Supreme Court

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 08/28/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1. At the Washington National Zoo, a newborn panda cub that will weigh more than 200 pounds as an adult tipped the scales at 4.8 ounces. (Learn more at USA Today) 2. The legendary Linda Ronstadt “can’t sing a note” anymore. (Learn more at AARP) 3. A baldness drug could stop 175 jumbo jets full of men each year from getting prostate cancer. (Learn more at AARP) 4. With their brains “linked” via the Internet, a scientist controlled the movements …

Our Low-Tech High Court

Posted on 08/23/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayAt 53, Elena Kagan is the youngest justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. The oldest is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who turned 80 on March 15. The average age of sitting justices is 67 years 4 months. Technology has changed a lot in the 27 years since Antonin Scalia took his seat on the court. The typical Fortune 500 CEO (average age: 55) might find it odd that the justices have all but shunned modern methods of communication. As Kagan explained …

Bill Aims to Restore a ‘Fair Shake’ in Age Bias Cases

Posted on 07/30/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsA bipartisan group in Congress has introduced legislation to remedy two Supreme Court decisions that have made it far more difficult for older workers to prove that they have suffered from illegal discrimination because of their age. Related: Workplace Age Bias Hits Home for Boomers Iowa’s two senators, Democrat Tom Harkin and Republican Chuck Grassley, are the lead sponsors of the bill, named the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act; Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) is the lead sponsor of an …

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Has Another Day in Court

Posted on 07/30/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayJust a month before the presidential election last year, a lawsuit brought by 94-year-old Vivienne Applewhite temporarily blocked the key component of a Pennsylvania law requiring strict photographic identification to vote. Now the challenge to the constitutionality of the law is back in state court for a more permanent ruling. Thirty-seven states have laws requiring registered voters to show ID when they arrive at the polls. Some of these – like the strict laws requiring photo ID cards in Georgia, Indiana, …

Justice Dept. Forges a ‘New Front’ in Battle for Voting Rights

Posted on 07/25/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Keith Collins and Pete Yost of The Associated Press The Obama administration said Thursday it will open a new front in the battle for voter protections, a response to last month’s Supreme Court ruling that dealt a major setback to the Voting Rights Act. In a speech to the National Urban League in Philadelphia, Attorney General Holder said that as its first move, the Justice Department is asking a federal court in San Antonio to require the state of …

Supreme Court Victories for Same-Sex Marriage

Posted on 06/26/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsUpdated June 27, 2013. In a ruling with deep impact on older gay and lesbian couples, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 26 struck down restrictions in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on how the federal government views same-sex unions when it comes to more than 1,100 federal benefits and laws. Here’s the DOMA opinion. (PDF) A related decision let stand a lower court ruling that threw out California’s so-called Prop 8, a state ban on same-sex marriage. Neither …