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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterNearly six years after foreign prisoners were first sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a clearly divided Supreme Court debated Wednesday how to determine whether these men are dangerous enemy fighters or innocent bystanders caught up in the U.S. war against...
The Times' New Year's wishes do not have a good history of coming true. Last year at this time, we made 27 wishes for 2007, and scored on just 2 1/2 . Then again, we realize that when we ask for things like sensible immigration reform from Congress or for...
Here is the text of President Bush's announcement that he has nominated White House counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, as transcribed by CQ Transcriptions: -------------------- In our great democracy, the Supreme Court is the guardian of...
Times Staff WriterMaydeen Tharp wanted a living trust. She wound up buying a $230,000 annuity. Tharp, a widowed homemaker, had invited an insurance man to her home in Upland to get her estate in order. The salesman shifted the conversation to a different subject:...
MONDAY WAS a rocky day for the 1st Amendment, and the Supreme Court did not limit its mischief to the speech clause. A smaller, more technical case threatens to undermine the amendment's protection of religion from government intrusion, in this case by...
The U.S. Supreme Court has again undermined the only realistic protection against illegal searches and seizures: the ban on using tainted evidence at trial. The 5-4 decision in an Alabama case is doubly ominous for California, where misguided ballot...
Tags: Gaming, Politics, Local Government, Justice System, Judges
So was Ted Kennedy right after all? A year ago, the liberal lion in winter wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post in which he accused Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. of having misled the Senate (but not,...
ON THE SAME DAY it expanded free speech in the political process, the Supreme Court needlessly narrowed it in the nation's public schools. In upholding the suspension of an Alaska high school student for unfurling a banner declaring "BONG HiTS 4 JESUS"...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterTo judges and others who long battled strict federal sentencing rules for crack cocaine offenders -- considered draconian and racist by longtime opponents -- Monday's Supreme Court decision brought vindication. "I am delighted," said veteran Los Angeles...
Tags: Prosecution, Gaming, Prisons, Judges, George W. Bush
Why are the two major presidential candidates virtually ignoring the importance of this election in determining the composition of the Supreme Court and the future of constitutional law? One of a president's most long-lasting legacies is in the judges...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe Supreme Court on Wednesday brought to a close the 19-year legal battle over the Exxon Valdez oil spill by sharply reducing the punitive damages to be paid by Exxon Mobil Corp. The court ruled that the oil giant must pay $507 million -- about one-tenth...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterSupreme Court justices on Tuesday heard a recounting of what lawyers called "the worst electricity market crisis in history." And they heard the story of how Enron Corp. and others helped create the spike in electricity prices in California and the West...
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