More than six years after New Jersey voters endorsed legal wagering on football, baseball and other sports events, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case that could make sports betting — already a multibillion-dollar illegal industry — legal in the state and elsewhere.The case scheduled to go before the court Monday will determine whether New Jersey violated federal law by approving sportsbooks at Atlantic City casinos and racetracks throughout the state, which would have made New Jersey the only state outside of Nevada in which people could place bets on individual sporting events. New Jersey has prepared longer than any other state for the day when residents could walk into a casino or a racetrack and place a wager on a game by the Devils, Nets, Phillies or any other team except New Jersey-based college sports. Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport built a $1 million sports-betting lounge after 64 percent of New Jersey voters approved legal wagering in … [Read more...] about Supreme Court to decide whether Jerseyans can ante up on sporting events
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Updated | No.As part of the "undercard" debate for second-tier Republican presidential candidates on Wednesday, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum said the United States Supreme Court's June 26 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which effectively legalized same-sex marriage, was "unconstitutional."Santorum's comments came after candidates were asked to respond to the incarceration and subsequent release of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis after she refused to issue gay marriage licenses on religious grounds. Keep up with this story and more It is technically impossible for a Supreme Court decision to be unconstitutional, as the Court is endowed with judicial review, a right derived from Articles III and VI of the United States Constitution. Judicial review allows the Court to decide if actions by the Legislative and Executive branches are in keeping with the U.S. Constitution, and, if not, to … [Read more...] about Can a Supreme Court Ruling Be Unconstitutional, As Rick Santorum Suggested?
Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided to vacate a lower state court’s ruling that allowed Act 18, the photo voter ID law, to commence as planned. Problem being: the law as planned appears so burdensome that—putting voters aside for a moment—the state itself can’t comply with its own law. As stated in the Court’s order, “the Commonwealth parties have candidly conceded, that the Law is not being implemented according to its terms.” The Supreme Court ordered per curiam—meaning unsigned by the six justices—that the Commonwealth Court must re-examine the implementation of certain provisions of the law. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson, who ruled in August in favor of the law, must decide if the way the state presently administers free photo voter ID cards to those who can’t get regular state-issued id cards is in compliance with the law—something the state already conceded in court that it doesn’t, … [Read more...] about PA Supreme Court Doubts the State Can Comply With Its Own Voter ID Law
More than six years after New Jersey voters endorsed legal wagering on football, baseball and other sports events, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case that could make sports betting – already a multi-billion-dollar illegal industry – legal in the state and elsewhere.The case scheduled to go before the court Monday will determine whether New Jersey violated federal law by approving sportsbooks at Atlantic City casinos and racetracks throughout the state, which would have made New Jersey the only state outside of Nevada in which people could place bets on individual sporting events. New Jersey has prepared longer than any other state for the day that residents could walk into a casino or a racetrack and place a wager on a game by the Devils, Nets, Phillies, or any other team except for New Jersey-based college sports. Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport built a $1 million sports-betting lounge after 64 percent of New Jersey voters approved legal wagering in … [Read more...] about Sports betting: Supreme Court to decide whether Jerseyans can ante up on sports games
In a matter not directly related to the governor's moratorium, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that federally-funded defense attorneys may represent capital defendants at the common pleas court level in Pennsylvania.Most York County death row inmates with active appeals are represented in federal court by the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.Pennsylvania district attorneys had argued that federal defense groups were improperly — because of their funding source — representing capital defendants on appeal in the commonwealth's courts of common pleas.In his concurring opinion in a motion to dismiss the complaint against the federal defenders, Chief Judge Theodore McKee concluded that the attempt to bar federal defenders from common pleas courts arose "out of simple animosity or a difference in opinion regarding how capital cases should be litigated."Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille had earlier … [Read more...] about Court rules that federal defenders can handle state level capital appeals
