Nina Totenberg

NPR legal correspondent

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High Court Leans Toward Religious Protection In Headscarf Case

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Did Abercrombie & Fitch violate a prohibition against religious discrimination by not hiring a woman who wears a hijab? The company contends it just has a neutral policy against wearing caps.

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At Supreme Court, Fashion Collides With Religion In Headscarf Case

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

On one side of the case is the retailer Abercrombie & Fitch, and on the other, a 17-year-old job applicant who was highly rated for hiring but then rejected because she wore a Muslim headscarf.

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Supreme Court Considers Visa Case For Foreign Spouses

Monday, February 23, 2015

Do Americans' constitutional rights include the right to a visa for a non-citizen spouse? The Supreme Court heard arguments on that issue Monday and appears to be headed for another close vote.

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Justice Ginsberg Admits To Being Tipsy During State Of The Union Nap

Friday, February 13, 2015

Why was Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg dozing at the State of the Union this year? "I wasn't 100 percent sober," Ginsberg admitted during at a forum at George Washington University.

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Supreme Court Won't Stop Gay Marriages In Alabama

Monday, February 09, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to step in and stop gay marriages from taking place in Alabama. The move sent the strongest signal to date that the justices are on the verge of legalizing gay marriage nationwide. Within hours of the high court ruling, same-sex marriages began ...

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Supreme Court Refuses To Let Alabama Bar Same-Sex Marriages

Monday, February 09, 2015

On Monday the Supreme Court refused to allow Alabama to bar same-sex unions while awaiting a national ruling on the issue by the high court this summer.

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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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