US Supreme Court

Obama Lawyer Stuns SCOTUS Justice

Greg Corombos, WND

Solicitor Gen. Donald Verrilli told justices that business owners have no religious freedom to reject gov't mandates forcing them to cover abortions. Justices and lawyers also sparred over whether striking down the Obamacare mandate makes women second-class citizens.

Mike Lee: SCOTUS May Rule for Hobby Lobby

Charlie Spierling, Washington Examiner

Sen. Mike Lee said he was optimistic the Supreme Court would rule in favor of Hobby Lobby, suggesting that the case might even be more lopsided than the usual 5-4 ruling. He pointed out that the notion that any Repub. wants to interfere with anyone's decision on contraception is absurd.

Cruz Urges SCOTUS to Stand Up for 1st Amend. Rights

Rob Bluey, Heritage Blog

Ted Cruz has declared his support for the families who own Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties in their First Amendment challenge of an Obamacare mandate.

A Federal Land Grab Averted

Jack Park, American Spectator

A fundamental right — the Fifth Amendment's requirement of “just compensation” for government takings — was vindicated, and a federal land grab averted in Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States.

Field Day at the Federal Courts

Robert Vega, American Thinker

Advocates for same-sex marriage are not arguing in good faith. They continue to shape the legal playing field in prejudicial ways.

Pressure Mounts for SCOTUS to Take Up Concealed Carry Case

Emily Miller, Washington Times

John Drake just wants to legally carry a gun to defend himself in NJ since he has been chased by robbers after refilling ATMs with thousands in cash. His application for a concealed carry permit was denied because the state does not consider self-defense a “justifiable need.” 

9th Circuit Gun Rights Win Underscores Need for SCOTUS Carry Ruling

Dave Workman, Examiner.com

Yesterday’s ruling by a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel in Cal. that strikes down a requirement by San Diego County that concealed carry permit applicants must show “good cause” underscores the need for the SCOTUS to accept a NJ carry case filed by the Second Amendment Foundation.

Contraception Mandate Delay Granted

Josh Gerstein and Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico

The Obama Administration cannot enforce Obamacare’s contraception requirements against a Catholic nuns’ order for the time being, if the nuns tell the gov't they object to providing that coverage, SCOTUS ruled Fri.

Case Could Destroy Pillar of Union Power

Kevin Bogardus, The Hill

SCOTUS will hear oral arguments in Harris V. Quinn, a case that could upend agreements with state govts. that allow taxpayer-funded home-care workers to unionize. Conservative groups are pushing SCOTUS to overturn the deals, arguing they violate the Constitution by requiring workers to punch a union card.

Abortion Clinic Protest Law Debated in SCOTUS

John Hayward, Human Events

A Massachusetts law barring pro-life speech within 35 feet of an abortion clinic was discussed in the Supreme Court via the McCullen v. Coakley case. Most observers think the anti-speech law had a pretty bad day.

Obama's Use of Exec. Power Faces Reckoning at SCOTUS

Kevin Bogardus and Ben Goad, The Hill

Nothing less than the boundaries of executive power are at stake Monday, as the Supreme Court considers whether Obama violated the Constitution during his first term. Oral arguments will center on a trio of recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board that were deemed unconstitutional by lower courts.

Sotomayor Delays Birth Control Mandate

Ben Goad, The Hill

SCOTUS Justice Sonia Sotomayor has offered a reprieve to some Catholic groups who want to opt out of Obamacare's contraceptive mandate. Obama has until Fri. to respond.

UT Appeal to Force SCOTUS to Consider SSM?

Los Angeles Times Staff

With an emergency appeal filed Tues. by Utah, the US Supreme Court is again facing a difficult decision on whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, a question the justices carefully dodged last year.

It's Not Honorable for Guvs to Expand Medicaid

Right Scoop Staff

Krauthammer said that Obamacare is the law of the land via the SCOTUS and that it is honorable for Rick Scott to accept Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in FL. But Mark Levin says that’s not true at all, that the one battle we won against Obamacare was when the SCOTUS ruled that states don’t have to accept the Medicaid expansion.

SCOTUS, Hobby Lobby & Media Malpractice

David Catron, American Spectator

The Supreme Court’s decision to hear two constitutional challenges to the HHS contraception mandate has frightened Obamacare’s media cheerleaders into launching another of their propaganda campaigns designed to protect the “reform” law from itself.

Atheists' Anti-Prayer SCOTUS Rally

Billy Hallowell, The Blaze

SCOTUS will be asked to recognize and reject hostility to religious expression. Atheists and agnostics will assemble at the SCOTUS as arguments begin on the Town of Greece v. Galloway prayer case.

OCare Contraception Mandate Struck

Julia Hattem, The Hill

A federal appeals court on Friday struck down the birth control mandate in ObamaCare, concluding the requirement trammels religious freedom.

Three Cheers for the Rule of Law: Holding Deadbeat Debtor Argentina to Account

The only consistent protection against rapacious politicians is the rule of law.  In most Third World countries governments loot and plunder without limit.  Constitutional and legal rules set Western industrialized nations apart.