SCOTUS Ruling Makes Convicting Politicians Of Corruption Almost Impossible

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 – In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who was found guilty of violating law when he accepted money and loans from Jonnie R. Williams, CEO of Star Scientific. The Supreme Court made its decision based on defining “official action” and how it is used in corruption convictions. Chief Justice Roberts defined … Continue reading SCOTUS Ruling Makes Convicting Politicians Of Corruption Almost Impossible

SCOTUS punts on Obamacare case

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court punted on a case that would decide whether religious objectors must play a role in offering contraceptive coverage to their employees, instead sending seven cases back to federal appeals courts in search of an elusive compromise. The court did not rule on the merits and instead sent it back to the appeals court to make new decisions. The decision … Continue reading SCOTUS punts on Obamacare case

‘Birther’ suit against Cruz heads to the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will hear a case challenging Ted Cruz’s eligibility to run for president. However, it’s not expected to go anywhere. Former Utah lawyer, Walter Wagner, claims that Cruz does not meet the Constitution’s requirement that a president must be a “natural born” citizen. Cruz was born in Canada, and Wager contends that fails the natural born test. Wagner sued in January, arguing that … Continue reading ‘Birther’ suit against Cruz heads to the Supreme Court

U.S. Judge Approves $20B Settlement over BP Oil Spill

A New Orleans federal judge granted a $20 billion settlement over the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, ending years of litigation over the worst offshore oil spill in history. The settlement was first announced in July, includes $5 billion in civil Clean Water Act penalties and billions to cover environmental damage. The money is to be paid out over roughly 16 … Continue reading U.S. Judge Approves $20B Settlement over BP Oil Spill

SCOTUS to rule on Obama’s immigration reform

The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Tuesday that they will hear the administration’s argument that Obama has the power to change immigration policy without going through Congress. The dispute, to be argued before the court in the coming months with a ruling due by the end of June, will be one of the centerpiece cases of the court’s current term. Obama’s executive action was blocked … Continue reading SCOTUS to rule on Obama’s immigration reform

Supreme Court deals blow to unions

Supreme Court gutting public-employee unions

The Supreme Court on Monday made its decision on where it stands on the issue of requiring all workers in a bargaining unit to help support its public employees union very clear and appears to be ready to eliminate the requirement. The court’s strongly conservative justices criticized the current system which forces employees in 23 states and the District of Columbia contribute to the cost of the collective bargaining, despite when the disagree with their unions’ demands on issues. Continue reading “Supreme Court deals blow to unions”

Supreme Court rejects decision to decide whether solitary confinement is legal

Is solitary confinement a form of ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ The United States Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to decide whether the use of solitary confinement for death row inmates is constitutional, shelfing a major test of the 8th Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The justices denied the case partially based on the original plaintiff, Alfredo Prieto being executed by lethal injection by … Continue reading Supreme Court rejects decision to decide whether solitary confinement is legal

Pope Francis met with controversial Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis

Controversial Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis announced on Wednesday that she privately met with Pope Francis during his trip to America. Vatican spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi later confirmed the meeting but refused to provide any details. The pope was in Washington for most of Thursday, flying to New York later in the day. Davis, the clerk of courts for Rowan County, and her husband, Joe Davis, … Continue reading Pope Francis met with controversial Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis