Supreme Court

Supreme Court Rejects Rubashkin Appeal

10/03/2012

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin’s conviction and sentence for bank fraud.

The court on Oct. 1 rejected the appeal, which asked the Supreme Court for a new trial, and to shorten his 27-year sentence, which the appeals court upheld as “reasonable.” Rubashkin’s request said it violates federal sentencing laws for a first-time, nonviolent offender.

The court offered no comment alongside its rejection.

Rabbinical Students No Longer TAP-ped Out

State to grant $18 million in tuition aid in tough fiscal year; report alleges political deal.

04/05/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

Years of lobbying by Agudath Israel of America appear to have borne fruit now that the state budget includes allocations to help struggling undergraduate rabbinical students pay tuition.

Agudath Israel says Dean Skelos, who controls the state Senate with a slim Republican majority, was an “avid champion” of funds

Jewish groups (predictably) divided on Supreme Court religious school funding decision

The ADL is criticizing and the Orthodox Union is praising today's Supreme Court decision in a key church-state case, Arizona Christian Tuition Organization v. Winn. That decision, analysts say, could make it harder for taxpayers to oppose public funding for parochial schools on church-state grounds.

The case involved an Arizona law that allows taxpayers to take 100 percent tax credits for donations to “school tuition organizations” - groups that provide funding to religious and other private schools.

Bus Gender Segregation Can Continue, With Caveats, Supreme Court Rules

01/06/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Gender segregation on public buses can continue as long as passengers agree, Israel's Supreme Court ruled.

The practice may continue on dozens of bus lines serving the haredi Orthodox community, known as "Mehadrin" lines, as long as passengers are not coerced and no violence erupts, the ruling, issued Thursday, said.

Supreme Court Asked to Consider Jerusalem Passport Case

12/09/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Lawyers for a Jerusalem-born U.S. citizen whose family wants "Israel" listed on his passport as his birth country have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case.

After his birth in September 2003, the family of Menachem Zivotofsky brought suit against the U.S. government under a 2002 law that allows Americans born in Jerusalem to list the city as in "Israel."

President George W. Bush had signed the law, but stated that it was "advisory" because it interfered with the president's right to conduct foreign policy.

Boca Raton Under Fire for Menorah Display

12/08/2010

(JTA) -- A Catholic civil rights organization is accusing Boca Raton, Fla., of discrimination for buying and displaying menorahs in public buildings without including a nativity scene.

"The City of Boca Raton is effectively discriminating against Christians by allowing one religious symbol, namely the menorah, to be displayed in public buildings, while censoring nativity scenes," Catholic League President Bill Donahue said in a statement issued Tuesday.

Hate Church Targets Jews, Gays Here

A family of Westboro Baptists spark angry confrontation in Brooklyn as Supreme Court case looms.

10/12/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

Members of a Kansas church whose confrontational tactics have placed them at the center of a Supreme Court case testing the limits of free speech came to New York unbowed on Monday, targeting Jews and gays at a series of locations.

Westboro church members demonstrate in Washington, DC (JTA)

Westboro Church Case Poses Dilemma for Jewish Groups

10/06/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Jewish defense organizations long -- and proudly -- have upheld a delicate principle in defending the First Amendment: Hate the speech, defend the speaker.

But a Supreme Court case whose arguments were scheduled for Wednesday have put that precept to the test: A Maryland family is suing the Westboro Baptist Church for picketing the funeral of its scion, Matthew Snyder, a soldier killed in a noncombat accident in Iraq.

For First Time, Supreme Court Opens With Three Jews

10/06/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- For the first time in history, a U.S. Supreme Court convened this week with three Jewish justices.

And Jewish defense organizations had their eyes on … Arizona.

Two of the three cases on the docket this session attracting special attention from Jewish groups come from the Grand Canyon State. One addresses tax credits for religious schools; another looks at whether state immigration laws outweigh the U.S. government. The third case, out of Maryland, deals with free speech protections.

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