U.S. Supreme Court http://apr.org en Court Rejects Ex-HealthSouth CEO Scrushy's Appeal http://apr.org/post/court-rejects-ex-healthsouth-ceo-scrushys-appeal <p></p><p>The Supreme Court has declined to disturb the conviction of former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy on bribery and fraud charges.</p><p>The justices had no comment Monday on their order rejecting Scrushy's appeal of his 2006 conviction for arranging $500,000 in donations to former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman's lottery campaign. In return, Siegelman appointed Scrushy to a state hospital regulatory board. Scrushy argued that he should get a new trial because of judicial and juror bias.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:08:21 +0000 The Associated Press 45719 at http://apr.org Court Rejects Ex-HealthSouth CEO Scrushy's Appeal Justice Sotomayor Faults Ala. Death Sentences http://apr.org/post/justice-sotomayor-faults-ala-death-sentences <p>Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is calling attention to an Alabama law that allows judges to impose death sentences after juries have voted to send defendants to prison for life.</p><p>Sotomayor and Justice Stephen Breyer were the only two justices who voted Monday to hear an appeal from a death row inmate who was convicted of killing a Montgomery, Ala., police officer. Sotomayor took the unusual step of issuing a dissent from the court's order rejecting the appeal of defendant Mario Woodward.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:55:26 +0000 The Associated Press 41828 at http://apr.org Justice Sotomayor Faults Ala. Death Sentences Obama Court Appointee Kagan To Speak At Alabama http://apr.org/post/obama-court-appointee-kagan-speak-alabama <p></p><p>The newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court will address law students at the University of Alabama.</p><p>Associate Justice Elena Kagan has accepted an invitation to speak at the law school in Tuscaloosa next week on Oct. 4.</p><p>Kagan will speak as part of a lecture series named for retired U.S. District Judge W. Harold Albritton, who helps lure justices to Alabama and whose family funds their visits.</p><p>President Barack Obama appointed Kagan to the Supreme Court in 2010. She previously served as U.S. solicitor general.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 21:57:09 +0000 The Associated Press 38640 at http://apr.org Obama Court Appointee Kagan To Speak At Alabama Ala. County At Heart Of Voting Rights Case Pleased http://apr.org/post/ala-county-heart-voting-rights-case-pleased <p>The Alabama county at the center of the Supreme Court's decision on voting rights is praising the decision.</p><p>Shelby County attorney Butch Ellis says the ruling Tuesday will save local and state governments time and money without hurting the cause of voting equality.</p><p>Ellis says he's "elated" with the ruling, in which the court said a key part of the law is invalid until it's updated by Congress.</p><p>The justices set aside a part of the landmark law that requires federal approval for changes to election practices in the South and some other areas.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:03:38 +0000 The Associated Press 33011 at http://apr.org Ala. County At Heart Of Voting Rights Case Pleased Supreme Court Considers Voting Rights Act Challenge http://apr.org/post/supreme-court-considers-voting-rights-act-challenge <p>All year long here on Alabama Public Radio, we’re looking at the 50th anniversary of some of the pivotal moments in the Civil Rights Era. Times of have changed for the better since 1963, but have they changed so much that we can move on from laws meant to protect minorities. Shelby County is challenging a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 saying it’s no longer needed. Today Mason Davis is an accomplished lawyer in Birmingham, but in 1958 he was just a young law student trying to register to vote in Alabama.</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 19:21:47 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 30286 at http://apr.org Supreme Court Considers Voting Rights Act Challenge Activists Planning Rally at US Supreme Court http://apr.org/post/activists-planning-rally-us-supreme-court <p>Civil rights advocates plan to rally in Washington, D.C. while the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on whether to uphold Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.</p><p>Southern Christian Leadership Conference CEO Charles Steele says the group of about 150 will leave Washington D.C. Feb. 27 after a rally and press conference outside the U.S. Supreme Court. Section 5 of the act bars states from altering voting qualifications and procedures without federal approval.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:39:01 +0000 The Associated Press 25441 at http://apr.org Activists Planning Rally at US Supreme Court Court Will Hear Campaign Donation Limits Appeal http://apr.org/post/court-will-hear-campaign-donation-limits-appeal <P>The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to campaign finance laws limiting how much an individual can give to political campaigns.</P> <P>The justices on Tuesday decided to hear an appeal from Shaun McCutcheon of Alabama and the Republican National Committee. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 22:10:40 +0000 The Associated Press 25255 at http://apr.org Court Will Hear Campaign Donation Limits Appeal US Supreme Court To Hear Alabama Case Feb. 27 http://apr.org/post/us-supreme-court-hear-alabama-case-feb-27 <P>The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Feb. 27 in efforts by an Alabama county to stop enforcement of part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.</P> <P>The court initially agreed in November to hear the case brought by Shelby County, and it has now set the date for attorneys to present their arguments.</P> <P>The Voting Rights Act requires the Justice Department to review and approve changes in elections laws in Alabama and several others states to make sure they don't discriminate against minorities. Sun, 03 Feb 2013 15:23:31 +0000 The Associated Press 24264 at http://apr.org US Supreme Court To Hear Alabama Case Feb. 27 Ala. Asks Court To Review Part Of Immigration Law http://apr.org/post/ala-asks-court-review-part-immigration-law <P>The state of Alabama is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review part of its law cracking down on illegal immigration.</P> <P>The state asked the judges Tuesday to review a section of the law that makes it a crime to assist, harbor or transport anyone who's in the country illegally.</P> <P>Opponents of the law have called the section inhumane, but the state says it doesn't conflict with federal law. It also says the justices haven't reviewed a similar law in other states including Arizona.</P> <P>The 11th U.S. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 23:07:53 +0000 The Associated Press 23316 at http://apr.org Ala. Asks Court To Review Part Of Immigration Law High Court To Take New Look At Voting Rights Law http://apr.org/post/high-court-take-new-look-voting-rights-law <P>The Supreme Court says it will consider eliminating the government's chief weapon against racial discrimination at polling places since the 1960s.</P> <P>Acting three days after the election, the justices are agreeing Friday to hear a constitutional challenge to the part of the landmark Voting Rights Act that requires all or parts of 16 states with a history of discrimination in voting to get federal approval before making any changes in the way they hold elections.</P> <P>The appeal from Shelby County, Ala., says state and local governments covered by the law have made significant prog Fri, 09 Nov 2012 23:08:56 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 20525 at http://apr.org High Court To Take New Look At Voting Rights Law