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Supreme Court to hear appeal of Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed
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Supreme Court to hear appeal of Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed

The Supreme Court will hear an appeal Tuesday from a Black man on Texas' death row who maintains his innocence and whose case has drawn the attention of celebrities, lawmakers and millions of Americans. Rodney Reed, 54, was convicted by an all-white jury in 1998 of the rape and murder of Stacey Stites, a 19-year-old white woman.Reed has spent decades on death row after he was sentenced to die in the murder of Stites in Bastrop, Texas, but the state's highest court issued a stay days before his scheduled execution in November 2019. As his execution date loomed, the case gained national attention.Traces of his sperm were found on the victim's body, but Reed insists he is innocent of the 1996 murder and that he and Stites had a secret consensual relationship. ...
Supreme Court will hear two cases seeking to hold social media companies financially responsible for terrorist attacks
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Supreme Court will hear two cases seeking to hold social media companies financially responsible for terrorist attacks

The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear two cases seeking to hold social media companies financially responsible for terrorist attacks. Relatives of people killed in terror attacks in France and Turkey had sued Google, Twitter and Facebook, accusing the companies of helping terrorists spread their message and radicalize new recruits.The court will hear the cases this term, which began Monday, with a decision expected before the court recesses for the summer, usually in late June. The court did not say when it would hear arguments, but the court has already filled its argument calendar for October and November.One of the cases the justices will hear involves Nohemi Gonzalez, a 23-year-old U.S. citizen studying in Paris. The Cal State Long Beach student was one of 130 people kille...
Ginni Thomas meets in person with House Jan. 6 committee
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Ginni Thomas meets in person with House Jan. 6 committee

Conservative activist Ginni Thomas arrives at Capitol, where she is to be interviewed by House select Jan. 6 committee, Sept. 29, 2022. Screen grab from pool video Washington — The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is meeting in person Thursday with conservative activist Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Thomas was spotted by reporters arriving at a House office where the panel's investigators have been gathering throughout their probe and told those assembled, "Thank you for being here." NEW: Ginni Thomas walked into her interview with the January 6 Cmte she did not respond to questions when asked why...
In rare move for Supreme Court justice, Samuel Alito mocks foreign critics of abortion reversal
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In rare move for Supreme Court justice, Samuel Alito mocks foreign critics of abortion reversal

Justice Samuel Alito mocked foreign leaders' criticism of the Supreme Court decision he authored overturning a constitutional right to abortion, in his first public comments since last month's ruling. The justice's remarks drew more criticism as well as some support.Speaking in Rome at a religious liberty summit, Alito, 72, spent only a couple of minutes on the subject of abortion, and then only to discuss his foreign critics — an unusual step for a high court justice.Dressed in a tuxedo and sporting a beard he sometimes grows when the court is out of session, Alito quipped that the ruling he authored had been "lambasted by a whole string of foreign leaders," then joked that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had "paid the price" for his comments. Johnson called the decision "a b...
Biden says he’s considering declaring a public health emergency for abortion access
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Biden says he’s considering declaring a public health emergency for abortion access

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware — President Biden said Sunday he is considering declaring a public health emergency to free up federal resources to promote abortion access, even though the White House has said it doesn't seem like "a great option."He also offered a message to people enraged by the Supreme Court's ruling last month that ended a constitutional right to abortion and who have been demonstrating across the country: "Keep protesting. Keep making your point. It's critically important."The president, in remarks to reporters during a stop on a bike ride near his family's Delaware beach house, said he lacks the power to force the dozen-plus states with strict restrictions or outright bans on abortion to allow the procedure. "I don't have the aut...
Protests begin outside Supreme Court, across U.S. in wake of decision overturning Roe v. Wade
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Protests begin outside Supreme Court, across U.S. in wake of decision overturning Roe v. Wade

With the Supreme Court decision striking down the precedent that had been in place for nearly 50 years, protests are springing up across the country, with more than 100 scheduled as of Friday.Millions of young Americans have never lived in a world without the constitutionally protected right to an abortion. The decision in Dobbs v. Jackson that overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision could galvanize young people.CBS News polling found that a greater number of young Americans believe abortion should be legal in their state if Roe v Wade is overturned: 73% of those under 30 believe it should be legal in all or most cases, the most of any age category.  In the immediate wake of the decision Friday morning, both protesters in support and who opp...
Biden on Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade: “This is not over”
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Biden on Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade: “This is not over”

President Biden declared it a "very solemn moment" Friday, hours after the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, as his administration determines how to move forward now that the Supreme Court has decided there is no constitutional right to an abortion. "Today, the Supreme Court of the United States expressly took away a constitutional right from the American people that it had already recognized," Mr. Biden said. "They didn't limit it. They simply took away."Although Mr. Biden took a somber tone in his remarks, he urged Americans to vote saying "but this decision must not be the final word.""This is not over," he added. The president argued that Roe has long been a widely approved precedent, across the country . "It was three justices named by one president, Dona...
Supreme Court blocks Texas social media law in 5-4 decision
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Supreme Court blocks Texas social media law in 5-4 decision

 A divided Supreme Court has blocked a Texas law, championed by conservatives, that aimed to keep social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter from censoring users based on their viewpoints.The court voted in an unusual 5-4 alignment Tuesday to put the Texas law on hold, while a lawsuit plays out in lower courts.Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett voted to grant the emergency request from two technology industry groups that challenged the law in federal court. The majority provided no explanation for its decision, as is common in emergency matters on what is informally known as the court's "shadow docket."Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Elena Kagan and Neil Gorsuch w...
Supreme Court blocks Texas social media law
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Supreme Court blocks Texas social media law

 A divided Supreme Court has blocked a Texas law, championed by conservatives, that aimed to keep social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter from censoring users based on their viewpoints.The court voted in an unusual 5-4 alignment Tuesday to put the Texas law on hold, while a lawsuit plays out in lower courts.Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett voted to grant the emergency request from two technology industry groups that challenged the law in federal court. The majority provided no explanation for its decision, as is common in emergency matters on what is informally known as the court's "shadow docket."Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Elena Kagan and Neil Gorsuch w...
Oklahoma lawmakers approve abortion bill that critics say is nation’s most restrictive: “Worst-case scenario”
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Oklahoma lawmakers approve abortion bill that critics say is nation’s most restrictive: “Worst-case scenario”

Oklahoma's Legislature gave final approval Thursday to another Texas-style anti-abortion bill that providers say will be the most restrictive in the nation once the governor signs it. The bill by Collinsville Republican Rep. Wendi Stearman would prohibit all abortions, except to save the life of a pregnant woman or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest that has been reported to law enforcement.The bill is part of an aggressive push in Republican-led states across the country to scale back abortion rights. It comes on the heels of a leaked draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that suggests justices are considering weakening or overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nearly 50 years ago."Is our goal to defend the right to life or isn't it...