Apple on Monday reached an out-of-court settlement with the US Department of Justice, among other parties, regarding a class action lawsuit that accused the electronics company of illegally participating in a e-book price-fixing scheme. The company was found to have violated the Sherman Act and ...[read more]
US military forces conducted a secret operation in Libya Sunday, capturing Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the alleged mastermind behind the September 2012 attacks on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans including US Ambassador Chris Stevens. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm John ...[read more]
05/27/2014: Supreme Court found Florida IQ cutoff for executions unconstitutional.
03/03/2014: Supreme Court heard oral arguments on death penalty for intellectually disabled.
05/02/2014: Obama expressed desire to ask AG Holder to investigate death penalty issues.
05/02/2014: UN urged death ...[read more]
Eighteen US states have abolished the death penalty. Three states- Maine, Michigan and Wisconsin- have completely banned the death penalty since the mid-nineteenth century. Fifteen states abolished the death penalty at various points throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
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Since the US Supreme Court first addressed the death penalty the 1879 case Wilkerson v. Utah, the Court has struggled with determining the penalty's constitutional boundaries. In 1976 the court held in Gregg v. Georgia that the imposition of the death penalty does not always violate the Eighth ...[read more]
A White House official said Monday that US President Barack Obama will sign an executive order that would bar federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This action marks a departure from the White House's position last year that an executive ...[read more]
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Abramski v. United States that the government can enforce a ban on purchasing a gun for someone else, a so-called "straw purchase," even if that other person is lawfully allowed to have a gun. The court held that a gun buyer's intent to sell a firearm to ...[read more]
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus that the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA) and the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST) can proceed with a lawsuit challenging an Ohio law that criminalizes spreading false statements during the ...[read more]
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied appeals from Argentina over debts stemming from an economic collapse over a decade ago. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in October 2012 that Argentina must pay $1.33 billion to bondholders when it repays its debts. The Second Circuit ...[read more]
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases. In Elonis v. United States the question presented is: "Whether, consistent with the First Amendment and Virginia v. Black, ... conviction of threatening another person requires proof of the defendant's subjective intent to threaten, ...[read more]