• CONGRESS Oct 8, 2019

    Supreme Court Seems Divided on LGBT Job Discrimination Case

    A seemingly divided Supreme Court struggled Tuesday over whether a landmark civil rights law protects LGBT people from discrimination in employment. With the court’s four liberal justices likely to side with workers who were fired because of their sexual orientation or transgender status, the question in two highly anticipated cases that filled the courtroom was whether one of the court’s...

  • Donald Trump Oct 7, 2019

    LGBT Workers Head to Supreme Court for Blockbuster Discrimination Cases

    The justices will hear on Tuesday the cases of three LGBT workers who were fired, including Gerald Bostock, a child welfare services employee for the Clayton County, Georgia juvenile court system. The other two individuals are Donald Zarda, a gay man who was fired from his job as a skydiving instructor after remarking on his sexual orientation to a female...

  • Donald Trump Oct 5, 2019

    Abortion, Immigrants, LGBT Rights Top High Court's New Term

    Abortion rights as well as protections for young immigrants and LGBT people top an election-year agenda for the Supreme Court. Its conservative majority will have ample opportunity to flex its muscle, testing Chief Justice John Roberts’ attempts to keep the court clear of Washington partisan politics. Guns could be part of a term with plenty of high-profile cases and at...

  • Donald Trump Oct 4, 2019

    Supreme Court to Hear Louisiana Abortion Regulation Case

    The Supreme Court is adding an abortion case to its busy election-year docket, agreeing to take up a Louisiana law that could leave the state with just one clinic. The justices won’t hear arguments until the winter and a decision is likely to come by the end of June, four months before the presidential election. The high court in February...

  • Donald Trump Jul 23, 2019

    ‘Brilliant' Justice Stevens Honored

    Justice John Paul Stevens was honored Monday at the Great Hall at the U.S. Supreme Court. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid their respects as did several supreme court justices.

  • Donald Trump Jul 22, 2019

    Stevens Praised as ‘Brilliant Man' at Supreme Court Ceremony

    Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was remembered as a “brilliant man” with a “deep devotion to the rule of law” during a ceremony Monday at the court where he served for nearly 35 years. The 99-year-old Stevens died last week after suffering a stroke. Justice Elena Kagan, who replaced Stevens on the court after he retired in 2010,...

  • California Jul 22, 2019

    Stevens, Ex-Colleagues Took Different Paths in Retirement

    Without opinions and dissents to write following his retirement from the Supreme Court in 2010, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens chose instead to write books from his home in Florida, reflecting on his life but also the Constitution.

  • Donald Trump Jul 21, 2019

    Ex-Marine, Professor, MLB Draft Pick Among High Court Clerks

    A former Marine who deployed twice to Afghanistan. A patent law professor. A woman who’s blind. Two Rhodes scholars. They’re among the lawyers starting work this summer as law clerks at the Supreme Court. The group of 16 women and 23 men hired by the justices were already on paths to become leading judges, professors and Supreme Court advocates. The...

  • Donald Trump Jun 30, 2019

    Roberts' Supreme Court Defies Easy Political Labels

    Just hours after Chief Justice John Roberts handed Republicans a huge victory that protects even the most extreme partisan electoral districts from federal court challenge, critics blasted him as worthy of being impeached, a politician who should run for office and a traitor. But the attacks came from President Donald Trump’s allies and their anger was directed not at the...

  • Donald Trump May 29, 2019

    Supreme Court Signals More Openness to State Abortion Rules

    The Supreme Court signaled Tuesday it is more open to state restrictions on abortion, upholding an Indiana law supported by abortion opponents that regulates the disposal of fetal remains. At the same time, the justices declined to take on an issue closer to the core of abortion rights, rejecting the state’s appeal of a lower court ruling that blocked a...

  • Asher Klein May 17, 2019

    Multiple States Pass Laws Restricting Abortion, Confusion Ensues

    As multiple states pass laws banning many abortions, confusion is swirling about what exactly that means for women.

  • Donald Trump May 4, 2019

    Justice Clarence Thomas' Moment May Finally Have Arrived

    Clarence Thomas has been a Supreme Court justice for nearly three decades. It may finally be his moment. Many Americans know Thomas largely from his bruising 1991 confirmation hearing, when he was accused of sexual harassment charges by former employee Anita Hill — charges he denied. People may know he’s a conservative and has gone years without speaking during arguments...

  • spokesman Apr 1, 2019

    Justices Rule Against Missouri Inmate With Rare Health Issue

    Missouri can execute an inmate who argued his rare medical condition will result in severe pain if he is put to death by lethal injection, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The justices split along ideological lines in ruling 5-4 against inmate Russell Bucklew, who is on death row for a 1996 murder.

  • Maryland Mar 26, 2019

    High Court Questions Courts' Role in Partisan Redistricting

    The Supreme Court’s conservative majority sounded wary Tuesday of allowing federal judges to determine when electoral maps are too partisan, despite strong evidence that the political parties drew districts to guarantee congressional election outcomes. The decisions in two cases the justices heard Tuesday, from Maryland and North Carolina, could help shape the makeup of Congress and state legislatures for the...

  • Governor Mar 25, 2019

    A More Skeptical High Court to Hear Redistricting Challenge

    Last year, proponents of limiting partisan politics in the creation of electoral districts needed to win over Justice Anthony Kennedy. They couldn’t. The issue is back before the Supreme Court again, with arguments on Tuesday, and it might be harder than ever to convince the justices to rein in the practice known as partisan gerrymandering, designing districts to benefit one...

  • Donald Trump Feb 9, 2019

    Abortion Case Shows Roberts Firmly at Supreme Court's Center

    Chief Justice John Roberts broke with the Supreme Court’s other conservative justices and his own voting record on abortion to block a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Roberts didn’t explain his decision late Thursday to join the court’s four liberal justices. But it was the clearest sign yet of the role Roberts...

  • Donald Trump Dec 29, 2018

    Supreme Court Keeps a Lower Profile, But for How Long?

    The Supreme Court began its term with the tumultuous confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, followed by a studied avoidance of drama on the high court bench — especially anything that would divide the five conservatives and four liberals. The justices have been unusually solicitous of each other in the courtroom since Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and several have voiced concern that the...

  • Asher Klein Oct 31, 2018

    Supreme Court Sides With Baker Who Wouldn't Make Same-Sex Wedding Cake

    The Supreme Court ruled Monday for a Colorado baker who wouldn’t make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in a limited decision that leaves for another day the larger issue of whether a business can invoke religious objections to refuse service to gay and lesbian people. The justices’ decision turned on what the court described as anti-religious bias on...

  • Donald Trump Oct 9, 2018

    Court Mood Is Jovial as Kavanaugh Takes His Place on Bench

    Brett Kavanaugh took the bench with his new Supreme Court colleagues for the first time Tuesday in a jovial atmosphere that was strikingly at odds with the tension and rancor surrounding his high-court confirmation. The new justice dived into his new job, asking a handful of questions in the first arguments of the day following a traditional welcome from Chief...

  • Donald Trump Oct 7, 2018

    Judge Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed to Supreme Court, Quickly Sworn in, Major Trump Victory

    Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, after a wrenching debate over sexual misconduct and judicial temperament that shattered the Senate, captivated the nation and ushered in an acrimonious new level of polarization — now encroaching on the court that the 53-year-old judge may well swing rightward for decades to come. Even as...

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