WASHINGTON: The Supreme Court on Monday (May 20) ruled in favour of a Native American elk hunter, citing an 1868 treaty between his tribe and the US government as it revived his legal challenge to a conviction for hunting out of season in Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming.In a 5-4 ruling, the high court sided with Crow Tribe member Clayvin Herrera. It found that the treaty, which gave tribe members hunting rights on "unoccupied" lands, is still in force even though it was signed before Wyoming became a US state in 1890.Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch, who has a record of backing tribal rights, sided with the court's four liberals, with the other four conservative justices in dissent. The same line-up voted in favour of tribal rights in a previous case this term, ruling that members of the Yakima Nation did not have to pay taxes for importing fuel into Washington state.Monday's ruling does not immediately void Herrera's conviction because the state can still argue … [Read more...] about US Supreme Court rules in favour with Native American elk hunter
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WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court on Monday (May 20) could act on appeals seeking to revive two Republican-enacted abortion restrictions from Indiana, even as debate rages over a new measure in Alabama that would ban the procedure almost entirely.If the nine-justice court takes up either case, it would give the conservative majority an opportunity to chip away at the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that found women have a constitutional right to terminate pregnancies.The court is due to announce new cases it is hearing and appeals it is rejecting on Monday morning. It could also delay action on certain cases.One of the Indiana laws requires fetal remains to be buried or cremated and bans abortions performed because of fetal disability or the sex or race of the fetus.The other law requires women to undergo an ultrasound examination at least 18 hours before they undergo an abortion.Both Indiana measures were signed into law in 2016 by Vice President Mike Pence when he was Indiana's … [Read more...] about Indiana abortion cases ripe for US Supreme Court action
WASHINGTON: American evangelicals have high hopes that the US Supreme Court, with its newfound conservative majority, will be tempted to chip away at its historic decision to legalize abortion.Forty-six years after its landmark Roe v Wade decision, the high court is at the heart of a heated offensive led by states with conservative majorities who oppose the voluntary termination of pregnancy.This week alone, Alabama passed a law banning women from having an abortion even in cases of incest or rape and the Missouri legislature made illegal abortions from eight weeks of pregnancy. Both states have vowed to prosecute doctors who perform the procedure.Georgia, Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, Iowa and North Dakota have enacted laws banning abortion from the moment a fetal heartbeat is detected, around six weeks of gestation, before most women know they are pregnant.All of these laws flagrantly go against Roe v Wade, which guarantees women's rights to abortion as long as the fetus is not viable … [Read more...] about Will the US Supreme Court reconsider abortion rights?
WASHINGTON: Republican-led legislatures in state after state are passing bills restricting abortion access in a bid to eventually challenge the 1973 US Supreme Court ruling allowing a woman to terminate a pregnancy. Opponents of abortion rights are hoping that the moves will prompt the nation’s highest court, which now has a conservative majority, to overturn its landmark decision in the case known as Roe vs Wade. The latest state to pass abortion restrictions – in fact, the toughest in the entire US – is Alabama, where Republican Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed a bill that places a near-total ban on ending a pregnancy, even in cases of rape and incest. Under the bill doctors who perform abortions could face between 10 and 99 years in prison. Ivey said that for now, the law may be unenforceable because of Roe vs. Wade. But “the sponsors of this bill believe that it is time, once again, for the US Supreme Court to revisit this important matter, and they … [Read more...] about Republicans bid for US Supreme Court showdown over abortion
Business The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave the go-ahead for a lawsuit by consumers accusing Apple Inc of monopolizing the market for iPhone software applications and forcing them to overpay, rejecting the company's bid to escape claims that its practices violate federal antitrust law. 13 May 2019 10:15PM (Updated: 13 May 2019 10:20PM) Bookmark WASHINGTON: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave the go-ahead for a lawsuit by consumers accusing Apple Inc of monopolizing the market for iPhone software applications and forcing them to overpay, rejecting the company's bid to escape claims that its practices violate federal antitrust law.The justices, in a 5-4 ruling, upheld a lower court's decision to allow the proposed class action lawsuit to proceed. The plaintiffs said the Cupertino, California-based technology company required apps be sold through its App Store and extracted an excessive 30 percent commission on purchases.Conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh, an appointee … [Read more...] about US Supreme Court allows App Store antitrust suit against Apple