The Supreme Court is avoiding a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood over the dissenting votes of three justices. Lower courts in both states had blocked the states from withholding money that is used for health services other than abortion for low-income women. Abortion opponents have said Planned Parenthood should not receive any government money because of heavily edited videos that claimed to show the nation's largest abortion provider profiting from sales of fetal tissue for medical research. Investigations sparked by the videos in several states didn't result in criminal charges. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch say they would have heard the case. This is developing story. Check back for updates. Copyright Associated Press … [Read more...] about Supreme Court Won’t Hear Kansas, Louisiana Appeal Over Planned Parenthood
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Oralandar Brand-Williams The Detroit News Published 12:04 AM EST Dec 4, 2018 For the first time in 33 years, the Michigan Supreme Court will not have an African-American justice or a person of color come Jan. 1 after Justice Kurtis Wilder's election loss. Since Democratic Party-nominated Megan Cavanagh narrowly defeated Republican-nominated Wilder, the state's highest court will become an all-white body. African-Americans comprise 14 percent of Michigan's population and make up 83 percent of the state's largest city. The lack of diversity on the Michigan Supreme Court has the local African-American legal community worried. The issue is of "great concern" to the Rev. Wendell Anthony, head of the Detroit branch of the NAACP. "We're always concerned about diversity," Anthony said. "Diversity presents an opportunity for there to be a greater sensitivity toward different people, different backgrounds, different values, different situations. When you have a diverse … [Read more...] about Michigan Supreme Court won’t have black justice for first time in 33 years
The Supreme Court seemed ready Monday to allow a lawsuit to go forward that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps. The court heard arguments in Apple's effort to shut down an antitrust lawsuit. Chief Justice John Roberts was alone among the nine justices who seemed prepared to agree with Apple. The suit by iPhone users could force Apple to cut the 30 percent commission it charges software developers whose apps are sold exclusively through Apple's App Store. A judge could triple the compensation to consumers under antitrust law if Apple ultimately loses the suit. But the issue before the high court at this early stage of the suit is whether the case can proceed at all. Justice Stephen Breyer, who used to teach antitrust law at Harvard Law School, said the consumers' case seemed straightforward and in line with a century of antitrust law. US Agents Fire Tear Gas as Migrants Breach Mexico-US Border Rodrigo Abd/AP Apple argues it's merely a … [Read more...] about Supreme Court Justices Skeptical of Apple in Case About iPhone Apps’ Sales
WASHINGTON - Apple is at the Supreme Court to defend the way it sells apps for iPhones against claims by consumers that the company has unfairly monopolized the market. The justices are hearing arguments Monday in Apple's effort to end an antitrust lawsuit that could force the iPhone maker to cut the 30 percent commission it charges software developers whose apps are sold exclusively through Apple's App Store. A judge could triple the compensation to consumers under antitrust law if Apple ultimately loses the lawsuit. Apple said it doesn't own the apps or sell them. That's the responsibility of software developers. But the lawsuit said the Cupertino, California-based company exerts a lot of control over the process, including a requirement that prices end in .99. And iPhone apps are available only through the App Store. Can Apple be sued? The issue for the Supreme Court is whether Apple can even be sued about the apps, given prior high court rulings in antitrust cases. In other … [Read more...] about iPhone app antitrust case lands at Supreme Court
Yvonne Gutierrez, executive director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, said that she is energized by the election results but that the 14 new Democrats in the Legislature will face an uphill battle in blocking legislation that limits abortion access.“We are going to work to protect access to reproductive health care and abortion no matter what and will continue to advocate,” she said. “We are going to fight tooth and nail to stop any legislation that seeks to further restrict access.” Before Roe vs. Wade, abortion was illegal in Texas, except if the mother's life was in danger or in cases of rape or incest. After a pregnant Dallas woman challenged the status quo, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalized the procedure.It would take five Supreme Court votes to overturn the ruling. Kavanaugh could be the fifth, though Texas Alliance for Life director Joe Pojman said he doesn’t believe Roe will be overturned.“But there is a good chance, if other … [Read more...] about Could having Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court affect abortion laws in Texas?