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DBD 07-01-14: Supreme Court fun

The 2013-2014 term is over, so I figured this would be a good time to see a recap of some of the bigger cases to see how the Supreme Court has improved/ruined our great nation during the past term. (shamelessly taken from the WSJ article at http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/06/30/the-big-cases-how-the-supreme-court-ruled/ , which people should check out if they want more details regarding these cases).

McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (Limits on political contributions, 5-4)

  • Summary: The court in a 5-4 vote struck down aggregate caps on political contributions, the latest in a string of decisions rolling back campaign-finance regulations.
  • Majority: Kennedy, Roberts, Scalia, Alito, Thomas
  • Minority: Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan, Breyer

Town of Greece v. Galloway (Public Prayer, 5-4)

  • Summary: The Supreme Court 5-4 upheld the practice of public prayer before local-government meetings, rejecting arguments that overwhelmingly Christian invocations violate the constitutional bar on the establishment of an official religion.
  • Majority: Kennedy, Roberts, Scalia, Alito, Thomas
  • Minority: Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan, Breyer

National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning (Presidential Recess Appointments, 9-0)

  • Summary: The high court ruled that President Obama exceeded his authority in 2012 by appointing three people to the NLRB.
  • Majority: Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan, Breyer, Kennedy, Roberts, Scalia, Alito, Thomas
  • Minority: n/a (unanimous decision)

American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo (Broadcaster Copyrights, 6-3)

  • Summary: Broadcasters won a high-stakes victory as the Supreme Court ruled Aereo Inc. violated copyrights on programming, dealing the online video startup a crippling blow.
  • Majority: Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan, Breyer, Kennedy, Roberts
  • Minority: Scalia, Alito, Thomas

Riley v. California; U.S. v. Wurie (Police Search of Cell Phones, 9-0)

  • Summary: A unanimous Supreme Court ruled that police must obtain a warrant to search the vast amount of information on a suspect’s cellphone, broadly protecting Americans’ privacy rights in the digital age.
  • Majority: Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan, Breyer, Kennedy, Roberts, Scalia, Alito, Thomas
  • Minority: n/a (unanimous decision)

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores (Contraceptives Coverage, 5-4)

  • Summary: The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 split said private companies can on religious grounds opt out of a federal health-care law requirement that companies provide contraception coverage for employees.
  • Majority: Kennedy, Roberts, Scalia, Alito, Thomas
  • Minority: Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan, Breyer

Environmental Protection Agency v. EME Homer City Generation (Pollution Regulations, 6-2)

  • Summary: The EPA can reinstate limits on power-plant pollution that blows across state lines, the Supreme Court ruled 6-2, handing a defeat to electric utilities that opposed the effort as costly regulatory overreach.
  • Majority: Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan, Breyer, Kennedy, Roberts
  • Minority: Scalia, Thomas
  • Recused: Alito

Hall v. Florida (Capital Punishment, 5-4)

  • Summary: The court gave intellectually disabled defendants greater protection from execution, ruling that Florida can’t set a simple IQ score of 70 as the cutoff from capital punishment.
  • Majority: Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan, Breyer, Kennedy
  • Minority: Roberts, Scalia, Alito, Thomas

Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund (Securities-Fraud Lawsuits, 9-0)

  • Summary: The court gave companies more leeway to fend off securities-fraud lawsuits but declined to overrule precedent that has undergirded class-action lawsuits for alleged securities fraud.
  • Majority: Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan, Breyer, Kennedy, Roberts, Scalia, Alito, Thomas
  • Minority: n/a (unanimous decision)

Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (Affirmative Action, 6-2)

  • Summary: The Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s decision to end affirmative action at its public universities in a 6-2 ruling.
  • Majority: Breyer, Kennedy, Roberts, Scalia, Alito, Thomas
  • Minority: Ginsburg, Sotomayor
  • Recused: Kagan

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