U.S. Supreme Court

New England News
10:15 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Suit Challenges NH Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone

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A conservative Christian law group has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to strike down New Hampshire's 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics.

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Vox Pop
2:13 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Vox Pop : Open Forum on 7-1-14 : Court Cases

High courts are in the news this week, as justices hand down major decisions before their summer recess. Three decisions in particular have made headlines nationally and in the region. From contraception to unions to hydro-fracking, each of these rulings has sparked a powerful response from all sides.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Protests Erupt Over Supreme Court Campaign Finance Ruling

Protesting McCutcheon v. FEC in Plattsburgh
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On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck a limit on the total amount individuals can donate to political campaigns. In a hastily organized protest, about a half-dozen people held placards at one of Plattsburgh’s busiest intersections.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Justices Doubtful On MA Abortion Buffer Zone Law

A painted line denotes the 35-foot buffer zone around the entrance to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Boston, MA
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems likely to strike down a Massachusetts law setting a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics.

Liberal and conservative justices alike expressed misgivings about the law during arguments at the high court Wednesday. They questioned the size of the zone and whether the state could find less restrictive ways of ensuring patient access and safety.

No one has been prosecuted under the 2007 law, which state officials and clinic employees have said has resulted in less congestion outside the clinics.

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New England News
3:41 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Arguments Over Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

A painted line denotes the 35-foot buffer zone around the entrance to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Boston, MA
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The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments one week from today in a case challenging a Massachusetts law that establishes a protest-free zone around abortion clinics.  Thirty groups have filed briefs in the case including Planned Parenthood.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Worst Supreme Court Decisions In Two Decades

What’s the worst thing the U.S. Supreme Court has done in two decades?

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US News
8:23 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Joseph Paul Franklin Put To Death

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White supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin has been put to death in Missouri. It was the state's first execution in nearly three years.

The 63-year-old Franklin targeted blacks and Jews in a cross-country killing rampage from 1977 to 1980. But he was sentenced to death for just one of the killings — a sniper shooting outside a suburban St. Louis synagogue in 1977.

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7:38 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock talks about the World Series, whether or not there should be television cameras in the U.S. Supreme Court and the latest in the New York City mayoral contest.

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New York News
8:15 am
Fri July 19, 2013

NY Official Pushes Feds To Recognize Gay Marriages

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New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is wielding the power of the state's $160 billion pension fund to urge President Barack Obama to order federal agencies in every state to recognize gay marriages performed in New York.

It could be a big push in DiNapoli's effort to get major companies that do business with the fund to adopt anti-discrimination measures in providing benefits for gay couples.

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North Country News
8:30 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Vermont U.S. Senator Leahy to Seek Answers to Voting Rights

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy

Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy says he will call hearings of the Senate Judiciary Committee to see if legislation can be written to protect minority voting rights that many feel were threatened after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Voting Rights Act.

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