By Tim Young This afternoon the Supreme Court heard the portion of the Obamacare case dealing with the issue of whether or not Congress unconstitutionally compelled states to expand Medicaid eligibility. Counsel for 26 states, each under Republican control, argued that the federal government was coercing rather than compelling states to comply with the Affordable [...]
The Supreme Court began the final day of arguments over health care reform today in order to determine if the individual insurance mandate included in the Affordable Care Act could be severed from the rest of the law if deemed unconstitutional.
Capping months of speculation, the Supreme Court heard arguments over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act Tuesday, particularly the individual mandate, a provision that requires Americans to purchase health insurance.
The Supreme Court began the first of three hearings on health care reform today and the battle lines have already been drawn.
By Tim Young In 2006, Steven Howards noticed then Vice President Dick Cheney shopping at a mall in Beaver Creek, Colorado. A Secret Service agent assigned to Cheney said that he overheard Howards telling someone on a cell phone that he was going to ask the Vice President “how many kids he’s killed today.” Howards [...]
The Supreme Court heard two cases Tuesday that would determine whether life sentences for two teenagers qualified as cruel and unusual under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution.
By Tim Young The Supreme Court heard Southern Union Company v. United States today in a case that would determine whether a jury can increase a financial penalty on a corporation after it has been convicted of a crime. Southern Union Company was convicted of violating federal environmental regulations in 2009 after illegally storing mercury [...]
By Tim Young The Supreme Court heard the case of Astrue v. Capato today in order to determine if a child conceived after the death of one of its parents is entitled to benefits under the Social Security Act. Robert Capato, who knew he was dying of terminal illness, froze his sperm so that his [...]
By Tim Young The Supreme Court heard arguments today in the case of Armour v. City of Indianapolis, which dealt with a tax assessment’s potential violation of the Equal Protection Clause. The State of Indiana allows municipalities to levy special assessments to their property owners. In 2004, the city of Indianapolis invoked the Barrett Law [...]
By Tim Young Can corporations could be held accountable for human rights violations? The Supreme Court heard the cases of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority today to determine just that. The cases, which dealt with the Alien Tort Statute and the Torture Victim Protection Act respectively, were based around whether [...]