WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday constrained the power of federal agencies, scaling back a legal doctrine that called for judges to give agencies deference to interpret their own rules but declining to eliminate it all together. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie speaks during ceremonies on Veteran's Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., November 11, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo The ruling, coming in a case in which a Vietnam War veteran sued the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) after being denied retroactive disability benefits, could buoy business groups and others wanting to curb governmental regulatory authority. The justices imposed new limits on the legal doctrine, which is called “Auer deference,” that was rooted in Supreme Court precedents dating back to 1945. The ruling could constrain administrative agencies in issuing certain informal policies and rules. … [Read more...] about Supreme Court applies limits to federal agency power
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Jessica Gresko, Associated Press Updated 5:15 am PDT, Saturday, April 20, 2019 In this April 9, 2019, photo, Argus Leader investigative reporter Jonathan Ellis and news director Cory Myers in the newsroom in Sioux Falls, S.D. In 2010, reporters at South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper came up with the idea of requesting data about the government’s food assistance program. They thought the information about the $65-billion dollar-a year program, previously known as food stamps, could lead to a series of stories and help them identify possible fraud. But the government didn’t provide everything the paper wanted. Trying to get the data has taken the paper more than eight years and landed the case at the Supreme Court. (Briana Sanchez/The Argus Leader via AP) less In this April 9, 2019, photo, Argus Leader investigative reporter Jonathan Ellis and news director Cory Myers in the newsroom in Sioux Falls, S.D. In 2010, reporters at South Dakota’s Argus … [Read more...] about Quest for food stamp data lands newspaper at Supreme Court
Rep. Devin Nunes filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, claiming Twitter, two parody accounts and a Republican political consultant violated the First Amendment and defamed him. In addition to $250 million in damages, Nunes demands that the social media platform disclose the identities behind the anonymous accounts that have caused him particular suffering, according to the suit: "Devin Nunes' Mom" and "Devin Nunes' Cow." The suit, filed in state court, alleged violations of Virginia's law against insults. It also brought claims against Twitter for conspiracy and negligence. The tech company, the Republican from California said, "intended to generate and proliferate false and defamatory statements" about him. Its failure to police mean tweets, puns and memes, posted by accounts purporting to be his mother and cow, caused him "extreme pain and suffering." Since filing, Nunes has been ridiculed, and the case has been labeled by experts who spoke to The Washington Post as, in all likelihood, … [Read more...] about Analysis: Devin Nunes is suing Twitter and a satirical cow over mean tweets. Does he have a case?
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in four criminal cases originating from Kansas, Louisiana and Virginia on Monday. In Mathena v. Malvo, the so-called “DC sniper” case, Lee Boyd Malvo, then 17, was convicted of two counts of capital murder by a Virginia jury for his part in the killing of 10 individuals and injury of several others in the DC-Maryland-Virginia metropolitan area over the course of six weeks in 2002. Malvo was issued two life sentences without parole. The state appealed his case to the Supreme Court after the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the district court order that Malvo be resentenced based on Montgomery v. Louisiana, which retroactively prevents minors from being sentenced to capital punishment or life without parole unless their crimes “reflect permanent incorrigibility.” The Supreme Court also agreed to hear Ramos v. Lousiana, a criminal case that asks whether the Fourteenth Amendment fully incorporates the Sixth … [Read more...] about US Supreme Court to hear ‘DC sniper’ case
WASHINGTON, DC – National networks and pundits are breathlessly repeating rumors that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will imminently be leaving the Supreme Court and that the White House is preparing for an all-out confirmation war. But parts of those reports are definitely false, and the rest may be false as well. Ginsburg had surgery on December 21 to remove cancerous nodules from one of her lungs. The cancer was discovered when doctors were treating her for broken ribs that she suffered as a result of a fall in her chambers.This week she is still recovering at home from the surgery and thus missed oral arguments at the Court. She read the legal briefs and transcripts of this week’s cases, however, and will participate in those decisions. Politico‘s Eliana Johnson and Gabby Orr then reported that they had heard from sources that the White House was preparing for Ginsburg’s imminent departure from the Court and working with key external allies for an … [Read more...] about Politico Spreads Rumors on Ruth Bader Ginsburg Leaving Supreme Court