Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

By: Wednesday June 26, 2013 7:33 am

In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court has ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Kennedy sided with the four liberals on the court. Most importantly, the majority found that DOMA is unconstitutional on equal protection grounds, which will give all married same sex couples equal treatment under federal law. Justice Kennedy writing [...]

Supreme Court Decision Will Likely Reduce Prescription Drug Prices

By: Monday June 17, 2013 8:46 am

Thanks to the Supreme Court, it may soon become slightly easier to get the  cheaper generic version of some medications.  In the case of FTC v. Actavis, Inc. the Court decided 5-3 that the FTC has the power to try to stop “pay for delay” on anti-trust grounds.  This is a practice in which drug [...]

Supreme Court Needs to Realize Technology Has Advanced Since the 70′s

By: Friday June 14, 2013 8:38 am

One of the more annoying aspects of the United States Supreme Court is that they operate as if there have been no technological advances in the past 50 years. The level of transparency they offer is unacceptable in a digital world. To begin with, the court still doesn’t allow cameras. This is a policy decision [...]

Supreme Court: Your Genes Are Safe From Being Patented

By: Thursday June 13, 2013 8:35 am

In an unanimous ruling the Supreme Court declared that naturally occurring human genes can’t be patented. The case is Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. Myriad Genetics had patented two human genes linked to an increased likelihood of developing breast cancer but it was argued that naturally occurring things can’t be patented. The [...]

Scalia Warns: Your DNA Can Be Taken and Entered Into a National DNA Database

By: Monday June 3, 2013 8:46 am

In the landmark case of Maryland v. King,  the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that a warrant is not needed to take your DNA. According to the Court, the police can take a DNA swab from individuals arrested for serious crimes simply as part of the booking procedure. The majority concluded that “taking and analyzing [...]

Kennedy Seems Inclined Towards Striking Down DOMA

By: Wednesday March 27, 2013 11:12 am

Based on today’s Supreme Court oral arguments it appears that the Defense of Marriage (DOMA) Act may soon be history. While the oral arguments are not always a reliable indicator of the justices’ opinions, professional court watchers overwhelmingly feel the odds are very good that the Court will strike down the law. SCOTUSblog put the [...]

Hollingsworth v. Perry Oral Arguments Are Now Online

By: Tuesday March 26, 2013 10:22 am

The Supreme Court has now published the audio and transcripts of this morning’s Hollingsworth v. Perry oral arguments. The case is about California’s 2008 Proposition 8 which banned same-sex marriage in the state. You can find them here. The two main questions of the case are whether or not the petitioners lacked standing and whether banning same-sex [...]

Lifetime Appointments Are a Horrible Idea

By: Tuesday March 26, 2013 9:23 am

Since everyone is talking about the Supreme Court today it is worth highlighting another one of the many structural problems with our Constitution. The practice of lifetime appointments to any position of power is truly insane. I understand the logic behind it. Our justices are supposed to be removed from regular politicians and our court [...]

Marriage Equality is Inevitable

By: Tuesday March 26, 2013 7:48 am

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on same-sex marriage today; but regardless how they rule, the simple fact is marriage equality is inevitable. The trend in support clearly has been heading in the right direct for the past decade. From Pew Research: Even more important than the trend line is the demographic breakdown of the [...]

California Voters Overwhelmingly Support Marriage Equality

By: Friday March 1, 2013 7:18 am

If Proposition 8 were put back on the ballot today in California it would be defeated easily. A new Field Poll finds that there has been a significant shift in public opinion about same-sex marriage over the past four years. The poll found California voters now support marriage equality by a two-to-one margin. Field Poll [...]