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Justices weigh in on insanity defense

by Harvest Prude
Posted 3/24/20, 11:50 am

WASHINGTON—States do not have to stick to a particular insanity test in criminal cases, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on Monday. Lawyers for James Kahler, who shot and killed four members of his family in 2009 in Burlingame, Kan., argued that the state of Kansas violated his due process rights by rejecting his argument that his depression made him unable to distinguish right from wrong.

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Shaking precedent

Abortion | Supreme Court case pits women’s health against abortionists’ business
by Leah Hickman
Posted 3/06/20, 09:57 am

Since the United States Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, only seven of the 31 abortion cases to come before the high court had women as plaintiffs. All other plaintiffs have either been abortionists or abortion businesses.

The Louisiana abortion case the Supreme Court heard Wednesday, June Medical Services v. Russo, keeps in line with the trend.

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Roberts rebukes Schumer

by Harvest Prude
Posted 3/05/20, 12:00 pm

WASHINGTON—Chief Justice John Roberts on Wednesday chastised Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., for making “irresponsible” and “dangerous” remarks.

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