Supreme Court sides with doctors challenging their convictions in opioids ‘pill mill’ case

Lawyers for the doctors appealed their convictions, arguing that a jury should have been able to consider whether they reasonably believed that they were acting within professional boundaries. The government had argued such a standard was not necessary. The court ruling for the doctors was unanimous, but the justices differed 6-3 on the legal rationale. … Read more

Supreme Court’s abortion ruling sets off new court fights

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The fall of Roe v. Wade shifted the battleground over abortion to courthouses around the country Monday, as one side sought quickly to enact statewide bans and the other tried to block or at least delay such measures. The US Supreme Court’s decision Friday to end constitutional protection for abortion opened … Read more

WNBA star Brittney Griner ordered to trial Friday in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Shackled and looking wary, WNBA star Brittney Griner was ordered to stand trial Friday by a court near Moscow on cannabis possession charges, about 4 1/2 months after her arrest at an airport while returning to play for a Russian team . The Phoenix Mercury center and two-time US Olympic gold medalist … Read more

Abortion clinic challenges Louisiana ‘trigger’ ban after U.S. Supreme Court ruling

June 27 (Reuters) – A Louisiana clinic on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging laws banning abortion in the Republican-led state that took effect after the US Supreme Court’s blockbuster decision to eliminate the constitutional right to abortion nationwide. Louisiana is one of 13 states with “trigger laws” designed to ban or severely restrict abortions once … Read more

Supreme Court sides with high school football coach who lost his job for praying after games

Washington— The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a former football coach for a high school in western Washington who lost his job after praying on the 50-yard-line after games. The court ruled 6-3 along ideological lines that the free exercise and free speech clauses of the First Amendment protect an individual engaging … Read more

New York Times v. Sullivan: Supreme Court declines to revisit landmark First Amendment decision

Justice Clarence Thomas dissented from the court’s refusal to take up the case. “I would grant certiorari in this case to revisit the ‘actual malice’ standard,” Thomas wrote. “This case is one of many showing how the New York Times and its progeny have allowed media organizations and interest groups ‘to cast false aspersions on … Read more