Nina Totenberg

NPR legal correspondent

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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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Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The craft store chain's conservative Christian owners object to the Affordable Care Act mandate to include coverage for birth control in company health insurance plans.

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Lawrence Walsh: His Judgment Came Not From Confidence But From Insecurity

Thursday, March 20, 2014

In 2003 the American Bar Association published Lawrence Walsh's autobiography, The Gift of Insecurity; A Lawyer's Life. Walsh died Wednesday at age 102. The following is the foreword NPR's Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg wrote for the book.

In 1969 I was a very green, young reporter for ...

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Lawrence Walsh, Who Investigated Iran-Contra Scandal, Dies At 102

Thursday, March 20, 2014

When appointed by President Reagan, everyone thought Walsh, a well-known Republican commodity, would conduct a pro forma investigation. It was anything but.

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Iran-Contra Prosecutor Lawrence Walsh Dies At 102

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Lawrence Walsh, the chief prosecutor of the Iran-Contra affair, has died. After an already illustrious career, Walsh led a criminal investigation many considered the biggest scandal since Watergate.

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High Court Extends Whistleblower Protections

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a federal whistleblower law, enacted after the collapse of Enron Corporation, protects not just the employees of a public company, but also company contractors like lawyers, accountants, and investment funds.

Writing for the six-justice majority, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that in enacting ...

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With Death Penalty, How Should States Define Mental Disability?

Monday, March 03, 2014

In 2002, the Supreme Court banned the execution of the "mentally retarded." Monday the court is looking at the case of a convicted man who says Florida's definition of mental disability is too strict.

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Supreme Court Allows Stanford Ponzi Scheme Suits To Go Forward

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that investor lawsuits may go forward against investment advisors and others for allegedly helping Texas tycoon Allen Stanford in a massive fraud.

Stanford was sentenced to 110 years in prison for bilking investors in a $7 billion Ponzi scheme. The investors who lost money ...

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Supreme Court Opens Door To Easier Police Searches

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The justices ruled 6-3 that police can enter and search a home without a warrant, so long as just one of the residents consents, giving law enforcement more room to conduct warrantless searches.

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Justice Scalia And Jon Stewart Concur Chicago Pizza Isn't Pizza

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Justice Antonin Scalia and Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart on Comedy Central, are, gasp, in agreement!

Both have rendered scorching opinions on a major national controversy — pizza. Specifically, Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza.

For months, Stewart and Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel have been dueling on the ...

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Supreme Court To Decide If Warrant Needed To Search Cellphone

Friday, January 17, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court is delving into the technology-versus-privacy debate, agreeing to hear two cases that test whether police making an arrest may search cellphones without a warrant.

The court's announcement Friday that it would take the cases came just hours after President Obama outlined his proposals to address government ...

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Military Protester Finds Skeptical Audience At Supreme Court

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The First Amendment loomed large at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, as the justices considered a case testing the rights of protesters in public areas that are part of large military installations.

But the court, it seemed, was not in the mood for big constitutional questions.

The case involved ...

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A Supreme Court Fight For The Rights Of (Frequent) Fliers

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Do airline frequent fliers have any legal rights when they get into disputes over their club memberships?

That's the question before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, when the justices examine whether, and under what circumstances, frequent fliers can sue in these disputes.

Frequent-flier programs — famous for their free ...

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Supreme Court Takes Challenge To Obamacare Contraceptive Rule

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

President Obama's Affordable Care Act will be back before the Supreme Court this spring. This time, the issue is whether for-profit corporations citing religious objections may refuse to provide contraceptive services in health insurance plans offered to employees.

In enacting the ACA, Congress required large employers who offer health care ...

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Supreme Court Examines Anew Prayer At Government Functions

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court delved into a subject Wednesday that has bedeviled it for decades: how to reconcile a tradition of public prayers with the Constitution's ban on establishment of religion. At issue were almost exclusively Christian prayers that took place at town board meetings in Greece, N.Y.

The justices ...

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Supreme Court Case Puts Public Prayer Back In The Spotlight

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case questioning the use of prayer at government meetings. But first, the marshal will ask "God" to "save the United States and this honorable court."

In 1983, the high court ruled that legislatures could begin their sessions ...

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Love Triangle Case Puts Chemical Weapons Treaty To The Test

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

At the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, the subject for debate was the reach of the Constitution's treaty power. But the justices' questions covered subjects from sarin gas to Halloween trick-or-treating. And the facts of the case sounded more like a soap opera.

In 2005, when Carol Anne ...

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A Toxic Love Triangle Heads To The Supreme Court

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday hears about a love triangle, complete with attempted poisonings and 24-hour surveillance by postal inspectors. Although it sounds like an episode of Law & Order (with a dash of Days of Our Lives), the case has global implications.

In 2005, Carol Anne Bond was ...

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Nina Totenberg on the New SCOTUS Term

Monday, October 28, 2013

A new Supreme Court term began earlier this month. This docket for this session includes a case on limits on campaign donations, affirmative action, and two cases related to abortion. Nina Totenberg, NPR legal affairs correspondent, talks about the cases she's following from the highest court in the country.

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