Stories about Supreme Court


Florida court hears arguments against same-sex marriage ban

By Zachary Fagenson, Reuters on July 02, 2014, at 7:49 p.m.
MIAMI — Lawyers representing a half dozen same-sex couples suing Miami-Dade County for the right to marry told a court on Wednesday that Florida should follow the precedent set by the U.S. Supreme Court. In a packed courtroom, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel heard oral arguments from attorneys representing the …
The Supreme Court is seen from within a car as snow melts on the window during a light snow falling last week.

Supreme Court declines to hear more cases challenging Obamacare contraception coverage

By Lawrence Hurley, Reuters on March 31, 2014, at 3:15 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up preliminary appeals brought by Roman Catholic groups that want an exemption from part of President Barack Obama’s health care law requiring employers to provide insurance that covers contraception. The cases were brought by a series of Roman Catholic-affiliated …
Protesters hold signs at the steps of the Supreme Court as arguments begin Tuesday to challenge the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employers provide coverage for contraception as part of an employee's health care.

Supreme Court shows support for corporations’ religious objections to Obamacare

By Lawrence Hurley, Reuters on March 25, 2014, at 2:09 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court appeared poised on Tuesday to open the door to companies’ religious-based objections to government regulations as justices weighed whether business owners can object to part of President Barack Obama’s health care law. It was unclear whether the companies objecting to the regulation requiring them …

Justices reject argument that officials’ votes are protected free speech

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau on June 13, 2011, at 5:43 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court upheld ethics laws across the nation that forbid legislators and city council members from voting on matters in which they have a conflict of interest, rejecting the argument that governmental votes cast by elected officials are “free speech” protected by the First Amendment. Conflict-of-interest rules …

Supreme Court casts doubt on states’ global warming suit

By Mark Sherman, The Associated Press on April 19, 2011, at 9:41 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appeared deeply skeptical Tuesday about allowing states to sue electric utilities to force cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Both conservative and liberal justices questioned whether a federal judge could deal with the complex issue of global warming, a topic they suggested is …

Bangor man won’t be on ballot, court rules

By Kevin Miller on Oct. 29, 2010, at 11:39 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine’s highest court has rejected an appeal by a Bangor man fighting to have his name included on next Tuesday’s gubernatorial ballot. Alex Hammer had appealed a Superior Court ruling upholding Secretary of State Matt Dunlap’s decision to keep Hammer off the November ballot because he failed …