The US Supreme Court made two high-profile decisions this week, and civil liberties again made for a hotly debate subject at the General Assembly this year. The head of the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Steve Brown, stopped by our studios to discuss those and other issues.
While the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity is blasting the RI Labor Relations Board decision to move ahead with a vote on unionizing state-subsidized child care workers, it is difficult to question the labor panel’s reasoning.
Some history here: Mike Stenhouse, ceo of the conservative Freedom & Prosperity group, asked the labor board to delay a vote until the U.S. Supreme Court decides a challenge to a somewhat similar union quest in Illinois.
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan offered rare behind-the-court insights Tuesday at a forum celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Rhode Island royal charter.
It’s hard to manage getting by these days without using email, but the Supreme Court of the United States does just fine without it, said Justice Elena Kagan. Speaking to about 500 people at Trinity Repertory Theatre, Kagan said they type everything on paper and have couriers deliver it.
It’s unclear how exactly Wednesday's Supreme Court decision on DOMA will affect health care coverage for same-sex spouses. But Rhode Island’s largest health insurer has already been extending such benefits.
As an employer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island has been offering health coverage to its employees’ same-sex spouses since 2010, said Blue cross compliance officer Martha Holt Castle.
It’s unclear how exactly Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court decision on DOMA will affect health care coverage for same-sex spouses. But Rhode Island’s largest health insurer has already been extending such benefits.
As an employer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island has been offering health coverage to its employees’ same-sex spouses since 2010, said Blue Cross compliance officer Martha Holt Castle.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) The US Supreme Court has decided not to hear the custody case of accused killer Jason Pleau. Pleau had been fighting a transfer from Rhode Island’s prison system to federal custody to stand trial for murder.
Stanford law professor Jeffrey Fisher worked with Pleau’s legal team. Fisher is disappointed with the Supreme Court decision.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) The U-S Supreme Court has decided not to hear the case of accused killer Jason Pleau. This means the case against Pleau can move forward in a federal court.
Reacting to today’s decision by the Supreme Court, United States Attorney Peter Neronha says in a prepared statement “I am obviously pleased with the decision of the United States Supreme Court.” Neronha goes on to state this means Rhode Island must surrender Pleau to stand trial in federal court.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) Attorneys for accused killer Jason Pleau are hopeful that Friday is the day they will hear that the US Supreme Court will take their case. Pleau is the subject of a debate as to whether Rhode Island has the right to refuse to hand him over to federal authorities. The legal wrangling centers on an agreement between states and the federal government when it comes to transporting detainees.