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U.S. Supreme Court / City of East Lansing

America’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice will visit East Lansing this summer.

The U.S. Supreme Court building
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In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life in prison without parole for juvenile offenders was unconstitutional. On Monday, the court said that ruling applies to people currently serving sentences for crimes they committed as minors. Current State talks to both a prison reform proponent and a victims’ rights advocate about their reaction to the decision. 

SCOTUS upholds Michigan's race admissions ban

Apr 23, 2014
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette spoke yesterday at a press conference about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld Michigan’s constitutional amendment which prohibits affirmative action at the State’s public universities. In the 6-2, ruling, the judges offered five separate opinions showcasing drastically different views.


The U.S. Supreme Court  will hear oral arguments today in a Michigan case with potential repercussions for other states as well.   It involves Indian tribal rights and casino operations.

Responses to SCOTUS decisions on DOMA and gay rights

Jun 27, 2013

Gay rights activists cheered two decisions yesterday by the U.S. Supreme Court.  One overturns the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the other essentially allows same-sex marriages in the state of California. Among other things, the DOMA ruling means many gay spouses will be able to receive Social Security benefits, jointly file tax returns and share healthcare plans without a tax penalty.