Tag Archives: Supreme Court

Florida Attorney Amaris Ayala Refuses Governor Order For Death Penalty

Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced that her office would not take "the death penalty in any cases" after Governor Rick Scott said he wanted Markeith Loyd prosecuted for killing a police officer. Ayala, the first black female prosecutor in Florida, claimed she reviewed the case and concluded "that there is no evidence to show that imposing the death penalty imp...

Governor John Kasich Vetoes “Heartbeat Bill” But Signs New Bill In Its Place

Ohio Governor John Kasich has vetoed what could have been one of the most strict abortion bans in the country.Earlier this month, Ohio lawmakers passed the "Heartbeat Bill." This bill would have banned abortions from the mome...

Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Restrictions

The Supreme Court sees quite a few notable cases, and this week's case regarding Texas abortion laws has been no different.This week the court reaffirmed the constitutional protections for abortion rights, marking one of the most notable court decisions since Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992, which had strengthened the right for people to have an abortion as established in Roe v. Wade in 1973.The 5 to 3 decision struck ...

SCOTUS Blocks President Obama’s Immigration Plan

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) voted today on President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. The ruling, which was only one sentence long, stated that the Court was evenly divided. The tie is a huge setback for the President and everyone who worked on the immigration plan, as it means the programs that were part of the plan will be blocked ...

U.S. Chief Justice Swears In Deaf Lawyers Using Sign Language

First President Obama, now U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts! Roberts used sign language from the Supreme Court bench on Tuesday, April 19 to welcome a dozen deaf and hard-of-hearing attorneys. They, then, proceeded with the ceremony that authorized them to argue cases before the court of the United States.Roberts personally swore in the 12 members of the Deaf and Hard ...

Last Week Tonight Talks Trump’s Wall

For the second time in a few weeks, host John Oliver and the team at Last Week Tonight discussed Donald Trump, this time focusing on his insane plan to build a wall along the US/Mexico border. The show also spent some time discussing another political topic on everyone's minds - the current vacancy on the Supreme Court bench.Before launching into those issues, Oliver began by talking about the political unrest in Brazil. The citizens ...

Obama Wants The Perfect Supreme Court Candidate

President Obama is on the lookout for the perfect person to replace the late Antonin Scalia in the Supreme Court, and he won't take just anyone.According to his latest post on the SCOTUSBlog, Obama reiterated how he wants someone who will have a good amount of life experience and an "unassailable job history."

"A sterling record. A ...

Last Week Tonight Talks Abortion Laws In America

Host John Oliver started off this week's episode of Last Week Tonight by discussing the Republican primary in South Carolina. Trump won, by a massive margin, which surprised Oliver, given that earlier in the week the Pope implied that Trump is "not Christian". Oliver called the feud a "battle between an infallible source and an illogical object". This segment also saw the return of one of my favourite Last Week Tonight hashtags: #NotMyChristian. 

Supreme Court Orders Kim Davis To Issue Marriage Licenses

The Supreme Court has rejected Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ bid for “asylum for her conscience”. The succinct order was released Monday night and simply read,

The application for stay presented to Justice (Elena) Kagan and by her referred to the Court is denied.
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Same-Sex Couple Record Clerk Denying Them A Marriage License

A same-sex couple in Rowan County, Kentucky has been denied a marriage license by the county clerk's office.The couple is seen waiting to be assisted by county clerks, then being told that the Morehead office does not sell marriage licenses and, if they so choose, they should go to another office in a different county instead. They are informed that the police have been contacted due to their recording the incident.In the...

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