney general is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a decision to ban same-sex marriage in Louisiana. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's Office filed the appeal Friday after the ruling Monday by Lafayette Parish Judge, Edward Rubin. The ruling was made in the same-sex... more »
  • WBR judge faces sanctions over free trip Play Video

    September 19, 2014 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge in West Baton Rouge Parish is under fire for taking an all-expense paid trip to Texas. The judge's mode of transportation for the free trip: a private jet. The state judiciary commission says Judge Robin Free exploited his position and recommends he be suspended... more »
  • Judge in star's adoption case faces dismissal

    September 12, 2014 7:46 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS- The Supreme Court of Arkansas called for the dismissal of a judge who leaked confidential information and details of actress Charlize Theron's adoption of her son. She adopted the boy two-years ago. The Justices say Faulkner County Circuit Judge Michael Maggio posted "concerning" comments in... more »
  • Same sex marriage headed to the Supremes?

    September 9, 2014 7:43 PM

    WASHINGTON- There's an emerging consensus that the issue of same sex marriage needs to be decided by the Supreme Court. Both sides of the issue agree and even one justice thinks the same thing. Leaders in five states where bans on gay marriage were struck down are rushing... more »
  • State Supreme Court hears arguments on teacher tenure

    September 5, 2014 3:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A law toughening teacher tenure requirements in Louisiana is up for arguments before the state Supreme Court. Friday's high court hearing deals with a Baton Rouge judge's decision that the 2012 legislation that included the tenure changes was unconstitutional. State District Judge Michael Caldwell ruled that the... more »
  • La high court hears fired school workers' case

    September 4, 2014 1:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court now is set to decide a case involving more than 7,000 employees fired by the New Orleans school system after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Lower courts have ruled that the employees, including teachers, teacher aides and others, were denied due process and are... more »
  • More Clinton White House records to be released

    July 16, 2014 9:02 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Archives says it will release previously restricted records from the Clinton White House on Supreme Court nominations, Osama bin Laden and Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign. About 1,000 pages of documents will be released Friday through the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock,... more »
  • Utah to appeal gay marriage ruling to high court

    July 9, 2014 1:58 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - Utah is going straight to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge a federal appeals court ruling that found states must allow gay couples to marry. State Attorney General Sean Reyes' office said in a statement Wednesday it will file an appeal to the high court sometime... more »
  • Nonprofits' contraceptive cases next for justices

    July 6, 2014 11:04 AM

    WASHINGTON - Faith-affiliated charities, colleges and hospitals are leading the next legal dispute over religion, birth control and the health law that's likely to be resolved by the Supreme Court. The issue in more than four dozen lawsuits from religious nonprofit groups that oppose some or all contraception as immoral... more »
  • Women's groups blast court ruling on contraception

    June 30, 2014 4:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - Leaders of women's groups are denouncing today's Supreme Court decision on contraceptive coverage, and they're pointing out that it came from five male justices. A sharply divided court said some companies are exempt from the requirement in the new health care law that they provide birth control coverage... more »
  • White House: Ruling endangers women's health

    June 30, 2014 12:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says women's health will be jeopardized by a Supreme Court decision that allows corporations with religious objections to opt out of a requirement that they cover contraceptives. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said today that women should make their own personal health decisions. ... more »
  • Justices: Can't make employers cover contraception

    June 30, 2014 9:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is going to have to find another way to make sure that women have health care coverage that includes contraceptives. The Supreme Court today said some corporations can opt out of that requirement, if they are owned by a small group of people with religious... more »
  • High court voids 35-foot abortion clinic buffer

    June 26, 2014 12:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - Abortion rights advocates are criticizing today's ruling from the Supreme Court, saying it will put at risk the safety of women seeking abortions. The court struck down a 35-foot zone in which protests are prohibited outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts, finding that it violates the First Amendment rights... more »
  • Justices limit cellphone searches after arrests

    June 25, 2014 11:50 AM

    WASHINGTON - A unanimous Supreme Court says police may not generally search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants. The justices say cellphones are powerful devices unlike anything else police may find on someone they arrest. Chief Justice John Roberts says that because the phones contain... more »
  • High court will hear appeal over illegal threats

    June 16, 2014 8:45 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Supreme Court will consider the free speech rights of people who use violent or threatening language on Facebook and other electronic formats where the speaker's intent is not always clear. The court on Monday agreed to take up the case of an eastern Pennsylvania man sentenced... more »
  • Court: Children over 21 go to back of visa line

