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Many were surprised that the chief justice, appointed by conservative Republican George W. Bush, upheld the more liberal provisions of the Affordable Care Act such as the individual mandate, touted by President Barack Obama as the signature achievements of the health reform. Paul Rothstein, law professor at Georgetown Law School, says the man with whom he used to teach needed to land on "the right side of history" and morality as the deciding vote on an increasingly partisan court.
The Supreme Court has ruled that Secret Service agents are shielded from a lawsuit filed by a man they arrested after a confrontation with then-Vice President Dick Cheney.
The Supreme Court's iconic front will soon be covered with scaffolding, as workers begin almost two years' worth of repair to an area where some of the building's marble fell a few years ago.
Support among Maryland prosecutors is growing for the Supreme Court to review a ruling by Maryland's highest court, one that found it unconstitutional for police to collect cheek swabs of people arrested for violent crimes and burglaries.
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Many states have argued the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law by the president in March 2012, are unconstitutional, particularly the requirements that most Americans purchase health insurance. Professor Jonathan Turley, who teaches public interest law at George Washington University, believes the outcome of the Supreme Court case will determine the future of the federalist approach in the U.S.
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