Tag: Supreme Court

HeadCount Personal Liberty Issue Update: Lawyers, Guns and Money

What happens when you take a landmark Supreme Court case concerning Chicago’s ban on handgun ownership, then throw the 2nd Amendment and its meaning into the mix? This Personal Liberties Issue blast will cover that as well as new gay marriage laws, drug war violence and marijuana taxation and legalization. But first, we’d like to…

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Goodbye Campaign Finance Reform

If you were already concerned that big business had its hands in politicians’ pockets, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Thursday to allow corporations and unions to spend as much money as they want to support or attack congressional and presidential candidates. Many, including President Obama, worry about the almighty dollar…

Montana And The Right To Die

This week the Montana Supreme Court hears oral arguments for and against allowing doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill state residents. The hearing follows a December 5, 2008, ruling by Judge Dorothy McCarter, who said the Montana constitution guaranteed its citizens this right. Since the issues arise solely under the state constitution, no further appeals are possible…

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Strip Searching Students Is Not OK

By Jonathan Perri We shouldn’t have needed the Supreme Court to confirm that school administrators do not have the authority to strip search students they suspect of wrongdoing. But that’s what happened June 25 when Savana Redding finally had her day in court nearly six years after being strip searched by a school administrator and…

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‘You SCOTUS ‘Cause You Ain’t Us’

Much has been written about the politicization of the confirmation process since Tuesday’s nomination by President Obama of 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor for appointment to the United States Supreme Court, in Justice David Souter’s soon-to-be-vacant slot. As HeadCount’s legal intern, I wish to correct a few misconceptions: 1) Just as the…

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Seats Open in Smashing Pumpkins, Supreme Court

They’ve both lost key members. It’s up to two of Chicago’s finest to replace them. Nearly everyone with an opinion and an internet connection has an idea of who the replacement should be. Yes, the Supreme Court and the Smashing Pumpkins have a lot in common right now. On the heels of Billy Corgan’s announcement…

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