Nina Totenberg http://wemu.org en Rare Unanimity In Supreme Court Term, With Plenty Of Fireworks http://wemu.org/post/rare-unanimity-supreme-court-term-plenty-fireworks The nation greets the coming of July each year with fireworks on the National Mall and, days earlier, explosive decisions at the U.S. Supreme Court.<p>While the Mall fireworks dissipate within moments, the court's decisions will have repercussions for decades. Indeed, no sooner was the ink dry on this term's contraception decision than the court's three female justices accused their male colleagues of reneging.<p>"Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word," wrote Justice Sonia Sotomayor for herself and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 19:12:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 48372 at http://wemu.org Rare Unanimity In Supreme Court Term, With Plenty Of Fireworks High Court Allows Some Companies To Opt Out Of Contraceptives Mandate http://wemu.org/post/high-court-allows-some-companies-opt-out-contraceptives-mandate For the first time, the U.S. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 48114 at http://wemu.org Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Hobby Lobby Victory http://wemu.org/post/supreme-court-ruling-affirms-hobby-lobby-victory Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And a divided Supreme Court delivered another rebuke to the Obama administration today. It came in the most closely watched case of the year, which challenged the requirement that most employers include coverage for birth control in the health insurance they supply to their workers. The craft store chain Hobby Lobby and other companies challenged that requirement, saying they have a religious objection to at least some forms of birth control. In a 5 to 4 decision this morning, the high court sided with the companies. NPR's Nina Totenberg joins us now. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:32:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 48094 at http://wemu.org High Court Strikes Down Abortion Clinic 'Buffer Zone' Law http://wemu.org/post/high-court-strikes-down-abortion-clinic-buffer-zone-law The Supreme Court eased restrictions on protesters at clinics that perform abortions. The court invalidated a Massachusetts law that created a 35 foot buffer outside abortion clinics in the state. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:10:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 47977 at http://wemu.org Takeaways From Supreme Court Rulings On Buffer Zones, Recess Picks http://wemu.org/post/2-rulings-high-court-decides-buffer-zones-and-recess-picks The U.S. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 47954 at http://wemu.org Supreme Court Rules On Obama Appointments, Abortion Protests http://wemu.org/post/supreme-court-rules-obama-appointments-abortion-protests Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The Supreme Court has issued rulings in two controversial cases. The court invalidated several appointments President Obama made while the Senate was in recess, or appeared to be, anyway. And the court also limited the power of a state to define buffer zones around abortion clinics. A lot to talk about here, let's dive right in with NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:19:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 47945 at http://wemu.org High Court Ruling On Search Warrants Is Broader Than Cellphones http://wemu.org/post/landmark-case-high-court-issues-limits-cellphone-searches Bold. Landmark. Sweeping. Those were the words experts on all sides used Wednesday to describe the U.S. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 47883 at http://wemu.org Supreme Court Rules On Aereo, Cellphone Searches http://wemu.org/post/supreme-court-rules-aereo-cellphone-searches Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The Supreme Court today handed down milestone rulings in two cases involving modern technology and the ways it has changed our lives. In one decision, the court ruled that the police may not search a person's cellphone or other mobile device without first obtaining a warrant, even if they're in the process of arresting that person. The court also ruled against the technology innovator Aereo. A streaming service, Aereo provided customers with TV programs through miniature antennae without the permission of the broadcasters who produced the programs. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:48:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 47868 at http://wemu.org EPA Gets A Win From Supreme Court On Global Warming Emissions — Mostly http://wemu.org/post/supreme-court-epa-gets-win-conditions-attached The U.S. Supreme Court gave the Environmental Protection Agency the green light to regulate greenhouse gases that are emitted from new and modified utility plants and factories on Monday.<p>Greenhouse gases are blamed for global warming, and the court's 7-2 decision gave the EPA most of what it wanted. But in a separate 5-4 vote, the justices rejected the agency's broad assertion of regulatory power under one section of the Clean Air Act.<p>You might call the outcome in this case the 83-percent solution. