Law

Should Elder Abusers Be Able to Inherit From Their Victims?

Posted on 11/20/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodaySay there’s an older adult — let’s call her Judy — who has difficulty caring for herself. Judy’s son, Charles, is her primary caretaker, but he abuses her, pinching her and refusing to give her dinner if she doesn’t stay quiet during his favorite TV show.  Judy’s doctor notices that she has bruises on her arms and is rapidly losing weight; she reports Charles to family services, and Charles is eventually convicted of felony abuse. After several months, Judy dies of unrelated …

Obama Eases Rules on Canceled Health Plans

Posted on 11/14/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPresident Barack Obama will ease rules that were causing some people to lose their health insurance under the health care law, he announced Nov. 14. Obama had repeatedly promised that consumers who like their health insurance plans could keep them under the new system. But some people who buy their own insurance — as opposed to getting it through an employer — found their plans canceled by insurers in recent weeks because they didn’t meet the minimum standards the law …

Could Virginia’s Voter ID Law Swing an Election?

Posted on 11/8/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayYou’ve probably read about the problems that many voters — especially older voters — have encountered under voter ID laws, many of which are relatively new. (There was the recent case, for example, of former House Speaker Jim Wright being turned away because, at 90, he didn’t have a valid driver’s license.) Among those who may have to make long trips to government offices to obtain voter ID cards are people without driver’s licenses (which, like Wright, many older Americans may no …

Voter ID Law Snags Former House Speaker — for a Day

Posted on 11/4/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayMany of the lawsuits challenging voter ID laws in the states argue that they have an unequal impact on people of color and poor people. Turns out, they can prevent pretty much anyone from voting — or at least make it lots more difficult. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Take Jim Wright of Texas. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because he used to be the Speaker of the House. That’s right, the Speaker of the U.S. …

Will the Supreme Court Punt on an Age Discrimination Case?

Posted on 10/9/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe Supreme Court’s new term started off with a bang on Oct. 7 with the oral arguments in Madigan v. Levin, a major age discrimination case. Harvey Levin, 61, was asking the Court to decide whether the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) blocked him from any asserting any claims he might otherwise have under the U.S. Constitution. Here’s the lowdown: After a long career during which he says supervisors reviewed his work positively, Levin was fired from his …

On First Monday, Some Supreme Court Milestones

Posted on 10/7/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayHappy First Monday! You may know that the U.S. Supreme Court starts its term every year on the first Monday of October. But you may not have realized that all the justices on the nation’s highest court are eligible for membership in AARP. (The youngest is Justice Elena Kagan, who’s 54.) The nine justices are fine evidence for the theory that people who love what they do stay young at heart. The oldest justice ever? Oliver Wendell Holmes, who retired …