High Court to Settle Gay Marriage Issue

CNN –The U.S. Supreme Court decided Friday it will tackle the issue of whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, or whether states are allowed to ban gay marriage. The nine justices are expected to hear oral arguments in April and deliver a ruling by June. The Court had before it petitions from … Continue reading »

SCOTUS Rules on DNA Swab after Arrest

(CNN) — On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled police can collect DNA from criminal suspects without first getting a warrant. The vote was a very close 5 to 4. The ruling involved a Maryland case where a man was convicted of rape based on a DNA sample taken during an arrest on an unrelated … Continue reading »

Local Take on SCOTUS Case

MEDFORD, Ore. — The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday on California’s ban on gay marriage, known as Proposition 8. Challengers to Prop 8 argue the 14th amendment guarantees “equal protection”, so defining marriage as only between a man and a woman violates their equal rights. Some supporters of Prop 8 say voters, not … Continue reading »

SCOTUS Hears Oregon Logging Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that affects logging road construction in Oregon. It stems from a lawsuit that an environmental group in Portland brought against the Oregon Department of Forestry. The Northwest Environmental Defense Center says, water runoff from construction sites that are now treated as runoff … Continue reading »