• Immigration Mar 4

    Court Raises Bar for Some Immigrants to Avoid Deportation

    The Supreme Court has made it harder for longtime immigrants who have been convicted of a crime to avoid deportation

  • lgbtq Jun 15, 2020

    Supreme Court Ruling: LGBTQ People Protected From Job Discrimination

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that LGBTQ rights are protected from discrimination in employment.

  • gun control Dec 5, 2019

    Roberts Seems to Hold Key to Case Over New York City Gun Law

    Chief Justice John Roberts appeared Monday to be the key vote in whether the Supreme Court considers expanding gun rights or sidesteps its first case on the issue in nearly 10 years. The court’s dismissal of the case would be a disappointment to gun-rights advocates and a huge relief to gun-control groups. Both sides thought a conservative Supreme Court majority...

  • 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 Aug 10, 2019

    Gun-Control Backers Concerned About Changing Federal Courts

    California has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, including a ban on the type of high-capacity ammunition magazines used in some of the nation’s deadliest mass shootings. How long those types of laws will stand is a growing concern among gun control advocates in California and elsewhere. A federal judiciary that is becoming increasingly conservative under President...

  • 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...

  • PRESIDENT Jun 24, 2019

    Justices Side With Business, Government in Information Fight

    The Supreme Court sided with businesses and the U.S. government Monday in a ruling about the public’s access to information, telling a South Dakota newspaper it can’t get the data it was seeking. Open government and reporters groups described the ruling against the Argus Leader newspaper as a setback, but it was not clear how big its impact will ultimately...

  • Supreme Court Jun 22, 2019

    Supreme Court Tosses Murder Conviction of Curtis Flowers, Black Mississippi Man Who Was Tried Six Times

    The Supreme Court on Friday threw out the murder conviction and death sentence for a black man in Mississippi because of a prosecutor’s efforts to keep African Americans off the jury. The defendant already has been tried six times and now could face a seventh trial. The removal of black prospective jurors deprived inmate Curtis Flowers of a fair trial,...

  • United States Jun 17, 2019

    High Court Lets Virginia Voting Go Ahead Under Redrawn Map

    Virginians will elect members of the House of Delegates this year using a map seen as favorable to Democrats, under a ruling Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Donald Trump May 7, 2019

    Georgia's Republican Gov. Kemp Signs Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban

    Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation on Tuesday banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That can be as early as six weeks, before many women know they’re pregnant. Kemp said he was signing the bill “to ensure that all Georgians have the opportunity to live, grow, learn and prosper in our great state.” The signing caps...

  • 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...

  • Donald Trump Apr 23, 2019

    Supreme Court Justices Seem Ready to OK Asking Citizenship on Census

    The Supreme Court’s conservative majority seemed ready Tuesday to uphold the Trump administration’s plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census , despite evidence that millions of Hispanics and immigrants could go uncounted. There appeared to be a clear divide between the court’s liberal and conservative justices in arguments in a case that could affect how many seats states...

  • Donald Trump Apr 21, 2019

    Accuracy at Core of Supreme Court Case Over Census Question

    Justice Elena Kagan’s father was 3 years old when the census taker came to the family’s apartment on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, New York, on April 10, 1930. Robert Kagan was initially wrongly listed as an “alien,” though he was a native-born New Yorker. The entry about his citizenship status appears to have been crossed out on the census form....

  • Los Angeles Apr 15, 2019

    In ‘FUCT' Fashion Brand Case, Justices Avoid Saying Word

    None of the Supreme Court’s justices wanted to say the four-letter word. The high court was discussing a trademark case Monday involving a Los Angeles-based fashion brand “FUCT.” But the justices did some verbal gymnastics to get through about an hour of arguments without saying the brand’s name. Chief Justice John Roberts described it as the “vulgar word at the...

  • 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.

  • spokesman Mar 30, 2019

    2 Death Row Inmates Had Similar Requests, But Different Results

    Death row inmates Patrick Murphy and Domineque Ray each turned to courts recently with a similar plea: Halt my execution if the state won’t let a spiritual adviser of my faith accompany me into the execution chamber. Both cases wound up at the Supreme Court. And while the justices overrode a lower court and allowed Ray’s execution to go forward...

  • Donald Trump Mar 30, 2019

    ‘Heartbeat' Abortion Ban Heads to Georgia Governor's Desk

    Watchful eyes now turn to Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, wondering when he might sign a “heartbeat” abortion ban that he supported and helped push through. The Georgia House gave final approval Friday to legislation outlawing abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, sending the bill to Kemp. If enacted, it’d be among the strictest abortion bans in the...

  • 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...

  • Supreme Court Dec 10, 2018

    Supreme Court Won't Hear Kansas, Louisiana Appeal Over Planned Parenthood

    The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes of three justices. The court’s order reflected a split among its conservative justices and an accusation from Justice Clarence Thomas that his colleagues seemed to be ducking the case for...

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