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Jan 17, 2018

Criminal Practice – SCOTUS precedents mandate “harsh” habeas result

In re Phillips (Lawyers Weekly No. 001-011-18, 15 pp.) (Niemeyer, J.) No. 16-9566; Jan. 16, 2018; on petition under 28 U.S.C. § 2254. 4th Cir. Holding: The Court of Appeals denied Jarius Phillips’ motion for authorization to file a successive application for a writ of habeas corpus, relying on retroactive application of Miller v. Alabama, […]

Jun 30, 2015

State loses fight over life sentences for juveniles

The legal fight over juvenile sentencing standards in South Carolina is finished. But its ending segues into a new challenge for some of the state’s trial judges, prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys.

Jun 26, 2015

Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will […]

Apr 21, 2015

Same-sex marriage opponents urge Supreme Court to go slow

Same-sex marriage opponents acknowledge they face a tough task in trying to persuade the Supreme Court to allow states to limit marriage to a man and a woman.

Mar 25, 2015

Justices seem divided over EPA mercury limits

A seemingly divided Supreme Court weighed the Obama administration's first-ever regulations aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children.

Feb 25, 2015

One to watch

A South Carolina lawsuit involving a mentally ill man who died during a scuffle with police could pay a role in a California-based case that is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jan 13, 2015

SCOTUS clarifies rules for rescinding mortgages

A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that home buyers don't need to file a lawsuit, but may simply write a letter if they want to back out of a mortgage because they claim their lender violated the federal Truth in Lending Act.

Mar 31, 2014

US Supreme Court could limit software patents

Is it too easy for high-tech companies to patent inventions that are not really new, but simply take an old idea and blend it with computer wizardry?

Feb 24, 2014

Supreme Court seems divided in climate case

The Supreme Court appeared divided on Monday over the sole Obama administration program already in place to limit power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

Jan 15, 2014

Justices doubtful on Massachusetts abortion protest law

The Supreme Court appears likely to strike down a Massachusetts law setting a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics, with liberal and conservative justices alike expressing misgivings about the law in arguments Wednesday.

Dec 9, 2013

Justices hear dispute between airline, pilot

The Supreme Court questioned Monday whether a Wisconsin airline can be held liable for reporting one of its pilots as mentally unstable and potentially armed. Federal authorities pulled the pilot off a flight on which he was a passenger, but found no cause for concern.

Dec 6, 2013

Court to jump into patent discussion

The Supreme Court decided Friday to hear an appeal of a lower court decision that a federal judge called the "death" of software patents.

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