Last Updated: 2:07 AM, June 26, 2012
Posted: 1:04 AM, June 26, 2012
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the long-awaited Obama health-care law Thursday and issued opinions on matters yesterday ranging from juvenile prison sentences to state campaign-finance laws.
The court ruled against mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole for juveniles, ordering federal and state courts to consider a juvenile’s age and other factors when handing down sentences.
The 5-4 decision supported other court rulings that struck down the death penalty for juveniles and life without parole for those who committed crimes not involving a killing.
In rulings yesterday:
* The court also reaffirmed its 2-year-old decision allowing corporations, unions and interest groups to spend limitlessly on elections, striking down a Montana law. By a 5-4 vote, the court’s conservative judges pointed to the 2010 Citizens United case as applicable to states.
The court ruling gives the parties the right to spend freely for or against candidates for state and local offices in Montana.
* An Obama administration appeal aimed at preserving a 29-foot Christian cross at a veterans’ memorial on federal land in San Diego was rejected by the court.
* The court agreed to hear a case about who can be considered a workplace supervisor for purposes of a federal job-discrimination law.