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GOP Appeal Seeks to Curb State Court Power Over US House Map

North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to curtail state courts' powers to intervene in the... Read More

North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to curtail state courts' powers to intervene in the drawing of congressional districts as part of an ongoing battle over electoral maps. The renewed effort is not expected to... Read More

2022-03-08 15:08:24
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Opts to Let NC, Pennsylvania Maps Stand for 2022 Election

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday evening turned back efforts by North Carolina and Pennsylvania Republicans to have the... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday evening turned back efforts by North Carolina and Pennsylvania Republicans to have the high court throw out new redistricting plans in their respective states. In separate orders, the justices declared the new districts... Read More

2022-03-07 22:54:15
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court Upholds Release of Bill Cosby for Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday declined a Pennsylvania prosecutor's appeal to reinstate a sexual assault conviction against comedian... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday declined a Pennsylvania prosecutor's appeal to reinstate a sexual assault conviction against comedian Bill Cosby. He was released from prison after a state court determined a district attorney had violated a pre-trial agreement... Read More

2022-03-04 20:57:10
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Reinstates Death Sentence for Boston Bomber

WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court on Friday reinstated the death sentence of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, reversing... Read More

WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court on Friday reinstated the death sentence of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, reversing a lower court ruling that held the trial court erred in seating jurors who had not been asked about their... Read More

2022-03-03 21:51:05
by Dan McCue
GITMO Detainee’s Search for Black Site Info Blocked by State Secrets Privilege

WASHINGTON — The federal government’s national security interests pre-empt a Guantanamo Bay detainee’s right to compel testimony from two CIA... Read More

WASHINGTON — The federal government’s national security interests pre-empt a Guantanamo Bay detainee’s right to compel testimony from two CIA contractors that he says will prove he was tortured while in U.S. custody, a divided Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.... Read More

2022-03-01 21:56:42
by TWN Staff
Pennsylvania Republicans Ask Supreme Court to Toss CD Map

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania Republicans have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a state court-approved congressional map, arguing a... Read More

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania Republicans have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a state court-approved congressional map, arguing a Democrat-controlled state supreme court exceeded its authority by imposing its own choice of map without the legislature's approval. In an... Read More

2022-02-25 17:48:39
by Tom Ramstack
Biden Nominates Ketanji Brown Jackson as First Black Woman for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden nominated federal Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court Friday in a demonstration... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden nominated federal Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court Friday in a demonstration of his pledge to appoint the first Black woman to the court. "I’m proud to announce that I am nominating... Read More

AP Source: Biden Taps Ketanji Brown Jackson for High Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday will nominate federal appeals court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday will nominate federal appeals court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, according to a person familiar with the matter, making her the first Black woman selected to serve on a... Read More

2022-02-22 18:31:11
by Dan McCue
Justices Reject Trump Appeal Over Jan. 6 Panel Doc Request

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review former President Donald Trump’s challenge to the release of some... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review former President Donald Trump’s challenge to the release of some of his White House documents to a House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the nation’s Capitol. The justices... Read More

High Court Takes Case Involving Refusal to Serve Gay Couples

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a new clash involving religion and the rights of LGBTQ... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a new clash involving religion and the rights of LGBTQ people in the case of a Colorado web designer who says her religious beliefs prevent her from offering wedding website... Read More

Being the 1st: What It's Like to Make Supreme Court History

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sandra Day O'Connor was nervous when she joined the Supreme Court in 1981 as the nation's first... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sandra Day O'Connor was nervous when she joined the Supreme Court in 1981 as the nation's first female justice. "It's all right to be the first to do something, but I didn't want to be the last... Read More

2022-02-16 20:21:31
by Dan McCue
Walter Dellinger, Former Acting Solicitor General, Dies

WASHINGTON — Walter Dellinger III, the celebrated constitutional scholar who became almost as famous for biking to work in Washington,... Read More

WASHINGTON — Walter Dellinger III, the celebrated constitutional scholar who became almost as famous for biking to work in Washington, D.C., as he was for arguing landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, has died. The former acting U.S. solicitor... Read More

2022-02-11 21:44:18
by Tom Ramstack
Democratic Senators Support Biden in Quest for Supreme Court Nominee

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is signaling he plans to push ahead with his nomination this month of the first... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is signaling he plans to push ahead with his nomination this month of the first Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court even as a survey released Friday shows most Americans do not share his... Read More

High Court's Alabama Ruling Sparks Alarm Over Voting Rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's decision to halt efforts to create a second mostly Black congressional district in Alabama for the... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's decision to halt efforts to create a second mostly Black congressional district in Alabama for the 2022 election sparked fresh warnings that the court is becoming too politicized, eroding the Voting Rights Act and reviving the... Read More

High Court Conservatives Target O'Connor, Kennedy Opinions

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, the Supreme Court moved to the left or right only as far as Justices Sandra... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, the Supreme Court moved to the left or right only as far as Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Anthony Kennedy allowed. They held pivotal votes on a court closely divided between liberals and conservatives. Now,... Read More

Biden's High Court Pledge Shows Growing Power of Black Women

As he struggled to survive the 2020 Democratic primary, Joe Biden made a striking pledge before voting began in heavily... Read More

As he struggled to survive the 2020 Democratic primary, Joe Biden made a striking pledge before voting began in heavily African American, must-win South Carolina: His first Supreme Court appointment would be a Black woman. On Thursday, with his poll... Read More

