Colorado, like most states, forces convicted criminals to pay court costs, fees, and restitution after they’ve been found guilty. But the question arises, “What happens when someone who’s been found guilty, has paid their dues and then has their convictions overturned on appeal? Do they get their money back?” Not in many states, like Colorado. But all of that has changed after a landmark ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).
The Supreme Court declined to hear a major religious-freedom case on Tuesday, showing how much things have changed since Hobby Lobby.
Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a controversial 5-4 ruling about birth control and religion, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. Because of the ruling, private companies owned by religious people, including the craft-supply chain Hobby Lobby, can now refuse to cover certain kinds of birth control in their employee insurance plans, a requirement that was put in place by the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Supporters of the ruling claimed it as a triumph for religious freedom and an important precedent for cases about conscience-based objections to contraception.
Ian Millhiser, 30 March 16
he biggest birth control case to reach the Supreme Court in 40 years just got a whole lot more confusing.
Philip Wegmann, February 01, 2016
The Mountain State has its back against the wall, and time is running out. Leading a coalition of more than two dozen coal states, West Virginia is asking the Supreme Court for an emergency stay of President Obama’s new regulations governing the coal industry.
Political Vel Craft, December 23, 2015
On Wednesday, November 20th 2013, David Long (9/11 survivor and Founder of 9/11 Justice Canada) and Isabelle Beenen (Spokeswoman for Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth) delivered powerful statements to the Ottawa Transit Commission amidst a debate regarding advertising standards.
“No man in the wrong can stand up against a fellow that’s in the right and keeps on a-comin’.”—Texas Rangers
In an overwhelmingly lopsided 8-1 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, justices said that such stops do not violate the Constitution's Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.
As reported by The Associated Press (AP):
The court ruled unanimously, overturning the decision of a lower court that Amazon should pay for the time since the screenings benefit the company. The screenings are considered a part of its employees' jobs, the lower court had ruled. The Supreme Court disagreed.