Companies tell Supreme Court: Legalizing gay marriage is good for business

Rubric: Court Justices | 7 Mar 2015 | no comments yet »
Companies tell Supreme Court: Legalizing gay marriage is good for business

Companies tell Supreme Court: Legalizing gay marriage is good for business. WASHINGTON (RNS) As the Supreme Court readies to hear a group of cases that could make same-sex marriage legal from coast to coast, support for allowing gays and lesbians to marry is piling in from all directions. Some 379 companies, including Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Bank of America, and the New England Patriots, filed an amicus curiae, or friend-of-the-court, brief with the high court. The companies hope to influence a case that is to determine whether states may limit marriage to its traditional definition as between one man and one woman, and whether states that do not recognize same-sex ...

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Ferguson fires court clerk over racist emails

Rubric: Court Justices | 6 Mar 2015 | no comments yet »
Ferguson fires court clerk over racist emails

Ferguson clerk fired over racist emails also accused of fixing traffic tickets. On Wednesday, the Justice Department released a fairly damning report on a history of racial discrimination and biased practices in the Ferguson Police Department.Mary Ann Twitty, Ferguson’s influential court clerk, has been identified as the first city official to lose her job as a result of the Department of Justice’s scathing report on the St Louis suburb’s criminal justice system that was published this week. LOUIS—Ferguson city leaders will meet with Justice Department officials in about two weeks and provide a plan for ways to improve the police department following a scathing report of racial bias in ...

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Supreme Court sets hearings on same-sex marriage, death penalty

Rubric: Court Justices | 6 Mar 2015 | no comments yet »
Supreme Court sets hearings on same-sex marriage, death penalty

A Ton of Republicans Just Asked the Supreme Court to Rule for Marriage Equality. The U.S. On Thursday night, former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court urging the justices to rule in favor of nationwide marriage equality. Bay Area businesses ranging from the San Francisco Giants to Silicon Valley firms such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. are among 379 companies that asked the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on challenges to the same-sex marriage bans in Michigan and the other states the week of April 27.(Photo: J. Supreme Court arguing that the federal Constitution prohibits discrimination against same-sex marriage. ...

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Ferguson fires city court clerk over racist emails

Rubric: Court Justices | 6 Mar 2015 | no comments yet »
Ferguson fires city court clerk over racist emails

Ferguson clerk fired over racist emails also accused of fixing traffic tickets. On Wednesday, the Justice Department released a fairly damning report on a history of racial discrimination and biased practices in the Ferguson Police Department.Mary Ann Twitty, Ferguson’s influential court clerk, has been identified as the first city official to lose her job as a result of the Department of Justice’s scathing report on the St Louis suburb’s criminal justice system that was published this week. The report was completed in response to the death of black teenager Michael Brown at the hands of white officer Darren Wilson last August, and the subsequent tension that defined civilian-law enforcement ...

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SF Giants, Silicon Valley firms urge supreme court to declare right to same-sex …

Rubric: Court Justices | 6 Mar 2015 | no comments yet »
SF Giants, Silicon Valley firms urge supreme court to declare right to same-sex …

Alabama’s Dangerous Defiance. Bay Area businesses ranging from the San Francisco Giants to Silicon Valley firms such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. are among 379 companies that asked the U.S. BOSTON (CBS/AP) — The New England Patriots have joined thousands of business and organizations filing legal briefs at the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage. Cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee on the legalization of same-sex marriage will be argued before the nation’s highest court on April 28, and a decision is expected by early summer. The companies told the court in a friend-of-the-court brief that inconsistent marriage laws nationwide create a “fractured legal landscape” ...

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More than 300 Republicans ask Supreme Court to back gay marriage

Rubric: Court Justices | 6 Mar 2015 | no comments yet »
More than 300 Republicans ask Supreme Court to back gay marriage

Bay Area Businesses Among 379 Pushing Supreme Court To Declare Same-Sex Marriage Constitutional Right. SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Bay Area businesses ranging from the San Francisco Giants to Silicon Valley firms such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. are among 379 companies that asked the U.S. The companies told the court in a friend-of-the-court brief that inconsistent marriage laws nationwide create a “fractured legal landscape” that increases their administrative costs and makes it hard to attract the best workers. “Allowing same-sex couples to marry improves employee morale and productivity, reduces uncertainty, and removes the wasteful administrative burdens imposed by the current ...

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Wrongly Convicted: Court Declares North Carolina Man Innocent After Nearly 40 …

Rubric: Court Justices | 24 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
Wrongly Convicted: Court Declares North Carolina Man Innocent After Nearly 40 …

Innocent North Carolina man is freed after 37 years in prison for 1976 stabbing deaths. WHITEVILLE, N.C.: For the third time in less than six months, a North Carolina inmate was exonerated by DNA evidence and freed after spending decades in prison for a wrongful murder conviction.Jan. 23, 2015: Christine Mumma, director of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, left, and Cheryl Sullivan, staff attorney, hug Joseph Sledge after a special session of superior court in Whiteville, N.C. (AP) Joseph Sledge was set free Friday after a three-judge panel found that he was innocent of a 1976 killing of a mother and a daughter. After he was released, Sledge said he was really looking forward to ...

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Supreme Court to review lethal injections used in Oklahoma executions (+video)

Rubric: Court Justices | 24 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
Supreme Court to review lethal injections used in Oklahoma executions (+video)

Justices to Hear Case Over Drugs Used in Executions. On Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to consider whether the three-drug protocol Oklahoma uses in executions violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. Supreme Court has agreed to review Oklahoma’s system for execution — the first time it’s taken up such a case since rejecting a challenge to lethal injections in 2008. The justices agreed Friday to review whether the sedative midazolam can be used in executions because of concerns that it does not produce a deep, comalike unconsciousness and ensure that a prisoner does not experience intense and needless pain when other drugs are injected ...

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Supreme Court To Take Up Lethal Injections With Oklahoma Case

Rubric: Court Justices | 24 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
Supreme Court To Take Up Lethal Injections With Oklahoma Case

Justices to Hear Case Over Drugs Used in Executions. The U.S. It is taking up a case brought by three death row inmates, who accuse the state of violating the US Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide a case on the constitutionality of the new combinations of drugs that some states are using to execute prisoners and that critics say cause intense suffering. Supreme Court has agreed to review Oklahoma’s system for execution — the first time it’s taken up such a case since rejecting a challenge to lethal injections in 2008. The justices agreed Friday to review whether the sedative midazolam can be used in ...

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Supreme Court to rule on lethal injections

Rubric: Court Justices | 24 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
Supreme Court to rule on lethal injections

Justices to Hear Case Over Drugs Used in Executions. It is taking up a case brought by three death row inmates, who accuse the state of violating the US Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide a case on the constitutionality of the new combinations of drugs that some states are using to execute prisoners and that critics say cause intense suffering. The court will hear a challenge to Oklahoma’s choice of drugs even though the justices declined last week to stop an execution there that used the contested chemicals. The justices agreed Friday to review whether the sedative midazolam can be used in executions because of ...

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