Posts Tagged ‘Supreme Court’

The Needle: Legalize Gay Edition

See Ya, DOMA: The Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, thereby extending federal benefits to married same-sex couples. The scene outside the courthouse was celebratory, and presumably the scene at many bars tonight will be even more festive. Among the people who will be drinking especially hard: The journalists who [...]

At Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling, Joy, Relief, and the Velvet Underground

In a historic ruling, the Supreme Court today extended federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples by striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and separately cleared the way for gay marriage in California by declining to rule on the state's Proposition 8. A massive crowd, braving heat and spotty cellphone reception, had amassed outside of [...]

Yes, John Roberts Has Change

What do the Black Cat, the Raven, Ben's Chili Bowl, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts have in common? They're all cash-only. The Huffington Post reports that Roberts has embraced the greenback lifestyle after having his credit card numbers stolen.
Unlike other plastic-eschewing Washington establishments, though, Roberts seems deeply uncomfortable without his cards. [...]

D.C. TV Stations Raking in the Citizens United Cash

Whether you're watching Days of Our Lives, the Today Show, or the Olympics closing ceremonies on NBC next week, you'll see an ad from Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS super PAC. Crossroads will pay steeply for the privilege—about $50,000 for the Olympics spots. And they're buying a lot of spots.
The Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling may [...]

“The Entire World Is Going to Kick Our Ass”: Supreme Court Crowd Reacts to Verdict

After the Supreme Court upheld most of the Affordable Care Act, City Desk ventured to the court to get reactions to the decision. Some people were thrilled, others weren't too happy

"I didn’t come to this country for slavery," says 70-year-old Susan Clark of Santa Monica, Calif. "I want Mount Rushmore. There’s not a Democrat on [...]

What If CNN Covered Local D.C. News?

The seconds after the Supreme Court issued its ruling on President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law this morning were not CNN's finest moments. The network breathlessly reported that the court had found the law's mandate for all Americans to have health insurance unconstitutional, when in fact, the court had done the exact opposite.
And while the [...]

Photos: Heath-care Hearings

Slideshow.  Unit Block 1st Street, NE.  March 28th.  © 2012 Matt Dunn

Va. House Passes Bill To Make GPS Tracking Illegal

The Virginia House (which has really been on a legislative tear lately, but that's for another post) just passed a bill that would make it illegal to GPS track a vehicle, reports WAMU. That is, unless you're a cop with a warrant, a parent tracking your teenager, the legal guardian of an adult, the owner [...]

It’s Official: D.C. Cops Can’t GPS You Without a Warrant

Today the Supreme Court released its decision on United States vs. Jones, the case of D.C. nightclub owner Antoine Jones who was sentenced to life in prison for drug trafficking after MPD—without a warrant—installed a GPS tracker on his car and monitored his movements for 30 days. Jones appealed, arguing that the tracker was a [...]

Can Police GPS Track a Supreme Court Justice?

One interesting moment in yesterday's Supreme Court hearing for Jones was when Chief Justice John Roberts asked the Department of Justice's Michael R. Dreeben a fairly simple question:
CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: You think there would also not be a search if you put a GPS device on all of our cars, monitored our movements for a month? [...]

Antoine Jones and the Fourth Amendment

The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments tomorrow in the case of United States v. Jones. Jones is about nightclub owner Antoine Jones, whose 2008 conviction for drug trafficking (which carried a life sentence) was overturned by the D.C.'s 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last year after justices decided he was tracked illegally by the Metropolitan [...]

To Those Interested in Same-Sex Marriage: Carry On!

Bishop Harry Jackson, a Maryland pastor, petitioned the Supreme Court with a request that gay marriage rights in the District be suspended until a citywide referendum on the issue could be completed. The referendum would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman. To that, the Supreme Court said no with a denial [...]

District Limerick: Back Door Edition

Those steps, just a mere forty four
Ascend to the giant bronze door
But as of today
The Justices say
Ya can't go that way anymore
Some say it's what safety requires
A view that is surely not Breyer's
As laid out by Cass
It lets us all pass
Equality's what it inspires

Cheap Seats Daily: Could Chief Zee Sway Supreme Court Case?

There's trouble in maroon-and-black-and-yellow land. The mood is so toxic that even a nice plea to help out Chief Zee, the headdress-wearing longtime unofficial mascot of the Redskins and among the nicest, naivest, old-school mega-racists you'd ever meet, turned real ugly real fast.
Somebody posted a notice on Dan Snyder's message board, Extremeskins, alerting fans that [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Hung Up Edition

Good Morning, City Desk readers!  While City Paper is busy commemorating Sexist Day here at the office, all sorts of newsy events are happening all over the city, so here it is.

Alexandria Police Chief David P. Baker announced his retirement yesterday afternoon, ending a 40-year career in law enforcement.  This comes in the aftermath of [...]