    June 9, 2014 1:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says immigrant children who waited for years with their parents to obtain visas still have to go to the back of the line when they turn 21. The justices on Monday sided with the Obama administration in ruling that immigration laws do not let children... more »
  • Supreme Court: BP must pay claims during appeal

    June 9, 2014 11:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Supreme Court says BP must continue paying claims from a fund established after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill while the company appeals terms of its settlement with some businesses. The justices on Monday let stand without comment lower court refusals to halt payments... more »
  • BP to ask Supreme Court to hear claims issue

    May 21, 2014 12:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC says it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether businesses must prove they were directly harmed by the 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect payments from a 2012 settlement. On Monday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider... more »
  • "Family" defined at state Supreme Court Play Video

    May 8, 2014 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A ruling by the State Supreme Court bolstered the city's definition of a family. The Supreme Court decided that an ordinance that bans homeowners from renting property in single family neighborhoods to more than two unrelated people was constitutional. "I along with many other people, were... more »
  • High court ruling favors prayer at council meeting

    May 5, 2014 10:36 AM

    WASHINGTON - The latest Supreme Court ruling on church-state separation is a victory for a town council in New York state that regularly opens its meetings with prayers. The court, in a 5-to-4 ruling today, said those prayers don't violate the Constitution -- even if they routinely emphasize Christianity --... more »
  • High court rejects appeal on gun rights in public

    May 5, 2014 8:47 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Supreme Court has turned away another case over whether Americans have a constitutional right to be armed in public. The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling upholding a New Jersey requirement for gun owners to show an urgent need to carry a handgun... more »
  • Court may reject ban on campaign lies

    April 22, 2014 3:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - Can a state make it illegal for politicians to lie about each other? The Supreme Court doesn't seem to think so. Justices today were highly skeptical about an Ohio law that makes it illegal to recklessly make false statements about candidates seeking elective office. Critics of the law... more »
  • Court upholds traffic stop based on anonymous tip

    April 22, 2014 10:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says an anonymous tip can be sufficient to justify a decision by police to pull a car over on suspicion of reckless or drunken driving. The justices voted 5-4 Tuesday to uphold a traffic stop in northern California in which officers subsequently found marijuana in... more »
  • Hobby Lobby 401(k) invests in birth control makers

    April 2, 2014 3:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - The company that is leading the legal challenge against birth control coverage under "Obamacare" offers its workers a retirement plan that includes investments in companies making contraceptive and abortion drugs. Hobby Lobby Stores has a 401(k) plan featuring several mutual funds investing in pharmaceutical firms that produce intrauterine... more »
  • Pa. Supreme Court won't hear Sandusky appeal

    April 2, 2014 3:02 PM

    HARRISBURG, Pa.- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court won't review Jerry Sandusky's 45-count child molestation conviction. The justices ruled Wednesday that they won't take up the former Penn State assistant football coach's appeal. Sandusky argued his lawyers were rushed too quickly to trial and prosecutors improperly made reference to his decision not... more »
  • High court loosens reins on big campaign donors

    April 2, 2014 10:43 AM

    WASHINGTON - It's the latest declaration from the Supreme Court that some of the limits on big-money political contributions violate the free-speech rights of the contributors. The court, in a 5-4 ruling today, said donors can give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want -- rejecting the... more »
  • High court seems divided over birth control rule

    March 25, 2014 11:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - Do profit-making businesses have religious rights? The Supreme Court is wrestling with that question in a case that involves two family-owned companies. The owners of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties provide health insurance to their employees but object to covering certain methods of birth control --... more »
  • NRA seeks to block gun magazine ban

    March 10, 2014 4:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The National Rifle Association is asking Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to block enforcement of a California city ordinance that bans gun magazines capable of holding more than 10 bullets. The ban in Sunnyvale went into effect Thursday after 66 percent of voters approved it in November.... more »
  • US Supreme Court asked to delay La. execution

    January 30, 2014 4:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawyers for a Louisiana man scheduled for execution next week are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the plans. The arguments filed Thursday with the high court mirror legal pleadings lodged in Baton Rouge-based federal court, seeking a stay of the Feb. 5 execution for Christopher... more »
  • Court gives nuns a compromise on health care issue

