President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, would be the current court's fourth Jewish justice if confirmed. Jews hold 44 percent of the seats on the court.
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NCR Today: The political fallout over the unexpected death of Justice Scalia was totally predictable. There are scenarios, though, that would allow confirmation of President Obama's nominee.
NCR Today: If you explore these Supreme Court decisions you can only come to one possible conclusion. This court interprets the laws to protect the rights of big business and corporations.
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday tossed out Florida's standard for determining when someone's intelligence level renders them exempt from execution.
In a 5-4 decision, the court followed up on a 12-year-old ruling that said it is unconstitutional to execute people who have mental disabilities. The new ruling said states must use more than an IQ test to determine whether inmates whose scores fall between 70 and 75 should be disqualified from capital punishment because of mental disability.
Prayer is not a civic “ceremony”; it is a sacred time for communication with God. It is not the place of the government to determine how we communicate with God.
Faith and Justice: If you expect polite, scholarly presentations and debate in the controversial Hobby Lobby case, go somewhere else.
It's amazing what legal arguments that medical products related to sex can generate.
Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, the companies that brought cases to the Supreme Court last week, believe that even though they are profit-making businesses, they exercise the rights of "religious freedom" and should be exempt from paying for employees' health insurance when it includes contraception under the Affordable Care Act.
Arizona's law banning abortions at the 20-week stage remains unenforceable after the Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the state's appeal of a lower court ruling that the 2012 law is unconstitutional.
In the midst of their New Year's Eve celebration with low-income elderly residents, the Baltimore-based Little Sisters of the Poor learned that the Supreme Court issued an injunction temporarily protecting them from the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate.
The order by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, issued within hours of the mandate taking effect at midnight Wednesday, applies to the Colorado-based Little Sisters of the Poor and their co-plaintiffs -- Christian Brothers Services and Christian Brothers Employee Benefits Trust -- in a lawsuit against the federal government.