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 47744 at http://wemu.org From Supreme Court, Firm Support For Employee In Retaliation Case http://wemu.org/post/supreme-court-firm-support-employee-retaliation-case The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that public employees cannot be fired in retaliation for testifying truthfully on matters of public corruption or public concern. The unanimous decision came in the case of Edward Lane, who was fired after he testified that an Alabama state legislator was a no-show employee being paid by the taxpayers for no work.<p>Lane managed a program for at-risk juvenile offenders that was run out of Central Alabama Community College. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 47592 at http://wemu.org Supreme Court Rules Against Gun 'Straw Purchases' http://wemu.org/post/supreme-court-rules-against-gun-straw-purchases The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a major victory to gun control advocates on Monday. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:04:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 47421 at http://wemu.org By Slim Margin, Supreme Court Preserves Key Gun Control Law http://wemu.org/post/slim-margin-supreme-court-preserves-key-gun-control-law In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that federal law may prohibit someone from buying a gun for another person — whether or not the other person is legally allowed to purchase a gun. The narrow decision maintains the status quo on "straw" purchases of guns. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=By+Slim+Margin%2C+Supreme+Court+Preserves+Key+Gun+Control+Law&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3ODg0ODc2MDEzMTE4NzIxMjhiYTVmNQ004)"/></div><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 47402 at http://wemu.org POM Wonderful Wins A Round In Food Fight With Coca-Cola http://wemu.org/post/pom-wonderful-wins-round-food-fight-coca-cola A food fight at the U.S. Supreme Court ended in a unanimous decision on Thursday.<p>The justices ruled that POM Wonderful can go forward with a lawsuit alleging Coca-Cola Co. tricked consumers and stole business from POM with false and misleading juice labels.<p>The case centers on a product aimed at health-conscious consumers: pomegranate-blueberry juice.<p>One version is made by POM Wonderful, a grower of pomegranates; the other, produced by Coca-Cola's Minute Maid division, says in large print that it is pomegranate-blueberry juice, too. The Coca-Cola product is almost five times cheaper. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:50:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 47244 at http://wemu.org POM Wonderful Wins A Round In Food Fight With Coca-Cola Supreme Court Rules Against Homeowners In Superfund Case http://wemu.org/post/supreme-court-rules-against-homeowners-superfund-case The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal law seeking to improve accountability for environmental spills and pollution can be circumvented by certain kinds of state laws.<p>The federal Superfund law supersedes state statutes of limitations. Instead the federal law dictates that lawsuits alleging environmental injury need only be filed when individuals either first learn or should have learned that they have been harmed. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 22:20:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg & Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza 47060 at http://wemu.org Supreme Court: At 21, Some Children Must Start Visa Process Over http://wemu.org/post/supreme-court-21-some-children-must-start-visa-process-over A fractured U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that when parents wait years to win legal entry into the United States, their children may have to go to the back of the line when they turn 21. The court's decision came on a 5-to-4 vote, with the majority split into two camps.<p>Under the Immigration Act, citizens and lawful permanent residents may sponsor family members petitions' for visas and green cards. In most cases, those immigrating with a minor child stand in line with their children. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:43:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 47052 at http://wemu.org Supreme Court: Case Involved Romantic Jealousy, Not Chemical Weapons http://wemu.org/post/chemical-weapons-case-supreme-court-sidesteps-broad-questions The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dodged a major constitutional test of the Constitution's treaty power. Conservative activists had seen the case as a chance to limit the power of the president and Congress to make and enforce treaties. Instead, the case boiled down to, in Chief Justice John Roberts' words, "an act of revenge born of romantic jealousy."<p>The Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993, adopted by the United States and 189 other nations, bars the development, use and storage of chemical weapons. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 46746 at http://wemu.org Supreme Court Upholds Law Enforcement's Qualified Immunity http://wemu.org/post/supreme-court-upholds-law-enforcements-qualified-immunity In two decisions handed down Tuesday, the Supreme Court made it more difficult for citizens to sue law enforcement officers for their conduct. Both decisions were unanimous.<p>The central issue in both was the doctrine of "qualified immunity," which shields public officials from being sued for actions that fall short of violating a clearly established statutory or constitutional right.