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July 2, 2005
On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued rulings on two cases related to the Ten Commandments. In regard to a Texas case, the court ruled, 5-4, that a granite monument inscribed with the biblical commandments on the grounds of the state Capitol was acceptable. In a separate ruling, the court said that displays of the Ten Commandments in a Kentucky courtroom were unconstitutional. Was the court's ruling positive or negative, in your opinion?
By Candice Baker | October 5, 2009
The Supreme Court of the United States announced Monday that it will not hear a property rights case petitioned by St. James Church of Newport Beach. The court said it is waiting for a final ruling in the case at the county level before considering whether it will make its own decision. St. James has owned its church property for more than 50 years, and has sought to keep it following its split from the Episcopal Church and its Los Angeles Diocese over theological differences regarding homosexuality.
By: Andrew Edwards | September 21, 2005
A Newport Beach activist continued to battle the California Coastal Commission on Tuesday with an attempt to bring his case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Sacramento-based attorney Ronald Zumbrun filed the petition for the Newport Beach-based Marine Forests Society on Tuesday. Rodolphe Streichenberger, head of the Marine Forests Society, has been locked in a five-year dispute with the Coastal Commission over an artificial reef project that was started in 1987.
December 8, 2004
Alicia Robinson Local wine enthusiasts are hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will allow vino to flow across state lines, after the court heard cases Tuesday involving states' regulation of alcohol sales. Nearly all 50 states produce wine, but 24 of them have laws that prohibit direct sales of wine from producers in other states. California does not have such a law. States claim they need to regulate alcohol sales for safety, while winemakers argue the laws are an unconstitutional protection by states of their own wineries.
February 13, 2004
Deepa Bharath Parents of two children who died when a man plowed his car onto their preschool playground nearly five years ago have decided to take their civil lawsuit against the preschool's former owner to the state Supreme Court. On May 3, 1999, Steven Abrams drove his brown 1967 Cadillac through a chain-link fence at South Coast Early Childhood Learning Center, killing 4-year-old Sierra Soto and Brandon Wiener, 3, and injuring several others.
April 6, 2005
Andrew Edwards Oral arguments are scheduled to be held today in a case that could lead to the powerful California Coastal Commission being declared unconstitutional. The seven justices of the state Supreme Court are slated to meet today in Los Angeles. The roots of the case stretch to 2000, when Rodolphe Streichenberger of the Newport Beach-based Marine Forests Society filed suit against the commission after the body denied him a permit to build an artificial reef.
By Brianna Bailey | December 24, 2009
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the fifth in a series of the top stories of each year since 2000. Look for the 2005 story of the year Saturday. In danger of losing its Balboa Peninsula church to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles in a heated court battle, St. James Church is keeping its eyes on the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court could take up a similar court case of an Anglican Church in La Crescenta that raises questions about property rights and freedom of religion.
By Jessie Brunner | April 28, 2007
The California Supreme Court has ruled that Balboa Island homeowner Anne Lemen may be ordered by a judge to stop repeating false statements about a local establishment, the Village Inn. The court decided that a long-standing ban preventing Lemen from alleging, for example, that the bar sells alcohol to minors, serves tainted food or is involved in child pornography could be legally reinstated, if limited. "I am happy that the court found that the injunction was unconstitutional, but I am disappointed that the court thought that any injunction could be constitutional," Lemen's attorney, D. Michael Bush, said Friday, adding that he will consider appealing the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
By Jill Cowan | June 26, 2013
Same-sex marriage supporters in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa on Wednesday cheered a pair of landmark Supreme Court decisions striking down California's Proposition 8 and a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act while religious leaders recognized that a cultural tide is shifting, though their beliefs are not. "Today was a win," said Eliza Rubenstein, artistic director of the Orange County Women's Chorus and an outspoken proponent of gay...
By Lauren Williams | March 28, 2013
Newport Beach announced Thursday that it can begin construction of Sunset Ridge Park in West Newport following a state Supreme Court decision not to hear an appeal trying to stop it. The decision ends a three-year legal battle between the city and the Banning Ranch Conservancy, which is seeking to block the proposed residential and commercial development of old oil fields on the border of Newport and Costa Mesa. The conservancy maintained that the city's environmental impact report should have included the adjacent Banning Ranch, which the group sees as an area intermingled with the park.
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