Supreme Court

  • June 13, 1996  

    In a 5-4 decision handed down by the Supreme Court on Thursday, five congressional districts in North Carolina and Texas ceased to exist. The states had designed the districts to contain a majority of minority voters. The Court held that any district based predominantly on race was unconstitutional. Continue reading

  • June 3, 1996  

    The Supreme Court heard a case Monday that will decide the constitutionality of one provision in the recently passed Anti-Terrorism Act. The act allows only one appeal to those convicted of murder and other capital offenses. Following Charlayne Hunter-Gault’s background report on the case, Jim Lehrer discusses today’s actions. Continue reading

  • May 20, 1996  

    Two notable rulings have been handed down by the Supreme Court today. One overturned a Colorado constitutional amendment banning laws meant to protect homosexuals from discrimination. The second ruling struck down $2 million in punitive damages awarded by an Alabama court to a doctor unhappy with the paint job on his new BMW. Continue reading

  • May 13, 1996  

    The Supreme court dealt with issues ranging from the Unabomber, to racism in drug arrests, to liquor advertising in Rhode Island. Stuart Taylor, correspondent for the “American Lawyer” and “Legal Times,” joins Charlayne Hunter-Gault to discuss the busy day that was. Continue reading

  • May 6, 1996  

    New strategies in metropolitan policing have led to a 2% drop in the national crime rate. But can the trend continue? Elizabeth Farnsworth reports on the recent successes and future challenges and then discusses these trends with three police chiefs. Continue reading

  • April 17, 1996  

    Is it overstepping the bounds to seize the property of drug dealers as well as handing them tough sentences? Jeffrey Kaye looks at the question of double jeopardy in the U.S. governments’ war on drugs. Continue reading

  • April 17, 1996  

    There are two cases before the Supreme Court questioning whether the government can both confiscate property and hand down prison sentences to people guilty of drug offences. To look at the particulars of these questions, Charlayne Hunter-Gault talks to Stuart Taylor of The Amercican Lawyer magazine. Continue reading

  • April 15, 1996  

    The Supreme Court heard arguments that could change the ways political parties can support their candidates. The case involves the use by the Colorado Republican Party of indirect campaign contributions, also known as “soft” money. Jim Lehrer explores the potential legal and political impacts of the court case. Continue reading

  • February 26, 1996  

    Stuart Taylor, legal correspondent for “The American Lawyer” and “Legal Times,” examines a case pending before the Supreme Court on alleged racism in the criminal justice system. Taylor discusses the arguments with Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Continue reading

  • February 26, 1996  

    At issue in Monday’s Supreme Court hearing was whether blacks accused of selling crack cocaine have been targeted for federal prosecution because of their race. Jeffrey Kaye of station KCET-Los Angeles has a background report. Continue reading

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