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Stephen Breyer

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  • Court DNA Ruling Good Result, Bad Argument

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that, notwithstanding the Fourth Amendment's prohibition against unreasonable searches and searches without a warrant based on probable cause, states can require that a DNA sample be taken from those arrested for...
  • Supreme Court reshapes same-sex marriage debate

    Supreme Court reshapes same-sex marriage debate
    In a decision with both historic and practical significance for gay and lesbian couples, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages — an outcome advocates hope will aid in their state-by-state...
  • Court Got It Right On Out-Of-Date Voting Act

    Progressives resent progress when it renders anachronistic once-valid reasons for enlarging the federal government's supervisory and coercive powers. Hence they regret Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling that progress has rendered Section 4 of the 1965...
  • From the Boathouse: Houseboat now a true home

    Ahoy! Good news for permanently affixed floating homes. The Supreme Court issued a decision Jan. 15, in a 7-2 vote, that a floating home is not a boat, hence is not a vessel. U.S. Code defines the word "vessel" as including all means of water...
  • Supreme Court questions sides in challenge of Md. DNA law

    Supreme Court questions sides in challenge of Md. DNA law
    Maryland's practice of collecting genetic information from people arrested — but not convicted — on serious charges took the national stage Tuesday, as the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on what Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. called "perhaps the...
  • Japan's Toyo Ito wins Pritzker architecture prize

    Japan's Toyo Ito wins Pritzker architecture prize
    In a return to form for the most prestigious award in architecture, Japan's Toyo Ito has won this year’s Pritzker Prize. After honoring younger and lesser-known figures in recent years -- including 49-year-old Chinese architect Wang Shu in 2012 --...
  • Supreme Court considers who should pay damages to child-porn victim

    WASHINGTON — A Pennsylvania girl known in court papers only as Amy was sexually abused by an uncle when she was 8. He went to prison, but not before circulating pictures of the rape on the Internet. Fifteen years after the abuse, law enforcement...
  • The problem with peremptory challenges

    If lawyers are forbidden to remove prospective jurors based on their race or gender, they shouldn't be able to do so on the basis of the jurors' sexual orientation. That's the rule in California state courts, and this week the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of...
  • 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....
  • Supreme Court appears to support a warrantless police search

    Supreme Court appears to support a warrantless police search
    WASHINGTON — In a case that could narrow legal protections against police searches, a majority of Supreme Court justices sounded ready Wednesday to reject an appeal from an imprisoned Los Angeles gang member who contended that after he objected to a...
  • Alabama killer case: When a jury says 'life' and a judge says 'death'

    Alabama killer case: When a jury says 'life' and a judge says 'death'
    Two Supreme Court justices — Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen G. Breyer — are upset that the court won’t hear the appeal of an Alabama killer who was sentenced to death by a judge after a jury declined to impose the death penalty. They have...