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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - March 15, 2013

50 Years After Key Case, Problems Defending The Poor Persist

By Carrie Johnson

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Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in which the justices unanimously ruled that defendants facing substantial jail time deserved legal representation in state courts, even if they couldn't afford to pay for it.

Categories: History, Law


AP - Illinois Public Media News - March 13, 2013

Illinois Governor Wants Appeal of Concealed Carry Ruling

By The Associated Press

Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday that he wants the Illinois attorney general to appeal a federal court ruling that the state's last-in-the-nation concealed carry ban is unconstitutional, a move that would take it before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Categories: Government, Law, Politics

Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - March 12, 2013

Senate Panel OKs Dems Gun Background Check Bill

By The Associated Press

gun shop

A divided Senate Judiciary Committee approved a Democratic bill Tuesday expanding required federal background checks to nearly all gun purchases, giving President Barack Obama an early victory on curbing gun violence in a fight that still faces difficult odds.

Categories: Law, Politics




NPR - Illinois Public Media News - March 01, 2013

Administration Asks Supreme Court To End Calif. Gay-Marriage Ban

By Nina Totenberg

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(Duration: 3:30)

California same-sex couple gets married

The Obama administration has filed a friend of the court brief urging the United States Supreme Court to strike down California's ban on gay marriage. The government is arguing that the state's ban on gay marriage should be struck down as a denial of "equal protection under the law," but it does not call for the abolition of all state bans on same-sex marriage.


NPR - Illinois Public Media News - February 27, 2013

Supreme Court Weighs Future Of Voting Rights Act

By Nina Totenberg

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 People wait in line outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27,2013, to listen to oral arguments in the Shelby County, Ala., v. Holder voting rights case.

Once again, race is front and center at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. And once again, the bull's eye is the 1965 Voting Rights Act, widely viewed as the most effective and successful civil rights legislation in American history. Upheld five times by the court, the law now appears to be on life support.


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