Nina Totenberg, NPR http://kut.org en When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution http://kut.org/post/when-did-companies-become-people-excavating-legal-evolution Are corporations people? The U.S. Supreme Court says they are, at least for some purposes. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:24:18 +0000 Nina Totenberg, NPR 10878 at http://kut.org When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court http://kut.org/post/hobby-lobby-contraceptive-case-goes-supreme-court The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in the latest challenge to the Obama health care overhaul.<p>This time the issue is whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to provide some, or potentially all, contraceptive services in health plans offered to employees. It is a case that touches lots of hot-button issues.<p>In enacting the ACA, Congress required large employers to provide basic preventive care for employees. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:05:05 +0000 Nina Totenberg, NPR 10028 at http://kut.org Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court With Death Penalty, How Should States Define Mental Disability? http://kut.org/post/death-penalty-how-should-states-define-mental-disability Twelve years after banning the execution of the "mentally retarded," the U.S. Supreme Court is examining the question of who qualifies as having mental retardation, for purposes of capital cases, and who does not.<p>In 2002, the high court ruled in <em>Atkins v. Virginia</em> that executing "mentally retarded" people is unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:17:39 +0000 Nina Totenberg, NPR 9879 at http://kut.org Supreme Court Returns To Affirmative Action In Michigan Case http://kut.org/post/supreme-court-returns-affirmative-action-michigan-case The U.S. Supreme Court takes up the issue of affirmative action again Tuesday, but this time the question is not whether race may be considered as a factor in college admissions. Instead, this case tests whether voters can ban affirmative action programs through a referendum.<p>In 2003, the <a href="http://www.npr.org/news/specials/michigan/" target="_blank">high court upheld</a> the University of Michigan Law School's affirmative action policy. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:57:28 +0000 Nina Totenberg, NPR 8937 at http://kut.org Supreme Court Returns To Affirmative Action In Michigan Case Despite Shutdown, Supreme Court Opens Its Doors For New Term http://kut.org/post/despite-shutdown-supreme-court-opens-its-doors-new-term When the rest of the government shuts down for a blizzard, the U.S. Supreme Court soldiers on. And so it is that this week, with the rest of the government shut down in a political deep freeze, the high court, being deemed essential, is open for business.<p>It is, after all, not just any week for the justices. It is the opening of a new term.<p>The docket this year has nothing quite as riveting as last year's same-sex marriage cases, or the challenge to President Obama's health care overhaul from the term before. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 10:45:51 +0000 Nina Totenberg, NPR 8866 at http://kut.org Despite Shutdown, Supreme Court Opens Its Doors For New Term Supreme Court Asks: Can Human Genes Be Patented? http://kut.org/post/question-supreme-court-can-human-genes-be-patented Same-sex marriage got huge headlines at the Supreme Court last month, but in the world of science and medicine, the case being argued on Monday is far more important. The lawsuit deals with a truly 21st century issue — whether human genes may be patented.<p>Myriad Genetics, a Utah biotechnology company, discovered and isolated two genes — BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 — that are highly associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Myriad patented its discovery, giving it a 20-year monopoly over use of the genes for research, diagnostics and treatment. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:29:15 +0000 Nina Totenberg, NPR 7359 at http://kut.org Supreme Court Asks: Can Human Genes Be Patented? Administration Asks Supreme Court To End Calif. Gay-Marriage Ban http://kut.org/post/administration-asks-supreme-court-end-calif-gay-marriage-ban The Obama administration has filed a <a href="http://media.npr.org/documents/2013/feb/brief.pdf" target="_blank">friend of the court brief</a> urging the U.S. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 12:45:08 +0000 Nina Totenberg, NPR 6792 at http://kut.org Supreme Court Weighs Future Of Voting Rights Act http://kut.org/post/supreme-court-weighs-future-voting-rights-act 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 to be on life support.<p>The provision at issue in Wednesday's case applies only to specific parts of the country where discriminatory voting procedures were once rampant. It covers all of nine states, mainly in the South, plus parts of seven other states. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:27:37 +0000 Nina Totenberg, NPR 6765 at http://kut.org Supreme Court Weighs Future Of Voting Rights Act Obama Team To Make Important, If Symbolic, Choice On Gay Marriage http://kut.org/post/obama-make-important-if-symbolic-choice-gay-marriage The Obama administration faces tricky political and legal questions on the subject of gay marriage. By the end of this month, the federal government is expected to file not just one but two briefs in a pair of same-sex marriage cases at the U.S. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 20:01:25 +0000 Nina Totenberg, NPR 6524 at http://kut.org Obama Team To Make Important, If Symbolic, Choice On Gay Marriage Can Police Force Drunken Driving Suspects To Take Blood Tests? http://kut.org/post/can-police-draw-dwi-suspects-blood-without-warrant The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case testing whether police must get a warrant before forcing a drunken driving suspect to have his blood drawn.<p>The court has long held that search warrants are ordinarily required when government officials order intrusions into the body — intrusions like drawing blood from an unwilling individual. The court has reasoned that such intrusions amount to a bodily search and thus are covered by the Fourth Amendment's warrant requirement. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:25:10 +0000 Nina Totenberg, NPR 6116 at http://kut.org Can Police Force Drunken Driving Suspects To Take Blood Tests? Justices Return to Affirmative Action in Higher Ed http://kut.org/post/justices-return-affirmative-action-higher-ed The U.S. Supreme Court returns on Wednesday to the emotional issue of affirmative action in higher education. The court will once again hear oral arguments on the issue, this time in a case from the University of Texas.<p>Over the past 35 years, the court has twice ruled that race may be one of many factors in determining college admissions, as long as there are no racial quotas. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:34:58 +0000 Nina Totenberg, NPR 5293 at http://kut.org Justices Return to Affirmative Action in Higher Ed Justices Tackle The Big Question: Can Congress Force You To Buy Insurance? http://kut.org/post/justices-tackle-big-question-can-congress-force-you-buy-insurance The U.S. Supreme Court gets to the heart of the health care arguments Tuesday. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:51:33 +0000 Nina Totenberg, NPR 3919 at http://kut.org Justices Tackle The Big Question: Can Congress Force You To Buy Insurance? Four Questions That Could Make or Break the Health Care Law http://kut.org/post/four-questions-could-make-or-break-health-care-law It's the hottest ticket in Washington, D.C. Even the flossiest lawyers in town can't get a seat. Senators, congressmen, Cabinet and White House officials are all vying for a place.<p>At the U.S. Supreme Court, people have been lining up for days, waiting to hear this week's historic oral arguments on President Obama's health care law. The arguments will last for six hours over a three-day period, the longest argument in more than 40 years.<p>The court has boiled the arguments down into four questions. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 14:38:20 +0000 Nina Totenberg, NPR 3911 at http://kut.org Four Questions That Could Make or Break the Health Care Law Supreme Court Declines Duane Buck Death Row Case http://kut.org/post/supreme-court-declines-texas-death-row-case-duane-buck The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the case of Texas death row inmate Duane Buck, who alleged that race played an improper role in his death sentence. In September, the court issued a rare stay of execution while it considered the merits of the case. Monday's action lifts the stay and allows the state to set a new execution date.<p>In 1995, Buck, who is African-American, was convicted of killing two people and shooting a third. During the sentencing phase of his trial, psychologist Walter Quijano was called by the defense. Tue, 08 Nov 2011 16:34:01 +0000 Nina Totenberg, NPR 2934 at http://kut.org Supreme Court Declines Duane Buck Death Row Case