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Supreme Court sets higher bar for stripping citizenship

Supreme Court sets higher bar for stripping citizenship

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court handed a setback to the Trump administration on Thursday by making it harder for the government to strip immigrants of U.S. citizenship in a case involving an ethnic Serb woman who lied about her husband’s military service after Yugoslavia’s collapse. The justices ruled 9-0 that a naturalized American citizen cannot be stripped of citizenship if a lie or omission on immigration forms was irrelevant to the government’s original decision to grant entry into the United States. They rejected the Trump administration’s stance that the government should be...

June 22, 2017
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'How can a democracy function if we can't talk to one another?' U.S. justices ask

'How can a democracy function if we can't talk to one another?' U.S. justices ask

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. Supreme Court justices from opposite ends of the ideological spectrum are calling on Americans to learn to talk civilly to each other or risk lasting damage to the nation’s democratic system.Slideshow Speaking in a pre-recorded discussion released on Wednesday, liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor and conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch both bemoaned the current state of public discourse, which they said was abetted by the spread of disinformation on social media.The United States in the past year has endured a contentious presidential campaign, former President...

Apr 14
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The 'shadow docket': How the U.S. Supreme Court quietly dispatches key rulings

The 'shadow docket': How the U.S. Supreme Court quietly dispatches key rulings

By , , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the months before former President Donald Trump left office in January, the U.S. Supreme Court briskly paved the way for the lethal injection of 13 federal inmates, the first federal executions in 17 years.In many of those cases, the court summarily overturned lower court rulings using an obscure legal procedure known as the “shadow docket.” But the short-circuit approach, intended only for emergencies, isn’t reserved for death penalty cases. It has, in the last four years, significantly changed the way the high court does business.Increasingly, the court...

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Mar 23
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U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs claims of workplace religious bias

U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs claims of workplace religious bias

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sidestepped a chance to further expand religious rights, turning away two cases in which employees accused companies of violating federal anti-discrimination law by insufficiently accommodating requests for time off to meet religious obligations.The justices declined to hear appeals by two men of different Christian denominations - a Jehovah’s Witness from Tennessee and a Seventh-day Adventist from Florida - of lower court rulings that rejected their claims of illegal religious bias. Lower courts found that the accommodations the...

Apr 5
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U.S. Supreme Court backs Facebook in case about unwanted texting

U.S. Supreme Court backs Facebook in case about unwanted texting

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday made it easier for businesses to pester consumers with phone calls or text messages by tossing out a lawsuit accusing Facebook Inc of violating a federal anti-robocall law.The justices, in a 9-0 decision authored by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, sided with Facebook over its argument that text messages the social media company sent did not violate a 1991 federal law called the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).The case highlighted the challenge for the justices in applying outdated laws to modern technologies. The ruling sparked...

Apr 1
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NCAA plays defense in U.S. Supreme Court athlete compensation case

NCAA plays defense in U.S. Supreme Court athlete compensation case

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday grilled the National Collegiate Athletic Association on its bid to maintain limits on education-related compensation for student-athletes, questioning its reliance on what critics have called the sham of amateurism in college sports.During about 90 minutes of arguments in the NCAA’s appeal of a lower court ruling against the major governing body for U.S. intercollegiate sports, some of the nine justices seemed concerned that the organization could be using the cloak of amateurism to fix labor prices at an artificially low...

Mar 31
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U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs claims of workplace religious bias

U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs claims of workplace religious bias

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sidestepped a chance to further expand religious rights, turning away two cases in which employees accused companies of violating federal anti-discrimination law by insufficiently accommodating requests for time off to meet religious obligations.The justices declined to hear appeals by two men of different Christian denominations - a Jehovah’s Witness from Tennessee and a Seventh-day Adventist from Florida - of lower court rulings that rejected their claims of illegal religious bias. Lower courts found that the accommodations the...

Apr 5
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Biden reverses course in U.S. Supreme Court drug sentencing case

Biden reverses course in U.S. Supreme Court drug sentencing case

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden’s administration on Monday told the U.S. Supreme Court that it thinks low-level crack cocaine offenders should be among the beneficiaries of a federal law that reduced certain prison sentences, reversing the position taken under his predecessor Donald Trump.Although Trump signed the 2018 law known as the First Step Act, his administration had concluded that possession of a small amount of crack cocaine was not a “covered offense” under the statute, which included various criminal justice reforms.Acting Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar wrote...

Mar 15
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Biden seeks dismissal of 'sanctuary' funding dispute at Supreme Court

Biden seeks dismissal of 'sanctuary' funding dispute at Supreme Court

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden’s administration on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to dismiss three pending appeals on former President Donald Trump’s effort to withhold millions of dollars in law enforcement funds from states and cities that refused to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.Lawyers for jurisdictions challenging the order in the three cases said they agreed with the new administration that the cases should be dismissed. The three cases involve New York City, San Francisco and various states including California and New York.Biden, a Democrat,...

Mar 4
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U.S. Supreme Court spurns limits on life sentences for juveniles

U.S. Supreme Court spurns limits on life sentences for juveniles

Welcome to the Reuters.com BETA. Read our Editor's note on how we're helping professionals make smart decisions.A general view of the United States Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., May 3, 2020. REUTERS/Will Dunham/File PhotoThe U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday made it easier for states to impose sentences of life in prison without parole on juvenile offenders, ruling against a Mississippi man convicted of killing his grandfather at age 15 in a case testing the Constitution's Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment.The justices in a 6-3 ruling rejected arguments by the inmate,...

Apr 22
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