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The U.S. Supreme Court summarilyreversed the Montana Supreme Court’s ruling that held that the higher court’s Citizens United decision did not invalidate Montana’s Corrupt Practices Act. Passed by a citizen’s initiative and referendum in 1912, Montana’s Corrupt Practices Act outlawed independent expenditures by corporations in political elections. Citizens United vs. Montana from Bruce Prescott on […] Read More

Reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s mixed decision on Arizona’s controversial immigration law signals that much work remains before consensus can be reached over comprehensive immigration reform. Much of that work needs to be done in the faith community – apart from legislative bills, lawsuits and political posturing – if we’re going to treat the […] Read More

The nation awaits in June the looming Supreme Court decision on Arizona’s anti-immigration law, known as SB 1070. SB 1070 makes it a crime in Arizona for an individual to fail to carry necessary immigration documents and requires law enforcement to question an individual’s immigration standing if officers think the individual is undocumented. It also […] Read More

In January 2010, the Supreme Court made one of its worst decisions in years, if not decades, and maybe even the worst since the Dred Scott case in 1857. In a 5-4 split decision, the court ruled in favor of Citizens United, a conservative nonprofit organization that had sued the Federal Election Commission. That landmark […] Read More

Those who observe United States Supreme Court decisions on “church and state” are dealing with what many call the most important “religious liberty” case in decades, at least since the 1940s. Like so many cases, this one had a parochial start. The details are familiar, and we need not rehearse them all. Let it come […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday (Oct. 5.) will hear one of most important religion cases in decades, centered on the degree to which religious institutions should be exempt from anti-discrimination laws. The case started at a Lutheran elementary school in Michigan where a teacher claimed she was fired in violation of the Americans […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) As the U.S. Supreme Court ends its 2010-2011 term this week, legal scholars say a decision issued two months ago is likely to resonate within church-state debates for years to come. On April 4, the justices rejected a challenge to an Arizona school tuition credit program that largely benefits religious schools, saying taxpayers […] Read More

Anti-immigration advocates applauded the Supreme Court’s decision last week that upheld a 2007 Arizona law that would punish businesses that hire undocumented migrants. “The Supreme Court gave a big boost to proponents of stricter state laws against illegal immigration by upholding Arizona’s ‘business death penalty’ for employers who repeatedly hire undocumented workers,” reported the Los […] Read More

JERUSALEM (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to tackle the question of whether American passports issued to children born in Jerusalem should include the word “Israel.” Until now, passports issued in this disputed city have designated the children’s birthplace as Jerusalem, but not Israel. American officials have long maintained that replacing Israel with Jerusalem […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) Prison inmates who are deprived of their religious rights cannot sue states for monetary damages, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday (April 20). Inmate Harvey Leroy Sossamon III said a Texas state prison illegally prevented him from attending religious services. Sossamon had been on cell restriction for disciplinary reasons at the time. Sossamon […] Read More