By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday said he thinks there is no "plausible legal basis" for the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a key plank of Obamacare, defending his administration's lack of a contingency plan. Obama touched on two main domestic policy issues during an interview with Reuters. On the Affordable Care Act, his signature policy achievement commonly referred to as Obamacare, the Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on Wednesday in the case known as King v. Burwell.
The only woman on death row in Georgia is scheduled to be executed on Monday for her husband's 1997 murder, barring last-minute legal action. Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 46, would be the first woman executed by the state in 70 years. Prosecutors said she plotted with her boyfriend, Gregory Owen, to kill her husband, Douglas Gissendaner, who was stabbed to death in a desolate area in suburban Atlanta after being abducted from his home. Owen confessed to carrying out the Feb. 7, 1997, murder and implicated Kelly Gissendaner.
By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Attorneys for a former grocery store worker accused of the 1979 killing of a New York City boy pressed a police detective on Monday about his interrogation techniques, as they seek to prove the accused man's confession was coerced. Pedro Hernandez, on trial for the kidnapping and murder of 6-year-old Etan Patz, confessed in 2012 to police that he choked the boy, stuffed him in a box and left him in a New York alley. Patz vanished as he walked alone for the first time to a school bus stop in his Manhattan neighborhood on May 25, 1979. Testifying in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, New York Police Detective James Lamendola said he repeatedly told Hernandez: "The lies must stop" and "we need the truth" in the hour they were alone together in a room before Hernandez confessed.