2022-01-27 21:28:28
by Tom Ramstack
Breyer’s Supreme Court Departure Gets Mixed Reaction on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON — Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Stephen G. Breyer officially announced his retirement from the court Thursday. After... Read More

WASHINGTON — Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Stephen G. Breyer officially announced his retirement from the court Thursday. After his colleagues told media outlets on Wednesday the announcement was coming, Democrats generally praised Breyer for his liberal stances protecting... Read More

2022-01-27 19:34:43
by Dan McCue
Biden Celebrates Breyer, Affirms Vow to Name Black Woman to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday affirmed his campaign pledge to nominate the first Black woman to the U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday affirmed his campaign pledge to nominate the first Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that while he does not yet know who his eventual nominee will be, such a choice was... Read More

2022-01-27 19:21:15
by Tom Ramstack
Two Top Candidates for Supreme Court Emerge

WASHINGTON – Justice Stephen Breyer’s announcement Wednesday that he plans to retire this year puts two female judges on the... Read More

WASHINGTON – Justice Stephen Breyer’s announcement Wednesday that he plans to retire this year puts two female judges on the short list to replace him at the Supreme Court. One of them is Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. Circuit... Read More

Dems See High Court Pick as Chance to Revive 2022 Prospects

Democrats stung by a series of election year failures to deliver legislative wins for their most loyal voters hope they will be... Read More

Democrats stung by a series of election year failures to deliver legislative wins for their most loyal voters hope they will be buoyed by the prospect of President Joe Biden naming the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Justice... Read More

2022-01-26 17:47:41
by Dan McCue
Justice Stephen Breyer to Retire From Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — Justice Stephen Breyer, a pragmatic liberal who has served on the Supreme Court for nearly 28 years, is... Read More

WASHINGTON — Justice Stephen Breyer, a pragmatic liberal who has served on the Supreme Court for nearly 28 years, is expected to inform the White House today that he plans to step down at the end of this term. Pete... Read More

2022-01-26 00:15:36
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court Affirmative Action Case Challenges College Admissions Policies

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear an affirmative action case that threatens to invalidate college admissions policies... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear an affirmative action case that threatens to invalidate college admissions policies intended to level the playing field for disadvantaged minorities. A group of Asian students say they were passed over by... Read More

Abortion Opponents Eye Priorities as High Court Ruling Looms

In the nearly two months since a conservative majority of justices on the Supreme Court indicated openness to dramatic new restrictions... Read More

In the nearly two months since a conservative majority of justices on the Supreme Court indicated openness to dramatic new restrictions on abortion, money has poured into the political fundraising arm of the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List. The organization... Read More

2022-01-21 15:47:31
by Dan McCue
Justices Reject Request to Put Texas Abortion Case on Faster Track

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request from Texas abortion clinics to immediately return pending litigation over... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request from Texas abortion clinics to immediately return pending litigation over the state’s six-week abortion ban to a federal district court. The unsigned order, issued without comment, apparently divided the court... Read More

2022-01-20 23:30:50
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Holds Trial Court Erred in Child Killing Case

WASHINGTON — A New York trial court violated a criminal defendant's Sixth Amendment rights when it allowed, over his objection,... Read More

WASHINGTON — A New York trial court violated a criminal defendant's Sixth Amendment rights when it allowed, over his objection, for the reading of a plea transcript of an unavailable witness to be admitted and read aloud in the courtroom.... Read More

2022-01-20 16:38:28
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Deals Trump Major Defeat, Jan. 6 Committee to Get Records

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday night rejected former President Donald Trump’s claim of executive privilege, clearing the way... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday night rejected former President Donald Trump’s claim of executive privilege, clearing the way for the release of White House documents sought by the select committee investigating last year’s siege on the U.S. Capitol.... Read More

Supreme Court Allows Jan. 6 Committee to Get Trump Documents

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rebuff to former President Donald Trump, the Supreme Court is allowing the release of presidential... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rebuff to former President Donald Trump, the Supreme Court is allowing the release of presidential documents sought by the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection. The justices on Wednesday rejected a bid by Trump... Read More

2022-01-19 20:07:53
by Dan McCue
Sotomayor, Gorsuch Dispute NPR Report of Mask Rift

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Neil Gorsuch took the unusual step Wednesday of releasing a joint public... Read More

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Neil Gorsuch took the unusual step Wednesday of releasing a joint public statement to refute a news report that stated a COVID-related rift has erupted between them. In recent days, Sotomayor, who... Read More

2022-01-19 16:54:19
by Alexa Hornbeck
CMS Vaccine Mandate Passes With Some Resistance

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court recently gave the green light to a national vaccine mandate for 10 million health care... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court recently gave the green light to a national vaccine mandate for 10 million health care workers who serve Medicaid and Medicare recipients. The mandate says, get vaccinated or lose funding from the U.S. Centers for... Read More

2022-01-18 20:30:44
by Dan McCue
Solicitor General Calls Out Cruz in Supreme Court Case

WASHINGTON — The Ted Cruz for Senate’s First Amendment challenge to a key campaign finance law should be tossed by... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Ted Cruz for Senate’s First Amendment challenge to a key campaign finance law should be tossed by the Supreme Court as the campaign committee’s alleged injuries were self-inflicted, the U.S. solicitor general claimed in a court filing... Read More

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