March 19, 2013 |
Books and other goods manufactured overseas can be imported and sold in the United States without the permission of the copyright holders, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a case important to eBay and the country's big discount stores. The court ruled 6 to 3 that the same rules that apply to goods made and purchased in the United States govern those made overseas. Once the products have been legally purchased, the new owners are free to sell or lend them as they see fit, the court said.
February 26, 2013 |
The Supreme Court debated Tuesday whether Maryland's decision to collect DNA samples from people arrested for serious crimes represents an unconstitutional invasion of privacy or a crime-solving breakthrough with the potential to be the "fingerprinting of the 21st century. " Either way, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said, the case is "perhaps the most important criminal procedure case that this court has heard in decades. " At issue are laws in 29 states and on the federal level that allow some version of DNA...
January 15, 2013 |
Not everything that floats is a boat, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, even if it is docked at a marina. Case in point: Fane Lozman's approximately 60-by-12-foot floating two-story home, which featured French doors and a staircase but no motor or rudder. The city of Riviera Beach, Fla., trying to evict Lozman, declared it a "vessel" and used federal maritime law to win a judgment against the former Marine. The city eventually bought the floating home when it was being auctioned off to satisfy the judgment...
January 14, 2013 |
Justice Clarence Thomas broke his nearly seven-year silence at Supreme Court oral arguments Monday. But no one is sure exactly what he said. Thomas seemed to be making a lighthearted joke about lawyers trained at his alma mater, Yale Law School, or its rival, Harvard; the Ivy League is a common Thomas target. But several justices were speaking and laughing at the time, and Thomas's exact comments apparently are lost to history. It was over so quickly that some observers hadn't...
December 23, 2012 |
It takes a calculator and perhaps the rigor of Sherlock Holmes to cut through the partisan rhetoric about President Obama's first-term record on judicial nominations. But the bottom line is clear enough. There are more vacancies on the federal courts now than when Obama took office nearly four years ago. And he is the first president in generations to fail to put a nominee on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the second most influential court in the land and traditionally a training ground for Supreme...
September 20, 2012 |
BOSTON — The two candidates in the nation's most high-profile Senate race met Thursday for their first debate — one in which Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) portrayed himself as an antidote to Washington's crippling partisanship, and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren cast herself as a champion against moneyed interests. Both were on the attack in a clash that underscored their very different strategies. Warren, a Harvard Law School professor and first-time...