    January 24, 2014 4:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is offering a short-term compromise to continue to exempt a group of Denver nuns that operates charity nursing homes from the birth control mandate of the nation's health care law. The court is asking them to declare in writing that they have religious objections... more »
  • Roberts refuses to grant Obamacare emergency stay

    January 6, 2014 3:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has refused a group of doctors' request to block implementation of the nation's new health care law. Chief Justice John Roberts turned away without comment Monday an emergency stay request from the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, Inc. and the Alliance for Natural... more »
  • Gov't: Birth control mandate should not be blocked

    January 3, 2014 10:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says a Supreme Court justice should stop blocking the new health care law's requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control. The Justice Department Friday called on Justice Sonia Sotomayor to dissolve her stay on the contraceptive coverage requirement of the... more »
  • Supreme Court justice delays birth control mandate

    January 2, 2014 12:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has thrown a hitch into President Barack Obama's new health care law by blocking a requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control. Justice Sonia Sotomayor decided late Tuesday night to block implementation of the contraceptive coverage requirement, only hours before... more »
  • Supreme Court to hear cases on birth control mandate

    November 26, 2013 11:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the dispute over a birth control mandate in President Obama's health care law. The issue has seen different rulings in lower courts over whether employers should be required to cover birth control for their employees or they can opt out due... more »
  • Supreme Court won't block Texas abortion law

    November 19, 2013 6:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court won't rule against a Texas law that has led to the stoppage of abortions at a third of the state's clinics. The provision states that doctors who perform abortions must have admitting priveleges at a nearby hospital. The law will remain in effect... more »
  • Mixed feelings in La. about teen handgun sales ban Play Video

    September 4, 2013 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell signed on with 21 other state attorneys general to an NRA petition asking the Supreme Court to overturn a ban against handgun sales to people younger than 21. The petition to overturn the ban was filed in August and notes a... more »
  • La. Nat'l Guard won't process same-sex benefits

    September 4, 2013 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana National Guard said Wednesday, it will not assist legally married gay service men and women in applying for same-sex partner benefits through the armed forces. "The State of Louisiana constitution does not recognize same-sex marriage, nor does it allow an official to take part," a... more »
  • La. joins NRA, other states in gun sales petition

    September 4, 2013 10:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell signed on with 21 other state attorneys general to an NRA petition asking the Supreme Court to overturn a ban against handgun sales to people younger than 21. The petition to overturn the ban was filed in August and notes a... more »
  • Married, same-sex couples to get some tax rights in La.

    August 29, 2013 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Gay, married couples will be able to file joint federal income tax returns in Louisiana since the IRS said Thursday it will recognize same-sex marriages. The federal government will take returns from married couples, even if they live in a state that does not recognize their marriage... more »
  • Funeral directors appeal casket ruling for monks

    July 18, 2013 10:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's board of funeral directors has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn lower court rulings that permit Benedictine monks to sell caskets from their monastery outside New Orleans. Federal district and appeals courts found no reasonable grounds for a regulation that only state-licensed funeral directors may... more »
  • Truck stop tiger case goes to La. Supreme Court

    July 3, 2013 3:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The owner of a truck stop near Baton Rouge has asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to let him keep a 12-year-old tiger named Tony. Attorney Joan Treadway Morris, of Baton Rouge, says she filed the writ for Michael Sandlin and Tiger Truck Stop Inc. in Grosse Tete, about... more »
  • Obama: Marriage benefits should cross state lines

    June 27, 2013 7:28 AM

    DAKAR, Senegal - President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage were a victory not just for gays and lesbians, but for American democracy. He says as president, he believes federal benefits should be granted to couples married in a state that recognizes gay marriage even... more »
  • Gay rights supporters erupt in cheers over ruling

    June 26, 2013 10:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - Chanting "DOMA is Dead," supporters of same-sex marriage burst into cheers and some wept openly upon hearing word of the Supreme Court's decision Wednesday striking down a federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Some in the crowd hugged and others jumped... more »
  • Supreme Court clears way for gay marriage in Calif.

