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Last Build Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:30:00 -0400

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Supreme Court Sides With Religious School In Church-State Case

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:30:00 -0400

The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Missouri church that had sought a state grant to resurface the playground at its preschool. The lower court had ruled that the funding violated the Constitutional separation of church and state. In Monday's decision, the court said that states can't deny public benefits to religious institutions that are otherwise qualified.

Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Faces Trial On Criminal Contempt Charges

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:30:00 -0400

Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio goes on trial Monday on charges of criminal contempt for allegedly ignoring a federal judge's order to stop his crackdown on immigrants in the country illegally.

Supreme Court Reinstates Part Of Trump's Travel Ban, Agrees To Hear Case

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:30:00 -0400

The Supreme Court on Monday let a portion of President Trump's travel ban take effect and agreed to hear arguments about all the elements of the ban when the court reconvenes in October.

San Antonio Kickstarts Legal Fight Over Sanctuary Cities

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:30:00 -0400

A federal judge in San Antonio will hear arguments from local leaders in Texas asking for an injunction against the state's new immigration enforcement law meant to crack down on sanctuary cities. The Trump administration is siding with Texas.

'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli Goes On Trial On Securities Fraud Charges

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:57:00 -0400

Shkreli is charged with committing a series of frauds well before he became "the most hated man in America." He's been livestreaming and spending lavishly, though according to his lawyer, he's broke.

High Court To Hear Case Of Cake Shop That Refused To Bake For Same-Sex Wedding

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:48:00 -0400

Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver says a state law compelling him to produce wedding cakes for gay couples violates his right to free speech.

Supreme Court Will Re-Hear Immigrant Indefinite Detention Case

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:20:00 -0400

The case centers on a man who was detained for three years without the right to appear before a judge and ask to be released on bond.

ACLU Immigration Director Says Ultimately Travel Ban Will Be Struck Down

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:09:00 -0400

The Supreme Court decided to allow parts of President Trump's travel ban, a temporary decision until it hears the case this fall. Omar Jadwat of the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project weighs in.

Supreme Court Will Hear Travel Ban Cases In October

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:08:00 -0400

In an unusual move, the Supreme Court announced its decision to hear the Trump administration's travel ban cases from the bench. It merged the two cases and granted the stay applications in part.

Supreme Court Sends Cross-Border Shooting Case Back To Lower Court

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:13:00 -0400

Can the family of a slain Mexican teenager sue the federal agent who shot him from across the U.S.-Mexico border? The case tests a long-held doctrine called a Bivens action.

Supreme Court Revives Parts Of Trump's Travel Ban As It Agrees To Hear Case

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:34:00 -0400

In what President Trump calls "a clear victory for our national security," the Supreme Court says that parts of his revised travel ban can take effect.

Supreme Court Rules Religious School Can Use Taxpayer Funds For Playground

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:28:00 -0400

In a closely watched case about church and state, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that a religious school was entitled to state funding for playground resurfacing under a state program for nonprofits.

'America's Toughest Sheriff' Joe Arpaio Goes On Trial

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:52:00 -0400

A criminal trial begins Monday in which Arpaio is accused of ignoring a federal judge's order to curtail his crackdown on illegal immigration. His lawyer argues that the order wasn't clear.

Takata Files For Bankruptcy Protection Over Air Bag Troubles

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:58:00 -0400

Crippled by lawsuits and recall costs over faulty air bags, the auto parts maker filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan and the U.S. David Greene talks to Charles Tatelbaum, a bankruptcy attorney.

Criminal Trial To Begin For Tough-Talking Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:58:00 -0400

The trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on criminal contempt charges begins Monday. Arpaio is accused of ignoring a judge's order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.