Monthly Archives: June 2014

Law in the News: Supreme Court voids abortion clinic protest-free zone

Published on: Author: Teresa L

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court unanimously struck down the 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts Thursday, declaring it an unconstitutional restraint on the free-speech rights of protesters. Authorities have less intrusive ways to deal with potential confrontations or other problems that can arise outside clinics, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote. Roberts noted… Continue reading

Law in the News: Supreme Court Says Phones Can’t Be Searched Without a Warrant

Published on: Author: Teresa L

WASHINGTON — In a major statement on privacy rights in the digital age, the Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that the police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for the court, said the vast amount of data contained on modern cellphones must be… Continue reading

Law in the News: Obama to Congress: I don’t need new permission on Iraq

Published on: Author: Teresa L

Washington (CNN) — I’ll let you know what’s going on, but I don’t need new congressional authority to act, President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Wednesday about his upcoming decision on possible military intervention in Iraq. The White House meeting sounded more like a listening session for the top Republicans and Democrats in the House… Continue reading

Why didn’t anyone vote in California on Tuesday?

Published on: Author: Teresa L

Even low turnout in California means lots of voters due to the state’s sheer size. But California has historically overperformed in primary races. We anticipated over 5 million voters when we wrote about the primary on Monday, based on historic trends. Instead, only about 3.2 million people voted according to preliminary counts, plunging turnout to… Continue reading