Arkansas gets ready to execute two men tonight, the first double execution in the U.S. since 2000; former Arkansas death row inmate Damien Echols speaks out about executions.
In a case with implications for more than 30 states that prohibit using public funds for religious purposes, the justices appeared aligned against Missouri’s refusal to include a Lutheran church in a grant program that provides funding to resurface playgrounds and make them safer.
After Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced his intention to execute eight death row inmates in ten days later this month, lawyers, church officials and former correctional officers have been mobilizing.
When the U.S. Supreme Court looked at the issue of pension benefits for employees at religious hospitals March 27, the justices seemed uncertain how they would decide this case.
The seven cases consolidated in Zubik v. Burwell will return to the appeals level with time to "resolve any outstanding issues between them," the justices said.
Faith and Justice: The Supreme Court's proposed solution came one week after the oral argument. Oral arguments can help us understand the disputed issues.
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Florida's death penalty process is unconstitutional, an abolition coalition continues informing Floridians about the state's capital punishment practices.
In a 5-4 ruling, the court said the use of midazolam in executions does not violate the ban on "cruel and unusual punishment."
"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote.
In separate cases, the Supreme Court will consider persistently unsettled angles on criminal sentencing, including death sentences for people with mental disabilities and life sentences for juveniles.
The court heard oral arguments Monday in a Louisiana case that challenges the death sentence of Kevan Brumfield, who his attorneys say should be exempt from capital punishment because he is intellectually disabled. The case asks the court to allow evidence of disability to be considered in a reconsideration of his death sentence.