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  • 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 »
  • Southern band to perform at Johnson's confirmation

    February 28, 2013 10:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Human Jukebox will perform today during the installation ceremonies of new Louisiana Supreme Court Judge Bernette Johnson. The university says the band will march down Royal Street to the steps of the Supreme Court building. They will perform a trumpet fanfare, the National Anthem... more »
  • Supreme Court considers DNA collection case Play Video

    February 26, 2013 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The US Supreme Court is deciding if police have the right to collect DNA evidence without a warrant during an arrest. Right now, Louisiana law allows police to collect DNA when someone is arrested for a felony or some violent misdemeanors. "It allows us to bring... more »
  • Obama considers weighing in on gay marriage case

    February 20, 2013 4:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is quietly considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California's ban on gay marriage, a step that would mark a political victory for advocates of same-sex unions. President Barack Obama raised expectations among opponents of the Proposition 8 ban when he declared last month in... more »
  • High court reject's rapper C-Murder's appeal

    February 19, 2013 9:03 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Supreme Court has passed up another chance to deal with an anomaly of constitutional law that requires federal juries to reach unanimous verdicts in criminal cases, but allows states to make different rules. The court on Tuesday rejected the appeal of the rapper known as C-Murder, who is... more »
  • Kimball retires after 20 years at Supreme Court

    February 1, 2013 6:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - After 20 years of service on the Louisiana Supreme Court, Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball has formally retired. Kimball, who officially retired Thursday, became the first woman on the Supreme Court when she was elected in 1992 from the Fifth District, which covers Ascension, East and... more »
  • Court: Obama appointments are unconstitutional

    January 25, 2013 10:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court has ruled that President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill vacancies on a labor relations panel. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit says Obama did not have the power to make recess appointments last... more »
  • High court may block Stanford investor lawsuits

    January 18, 2013 9:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will hear an appeal that seeks to shut down class-action lawsuits from investors who lost billions in a massive Ponzi scheme orchestrated by convicted former Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford. The justices on Friday said they would review appeals court rulings allowing the suits to... more »
  • Justice Thomas speaks for 1st time in 7 years

    January 14, 2013 1:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - Justice Clarence Thomas did something at a Supreme Court argument Monday for the first time in nearly seven years - he spoke. But what Thomas said is not clear, other than he appears to have joked about Ivy League lawyers. The argument transcript only records a few words.... more »
  • Court to hear gay marriage cases

    December 7, 2012 3:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will take up California's ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals. The justices said Monday they will review a federal appeals court ruling that... more »
  • Runoff elections tomorrow in Louisiana

    December 7, 2012 12:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Secretary of State's office isn't expecting a high turnout for tomorrow's runoff elections. Not all parishes have a lot on the ballot, and so far more than 50,000 people voted early statewide. In Baton Rouge, voters will decide who takes an open seat on... more »
  • Gay marriages could see Supreme Court action

    November 29, 2012 2:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - The running fight over gay marriage is shifting from the ballot box to the Supreme Court. Three weeks after voters backed same-sex marriage in three states and defeated a ban in a fourth, the justices are meeting Friday to decide whether they should deal sooner rather than later... more »
  • Court will decide on collection of DNA samples

    November 9, 2012 2:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says it will decide whether police may collect DNA samples from people under arrest in a case that pits privacy concerns against public safety interests. The justices say in an order Friday that they will review a Maryland court decision that effectively barred the collection... more »
  • High court to take new look at voting rights law

    November 9, 2012 2:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says it will consider eliminating the government's chief weapon against racial discrimination at polling places since the 1960s. Acting three days after the election, the justices are agreeing Friday to hear a constitutional challenge to the part of the landmark Voting Rights Act that requires... more »
  • Guidry, Hughes head to Supreme Court runoff

    November 6, 2012 11:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - John Michael Guidry and Jeff Hughes have advanced to a Dec. 8 runoff in the race to fill Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball's seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court. Guidry and Hughes were the leading vote-getters among eight candidates for the 5th Supreme Court District seat in... more »
  • High court won't block early voting in Ohio

    October 16, 2012 11:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is siding with Democrats in refusing to block early voting in the battleground state of Ohio. The court on Tuesday refused a Republican request to get involved in a dispute over early voting in the state on the three days before Election Day. The campaign... more »
  • La. high court rules Johnson will be chief justice

    October 16, 2012 10:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that Bernette Johnson will be the court's next chief justice, resolving a legal dispute that wound up in federal court. The court's ruling Tuesday says Johnson's years of appointed and elected service on the court give her the seniority that entitles... more »
  • Court seems unclear on house versus boat question

    October 1, 2012 12:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court seems torn on when the law should treat some floating homes as houseboats and when it should treat them as houses. The question came up Monday as the court was trying to figure out whether Riviera Beach, Florida should have used maritime law to seize... more »
  • Supreme Court refuses voucher program injunction

    August 16, 2012 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Supreme Court has refused to stop the launch of Gov. Bobby Jindal's statewide voucher program, which began this month. The high court denied an injunction request by teacher unions and school boards to stall the voucher program as they challenge whether it is constitutional. A... more »
  • Feds back Johnson's bid to be next chief justice

    July 27, 2012 5:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Justice Department is backing Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson's bid to become the next chief justice of the state's highest court. In a court filing Friday, attorneys for the department's civil rights division urge a federal judge to rule that Johnson's first few years of... more »
  • Justice rejected deal to name next La. court chief

