Nina Totenberg

NPR legal correspondent

Nina Totenberg appears in the following:

Supreme Court heard arguments in case about Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The Supreme Court appeared to lean toward reinstating the death sentence imposed on the Boston Marathon bomber. The liberal justices were incredulous at the actions of the judge in the original trial.

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Supreme Court looks set to reimpose the death penalty for the Boston Marathon bomber

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The court's liberal justices appeared incredulous about the actions of the district court judge in the original proceedings, but the conservatives appeared unpersuaded.

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The Boston Marathon bomber case reaches the Supreme Court

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The federal government is appealing a lower court ruling that overturned Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence.

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Supreme Court pushes government after it sought to block testimony in torture case

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Both liberal and conservative Supreme Court justices pressed the U.S. government's lawyer about why a detainee at Guantanamo Bay couldn't testify about his own torture at the hands of the CIA.

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Supreme Court justices push government on allowing Guantanamo inmate to testify

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

But a majority of the court appeared inclined to defer to the government's position that the release of information on Abu Zubaydah's treatment would hurt national security.

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The Supreme Court considers whether the CIA's black sites are state secrets

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

The case's central issue concerns whether a Guantánamo Bay detainee who has never been charged with a crime can subpoena testimony from the CIA contractors who supervised his torture.

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The Supreme Court has begun its new term

Monday, October 04, 2021

Monday was the first day of the Supreme Court's new term. It was the first time in more than a year that almost all the justices were at the court.

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The Supreme Court's conservatives cook up a stew of abortion, guns, religion and more

Monday, October 04, 2021

If some of the justices greet the new term with great anticipation for a new conservative legal era, others likely are facing the term with dread.

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A preview of the Supreme Court's new, highly anticipated term

Sunday, October 03, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court starts a new term Monday with a menu of high-profile cases, from abortion to gun rights and religious rights.

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Justice Alito Calls Criticism Of The Shadow Docket 'Silly' And 'Misleading'

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Alito said the term has been adopted by "journalists and some political figures" in order to convey the idea that "something sneaky and dangerous" is going on at the high court.

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The Supreme Court Sets A Date For Arguments In Case That Could Challenge Roe V. Wade

Monday, September 20, 2021

On Dec. 1, the court will hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. The Mississippi case tests whether all state laws that ban pre-viability abortions are unconstitutional.

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Solicitor General Nominee Elizabeth Prelogar May Be Heading For A Speedy Confirmation

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

President Biden's nominee for the solicitor general, who presents the government's position in the Supreme Court, is Elizabeth Prelogar. She's served in the job on an acting basis since January 2021.

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Breyer Warns Against Remaking The Court: 'What Goes Around Comes Around'

Friday, September 10, 2021

"If the Democrats can do it, the Republicans can do it," Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer told NPR's Nina Totenberg.

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Justice Breyer Says Supreme Court Upholding Texas Abortion Ban Was 'Very, Very Wrong'

Thursday, September 09, 2021

But the justice was philosophical about the outcome: "I wrote a dissent — and that's the way it works," he said. The decision was part of what court watchers call the "shadow docket."

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Progressives Want Justice Stephen Breyer To Retire. His Response? Not Yet

Thursday, September 09, 2021

In an interview with NPR, the 83-year-old said: "When exactly I should retire, or will retire, has many complex parts to it. I think I'm aware of most of them, and I ... will consider them."

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The Supreme Court Heads Toward Reversing Abortion Rights

Friday, September 03, 2021

The court's most conservative members upheld the Texas law, but almost as important as the result was how the court reached its decision — without full briefing and arguments before any court.

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How The Supreme Court Reached The Decision To Uphold Texas' Law Restricting Abortion

Thursday, September 02, 2021

The Supreme Court's most conservative members upheld a Texas law banning abortions after about six weeks. But the court reached its decision without full briefing and arguments before any court.

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Supreme Court Upholds New Texas Abortion Law, For Now

Thursday, September 02, 2021

The law bans abortions after cardiac activity is detected, usually about six weeks into pregnancy and well before many people even know they are pregnant. The ruling is at odds with court precedents.

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Texas Law That Bans Abortion Before Many Women Know They're Pregnant Takes Effect

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

The law also allows private citizens to sue abortion providers and anyone else who helps a woman obtain an abortion, including those who give a woman a ride to a clinic.

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U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Part Of New York's Ban On Residential Evictions

Thursday, August 12, 2021

The court has agreed to partially lift a ban on evictions for renters in New York state, which was already scheduled to expire at the end of the month.

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