Supreme Court: Pennsylvania Chief Justice Cannot Rule on Death Penalty Case

In a 5-3 split decision, last Thursday the Supreme Court held that Chief Justice Ronald Castille of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court cannot be part of deciding a convict’s case because 30 years ago he was one of the prosecutors involved with the original prosecution, creating an “impermissible risk” of bias that would violate due process.

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Supreme Court: City Violated Cop’s Free-Speech Rights

Last week, the Supreme Court held that when the government mistakenly believes a person is exercising his free-speech rights, yet that person is, in fact, not exercising any rights at all, it still violates the First Amendment to punish that person for what officials thought he was doing. The Court’s conservative justices disagree.

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Fate of Obama’s Amnesty Uncertain at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON—Justices on the Supreme Court were sharply divided on several aspects of President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty, but it’s very likely that the 26 states challenging Obama’s program will prevail, ending the president’s gambit to grant legal status to 4.5 million illegal aliens.

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Worse than Obamacare: Housing Case Lets Feds Target ‘Unconscious’ Racism

In the Obamacare case, the Court pretended to know what was really in the minds of legislators in spite of their explicit words (and evidence of their actual intent). In Texas Housing, the Court has ruled that the federal government can decide what is really in the minds of ordinary people, whether they intend to discriminate or not.

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