Nina Totenberg http://peoriapublicradio.org en Group Goes Online To Find Affirmative Action Plaintiffs http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/group-goes-online-find-affirmative-action-plaintiffs A group opposed to affirmative action in higher education is taking the unprecedented step of looking for plaintiffs online.<p>The Project on Fair Representation is advertising for college applicants willing to challenge Harvard University, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.<p>When the Supreme Court issued a ruling last spring that made affirmative action programs more legally difficult to sustain, project director Edward Blum promised that more "costly and polarizing litigation" would soon be filed against university affirmative action pro Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:32:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 21427 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Supreme Court Strikes Down Pillar Of Campaign Finance Limits http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/supreme-court-strikes-down-pillar-campaign-finance-limits The U.S. Supreme Court has once again erased from the books a major provision of the nation's campaign finance law. By a 5-to-4 vote, the justices removed the cap on the total amount of money that donors can contribute to candidates and parties in each election. Prior to Wednesday's ruling, the aggregate limit was $123,000. Now there is no limit.<p>The ruling is the latest in a series of decisions that have all but demolished the campaign reforms adopted by Congress beginning 40 years ago in the wake of the Watergate scandal. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 21196 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Supreme Court Strikes Down Pillar Of Campaign Finance Limits Protesters Want To Sue Secret Service: Do They Have The Right? http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/secret-service-under-high-court-scrutiny-potential-first-amendment-violations On a day when three of President Obama's Secret Service agents were put on leave for "<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/26/294805521/secret-service-agents-recalled-from-overseas-for-drinking">disciplinary reasons</a>," the agency came under scrutiny in the U.S. Supreme Court for a separate incident.<p>The court heard arguments in a case testing whether Secret Service agents can be sued for moving a group of protesters out of earshot of President George W. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 20854 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Protesters Want To Sue Secret Service: Do They Have The Right? Justices Divide By Gender In Hobby Lobby Contraception Case http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/birth-control-mandate-goes-under-high-court-microscope There was a clear difference of opinion between male and female justices at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. The issue was whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to include contraception coverage in the basic health plan now mandated under the Affordable Care Act.<p>The female justices were clearly supportive of the contraception mandate, while a majority of the male justices were more skeptical.<p>The lead challenger in the case is the Hobby Lobby corporation, a chain of 500 arts and crafts stores that has 13,000 employees. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 20790 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/hobby-lobby-contraceptive-case-goes-supreme-court The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in the latest challenge to the Obama health care overhaul.<p>This time the issue is whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to provide some, or potentially all, contraceptive services in health plans offered to employees. It is a case that touches lots of hot-button issues.<p>In enacting the ACA, Congress required large employers to provide basic preventive care for employees. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 07:18:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 20750 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court Lawrence Walsh: His Judgment Came Not From Confidence But From Insecurity http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lawrence-walsh-his-judgment-came-not-confidence-insecurity <em>In 2003 the American Bar Association published Lawrence Walsh's autobiography, </em><a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Gift_of_Insecurity.html?id=Ufg6AQAAIAAJ">The Gift of Insecurity; A Lawyer's Life</a><em>. Walsh </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/20/291999738/lawrence-walsh-who-investigated-iran-contra-scandal-dies-at-102">died Wednesday at age 102</a><em>. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:07:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 20559 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lawrence Walsh: His Judgment Came Not From Confidence But From Insecurity Lawrence Walsh, Who Investigated Iran-Contra Scandal, Dies At 102 http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lawrence-walsh-who-investigated-iran-contra-scandal-dies-102 Lawrence Walsh, the special prosecutor who investigated charges of wrongdoing and criminality by top Reagan administration officials in the Iran-Contra scandal, has died.<p>He was 102.<p>The Iran-Contra affair merged two secret operations. On President Reagan's orders, his administration provided weapons to rebels opposed to the leftist government in Nicaragua. At the time, Congress had barred the Pentagon and CIA from giving the aid to the so-called Contras. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 20553 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lawrence Walsh, Who Investigated Iran-Contra Scandal, Dies At 102 High Court Extends Whistleblower Protections http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/high-court-extends-whistleblower-protections The U.S. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:52:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 19774 at http://peoriapublicradio.org With Death Penalty, How Should States Define Mental Disability? http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/death-penalty-how-should-states-define-mental-disability Twelve years after banning the execution of the "mentally retarded," the U.S. Supreme Court is examining the question of who qualifies as having mental retardation, for purposes of capital cases, and who does not.<p>In 2002, the high court ruled in <em>Atkins v. Virginia</em> that executing "mentally retarded" people is unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 19683 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Supreme Court Allows Stanford Ponzi Scheme Suits To Go Forward http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/supreme-court-allows-stanford-ponzi-scheme-suits-go-forward The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that investor lawsuits may go forward against investment advisors and others for allegedly helping Texas tycoon Allen Stanford in a massive fraud.<p>Stanford was sentenced to 110 years in prison for bilking investors in a $7 billion Ponzi scheme. The investors who lost money are suing others involved in the scheme, contending that they also engaged in misleading conduct.<p>The targets of the suit include investment companies, insurance brokers, law firms, and others. They were sued by investors in state court and tried to have the suits thrown out. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:21:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 19517 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Supreme Court Allows Stanford Ponzi Scheme Suits To Go Forward