Tagged: Supreme Court

SCOTUS upholds “don’t ask”

The Supreme Court has upheld the “don’t ask, don’t tell” Pentagon policy barring gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military, deciding not to hear an appeal of a lower court’s rejection of a challenge to the 1993 law.  School of Law Professor Robert Volk, an authority on gay-rights law, can discuss the legal […]

High Court to rule on biz-method patents

Making software makers and biotech firms nervous, the Supreme Court has decided to hear an appeal of a case in which a lower court significantly narrowed the processes eligible for patent protection (denying patents, for example, for a method of hedging commodity sales risks).  School of Law Professor Michael Meurer, an authority on patent law, […]

Sotomayor preps for hearings

As Judge Sonia Sotomayor makes a courtesy call to Congress today, speculation abounds about the tenor of her confirmation hearings and the tenor of her voice on the Supreme Court bench if she’s approved.  School of Law Professor Jay Wexler, a Supreme Court expert who clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, can explore the Sotomayor […]

Sotomayor could “shake up” SCOTUS

Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, was a politically wise choice, says School of Law Professor Jack Beermann, an authority on high-court politics.  In a BU Today interview, Beermann says Sotomayor could “shake up the dynamics” of the court if confirmed by the Senate. Contact Jack Beermann, 617-353-2577, beermann@bu.edu

New SCOTUS nominee

President Obama has nominated Sonia Sotomayor to succeed David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court.  If confirmed by the Senate, she would be the first Hispanic and third woman in history on the high court.  School of Law Professor Jack Beermann, a Supreme Court authority, can comment. Contact Jack Beermann, 617-353-2577, beermann@bu.edu

Pressure mounts for Hispanic justice

With speculation rampant about who President Obama will nominate to succeed retiring Justice Souter on the Supreme Court, the White House is being pressured to name the first Hispanic justice.  School of Law professor Jack Beermann, a Supreme Court historian, can break down the options and precedents involved. Contact Jack Beermann, 617-353-2577,  beermann@bu.edu

CBS “wardrobe malfunction” fine back in court

College of Communication Professor T. Barton Carter, an authority on communication law and an FCC expert, said the Supreme Court ordering a lower-court review of the fine against CBS for the Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” at the 2004 Superbowl means that case still has a long way to go in light of the high court’s […]

Souter retiring from Supreme Court

With word that Justice David Souter will retire from the Supreme Court, Law Professor Jack Beerman, an authority on the court, says former law-school professor Obama is in a unique position to nominate a successor. “President Obama, having been a law professor and president of the Harvard Law Review, is in a unique position to […]

Supreme Court upholds “fleeting expletive” rule, for now

College of Communication Professor T. Barton Carter, a communication law and FCC expert, says Fox Television Stations will likely eventually win its case concerning expletives for which the FCC was issuing fines, despite the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling upholding the FCC’s “fleeting expletive” rule. “This decision prolongs the long battle over broadcast indecency. As a […]

Supreme Court rules 6-3 against Wyeth

School of Law Professor Kevin Outterson, director of the Health Law Program, says the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling that drugmakers can’t use federal regulation to shield them from lawsuits brought under state consumer-protection laws reflects poorly on the Bush Administration’s legal views on such cases. “A strong majority of the Court, including Justice Thomas, […]