Nina Totenberg

NPR legal correspondent

Nina Totenberg appears in the following:

Supreme Court To Examine State Ban On Affirmative Action

Monday, March 25, 2013

As the national spotlight turns to the U.S. Supreme Court this week with two historic arguments on same-sex marriage, the court on Monday made headlines on another high-profile issue: affirmative action.

Just 10 years ago a narrow court majority upheld affirmative action programs in higher education in an opinion written ...

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Supreme Court Hears 'Pay To Delay' Pharmaceutical Case

Monday, March 25, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in a case worth billions of dollars to pharmaceutical companies and American consumers. The issue is whether brand-name drug manufacturers may pay generic drug manufacturers to keep generics off the market. These payments — a form of settlement in patent litigation — began ...

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Former Bush Aide Pushes 'Conservative Case' For Gay Marriage

Sunday, March 24, 2013

One hundred thirty-one prominent Republicans have signed a pro-same-sex marriage legal brief that is clearly at odds with the House GOP leadership and the party's platform in the most recent election. Because of the prominence of the signers, the brief stands out among the more than 150 friend-of-the-court briefs filed ...

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Meet The 83-Year-Old Taking On The U.S. Over Same-Sex Marriage

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The tiny dynamo asking the U.S. Supreme Court to turn the world upside down looks nothing like a fearless pioneer. At age 83, Edith Windsor dresses in classic, tailored clothes, usually with a long string of pearls, and she sports a well-coiffed, shoulder-length flip. She looks, for all the world, ...

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Supreme Court OKs Discounted Resale Of 'Gray Market' Goods

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that U.S. companies that make and sell products abroad cannot prevent those items from being resold in the U.S.

The 6-3 decision — likely worth billions, even trillions of dollars — could have repercussions that extend from U.S. trade policy to local ...

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Supreme Court Tests Limits Of Voter Registration Law

Monday, March 18, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a case that seeks to redefine a federal law aimed at streamlining the nation's voter registration process.

Congress enacted the law 20 years ago after it found that 40 percent of eligible voters were not registered to vote. Under the 1993 National ...

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Can States Go Beyond Federal Law On Voter Registration?

Monday, March 18, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in a case that could upend the federal effort to spur and streamline voter registration.

At issue is an Arizona law that requires prospective voters to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote. A federal appeals court ruled last year that ...

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In Voting Rights Arguments, Chief Justice Misconstrued Census Data

Friday, March 01, 2013

At the voting rights argument in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Chief Justice John Roberts tore into Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, grilling him on his knowledge of voting statistics.

The point the chief justice was trying to make was that Massachusetts, which is not covered by the preclearance ...

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Administration Asks Supreme Court To End Calif. Gay-Marriage Ban

Friday, March 01, 2013

The Obama administration has filed a friend of the court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down California's ban on gay marriage as a denial of "equal protection under the law." But the brief does not call for the abolition of all state bans on same-sex ...

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Supreme Court Weighs Future Of Voting Rights Act

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Once again, race is front and center at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. And once again, the bull's eye is the 1965 Voting Rights Act, widely viewed as the most effective and successful civil rights legislation in American history. Upheld five times by the court, the law now appears ...

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Supreme Court Makes It Harder To Challenge Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A sharply divided Supreme Court has made it practically impossible for American citizens to challenge the constitutionality of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

FISA is the federal law that authorizes large-scale electronic surveillance of phone calls and emails to and from targets abroad and individuals in the United States. By ...

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Supreme Court Considers If Warrantless DNA Swab Violates Constitution

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on Tuesday in a case that could throw a monkey wrench into the widespread use of DNA testing — a case that pits modern technology against notions of personal privacy.

Twenty-eight states and the federal government have enacted laws that provide for automatic DNA ...

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A Justice Deliberates: Sotomayor On Love, Health And Family

Monday, January 14, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is open about how she benefited from affirmative action, how she came to terms with her diabetes and the "out-of-body experience" of being appoin...

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Supreme Court To Look At Who Is A 'Supervisor' In Harassment Cases

Monday, November 26, 2012

The court's answer to that question could significantly restrict employer liability in racial and sexual harassment cases, or, in the view of some business organizations, it could result in frivolous litigation.

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Supreme Court To Review Voting Rights Act

Friday, November 09, 2012

The court said it would look at a key provision that requires certain jurisdictions with a history of discrimination to get approval before changing any election procedures. For decad...

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Supreme Court Soldiers On, Despite Sandy

Monday, October 29, 2012

While the rest of the federal government shut down Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court was open for business as usual — at least long enough to hear two cases argued. It is hardly the firs...

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Surveillance Act Criticized, But Can It Be Fought?

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Supreme Court will consider whether to allow a challenge to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Monday. Opponents of the law call it unnecessarily intrusive, but that's n...

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Marriage Law Likely Headed To Supreme Court

Friday, October 19, 2012

A federal appeals court ruling has catapulted a New York case to the head of the line, as the Supreme Court considers which of many cases it should use to decide whether the Defense o...

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Arlen Specter, Senator Who Gave No Quarter, Dies

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The five-term senator, a moderate Republican-turned-Democrat, was a key member of the Judiciary Committee and consistently a thorn for leaders of both political parties and their pres...

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