Supreme Court

VIA THE WASHINGTON POST: A federal judge on Friday upheld the gun laws that the District of Columbia passed to comply with the landmark 2008 Supreme Court ruling that struck down the city’s decades-old ban on handgun possession. U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina found that the new regulations were crafted to make the streets […]

PHILADELPHIA — The Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a ruling that had set aside the death sentence of Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer in a racially tinged case that has made the former Black Panther an international cause celebre. The justices ordered the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in […]

VIA THE WASHINGTON POST: The Supreme Court on Monday declined to revive a lawsuit on behalf of Native American activists who claimed that the Washington Washington Football Team's team name is so offensive that it does not deserve trademark protection. The court without comment refused to get involved in the long-running dispute. The decision essentially […]

VIA WJLA: A group of American Indians who find the Washington Washington Football Team name offensive wants the Supreme Court to take up the matter. The group on Monday asked the justices to review a lower court decision that favored the NFL team on a legal technicality. Seven Native Americans have been working through the […]

(Washington, DC) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor  to the U.S. Supreme Court. Her nomination now goes to the full Senate. The vote in the committee was 13 in favor and six opposed. Sotomayor’s nomination was hardly in doubt, as President Obama’s nomination coincided with a Democratic majority in […]