Nina Totenberg

NPR legal correspondent

Nina Totenberg appears in the following:

Takeaways From Supreme Court Rulings On Buffer Zones, Recess Picks

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The court limited presidential power to make appointments when the Senate isn't in session and narrowed a state's power to have protest-free zones outside abortion clinics. Here are the implications.

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Supreme Court Rules On Obama Appointments, Abortion Protests

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The court ruled on cases involving some of President Obama's recess appointments and a Massachusetts law that created a buffer zone to keep protesters a certain distance away from abortion clinics.

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Federal Court Rules Against Utah's Ban On Gay Marriage

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A federal appeals court in Denver struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage. It's the first appeals court decision in the nation to date, and paves the way for a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the issue.

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Strike Against Utah Gay-Marriage Ban Paves Way For Supreme Court Ruling

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals called marriage a fundamental right that shouldn't be determined at the ballot box. It marks the first time that a federal appeals court has ruled on the issue.

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High Court Ruling On Search Warrants Is Broader Than Cellphones

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The justices unanimously ruled that police must obtain a warrant before searching electronic devices at the time of arrest. The decision has been called "a bold endorsement of digital privacy."

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Supreme Court Rules On Aereo, Cellphone Searches

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The court ruled against the technology company Aereo's practice of streaming broadcast TV. It also decided a case involving police searches of individuals' cellphones.

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EPA Gets A Win From Supreme Court On Global Warming Emissions — Mostly

Monday, June 23, 2014

The court's 7-2 decision gave the EPA the right to regulate greenhouse gases. But in a separate 5-4 vote, the justices curbed the agency's attempt to rework one section of the Clean Air Act.

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High Court Ruling Supports Employees In Retaliation Cases

Friday, June 20, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that public employees cannot be fired in retaliation for testifying truthfully on matters of public corruption or public concern.

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From Supreme Court, Firm Support For Employee In Retaliation Case

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The justices unanimously ruled that a public employee who testified about corruption should not have been punished for doing so. Going forward, though, some tricky questions are still undecided.

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Supreme Court Rules Against Gun 'Straw Purchases'

Monday, June 16, 2014

In a major victory for gun control groups, the justices upheld by a 5-4 vote a federal ban on one person buying a gun for another.

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By Slim Margin, Supreme Court Preserves Key Gun Control Law

Monday, June 16, 2014

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that federal law may prohibit someone from buying a gun for another person — whether or not the other person is legally allowed to purchase a gun.

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Supreme Court: Inherited IRAs Not Protected From Bankruptcy

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Supreme Court has ruled that individual retirement accounts (IRAs) that Americans inherit are not protected in bankruptcy proceedings.

When Heidi Heffron-Clark declared bankruptcy in October 2010, she and her husband claimed the IRA she inherited from her mother — then worth $300,000 — qualified as "retirement funds," meaning the ...

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POM Wonderful Wins A Round In Food Fight With Coca-Cola

Thursday, June 12, 2014

By a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled that POM Wonderful's lawsuit against the Coca-Cola Co. may go on. The repercussions of the case for the food and beverage industry are unclear.

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Supreme Court Rules Against Homeowners In Superfund Case

Monday, June 09, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal law seeking to improve accountability for environmental spills and pollution can be circumvented by certain kinds of state laws.

The federal Superfund law supersedes state statutes of limitations. Instead the federal law dictates that lawsuits alleging environmental injury need only be ...

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Supreme Court: At 21, Some Children Must Start Visa Process Over

Monday, June 09, 2014

In an unusual majority, the Supreme Court's liberal and conservative justices have decided that immigrant children who turn 21 while their parents' immigration application is pending must start over.

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Supreme Court: Case Involved Romantic Jealousy, Not Chemical Weapons

Monday, June 02, 2014

The justices ruled that federal authorities erred by invoking the chemical weapons treaty in prosecuting a woman who attacked a romantic rival with chemicals.

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Supreme Court Upholds Law Enforcement's Qualified Immunity

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

In two decisions handed down Tuesday, the Supreme Court made it more difficult for citizens to sue law enforcement officers for their conduct. Both decisions were unanimous.

The central issue in both was the doctrine of "qualified immunity," which shields public officials from being sued for actions that fall short ...

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A Divided High Court Strikes Down IQ Rules In Fla. Death Penalty

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down a Florida rule requiring a defendant's IQ to be 70 or below before that defendant could avoid the death penalty for reasons of mental retardation.

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Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania's Gay-Marriage Ban

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. The ruling is the latest in a growing cascade of federal and state court decisions declaring a right to marry for gay couples.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court last year struck down a federal ...

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In 'Raging Bull' Ruling, High Court Sides With Co-Writer's Daughter

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Supreme Court delivered a blow on behalf of writers, giving a screenwriter's daughter a chance to prove in court that the critically acclaimed movie Raging Bull infringed her father's copyright.

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