Third Branch

Supreme Court upholds law limiting unions’ use of fees for political purposes

The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a 1992 state law enacted directly by Washington voters that requires unions to obtain consent from their member workers before using the workers’ fees for political purposes. The law also mandates refunds to nonmembers from whom fees are collected but who oppose the unions’ political activities.

Wow, who even knew we had state laws on those issues?

Supreme Court dismisses murderer’s appeal because of filing snafu

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a convict’s appeal because he filed it two days late, despite the fact he had met a verbal but mistaken deadline given to him directly by his trial judge.

Ah, yes, the devil’s always in the details.

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the majority opinion and was joined by Justices Alito, Roberts, Scalia, and Kennedy.

Go figure.

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Here’s a recent one from the state court system which for obvious reasons had no chance of being a lead story on NPR:

Court: Eminent domain requires blight and not merely underuse

In a victory for private property rights, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that local governments cannot seize land against the owner’s wishes simply because the property is underused.

Man, who knew there were such conservative property rights activists over there in New Jersey?

SCOTUS Sources: Various AP and Reuters articles. I thought about linking to them, but generally speaking they were couched in liberal-bot terms, so I decided to save you the trouble.

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