    June 26, 2013 9:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by holding that defenders of California's gay marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings striking down the ban. The court's 5-4 vote Wednesday leaves in place the initial trial court... more »
  • High court strikes down federal marriage provision

    June 26, 2013 9:09 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has issued a pair of significant but incomplete victories for supporters of gay marriage. In one 5-to-4 ruling, the court struck down a provision of a federal law that denied federal benefits to gay married couples. The provision of the Defense of Marriage Act kept... more »
  • Supreme Court to make decision on gay marriage

    June 26, 2013 8:13 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is meeting this morning to deliver opinions in two cases that could dramatically alter the rights of gay people across the United States. The justices are expected to decide their first-ever cases about gay marriage Wednesday in their last session before the court's summer break.... more »
  • Ginsburg denounces ruling on Voting Rights Act

    June 25, 2013 1:26 PM

    WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says there's no question that voting discrimination still exists today. But she says today's Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act gets rid of the tool that "proved to be best suited to block that discrimination." On behalf of the four... more »
  • High court ruling removes La. from preclearance

    June 25, 2013 1:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's voting laws and election districts no longer need federal approval before changes can take effect. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling means the state doesn't have to follow a pre-clearance requirement mandated in the 1965 Voting Rights Act, unless Congress redesigns... more »
  • High court voids key part of Voting Rights Act

    June 25, 2013 9:32 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced until Congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require close federal monitoring of elections. The justices said in 5-4 ruling Tuesday that the law Congress most... more »
  • High court declines to hear landmark Katrina case

    June 24, 2013 2:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the dismissal of a landmark ruling that the Army Corps of Engineers was liable for billions of dollars in Hurricane Katrina flood damage that property owners blame on the corps' maintenance of a New Orleans shipping channel. The Supreme... more »
  • Court continues to allow affirmative action in college admissions

    June 24, 2013 12:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - For now, affirmative action in college admissions can still survive the scrutiny of the Supreme Court. In a ruling that avoided some difficult constitutional issues, the justices said a court may approve the use of race as a factor in admissions -- but only after it concludes that... more »
  • Court: Ariz. citizenship proof law illegal

    June 17, 2013 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says states cannot require would-be voters to prove they are U.S. citizens before using a federal registration system designed to make signing up easier. The justices voted 7-2 to throw out Arizona's voter-approved requirement that prospective voters document their U.S. citizenship in order to use... more »
  • Court says human genes cannot be patented

    June 13, 2013 12:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says companies cannot patent human genes, a decision that could profoundly affect the medical and biotechnology industries. In a unanimous decision, the court struck down patents held by Myriad Genetics Inc. on two genes linked to increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Opponents say... more »
  • Truck stop mulls Supreme Court bid to keep tiger

    June 12, 2013 2:21 PM

    GROSSE TETE - The lawyer for a truck stop fighting for the right to keep a live tiger on display says the case will be taken to the state Supreme Court if necessary. A three-judge panel of the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal on Friday refused to reconsider its April... more »
  • Supreme Court: Collecting DNA is okay Play Video

    June 4, 2013 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Supreme Court ruled police can collect DNA samples from people who are arrested for felonies, likening the collection to that of fingerprints or photos. Louisiana State Police said today the ruling is a win for their ability to solve cold cases. "It's important to collect... more »
  • Teacher tenure lawsuit sent back to district court

    May 31, 2013 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Supreme Court has asked a Baton Rouge district judge to review his decision to throw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure and salary laws. Judge Michael Caldwell had ruled that the legislation was unconstitutional because it bundled together too many items spanning Louisiana's... more »
  • Drunk driver's sentence reduced to 35 years

    May 14, 2013 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge reduced the sentence today of Brett Gerald, the man who killed seven people in a drunken crash in East Baton Rouge Parish, in order to comply with a Supreme Court ruling. Gerald received a 70-year sentence after pleading guilty back in March. Today Judge... more »
  • Voucher controversy and uncertainty leaves parents in limbo Play Video

    May 7, 2013 10:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Private schools and Governor Bobby Jindal tell benefactors not to worry, but parents are the ones left in a state of uncertainty when it comes to vouchers. Tuesday, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled funding of the state's voucher program was unconstitutional. Lawmakers used money set aside... more »
  • La. Supreme Court rules voucher funding unconstitutional Play Video

    May 7, 2013 10:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's highest court ruled today that the funding formula for Gov. Bobby Jindal's key education reform, school vouchers, violates the state's constitution. Today's ruling was 6-1, with Justice Greg Guidry dissenting. It affects Act 2, which diverts per-student funding to private and parochial schools to... more »
  • Court rejects Alabama appeal on immigration law

    April 29, 2013 7:34 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Supreme Court turned down Alabama's appeal to revive portions of that state's immigration law struck down by lower federal courts. The lower courts have already ruled immigration reform is a function of the federal government and not the states. The Alabama Attorney General's office pointed to Justice Antonin... more »
  • Definition of family declared unconstitutional Play Video

    April 25, 2013 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - District Court Judge Janice Clark declared the East Baton Rouge Parish's definition of family unconstitutional. Before today, three or more unrelated people could not live together in neighborhoods zoned for single-family housing. Since 1954, East Baton Rouge's Unified Development Code has defined family as "an individual... more »
  • Court: Can human genes be patented?

