Lawrence Hurley

Lawrence Hurley


Covering the U.S. Supreme Court and related issues for Reuters; Silver Spring, Md. resident; Herefordshire-born

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Supreme Court appears unlikely to strike down entire Obamacare law Oral argument is over

Various legal issues for the justices to tackle (standing, lawfulness of individual mandate, severability) and Republicans would need to run the table to get the result they say they want

The Supreme Court’s embrace of the QUALIFIED IMMUNITY legal defense for cops in excessive force cases is on a collision course with another legal issue the conservative justices have championed: gun rights The latest part of our @Reuters  investigation:

This is the latest case seeking to curb the scope of the Alien Tort Statute, an obscure law that human rights lawyers have used to sue corporations in U.S. courts for alleged human rights abuses around the world

Court has previously ruled for Shell and Arab Bank in cases that have limited what kinds of cases that can be heard in U.S. courts (by stressing there needs to be a strong connection with U.S.-based activity) but has not definitively ruled that U.S. corporations cannot be sued

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Why is the COVID-19 death rate so low in Germany? "early and widespread testing and treatment, plenty of intensive care beds and a trusted government whose social distancing guidelines are widely observed."

CNN is reporting that Trump is unhappy with his legal team

“One of alleged plotters, 23-year-old Daniel Harris, attended a Black Lives Matter protest in June, telling the Oakland County Times he was upset about the killing of George Floyd and police violence.”

BREAKING: Appeals court allows Democratic attorneys general to intervene in defense of Obamacare cost-sharing subsidy payments

NEW: Chief Justice John Roberts has put a temporary hold on the disclosure of Mueller grand jury materials to House of Representatives while the Supreme Court decides what to do

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