<p>Perhaps the more dire case involved a high-speed chase and the death of the driver and passenger at police hands. Tue, 27 May 2014 22:27:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg & Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza 46484 at http://wemu.org A Divided High Court Strikes Down IQ Rules In Fla. Death Penalty http://wemu.org/post/divided-high-court-strikes-down-iq-rules-fla-death-penalty The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 12 years ago that the states could not execute the "mentally retarded." But the court left to the states the definition of what constitutes retardation.<p>On Tuesday, however, the justices, by a 5-to-4 vote, imposed some limits on those definitions. At issue, in a case from Florida, was how to evaluate IQ tests.<p>The case involved the brutal murder of 21-year-old Karol Hurst, a newlywed who was seven months pregnant when she was kidnapped, raped and killed by Freddie Lee Hall and accomplice Mack C. Ruffin Jr. Tue, 27 May 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 46471 at http://wemu.org Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania's Gay-Marriage Ban http://wemu.org/post/judge-strikes-down-pennsylvanias-gay-marriage-ban A federal judge in Pennsylvania has struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. The ruling is the latest in a growing cascade of federal and state court decisions declaring a right to marry for gay couples.<p>Since the U.S. Supreme Court last year struck down a federal law barring recognition of same-sex marriage, federal and state courts have been rife with challenges to state bans. On Tuesday, Judge John Jones III in Pennsylvania became the latest federal judge to strike down such a ban.<p>Jones pointed to the Supreme Court's landmark <em>Brown v. Tue, 20 May 2014 23:29:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 46166 at http://wemu.org In 'Raging Bull' Ruling, High Court Sides With Co-Writer's Daughter http://wemu.org/post/raging-bull-ruling-high-court-sides-co-writers-daughter The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a TKO to MGM Monday, giving the daughter of a deceased screenwriter a chance to prove in court that the critically acclaimed movie <em>Raging Bull</em> infringed the copyright of a screenplay written by her father. <br /> <br />At the center of the dispute is the iconic 1980 movie <em>Raging Bull,</em> directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, who played the role of champion boxer Jake LaMotta. <br /> Mon, 19 May 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 46087 at http://wemu.org In 'Raging Bull' Ruling, High Court Sides With Co-Writer's Daughter Nino's No-No: Justice Scalia Flubs Dissent In Pollution Case http://wemu.org/post/ninos-no-no-justice-scalia-flubs-dissent-pollution-case All of us who write for a living know what it's like to completely forget something you wrote 13 years ago.<p>But when a Supreme Court justice pointedly cites the facts in a decision he wrote, and gets them exactly wrong, it is more than embarrassing. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 45195 at http://wemu.org Nino's No-No: Justice Scalia Flubs Dissent In Pollution Case Supreme Court Considers Limits On Warrantless Cellphone Searches http://wemu.org/post/supreme-court-considers-where-lines-drawn-cell-phone-searches In a case that reaches into almost every American's pocket or purse, the U.S. Supreme Court struggled Tuesday to adapt modern technology to traditional legal rules. At issue was whether police can search cellphones without obtaining a warrant at the time of an arrest.<p>The courts have long allowed police to search people without a warrant when making an arrest. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 45114 at http://wemu.org Weighing The Risks Of Warrantless Phone Searches During Arrests http://wemu.org/post/weighing-risks-warrantless-phone-searches-during-arrests The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in two cases testing whether police can search cellphones without a warrant at the time of an arrest, be it for a traffic violation or for a felony.<p>The Supreme Court has interpreted the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches to require that police obtain a search warrant from a neutral judge upon a showing that there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 07:14:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 45087 at http://wemu.org Weighing The Risks Of Warrantless Phone Searches During Arrests Justices Troubled By Their Earlier Ruling On Public Employee Speech Rights http://wemu.org/post/free-speech-focus-during-high-courts-case-public-employee A majority of the justices on the U.S. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 45060 at http://wemu.org How A Public Corruption Scandal Became A Fight Over Free Speech http://wemu.org/post/how-public-corruption-scandal-became-fight-over-free-speech The current conservative Supreme Court majority has a well-earned reputation for protecting the First Amendment right to free speech, whether in the form of campaign spending or protests at military funerals.<p>But in one area — the First Amendment rights of public employees — the conservative majority has been far less protective of the right to speak out. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 07:37:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 45022 at http://wemu.org How A Public Corruption Scandal Became A Fight Over Free Speech