Tag Archives: US Supreme Court

Supreme Court rules against ‘straw’ gun purchases

On Monday, the US Supreme Court made it harder for people to hide gun purchases, ruling it illegal for a legal gun owner to buy a firearm on behalf of someone else. Writing the majority opinion in the 5-4 decision in Abramski v. United States, Justice Elena Kagan said gun purchasers may not act as “straw purchasers,” making it a crime to buy guns on behalf of third parties while claiming to make the purchase for personal use.

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Supreme Court rejects hearing on military detention case

On Monday the US Supreme Court handed a victory to President Barack Obama’s administration by declining to hear a challenge to a law that allows the U.S. military to indefinitely detain people believed to have helped al Qaeda or the Taliban. The high court left intact a July 2013 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that journalists and others who said they could be detained under the law, did not have standing to sue.

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Supreme Court to decide whether to hear cases regarding right to ‘bear’ arms

Later this month, the US Supreme Court will decide whether to hear two cases seeking clarification on what the Constitution’s framers intended in granting citizens the right to not only own but also “bear” arms. Lyle Denniston, a National Constitution Center adviser, writes on the Philadelphia Inquirer’s website that the National Rifle Association has, of late, brought two cases before the Supreme Court challenging prevailing legal wisdom that while the Second Amendment grants U.S. citizens the right to own or “keep” arms, that right does not necessarily extend to their ability to “bear” arms outside of their personal residences.

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ACLU Challenges Wisconsin Law Making Gay Marriage a Crime

On Monday the ACLU sued Wisconsin Gov Scott Walker on behalf of four same-sex couples seeking the right to marry in the state and to overturn a state law that makes it a crime for them to marry in another state. The complaint, filed in federal court in Madison by the American Civil Liberties Union, is the latest by advocates seeking to expand recognition for gay couples beyond the 17 states where such marriages are allowed. Similar litigation is pending in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, Michigan and Utah.

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Romney promises no abortion legislation

Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday said he would not pursue any abortion-related
legislation if elected president. “There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda,” he told the Des Moines Register in an interview posted on the newspaper’s website.


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Can Va. keep out-of-staters from using FOI?

On Friday the Supreme Court decided it would hear arguments over whether states can keep out-of-staters from using their Freedom of Information Act laws to get government documents.

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