U.S. Supreme Court

Abortion clinic protests
3:34 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Pittsburgh's Buffer Zone Still Being Enforced; Abortion Opponents Expect a Court Challenge

“We’re hoping that it will also obliterate the yellow arch that’s out in front of the building that houses Planned Parenthood.”

Helen Cindrich, executive director of People Concerned for the Unborn Child, is referring to the US Supreme Court’s decision Thursday declaring a Massachusetts law that establishes a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics violates protesters’ free speech rights.

The yellow semicircle outside the Planned Parenthood facility in downtown Pittsburgh marks the 15-foot buffer zone established by a 2006 city ordinance.

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Law
3:28 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

An Uncertain Future For Pittsburgh's Abortion Protest Buffer Zone

It’s uncertain what will happen to that the yellow semi-circle marking a 15-foot buffer zone outside Planned Parenthood’s downtown Pittsburgh location.

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling Thursday striking down the 35-foot protest-free zones outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts, saying that law violates the First Amendment Rights of protesters.

But the question remains if the high court’s decision will have on Pittsburgh’s eight-year-old law.

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Government & Politics
5:18 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Local Challenge of Federal Contraception Mandate

A Lancaster County-based company is one of two family-owned businesses taking on the so-called “contraception mandate” in the federal Affordable Care Act. Oral arguments are set to begin Tuesday morning in the U.S. Supreme Court.

One of the central questions in this case is whether for-profit corporations exercise religious beliefs, and can therefore claim a religious exemption to a law.

Two companies, including Conestoga Wood Specialties, based in Lancaster County, object to a part of the health care law’s regulations, and they’re asking for a religious exemption.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:23 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court's New Term

University of Pittsburgh Law Professor David Harris believes that the limit for campaign financing will eventually be eliminated.
Credit University of Pittsburgh Law School

Although this new Supreme Court session may not feature blockbuster cases such as DOMA, Proposition 8 and "Obama Care," the court will be revisiting important cases dealing with campaign finance, abortion and affirmative action.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:12 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

The U.S. Constitution 224 Years Later: Why it Endures

The Preamble is one of the most well known phrases in the English language.
Credit National Archives / wikipedia

Some people underestimate just how influential the Constitution of the United States has been to the world.

Constitution Day is September 17 and the US Constitution remains the key document used in deciding important Supreme Court cases. But University of Pittsburgh law professor, David Harris notes that the Justices have very different views on how the Constitution should be read.

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Essential Pittsburgh
8:17 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Thursday June, 27th 2013 Supreme Court Decision on the Defense of Marriage Act

A crowd gathered in Downtown Pittsburgh reacts to Wednesday's Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

These topics air Thursday in the noon hour on 90.5 WESA

Supreme Court Decides on Same-Sex Marriage
Across the country people have been awaiting the Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act. Yesterday, the court handed down a landmark decision striking down the 1996 California law blocking federal recognition of gay marriage. The court is also allowing gay marriage to resume in California by declining to decide a separate case. Joining us to discuss these landmark decisions is Anthony Infanti professor of law and associate dean for academic affairs in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Gary Van Horn, President of the Delta Foundation.


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Community
2:03 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Portion of Liberty Avenue to Close as Crowd Awaits Supreme Court Rulings on LGBT Issues

As of earlier Tuesday afternoon, more than 300 people on Facebook said they are heading downtown Wednesday morning to catch live coverage of the Supreme Court’s rulings on DOMA and Prop 8 — two cases involving same-sex marriage.

Delta Foundation organizers are expecting an even larger crowd downtown.

“Liberty Avenue will be shut down to vehicle traffic between 9th and 10th because we’re expecting so many people,” said Christine Bryan with the Delta Foundation. “We’ll have a large television set up, and a stage and various speakers.”

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U.S. Supreme Court
9:25 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas Visits Duquesne University

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke at Duquesne University Tuesday afternoon on topics ranging from his childhood in segregated Georgia to his 22-year tenure on the nation's highest court.

Thomas is the only black justice to serve on the Supreme Court after Thurgood Marshall. Thomas filled Marshall's vacated position on the bench.

Born in Pin Point, Ga. in 1948, Thomas said he grew up in a poor black community, but he was pushed toward academic success by his grandfather and the nuns at his Catholic school.

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