US Supreme Court

Juvenile Crime
4:46 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Juvenile Killer Barry Massey Gets Hearing In Advance Of Presumed Release

Barry Massey has been in prison since he was 14 years old.
Washington Department of Corrections

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 8:37 am

Freedom could be just weeks away for the youngest person in the U.S. sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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Idaho Gay Marriage
5:22 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Supreme Court Gay Marriage Cases Will Decide Idaho

UpstateNYer Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 4:43 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court Friday agreed to take up cases challenging gay marriage bans in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky.

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Idaho Gay Marriage
4:40 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

The Supreme Court Didn't Take On Same-Sex Marriage. What Does That Mean For Idaho?

Shaakirra Sanders is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Idaho who spoke about rulings affecting gay marriage in Idaho.
Credit University of Idaho /

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a surprise decision Monday not to take up several cases on same sex marriage. That effectively makes gay marriage legal in 11 more states for a total of 30. That doesn’t count Idaho. In Idaho earlier this year a district judge ruled the state’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional.

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Abortion Clinics
5:57 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Abortion Seekers Still Protected At NW Clinics After Supreme Court Ruling

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho CEO Karl Eastlund stands in the parking lot of the Spokane clinic.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Abortion services providers say the Supreme Court’s ruling on 35-foot “buffer zones” around Massachusetts clinics won’t have much effect in the Northwest. Neither Washington, Oregon nor Idaho has the kind of law that the high court deemed unconstitutional. Clinics here rely on other measures aimed at protesters.

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Labor Dispute
5:08 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Yakima Labor Dispute Led To Presidential Powers Ruling

Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court decision on presidential powers stems from a labor dispute in Yakima.
Credit Daderot / Wikimedia

A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday stemmed from a labor dispute in Yakima, Wash. The court's ruling narrowed the president's power to make recess appointments when the Senate is not in session. 

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Oregon Gay Marriage
6:19 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Could Examine Oregon Gay Marriage Case

The U.S. Supreme Court is deciding whether to issue a stay on a federal judge’s recent ruling that overturned Oregon's same-sex marriage ban.
Credit Daderot / Wikimedia

The issue of whether gay marriage is legal in Oregon may not be settled after all. The U.S. Supreme Court is deciding whether to issue a stay on a federal judge’s recent ruling that overturned Oregon's same-sex marriage ban. Supporters of gay marriage have until Monday to submit briefs in the case.

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NWPR Books
6:28 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Justice Stevens: Six Little Ways To Change The Constitution

In a new book, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says we should rewrite the Second Amendment, abolish the death penalty and restrict political campaign spending.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 8:30 am

Just a few words can hold a world of meaning. John Paul Stevens, the retired Supreme Court justice, has written a short new book in which he proposes a few words here and there that would create some sweeping changes.

The book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, details the half-dozen ways Stevens thinks the Constitution could be improved, changes that he says are worth the trouble of the arduous amendment process.

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Gene Patents
8:40 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Seattle Scientist Says Patenting DNA Was Becoming Obsolete

The Seattle-area scientist who led the team that first automated the sequencing of DNA says he’s pleased with the U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday.

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Logging Roads
5:53 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Supreme Court Rules Logging Roads Don’t Violate Pollution Law

The Supreme Court decided 7-1 in favor of the timber industry.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Supreme Court today decided in favor of the timber industry in a case about the regulation of muddy waters that flow off logging roads. In a surprising move, one of the court’s conservative justices dissented, and sided with the environmentalists.

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River Mining
5:53 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Supreme Court Lets Limits On River Mining Stand

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday makes it harder for miners to gain access to Northwest rivers. Environmental groups hailed the decision as a major victory.

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