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  • Broadcasters cheer as Aereo loses Supreme Court fight

    In a major victory for the broadcast television industry, the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo — the start-up tech firm that distributes local television signals over the Internet — is illegal. The 6-3 decision in the case of ABC vs. Aereo...
  • The Aereo Decision: 5 Likely Scenarios for What's Next

    In the hours after the Supreme Court ruling in Aereo, consumer groups declared a victory for rising cable prices. Public interest groups declared it a win for big media dominance. And Aereo's CEO declared that the decision sends a "chilling message" to...
  • Supreme Court tells Obama that recess is over

    Executive power lost the battle but won its war with the Senate over recess appointments in an important case decided Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court held that the president may make recess appointments during both breaks within sessions...
  • A reasonable ruling on presidential recess appointments

    The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday that President Obama acted illegally in 2012 when he installed three members on the National Labor Relations Board without confirmation by the Senate. Even at the time, those appointments — made during...
  • Aereo's Supreme Loss Doesn't Handcuff Anyone Except Aereo

    There's plenty of hand-wringing in the wake of Aereo's defeat before the U.S. Supreme Court about the ruling's allegedly devastating implications for technology "innovation." But the only people stifled by the narrowly tailored decision are those that...
  • Supreme Court on unions: Could have been worse, but still not good

    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could have ridden to the rescue of public employee unions in Harris vs. Quinn, the important labor rights case the Court decided Monday, as some scholars thought he might. But he didn't.   In a 1991 case, Scalia...
  • Supreme Court upholds key element in federal gun laws

    Supreme Court upholds key element in federal gun laws
    The Supreme Court upheld federal gun laws that make it a crime when buying a weapon to lie about plans to give it to someone else. By a 5-4 vote, the justices agreed that a "straw purchaser" of a gun is guilty of a crime, even if he and the ultimate...
  • Supreme Court sharply limits presidential power on recess appointments

    The Supreme Court on Thursday greatly limited the ability of President Obama and future presidents to use recess appointments to circumvent congressional opposition to their judicial and executive nominees, ruling unanimously that Obama exceeded his power...
  • The latest to play the 'Male War Against Women' game

    Let’s see: The U.S. Supreme Court has nine justices. Six of them are men and three of them are women. The three women happen to have been appointed by Democratic presidents: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, appointed by President Clinton, and Elena Kagan...
  • Convicted Missouri killer executed Wednesday; parents got 'justice'

    Convicted Missouri killer executed Wednesday; parents got 'justice'
    A Missouri man convicted in the rape and murder of a 24-year-old woman was executed at 12:01 a.m. Wednedsay after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a stay and Gov. Jay Nixon rejected his plea for clemency, according to statements issued Tuesday. Michael...
  • Letters: Dismissing a juror without cause

    Re "Fairness for the jury pool," Editorial, Sept. 20 I am a lawyer who respectfully disagrees with your support for abolishing peremptory challenges. These challenges remain necessary to assure that people who are likely biased can be excused as jurors....