    July 25, 2012 3:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson says her colleagues don't have the authority to decide who is entitled to become the court's next chief justice. Johnson told a panel of state lawmakers Wednesday in New Orleans that she rejected a compromise that would have forced her to... more »
  • Deadline moved in La. chief justice debate

    July 23, 2012 12:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Supreme Court is giving its justices an extra month to weigh in on a debate over naming the court's next chief justice. Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball had set a July 31 deadline for the justices to file briefs on which colleague is the "oldest... more »
  • Landrieu endorses Johnson for La. chief justice

    July 11, 2012 3:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Sen. Mary Landrieu has waded into a debate over naming the next chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court and endorsed Justice Bernette Johnson for the job. In a statement Wednesday, the Louisiana Democrat says there is "no question" Johnson has the right to succeed Chief Justice... more »
  • Health care up for vote in Senate today

    July 11, 2012 7:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted more than 30 times to repeal or undercut the health care law President Barack Obama signed in March of 2010, only to have its efforts die in the Senate. And House Republicans plan to try again today. This time, they're arguing that... more »
  • La. chief justice declines to discuss successor

    July 10, 2012 6:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball says the state's code of judicial conduct prohibits her from meeting with a group of community leaders to discuss their concerns about the court's impending debate over naming Kimball's successor. Several supporters of Justice Bernette Johnson, who sued last... more »
  • 3 judges recuse themselves from La. justice's suit

    July 6, 2012 5:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Three federal judges in New Orleans have recused themselves from presiding over Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson's lawsuit seeking to block her colleagues from debating and voting on whether she is legally entitled to be the court's next chief justice. The case was transferred Friday to... more »
  • Veterans react to Supreme Court's Stolen Valor decision

    June 28, 2012 6:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - "Shocked" and "disgusted" were two words on many veterans' minds after they learned the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Stolen Valor Act was unconstitutional. The Act would have made it illegal for anyone to display military metals as accomplishments that he or she did not earn.... more »
  • Small biz: questions, waiting after health ruling

    June 28, 2012 5:28 PM

    NEW YORK - A big worry for small businesses who were against the Obama administration's health care law was that it would increase their costs. But now that the Supreme Court has upheld it, some small companies could opt to go a route that will save them thousands of dollars... more »
  • News organizations don't all get ruling right

    June 28, 2012 12:34 PM

    NEW YORK - A bid for speed in reporting the Supreme Court's decision on President Barack Obama's health care law has tripped up some news organizations. Both CNN and Fox News Channel incorrectly reported Thursday that the law's central provision, requiring virtually all Americans to have health insurance, had been... more »
  • Dissenters say entire law was invalid

    June 28, 2012 11:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - The ruling that upheld the vast majority of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul came from the court's four liberal justices, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts. The dissenters were Justices Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. In a joint statement, they said, "The act... more »
  • Local doctors, patients still have reform questions

    June 28, 2012 11:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Local doctors and their patients still have questions about what today's Supreme Court ruling over healthcare reform means to them. Many people with pre-existing conditions have been able to get insurance after the Affordable Care Act was passed and signed into law. Today's ruling upheld the... more »
  • Court upholds individual mandate in health care law

    June 28, 2012 9:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - The individual mandate survives. The Supreme Court has upheld the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul -- ruling in favor of the requirement that most Americans can be required to have health insurance, or else pay a penalty. The decision means the historic overhaul will continue... more »
  • Health care ruling expected today

    June 28, 2012 6:44 AM

    WASHINGTON - The stakes are huge as the anticipation grows for today's announcement of the Supreme Court's decision on the health care overhaul, but no matter what the court decides, it's unlikely to be the final word. The problems of high medical costs, widespread waste and tens of millions of... more »
  • Federal hotline set up on Arizona immigration

    June 25, 2012 5:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department has set up a hotline for the public to report potential civil rights concerns regarding the Arizona law that requires police to check the immigration status of those they stop for other reasons. The hotline phone number is 1-855-353-1010. The email is: SB1070(at)usdoj.gov. The Supreme... more »
  • Court strikes down Montana law rather than re-examining Citizens United ruling

    June 25, 2012 4:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is rejecting a plea that it take another look at its ruling from two years ago on campaign finance. Instead, the court today struck down a Montana law that limits corporate campaign spending. The same five conservative justices who made up the majority in the... more »
  • Florida to carry out health law if upheld by court

    June 20, 2012 12:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - Florida's Republican governor - one of the staunchest opponents of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul - says his state will carry out the law if the Supreme Court upholds it. Gov. Rick Scott told reporters Wednesday "if it is the law of the land, then we are... more »
  • Deadline set to weigh-in on Kimball's successor

    June 14, 2012 7:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court has set a deadline for her colleagues to weigh-in on who should succeed her in the post. Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball plans to retire in January 2013. On Wednesday, Kimball ordered any justice interested "in a legal determination"... more »
  • Gov't report: health cost relief only temporary

    June 12, 2012 3:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - The nation's been enjoying a respite from rising health care costs, but government experts say don't look for it to last. Health care spending will grow faster than the economy for the foreseeable future, says a report Tuesday from Medicare's nonpartisan economic analysts. President Barack Obama's health care... more »

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