U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court-Voting Rights
3:40 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Justices Review Racial Makeup Of Alabama Districts

The U.S. Supreme Court will review a case involving the racial makeup of Alabama's legislative districts.
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Once-powerful Democrats are challenging legislative districts drawn by Alabama Republicans that have helped shrink Democratic representation to just eight seats in the state Senate - all of them from districts in which African-Americans are a majority.

Black Democrats say the GOP did it by misusing a landmark voting-rights law, intended to ensure the right to vote for southern blacks, to instead limit their voting strength. They argue that Republicans relied too heavily on race to draw new electoral maps following the 2010 census.

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Alabama Taxes-Court
3:39 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Supreme Court Declines To Review Alabama Taxes

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a legal challenge to Alabama's property tax system.
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The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a legal challenge to Alabama's property tax system.

The Supreme Court's decision Monday means one of the nation's lowest property tax rates remains intact.

Attorneys representing families in Lawrence and Sumter counties had challenged the fairness of Alabama's property taxes, particularly the low rates on timber and farm property. They lost in U.S. District Court and at the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Then they asked the Supreme Court to review the case.

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Catholic Broadcaster-Contraception
5:47 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

Ala. Broadcaster Wants Injunction In Health Suit

Eternal Word Television Network is asking for a Supreme Court injunction as it pursues a lawsuit against requiring employers to include contraception in their health care coverage.
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  A Catholic broadcaster is asking for a Supreme Court injunction as it pursues a lawsuit against requiring employers to include contraception in their health care coverage.

A federal judge dismissed the suit filed by the Eternal Word Television Network on June 18. The network is planning an appeal, but says it needs a Supreme Court injunction before a July 1 deadline for complying with the national health care law.

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Supreme Court-Scrushy Appeal
4:08 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Court Rejects Ex-HealthSouth CEO Scrushy's Appeal

The Supreme Court has declined to disturb the conviction of former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy on bribery and fraud charges.
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The Supreme Court has declined to disturb the conviction of former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy on bribery and fraud charges.

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.

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Supreme Court-Alabama Death Penalty
4:55 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Justice Sotomayor Faults Ala. Death Sentences

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.
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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.

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.

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Justice Kagan-Alabama
4:57 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Obama Court Appointee Kagan To Speak At Alabama

Associate Justice Elena Kagan has accepted an invitation to speak at the law school in Tuscaloosa next week on Oct. 4.
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The newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court will address law students at the University of Alabama.

Associate Justice Elena Kagan has accepted an invitation to speak at the law school in Tuscaloosa next week on Oct. 4.

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.

President Barack Obama appointed Kagan to the Supreme Court in 2010. She previously served as U.S. solicitor general.

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Politics & Government
5:03 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Ala. County At Heart Of Voting Rights Case Pleased

The nation's highest court set aside a part of the Voting Rights Act that requires federal approval for changes to election practices in the South and some other areas.
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The Alabama county at the center of the Supreme Court's decision on voting rights is praising the decision.

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.

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.

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.

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Voting Rights Act
2:21 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Supreme Court Considers Voting Rights Act Challenge

One of the exhibits at the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery.
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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.

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Civil Rights rally
6:39 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Activists Planning Rally at US Supreme Court

Southern Christian Leadership Conference CEO Charles Steele says the group will rally in Washington D.C. before traveling to Alabama on March 1.
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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.

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.

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Campaign Finance
4:10 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Court Will Hear Campaign Donation Limits Appeal

The nation's highest court will hear a challenge from an Alabama man that looks to change campaign finance law.
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The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to campaign finance laws limiting how much an individual can give to political campaigns.


The justices on Tuesday decided to hear an appeal from Shaun McCutcheon of Alabama and the Republican National Committee. They are arguing that it's unconstitutional to stop a donor from giving more than $46,200 to political candidates and $70,800 to political committees and PACs.

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Voting Rights Act
9:23 am
Sun February 3, 2013

US Supreme Court To Hear Alabama Case Feb. 27

The nation's highest court will hear arguments Feb. 27 in efforts by an Alabama county to stop enforcement of part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
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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.


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.

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Alabama Immigration Law
5:07 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Ala. Asks Court To Review Part Of Immigration Law

The state of Alabama is asking the nation's highest court to review part of it's law cracking down on illegal immigration.
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The state of Alabama is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review part of its law cracking down on illegal immigration.


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.


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.

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Supreme Court-Voting Rights
5:08 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

High Court To Take New Look At Voting Rights Law

The nations highest court will take up a challenge to the Voting Rights Act originating from Shelby County, AL.
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The Supreme Court says it will consider eliminating the government's chief weapon against racial discrimination at polling places since the 1960s.


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.

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