June 27, 2013
EVERY YEAR, the Supremes save their greatest hits for the final act, and the final days of its 2012-13 calendar were no exception. Here's a look at the week that was: * MONDAY: The high court started its drive with a punt - on the contentious issue of affirmative action in college admissions. In a 7-1 verdict, the court sent a lawsuit by a white woman against the University of Texas back to the lower courts. A majority opinion said that a diverse student body is a worthwhile goal but that universities will need to better justify the formulas they use to get there.
June 27, 2013 |
Excerpts from the majority and dissenting opinions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 5-4 rulings Wednesday striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, and leaving in place a trial court's ruling that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional: Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing the majority opinion striking down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act: "DOMA instructs all federal officials, and indeed all persons with...
June 26, 2013 |
In a case involving a Philadelphia company, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that federal pharmaceutical laws preempt a person's ability to sue in state court alleging that a generic drug is designed badly and therefore is dangerous. The court's 5-4 decision in Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. v. Bartlett is a victory for the drug industry and, indirectly, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A New Hampshire woman, Karen Bartlett, suffered severe skin reactions and is nearly blind after using a generic drug made by Mutual.
June 25, 2013
"PUNTED. " That's the word one commentator used to describe the high court's decision yesterday remanding the hot-potato affirmative-action case back to the lower court. Others called the move "sidestepping," "passing the buck" and "cowardly. " Or, as columnist John Podhoretz helpfully noted on Twitter: "Supreme Court on affirmative action: bock bock bock. " With all due respect to the great Podhoretz, a man with whom I rarely disagree, that's way too simplistic a reading of the court's ruling.
June 22, 2013 |
The New Jersey Supreme Court declined Thursday to hear a Democratic challenge to Gov. Christie's scheduling of a special U.S. Senate election, effectively allowing the election to go on as planned. Democrats argued that the Republican governor was wasting $24 million for two extra elections and disenfranchising voters by asking them to go to the polls three times in four months. A three-judge appellate panel ruled this month that Christie had the power to set special election dates.
June 21, 2013 |
New Jersey's Supreme Court declined to temporarily halt the closure of the Gloucester County jail Wednesday, clearing the way for inmates to begin being moved out of the Woodbury jail as early as Thursday. About 100 of the county's 240 adult male prisoners will be shipped to Cumberland County by the end of the weekend, while the remaining 140 will be sent to Salem and Burlington Counties, and perhaps Essex County, next week, County Administrator Chad Bruner said. The county has said it will empty its jail by July 1 to cut costs.
June 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that deals between pharmaceutical companies and their generic-drug competitors, which government officials say keep cheaper forms of medicine off the market, can sometimes be illegal and therefore can be challenged in court. The justices voted, 5-3, to allow the government to inspect and challenge what it calls "pay-for-delay" deals or "reverse-payment settlements. " "This court's precedents make clear that patent-related settlement agreements can sometimes violate antitrust law," said Justice Stephen G. Breyer, who wrote the opinion.
June 19, 2013
Mayor resigns in Montreal MONTREAL - For the second time in less than a year, a Montreal mayor has stepped down amid corruption scandals ripping through Canada's second-largest city. Interim Mayor Michael Applebaum came into office vowing to clean up government. He resigned Tuesday, a day after his arrest on fraud charges. Applebaum denied the accusations and said he needed to focus on fighting them. Montreal's first Anglophone mayor in a century took over in November, after Gerald Tremblay resigned amid corruption allegations.
June 15, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett has nominated state appeals court Judge Correale F. Stevens to fill a vacancy on the state's highest court. Stevens, Superior Court's presiding judge, would replace former Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, who was convicted this year of misusing her staff and employees of her sister Jane Orie, a state senator at the time, to wage election campaigns in 2003 and 2009. She has maintained her innocence and is pursuing appeals. Stevens, a Republican, will need two-thirds approval from the GOP-controlled Senate before he can take the seat.
June 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Maybe New Jersey's Oct. 16 special election isn't set in stone yet. The state Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a challenge to the election date that Gov. Christie set to choose the replacement for the late Democratic Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg. The plaintiffs, represented by Peg Schaffer, a lawyer and Somerset County Democratic chairwoman, argue that state law dictates that the election should be held Nov. 5, the same day as the regular election for governor and state legislative seats.