Mary Reichard

Mary is co-host, legal affairs correspondent, and dialogue editor for WORLD Radio. She is also co-host of the Legal Docket podcast. Mary is a graduate of World Journalism Institute and St. Louis University School of Law. She resides with her husband near Springfield, Mo.

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Supreme Court rulings on making laws, housing bias, and violent crime

Supreme Court
by Mary Reichard
Posted 7/06/15, 02:15 pm

While most of the attention at the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of last month focused on two or three high-profile cases, the justices did hand down some other important rulings.

On the contentious issue of drawing legislative maps, the justices found fresh meanings for common words, as they did in several other cases this term.

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The uncharted legal territory of same-sex marriage

Marriage
by Mary Reichard
Posted 7/02/15, 03:42 pm

Law professors and historians are weighing in on how to balance the newly declared legal right of same-sex couples to marry with the right to religious liberty.

Carl Esbeck, law professor at the University of Missouri, says state and local governments will feel the immediate impact. The Supreme Court’s reasoning in the decision is rooted in the 14th Amendment’s “equal protection” language, which only affects the public sector.

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The Supreme Court's brave new rights

Supreme Court
by Mary Reichard
Posted 6/29/15, 03:10 pm

By a vote of 5-4, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted a new constitutional right: The right of same-sex couples to receive marriage licenses nationwide regardless of state law. The parties before the court, in the words of the majority justices, sought fulfillment, rescue from lives of loneliness, and equal dignity.

The dissenting justices were equally grave in denouncing the court’s decree, characterizing it as lawless, laughable, and a threat to the freedom of dissenters.

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