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U.S. Supreme Court Divided

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U.S. Supreme Court Divided

U.S. Supreme Court Divided

U.S. Supreme Court Divided

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NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg reports that a sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a key portion of the Violence Against Women Act is unconstitutional. The act had allowed victims of gender-based violence to sue their attackers for damages in Federal court. But according to yesterday's ruling, it's up to each state to offer legal remedies to victims of gender-based violence, not Congress.