Nina Totenberg

NPR legal correspondent

Nina Totenberg appears in the following:

Supreme Court Considers Limits On Warrantless Cellphone Searches

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

In a case that reaches into almost every American's pocket or purse, justices struggled over whether police can search cellphones without obtaining a warrant at the time of an arrest.

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Weighing The Risks Of Warrantless Phone Searches During Arrests

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Police have long been able to search people without a warrant at the time of their arrest. Two cases before the Supreme Court ask whether cellphones should be off-limits until police get permission.

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The Public School Where The Duke Lives On

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Nowhere is the legacy of Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington — among the greatest composer/bandleaders in history — more profound than at the Washington, D.C., arts high school that bears his name.

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Justices Troubled By Their Earlier Ruling On Public Employee Speech Rights

Monday, April 28, 2014

In 2006, the Supreme Court said public employees have no First Amendment protection for speech "pursuant to their job duties." But Monday, in a case about criminal testimony, justices seemed dubious.

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How A Public Corruption Scandal Became A Fight Over Free Speech

Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday the Supreme Court hears about a man who was fired after testifying against a state lawmaker. The case on public employees' right to speak out could impact future corruption investigations.

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Supreme Court Gives Police New Power To Rely On Anonymous Tips

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police can stop and search a driver based solely on an anonymous 911 tip.

The 5-4 decision split the court's two most conservative justices, with Justice Clarence Thomas writing for the majority and Justice Antonin Scalia penning the dissent.

In August 2008, an ...

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High Court Upholds Michigan's Affirmative Action Ban

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

By a 6-2 vote, the Supreme Court upheld a voter-approved measure in Michigan that banned the use of race or gender in deciding admissions to the state's public universities.

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Supreme Court Rules On Race-Based College Admissions

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Supreme Court ruled that a Michigan ballot initiative to ban racial preferences in college admissions is constitutional, overturning a lower court decision.

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Supreme Court Case Could Change How You Watch TV

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bruce Springsteen may have been ahead of his times with his song "57 Channels (And Nothin' On)," released in 1992. These days there are hundreds of channels, and whether you like it or not, you get most of them in your basic cable package. On Tuesday, that economic model is ...

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Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge To Ohio Ban On Campaign Lies

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday testing whether states can make it a crime to lie about candidates during an election campaign.

At issue is an Ohio law that imposes potential jail time or a fine for the first offense, and possibly loss of the right to vote for ...

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High Court To Consider Political Lies, Future Of Broadcasting

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Supreme Court on Tuesday hears arguments in two high-profile cases that could affect video sharing on the Internet, and the telling of untruths in the political marketplace.

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Group Goes Online To Find Affirmative Action Plaintiffs

Monday, April 07, 2014

A group opposed to affirmative action in higher education is taking the unprecedented step of looking for plaintiffs online.

The Project on Fair Representation is advertising for college applicants willing to challenge Harvard University, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

When the Supreme ...

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Fort Hood Suffers Another Shooting Tragedy

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Military officials say a soldier opened fire at the base killing three people before taking his own life. A senior officer says the shooter was being assessed for post-traumatic stress disorder.

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High Court Strikes Down Overall Limits On Political Contributions

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The Supreme Court on Wednesday took out a major pillar of campaign finance limits. The justices ruled a donor may give the maximum amount to as many federal candidates or committees as they wish.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Pillar Of Campaign Finance Limits

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

A divided Supreme Court eliminated the overall limits on a donor's contributions to federal candidates and campaigns, while leaving in place the limit on what a donor may give to one candidate.

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Onscreen But Out Of Sight, TV Preachers Avoid Tax Scrutiny

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The IRS has not audited a church in five years. Some televangelists are taking advantage of that inaction to shield millions of dollars from public scrutiny.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Part Of Campaign Finance Law

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

By a 5-4 vote, the justices eliminated the cap on the total amount donors can contribute in an election cycle. The aggregate limit had been $123,000.

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High Court Considers Definition Of Domestic Violence In Gun Case

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Law enforcement, domestic violence organizations and gun control groups won an important victory in the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday.

The justices ruled unanimously that people convicted of minor domestic violence offenses are barred under federal law from possessing a gun, even though some states do not require proof of ...

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Protesters Want To Sue Secret Service: Do They Have The Right?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday about whether the Secret Service can be sued for a 2004 incident in which agents ordered police to move demonstrators away from President George W. Bush.

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Justices Divide By Gender In Hobby Lobby Contraception Case

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The company, citing religion, argued before the Supreme Court that it shouldn't have to provide contraception coverage in its health plan. The coverage is mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

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