u.s. supreme court

Supreme Court upholds Arizona ‘ballot harvesting’ ban, in setback for voting rights law

BY: - July 2, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s ban on third-party ballot collections, reversing the 9th Circuit’s ruling last year that the prohibition violated the Voting Rights Act and raising the bar on future voting rights lawsuits. In a 6-3 opinion, the high court ruled on Thursday that Arizona’s 2016 law doesn’t violate Section 2 of the […]

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A Supreme Court ruling creates an existential crisis for the NCAA and its anachronistic idea of amateurism  | Bob Lewis

BY: - June 29, 2021

The world of bigtime college sports is about to change profoundly in ways not even experts yet comprehend because of a bombshell U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Last week’s unanimous and unambiguous decision in NCAA v. Alston eviscerates the American college football and basketball cartel’s business model of earning billions […]

Supreme Court affirms transgender rights in declining to hear Virginia school bathroom case

BY: - June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it will not hear a case of a transgender student in Virginia who was barred from using the boys’ bathroom, a decision that affirms lower-court rulings that said treating transgender students differently violates federal law. Justices on the top court offered no comment in declining to take […]

In Angola’s Oak 4 dormitory Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling douses hopes

BY: - May 18, 2021

The news spread quickly on Monday from the nation’s highest court to its largest maximum-security prison, the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. That morning, in the case Edwards v. Vannoy, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that its 2020 Ramos v. Louisiana decision — which held that the Sixth Amendment right to a unanimous jury applies […]

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Supreme Court ruling may doom more Louisiana juveniles to permanent imprisonment | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - April 23, 2021

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling that mandatory sentences of life without parole for juvenile defendants don’t jibe with the Eighth Amendment’s ban on “cruel and unusual punishment” and be imposed on the rare juvenile who is “permanently incorrigible,” Louisiana has acted as if incorrigibility isn’t rare at all. It has acted as if […]

Sen. John Kennedy casts doubt on Biden’s election: ‘I’m not so sure something didn’t happen’

BY: and - December 8, 2020

Two days after Joe Biden officially secured enough Electoral College votes to be declared the next president of the United States, Republican Sen. John Kennedy, sent out a mass email casting aspersions on the integrity of November’s election.  Claiming that there has been “a lot of tomfoolery and a few too many shenanigans with this […]

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Fairness demands new trials for those convicted by split juries, but fairness won’t come without pain

BY: - December 4, 2020

Margaret Washington said Wednesday evening that she wishes she could have listened in as an Orleans Parish jury in 2015 decided the fate of the two men accused in the murder of her daughter, a Dillard University freshman who had just turned 18. “The evidence proves they did it,” Washington said of Marguerite La Joy […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

The Supreme Court could strike down Obamacare. Here’s what’s at stake.

BY: - November 9, 2020

WASHINGTON—The fate of the sweeping 2010 health care law known as Obamacare is again in limbo, with the Supreme Court on Tuesday set to hear arguments over whether that statute should be overturned. States are at the heart of the case and nearly every one has made an argument about why Obamacare should be kept […]

What does the new anti-abortion amendment really mean for Louisiana?

BY: - November 6, 2020

Far from being a mere symbolic gesture, the passage of Louisiana’s anti-abortion constitutional amendment on Tuesday cements any future abortion prohibitions in the state if Roe v. Wade is ever weakened or overturned.   The amendment, which passed by an overwhelming 62 percent, adds Article I, Section 20.1 to declare that “to protect human life, nothing […]

Republicans block qualified immunity reform

In Alton Sterling protest case, Supreme Court vacates Fifth Circuit ruling

BY: - November 2, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday vacated a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that said a Baton Rouge police officer can sue a protest leader for the actions of another protester during demonstrations in Baton Rouge in 2016.  That unidentified protester struck the officer with a “piece of concrete or a similar rock-like object” […]

U.S. Sen. Kennedy defends Barrett in Supreme Court confirmation hearing

BY: - October 13, 2020

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, R-Madisonville, on Tuesday criticized Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee for what he said were preconceived notions about how Amy Coney Barrett would decide on cases as a Supreme Court justice. Democrats during the Judiciary Committee hearings on Barrett’s nomination have centered their arguments around what her confirmation to the high […]

Will COVID-19 delay the Supreme Court confirmation hearings?

BY: - October 2, 2020

One of the few obstacles that could prevent Amy Coney Barrett from being confirmed as a Supreme Court justice this year is the coronavirus. That potential threat was on display Friday, when news of President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 test was followed by a similar announcement from U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican who […]