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SCOTUS Rejects NJ's Plea for a Piece of the '$500B' Sports Betting Pie

SCOTUS Rejects NJ's Plea for a Piece of the '$500B' Sports Betting Pie
The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a ban on sports gambling in New Jersey, rebuffing an attempt to bring betting on professional and college sporting events to Atlantic City casinos and the state's racetracks. The state's appeal was led by Gov. Chris Christie and it argued that New Jersey was trying to limit illegal sports wagering and capture some of that money for the state treasury. New Jersey says an estimated $500 billion is bet illegally on sporting events each year.
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Wayne Parry
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Court Sets New Precedent: Only People, Not Corp's, Can Sponsor Ballot Measures

Court Sets New Precedent: Only People, Not Corp's, Can Sponsor Ballot Measures
The Associated Builders and Contractors – a staunchly anti-union group – has inadvertently set a new precedent. A court ruled that their end-run around a ballot measure was unconstitutional, and now it's on the books that only people – not corporations or associations – can submit those measures.
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Supreme Court Says IQ-Test for Death Row Inmates Is Unconstitutional

Supreme Court Says IQ-Test for Death Row Inmates Is Unconstitutional
Virginia, Kentucky and Florida were called out in yesterday's Supreme Court decision that gave greater protection to death row inmates seeking to prove they should not be executed because they are intellectually disabled. The court ruled 5 to 4 that state laws that draw a bright line on IQ-test results are unconstitutional.
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Rules Change for Dark Money Groups Won't Kick In Til After Election, IRS Says

Rules Change for Dark Money Groups Won't Kick In Til After Election, IRS Says
There was some small hope that the IRS would effect some common sense rules changes prior to this year's elections, but those hopes have been dashed. Dark money groups will continue their unfettered spending after the IRS announced a delay in a reporting change for 'social welfare' nonprofits.
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Tale of Two States: CT Court Boosts Public Ed While Neighboring RI Slashes It

Tale of Two States: CT Court Boosts Public Ed While Neighboring RI Slashes It
Connecticut and Rhode Island have a few similarities, but their approach to public education is not one of them. Where Connecticut's Supreme Court has strengthened access to public education, Rhode Island has cut it, leaving a disparity that will only grow in time.
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Cell Your Rights Short: Supreme Court Considers Warrant-less Phone Searches

Cell Your Rights Short: Supreme Court Considers Warrant-less Phone Searches
The Supreme Court is considering whether police may search cellphones found on people they arrest without first getting a warrant. The court's latest foray into the issue of privacy in the digital age involves two cases being argued Tuesday that arose from searches of phones carried by a gang member and a drug dealer. Police looked through their cellphones after taking the suspects into custody and found evidence that led to their convictions and lengthy prison terms.
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Mark Sherman
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Sotomayor Blasts Roberts' Affirmative Action Decision at Supreme Court

Sotomayor Blasts Roberts' Affirmative Action Decision at Supreme Court
Supreme Court Justice may believe self-esteem building exercises are a good replacement for Affirmative Action's success in integration, but Justice Sotomayor has some holes to poke in that argument.
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Broadcasters vs Cloud Computing: SCOTUS Hears Debate in Streaming Video Case

Broadcasters vs Cloud Computing: SCOTUS Hears Debate in Streaming Video Case
Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can side with broadcasters in a copyright challenge to an Internet startup company without threatening the burgeoning world of cloud computing. The high court heard arguments in the dispute between television broadcasters and Aereo Inc., which takes free television signals from the airwaves and allows subscribers to watch the programs on laptop computers, smart phones and other portable devices. The case has the potential to bring big changes to the television industry.
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Mark Sherman
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McCutcheon and Dred Scott: Supreme Corruption in the Court of Law

McCutcheon and Dred Scott: Supreme Corruption in the Court of Law
It is more than just an "appearance of corruption" that troubles today's Supreme Court. With its recent decisions that gutted the regulation of campaign finance, the majority on the Roberts Court has shown itself a partisan combatant on the side of a most dangerously corrupt form of injustice.
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Opinion: Supreme Court's McCutcheon Decision Sells Out Our Democracy

Opinion: Supreme Court's McCutcheon Decision Sells Out Our Democracy
When the Supreme Court issued its 5-4 McCutcheon vs. FEC decision last week, it demonstrated once again just how out of touch with political reality it is. The Court found that big money in politics and the influence and access to elected officials that it obtains is not sufficiently corrupting to trump the so-called First Amendment rights of the richest Americans.
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