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Court justices tussle over ADA ministerial exception

During heated oral arguments in a case involving religious doctrines, government interests and claims of job discrimination, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court tried to carve out just how much constitutional leeway religious organizations have to fire employees without facing a job bias claim.

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Scalia: Judges ‘ain’t what they used to be’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says the quality of federal judges has suffered because there are too many of them. Scalia, testifying before a Senate committee Wednesday, also said Congress made a mistake by making federal crimes out of too many routine drug crimes. The new federal crimes created a need for more judges. Scalia said the ...

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High court limits state rules on campaign spending 
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By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court imposed new limits Monday on states trying to restrain the influence of money in politics, striking down a law that tied the amount of public funds a candidate receives to how much privately funded rivals spend. The 5-4 ruling was the latest in a series of decisions by the ...

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Court: Public lawyers not required in civil cases

By JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – A sharply divided Supreme Court on Monday refused to require states to provide lawyers for poor people in civil cases involving incarceration but did order state officials to ensure that those hearings are “fundamentally fair” to the person facing possible detention. The justices voted 5-4 along ideological lines to uphold the ...

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U.S. Supreme Court debates Armed Career Criminal Act

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are pondering whether the Armed Career Criminal Act applies to a felon in possession of a firearm even after the penalty for one of the defendant’s triggering “serious drug offense” crimes has been reduced. And the answer, to quote former President Bill Clinton, “depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”

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Court considers exclusionary rule

By Kimberly Atkins Lawyers USA The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court tussled Monday with the limits of the exclusionary rule when the police conduct a search in a way that is lawful at the time, but later deemed unconstitutional by the Court. Willie Gene Davis, the petitioner in Davis v. U.S., was a passenger during a traffic stop. After ...

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Labor law covers oral complaints

Employees in Wisconsin no longer need to file a written complaint to come within the anti-retaliation provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The U.S. Supreme Court held March 22 that an oral complaint suffices, provided it is “sufficiently clear and detailed for a reasonable employer to understand it, in light of both content and context, as an assertion of ...

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