February 26, 1987 |
The Supreme Court, rejecting efforts by the Reagan administration to limit affirmative action programs, ruled for the first time yesterday that judges may order strict racial promotion quotas to overcome "long-term, open and pervasive discrimination. " The 5-4 ruling, with Justice William J. Brennan Jr. writing the main opinion, upheld a judge's temporary order in 1983 that required Alabama to promote one black state trooper for every white promoted. The order followed a finding that, 12 years after a judge ordered the state police desegregated, only four of 200 officers were black and none of the blacks was above the rank of corporal.
November 29, 1988 |
For the second time this month, the Supreme Court refused yesterday to become involved in attempts by men to obtain court orders barring their wives or girlfriends from having an abortion. The court, without comment, rejected two separate claims involving a Michigan man seeking review of state court rulings that eventually allowed the abortion to be performed. Court battles over abortion have taken a new turn in recent months as men have claimed responsibilities for pregnancies and sought to halt abortions on the ground that they have a constitutional right and interest in procreation and an interest in the fetus.
January 12, 1994 |
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up a former Philadelphia longshoreman's complaint, and its decision could have major implications for the maritime industry. At issue in Albert Howlett's complaint is whether a shipping company is required to warn dockworkers if the cargo they are unloading is stored in a dangerous way. In July 1989, Howlett suffered a wrist injury while unloading a cargo of cocoa beans at the now-defunct Northern Shipping Terminal in Philadelphia.
October 2, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court plunged into its new term Monday with a high-stakes dispute between businesses and human-rights groups over accountability for foreign atrocities. The next nine months hold the prospect for major rulings on affirmative action, gay marriage and voting rights. The term that concluded in June set a high bar for drama and significance, and the new one holds considerable potential as well. Cases involving some of the most emotional issues in American life are likely to be decided after voters choose a president and new Congress next month.
June 26, 2001 |
The Supreme Court declined to revive claims by former NHL players that they were victims of a conspiracy among teams and the head of the players' union to keep salaries low. The court, without comment yesterday, let a federal appeals court's ruling stand. The Philadelphia appeals court ruled last year that the players waited too long to sue. The players wanted to hold the league and its teams responsible for the actions of Alan Eagleson, the former head of the NHL Players' Association who served six months in prison for fraud.
October 26, 2004 |
William H. Rehnquist is head of the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary - a powerful, public official whose every checkup or medical development is meticulously documented. But when Rehnquist was hospitalized Friday with complications stemming from thyroid cancer, it happened without any public statement or awareness. And when the media were told yesterday about Rehnquist's condition, only the sparest details were revealed. There is still no word, for example, of how serious Rehnquist's cancer is - or even whether it's curable.
October 20, 1995
No matter who is elected to the two open slots, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is on its way up. Of course, it has only one direction to go, since the court hit rock-bottom a while back and stayed there with the conviction and impeachment last year of Justice Rolf Larsen. And he is not the only justice criticized - indeed, the entire court has suffered from a reputation for inaction and lapses in, if you will, judgment. Vacancies would be improvements over Larsen and retired Justice Nicholas Papadakos.
March 1, 1999 |
The political tilt of New Jersey's Supreme Court became a hot topic again last week when one of its veteran members, Stewart G. Pollock, announced his early resignation and a young Republican stalwart, Attorney General Peter Verniero, emerged to succeed him. With at least two more justices expected to retire before Gov. Whitman's tenure ends, Republicans will have appointed five of the seven members of the high court, including the chief justice....
September 30, 1990 |
The Supreme Court - its liberal wing in tatters, its thin conservative majority about to be reinforced - tomorrow will head into another turning point in its 200-year history. Having said farewell to its venerated liberal leader, retired Justice William J. Brennan Jr., and awaiting a Senate confirmation vote on the enigmatic conservative David H. Souter, the high court is preparing to tackle potentially far-reaching cases on busing to desegregate schools, sex discrimination in the workplace, abortion counseling and multimillion-dollar punitive damage awards.
November 12, 1987 |
President Reagan, in his third attempt to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, yesterday offered a truce with the Senate by nominating federal appeals Judge Anthony M. Kennedy, a conservative who Reagan said should be acceptable to Democrats as well as Republicans. "The experience of the last several months has made all of us a bit wiser," Reagan said, in reference to the administration's failure to get two previous nominees, appeals court judges Robert H. Bork and Douglas H. Ginsburg, confirmed.