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Opponents of health care reform are getting little solace from the Supreme Court. A ruling last week showed the court’s reluctance to rein in Congress’s power to pass regulations under the constitution’s commerce clause. That’s the key point in the pending court battles over reform – that Congress can’t constitutionally require people to have health… Continue Reading Latest court ruling a blow for health care reform opponents

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The Justice Department is battling to save a federal law that makes it illegal to lie about being a war hero, appealing two court rulings that the statute is an unconstitutional muzzle on free speech. The fight could be carried all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it would face an uncertain fate,… Continue Reading Law punishing fake heroes may go to Supreme Court

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New Supreme Court term opens with Kagan aboard

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The Supreme Court opened its new term with Justice Elena Kagan on the bench. The high court turned down hundreds of appeals, including one by the founders of former telecommunications giant Adelphia Communications. It also refused to hear an appeal from John and Timothy Rigas, who wanted their fraud convictions overturned. The Rigases were sent… Continue Reading New Supreme Court term opens with Kagan aboard

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Udall: Court needs more Westerners

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Colorado’s senior senator Mark Udall is saying good things about the president’s latest Supreme Court nominee, but he also chided the administration for not suggesting a Westerner. The Democrat met with Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Wednesday. Udall sent reporters a statement praising Kagan’s intellect and wishing for a speedy confirmation. But Udall wrapped… Continue Reading Udall: Court needs more Westerners

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Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the court’s oldest member and leader of its liberal bloc, is retiring. President Barack Obama now has his second high court opening to fill. Stevens said Friday he will step down when the court finishes its work for the summer in late June or early July. He said he… Continue Reading Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens retiring

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BOSTON, MA – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that parents can seek private tuition reimbursement for special needs children from school districts – even when the child never received special education services from the school district. The ruling in Forest Grove School Dist. v. T. A. on reimbursement rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education… Continue Reading Supreme Court rules on tuition reimbursement, voting rights and drudge dumping

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Supreme Court to consider sex-offender law

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court will decide the constitutionality of a federal law that permits sex offenders to be kept behind bars after they complete their prison terms.The justices, acting Monday, say they will consider the Obama administration’s appeal of a lower court ruling that invalidated the law. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of… Continue Reading Supreme Court to consider sex-offender law

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Coffin v. Left Hand Ditch

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When one thinks about court decisions that have defined the nation, for good or for ill, historic cases such as Madison v. Marbury, Brown v. Board of Education or Gideon v. Wainright come to mind. But one scarcely realizes that the existence of present-day Colorado Springs and Denver, cities located far from any major water… Continue Reading Coffin v. Left Hand Ditch

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama named federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor as the nation’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice today, praising her as “an inspiring woman” with both the intellect and compassion to interpret the Constitution wisely. Obama said Sotomayor has more experience as a judge than any current member of the high court… Continue Reading Obama names Sotomayor as Supreme Court Justice

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The Colorado Supreme Court this week overturned a lower court’s decision that would have made it easier to file class-action suits against businesses. The suit, Farmers Insurance Exchange v. Benzing, concerned a class action suit for “fraud on the market” under the Consumer Protection Act alleging that Farmers did not notify customers that purchasing uninsured… Continue Reading State Supreme Court decides in favor of business in ‘fraud on market’ suit

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