Nina Totenberg

NPR legal correspondent

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Supreme Court Agrees To Rule On Constitutionality Of Execution Drug Cocktail

Friday, January 23, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed today to review Oklahoma's method of execution by lethal injection. The justices agreed to hear the Oklahoma case a week after refusing to halt another execution that used the same drug formula.

It takes the votes of five justices to halt an execution but only ...

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Shouts Of Protest At Supreme Court On 'Citizens United' Anniversary

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Overturned chairs and shouts of protest briefly shattered the formality and calm of the U.S. Supreme Court this morning.

The session had just begun when protesters in the back of the chamber began yelling things like, "One person, one vote," "We are the 99 percent," "Money is not speech," and ...

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Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Air Marshal Whistleblower

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Robert MacLean gave a reporter information about U.S. air marshals being taken off flights to save money.

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Supreme Court Rules On 2 Prisoner Rights Cases

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The court ruled: It was wrong to force a Muslim inmate to shave a beard he regarded as a religious obligation, and a death row inmate shouldn't be denied an appeal because lawyers missed a deadline.

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Death Row Inmate Whose Lawyers Missed The Appeal Date Gets Another Chance

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has taken the rare step of reversing the lower courts in a death penalty case and, for all practical purposes, giving the defendant a chance to have his conviction and death sentence reviewed by the federal courts.

In 1999, Mark Christeson was convicted of and ...

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Supreme Court Examines Gray Area In Judicial Campaigning

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The court today heard arguments testing whether states may prohibit candidates for judgeships from soliciting campaign donations personally.

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Supreme Court Rules For Muslim Inmate In Prison Beard Case

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

In a closely watched religious rights case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that an Arkansas prisoner must be allowed to grow a half-inch beard in accordance with his religion.

Federal law bars public institutions such as prisons from imposing a substantial and unjustified burden on the free exercise ...

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Should Judicial Candidates Be Allowed To Solicit Campaign Money?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Once, judicial elections were a pretty tame affair, with relatively little money spent. Not anymore. The Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday on how candidates should be allowed to gather funding.

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Supreme Court To Decide Whether States Can Ban Same-Sex Marriage

Friday, January 16, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether states can ban same-sex marriage.

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Supreme Court Considers Whether A Sock Is Drug Paraphernalia

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments about a graduate student who was deported after four Adderall pills were found in his sock.

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Rough Morning Commute? Justice Scalia Was Right There With You

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Washington, D.C., suburbanite had trouble getting to work Tuesday, leaving a key task to the boss.

At the U.S. Supreme Court, two unanimous opinions, both written by Justice Antonin Scalia, were handed down, but Scalia was missing in action. Chief Justice John Roberts summarized the opinions from the bench ...

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In Battle Over Church Signs, Is Ariz. Town Being 'A Little Unreasonable'?

Monday, January 12, 2015

In a case before the Supreme Court Monday, an Arizona town maintains that Good News Community Church's signs are temporary directional signs for events, and thus limited to 6 square feet.

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Supreme Court Sees The Signs — But Can They Stay?

Monday, January 12, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in a case that looks at how municipal governments may regulate where and when signs are posted.

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Supreme Court To Hear Case Against Obamacare In 2015

Monday, December 29, 2014

There is another challenge to Obamacare. This one is not as high profile as the last one, but it has the power to gut the program. The high court may also decide to weigh in on the gay marriage issue.

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Supreme Court Refuses To Limit Abortion Drug's Use

Monday, December 15, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked enforcement of an Arizona law aimed at limiting use of the increasingly popular abortion pill. In 2012 nearly half of the abortions in the state were via the pill, known as RU-486.

The pill was approved by the FDA in 2000 for the first ...

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Supreme Court Upholds North Carolina Traffic Stop

Monday, December 15, 2014

The court has upheld a cocaine conviction that began when police stopped a car with just one brake light, even though state law in North Carolina requires only one brake lamp.

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Supreme Court Rules Employers Are Not Required To Pay For Security Time

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that companies do not have to pay workers for time spent in anti-theft security screening at the end of a shift.

The decision is a major victory for retail enterprises and manufacturing businesses that could have been on the hook for billions of ...

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Pregnancy Discrimination Act In The Spotlight At Supreme Court

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Driver Peggy Young sued UPS for suspending her job and health insurance during her pregnancy. She claims the company was required to accommodate her, but UPS says its policy was within the law.

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Did UPS Discriminate Against A Pregnant Worker By Letting Her Go?

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

When Peggy Young became pregnant, her doctor recommended not lifting more than 20 pounds and she lost her job. Now a federal law banning pregnancy discrimination faces a test before the Supreme Court.

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Justices Struggle To Find Line Between Threats, Free Speech Online

Monday, December 01, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court struggled Monday with conflicting notions of where to draw the line between free speech and criminal threats in the Internet age.

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