    April 15, 2013 1:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court seems worried about the idea of companies getting patents for genes found inside the human body. Justices on Monday grappled with whether to overturn Myriad Genetics Inc.'s patents on two genes linked to increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. The company sells a test... more »
  • Supreme Court hears DOMA case

    March 27, 2013 11:46 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is indicating it could strike down the federal law that prevents legally married gay couples from receiving a range of federal benefits for married people. Justice Anthony Kennedy, often the decisive vote in close cases, joined the four more liberal justices in raising questions about... more »
  • High court hears case on federal benefits for gays

    March 27, 2013 8:44 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is hearing the second of back-to-back gay marriage cases, a constitutional challenge to the law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples. A section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act says marriage may only be... more »
  • Marriage equality weighed in Baton Rouge Play Video

    March 26, 2013 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As the Supreme Court of the United States weighs marriage equality issues, leaders in Louisiana are voicing their opinions on the matter too. Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, spoke to a group in Central today, focusing on the importance of protecting children from... more »
  • Court could avoid wide-ranging ruling on gay marriage

    March 26, 2013 5:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court could end up avoiding a major national ruling on whether America's gays have a right to marry. During arguments today on California's ban on same-sex marriage, several justices raised doubts that the case should even be before them. And Justice Anthony Kennedy -- possibly the... more »
  • Indiana court: School vouchers give parents choice

    March 26, 2013 10:47 AM

    INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Supreme Court says the state's school voucher law primarily benefits families, not schools or religious institutions. The court upheld the law Tuesday. The justices rejected the argument that the law violates the state constitution's ban on public funds going to religious institutions, saying any benefit to... more »
  • Justices hear arguments on Calif. gay marriage ban

    March 26, 2013 10:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - A lawyer seeking an end to California's ban on same-sex marriage is comparing it to bans on interracial marriages, a prohibition the Supreme Court declared illegal decades ago. In charged back-and-forth exchanges with justices, lawyer Theodore Olson said that the court should look to its 1967 Loving case,... more »
  • Gay marriage argument goes to high court today

    March 26, 2013 8:00 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is wading into the fight over same-sex marriage at a time when public opinion is shifting rapidly in favor of permitting gay and lesbian couples to wed, but 40 states don't allow it. The court's first major examination of gay rights in 10 years begins... more »
  • Public braves snow for gay marriage case tickets

    March 25, 2013 10:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - People waiting to attend to gay marriage cases being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court have been undeterred by snow falling in the nation's capital. More than three dozen people were waiting Monday to get tickets to the cases, which will be heard Tuesday and Wednesday. Many of... more »
  • La. Supreme Court hears arguments in voucher appeal Play Video

    March 19, 2013 6:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Arguments lasted for about an hour today at the Louisiana Supreme Court in the state's appeal of the school voucher funding formula. At stake is the ability to pay for Governor Bobby Jindal's centerpiece school reform, which a lower court ruled violated the state's constitution. The... more »
  • State appeals voucher ruling in court Play Video

    March 19, 2013 10:03 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Supreme Court justices will hear arguments this afternoon from state attorneys as they appeal the ruling against the controversial school voucher program. Supporters of the program gathered on the courthouse steps to hold a rally this morning. District Court Judge Tim Kelley ruled the... more »
  • Education reform ruling victory for teachers group Play Video

    March 4, 2013 6:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Federation of Teachers is applauding the judge who struck down the third part of Gov. Jindal's education reform, ruling it unconstitutional. President of LFT Steve Monaghan says, since the law has been enacted, it's created tension among the state's educators. "It was a... more »
  • La. Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson takes oath

    February 28, 2013 2:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The state's first black Supreme Court Chief Justice, Bernette Johnson, took her oath of office today in New Orleans. The public ceremony was held on the steps of the Supreme Court building in the French Quarter. Johnson succeeded Catherine "Kitty" Kimball, following her retirement. Johnson... more »

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