The nation's highest court will rule on cases from California and New York.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case of California's ban on gay marriage, which could be a landmark ruling for gay marriage nationwide, according to the Associated Press. The court said today it will also review a federal appeals ruling that struck down the state's ban on gay marriage and whether Congress can stop married gay couples from receiving the same benefits a heterosexual couple may receive, says the New York Times. Currently, the Defense of Marriage Act limits such benefits for same-sex couples including pension and health benefits, says the AP.
The highest court in the land remanded the 2001 murder conviction back to the Supreme Judicial Court Friday based on a June 18 SCOTUS decision regarding DNA.
Dirk Greineder, the once-renowned allergist who was convicted of the murder of his wife in 2001, could have another day in court. The United States Supreme Court remanded his case back to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court based on a recent decision regarding DNA. The Norfolk County District Attorney’s office issued the following press release regarding the case Friday: On June 29, 2001, Dirk Greineder was convicted of the first-degree murder of his wife May on Oct. 31, 1999 in Wellesley. On Nov. 4, 2010, the Supreme Judicial Court rejected the defendant’s claims on direct appeal, including claims regarding DNA testimony, and affirmed the conviction. The defendant filed a petition for certiorari with the United States Supreme Court …