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday overruled states like Pennsylvania and offer a little hope for freedom for those incarcerated for murder as juveniles.In Pennsylvania, those convicted of a first- or second-degree murder receive an automatic sentence of life without possibility of parole.The law did not offer a separate consideration for those convicted as juveniles until the June 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that it was unconstitutional to impose a mandatory life-without-parole sentence to juveniles under the 8th Amendment protections against excessive bail, fines or cruel and unusual punishment.States can still impose a life sentence but must offer eligibility for parole.On Monday, the court ruled in a 6-3 decision that their 2012 ruling is retroactive, overruling the determination of some states like Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Michigan, where the majority of those affected reside.That could allow as many as 1,500 prisoners nationally, some convicted when they … [Read more...] about Juvenile killers get chance in Supreme Court ruling
Harriett Zak has plenty of complaints about Obamacare, but if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of a challenge to the health care program, Zak's monthly premium will jump from about $443 to about $755.And she's not sure how she can afford her three prescriptions and doctor visits that keep her healthy."I think there's no way we can afford this amount of money, $755 a month," said Zak, 62, of the West Creek section of Eagleswood. "I would probably go without. I don't feel we have other options."The Supreme Court by the end of the month is expected to announce its decision in King v. Burwell, a case that could deal a blow to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and force Zak — and thousands of other New Jerseyans — to pay either the full cost of health insurance or a stiff penalty to the IRS. 34 states affectedAt issue is whether consumers in New Jersey and 33 other states who buy insurance using a federally operated exchange are eligible to receive subsidies. … [Read more...] about Obamacare at Supreme Court: What’s at stake for NJ?
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can try to remove partisan politics from the process of drawing political maps.The decision was a victory for the proponents of independent commissions and a blow for state lawmakers who did not want to be drawn out of the process.Voters in seven states — Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Jersey and Washington — have turned to such commissions in an effort to reduce political "gerrymandering," the map-drawing method that leads to districts easily won by Democrats or Republicans.Arizona's Republican legislators challenged the law by citing the specific wording of the Constitution. It instructs that "the times, places and manner of holding elections for senators and representatives shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof."The court majority said those words did not tie its hands. "Arizona voters sought to restore the core principle that voters should choose their … [Read more...] about Supreme Court strikes blow against gerrymandering
WASHINGTON - It's no joke: Comedian Al Franken finally was declared Minnesota's next senator Tuesday in a unanimous ruling of the state Supreme Court.Eight months after the election, five judges ratified multiple recounts giving the ex-"Saturday Night Live" actor and writer a 312-vote victory over Brooklyn-born incumbent Norm Coleman. "The Supreme Court of Minnesota has spoken," said Coleman. "I respect its decision." The epic legal squabbling that finally made Franken the most junior member of the U.S. Senate cost some $11 million. "I can't wait to get started," he declared, though he noted he faces a steep learning curve after being sworn in next week. "I guess the hardest part of the transition, of any new job, is the stuff you didn't know would be the hardest part," he said. "I won by 312 votes, so I really have to earn the trust of the people who didn't vote for me," he added. Franken will be the 60th vote in the Democratic caucus, giving the party the three-fifths majority it … [Read more...] about Al Franken wins key Minnesota Senate seat for Dems after Supreme Court ruling; Coleman concedes
GOP leaders vying for the 2016 presidential nomination rallied against gay marriage Sunday, with one social conservative candidate vowing to erect a Nativity scene in front of the White House on Christmas. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was irked that the president lit up the White House with rainbow colors after the U.S. Supreme Court declared Friday by a vote of 5 to 4 that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the country. "If I become President, I just want to remind people, please don't complain if I were to put a Nativity scene out during Christmas and say, 'If it's my house, I get to do with it what I wish, despite what other people around the country may feel about it,' " Huckabee said on ABC's "This Week." The former Arkansas governor believes Christian leaders will "resist" the decision and insisted county clerks should not be forced to issue license for same-sex couples. "I'm not sure that every governor and every attorney general … [Read more...] about GOP’s presidential hopefuls strike back against Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling