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Supreme Court Justices’ Perks Revealed in New Report
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Supreme Court Justices’ Perks Revealed in New Report

WASHINGTON — When Supreme Court justices speak at public universities across the country, they often travel in style — and, at times, at taxpayer expense. The justices’ travel perks have included private plane trips, blocs of fancy hotel rooms and... Read More

Supreme Court Holds States Immune From Copyright Suits
In The News
Supreme Court Holds States Immune From Copyright Suits
2020-03-23 19:19:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that state governments cannot be sued for copyright infringement, rejecting a case filed against North Carolina over footage of a pirate shipwreck. In a unanimous ruling, the justices held North Carolina is shielded... Read More

Supreme Court Rules States Can Bar Insanity Defense
Criminal Justice
Supreme Court Rules States Can Bar Insanity Defense

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can prevent criminal defendants from pleading insanity without violating their constitutional rights. The justices' 6-3 decision came in the case Kahler v. Kansas. As recounted in the decision, James Kraig Kahler... Read More

US Supreme Court Postpones Oral Arguments
Supreme Court
US Supreme Court Postpones Oral Arguments
2020-03-16 16:07:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday postponed oral arguments scheduled for the rest of March, "in keeping with public health precautions recommended in response to COVID-19." In a written statement the court said it "will examine the options... Read More

Chief Justice Roberts Rebukes Schumer Over 'Threatening' Comments on Courthouse Steps
In The News
Chief Justice Roberts Rebukes Schumer Over 'Threatening' Comments on Courthouse Steps
2020-03-05 16:04:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Chief Justice John Roberts issued a rare statement rebuking Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, for remarks the Senate minority leader made regarding Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday morning. Speaking about... Read More

Roberts May Cast Deciding Vote in First Major Abortion Case of Trump Era
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Roberts May Cast Deciding Vote in First Major Abortion Case of Trump Era
2020-03-04 19:51:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — All eyes were on Chief Justice John Roberts Wednesday as the Supreme Court appeared to be sharply divided over issues raised during the first major abortion case of the Trump presidency. The case out of Louisiana could test... Read More

Justices Wrestle With President's Power to Fire Consumer Advocate
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Justices Wrestle With President's Power to Fire Consumer Advocate
2020-03-03 20:50:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court wrestled Tuesday with the politically charged dispute over whether the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, is constitutional. The arguments the justices heard Tuesday stemmed from an appeals... Read More

Supreme Court Could Leave Consumer Protection Mess for Congress
Congress
Supreme Court Could Leave Consumer Protection Mess for Congress

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in a case about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that could leave Congress with a big mess to clean up with the agency that was a key response to the... Read More

A Supreme Court Retreat From Roe vs. Wade Could Begin This Week
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A Supreme Court Retreat From Roe vs. Wade Could Begin This Week

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear its first abortion case since President Donald Trump’s two appointees took their seats, a dispute that could mark the first step in a gradual retreat from Roe vs. Wade. Justices will... Read More

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Affordable Care Act Appeal
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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Affordable Care Act Appeal
2020-03-02 19:19:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday granted petitions filed by the House and Democratic state officials to consider a lower court ruling that threatens to wipe out the Affordable Care Act. The underlying case was brought by a Republican... Read More

Justices to Revisit Abortion Law Akin to One Struck Down in 2016
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Justices to Revisit Abortion Law Akin to One Struck Down in 2016

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court is set to hear an abortion case that may sound familiar. That’s because the state restriction in question is almost identical to one the court overturned in 2016. At the heart of the current case,... Read More

ABA Asks Supreme Court to Confirm Standard for Effective Counsel in Capital Cases
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ABA Asks Supreme Court to Confirm Standard for Effective Counsel in Capital Cases
2020-02-28 16:54:32
by Dan McCue

The American Bar Association filed an amicus brief Thursday asking the Supreme Court to hear the case of an Arkansas man challenging the way a lower court assessed whether he received effective counsel during the punishment phase of his death... Read More

Supreme Court to Hear Case of Religion vs. Gay Rights Over Foster Care
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Supreme Court to Hear Case of Religion vs. Gay Rights Over Foster Care

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Monday it would decide another clash between religion and gay rights, this time involving Philadelphia’s termination of a contract with Catholic Social Services over the group’s refusal to place foster children with same-sex couples.... Read More

In Blistering Dissent Sotomayor Slams White House For Seeking Emergency Powers On Controversial Issues
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In Blistering Dissent Sotomayor Slams White House For Seeking Emergency Powers On Controversial Issues
2020-02-24 16:23:58
by Dan McCue

In a blistering dissent issued late Friday night, Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor chastised the Trump administration for repeatedly asking the  high court to allow controversial policies to go into effect on an emergency basis. At the same time, and... Read More

Analysis: A Big Issue Voters Might Be Missing
Health
Analysis: A Big Issue Voters Might Be Missing

WASHINGTON — Democrats who say they are determined to keep voters focused on health care this year were hoping that the Supreme Court would hand them a ready-made campaign ad and a potential courtroom win. Instead, the court recently punted... Read More

Supreme Court Sounds Ready to Support Public Aid to Religious Schools
Education
Supreme Court Sounds Ready to Support Public Aid to Religious Schools

WASHINGTON — Some Supreme Court justices on Wednesday sounded ready to rule that states offering scholarships or subsidies to private schools must include those operated by churches. The court’s conservatives, including Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., said that excluding... Read More

Roberts Admonishes House Prosecution, White House Defense
Impeachment
Roberts Admonishes House Prosecution, White House Defense

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts drew little attention to himself in the beginning 12 hours of his first impeachment trial. But it was just before 1 a.m., as tempers on the floor had started to wear thin, that he... Read More

With Fate of Roe V. Wade Unsure, Abortion Fight Shifts to New Territory
Health
With Fate of Roe V. Wade Unsure, Abortion Fight Shifts to New Territory

Jan. 22 marks the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that legalized abortion nationwide. Those on both sides of the furious debate say this could be the year when everything changes. In March, the Supreme Court will... Read More

Supreme Court to Weigh Pennsylvania, New Jersey Birth Control Mandate Challenge
Health
Supreme Court to Weigh Pennsylvania, New Jersey Birth Control Mandate Challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court will review a Philadelphia federal judge’s decision last year to block new Trump administration rules that would have let almost any employer deny female workers no-cost birth control coverage by citing religious and moral objections. In... Read More

Justices Reject Appeal of Obamacare, Grand Jury Secrecy Cases
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Justices Reject Appeal of Obamacare, Grand Jury Secrecy Cases
2020-01-21 16:26:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request that it resolve a dispute over the authority of a judge to order the disclosure of secret grand jury material in rare circumstances. The underlying case stems from a researcher's... Read More

Supreme Court to Tackle Issues of Religion and School Choice This Week
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Supreme Court to Tackle Issues of Religion and School Choice This Week
2020-01-21 16:14:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday will wade into a thorny battle over school-choice programs and state aid for religious schools as it weighs a request from three Montana families to allow a state scholarship program to fund their... Read More

High Court to Decide If 'Faithless Electors' Can Defy Popular Vote
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High Court to Decide If 'Faithless Electors' Can Defy Popular Vote
2020-01-17 23:08:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide an issue that could have a profound effect on the outcome of the 2020 election -- whether members of the Electoral College can defy their state's choice for president and... Read More

Justices Appear Troubled by New Jersey 'Bridgegate' Convictions
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Justices Appear Troubled by New Jersey 'Bridgegate' Convictions
2020-01-14 22:51:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court signaled Tuesday that the government may have overreached when it prosecuted two ex-New Jersey officials for their involvement in the "Bridgegate" scandal. For those who don't remember, Bridgegate, also known as the George Washington Bridge... Read More

Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to State GOP’s Trump-Only Primary Ballot
State News
Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to State GOP’s Trump-Only Primary Ballot

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a voter challenge to a law that allowed the state Republican Party to list only President Donald Trump on GOP primary ballots. In a case that threatened to disrupt next week’s... Read More

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says She’s Cancer Free
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says She’s Cancer Free

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has some supreme news: she’s cancer free. The long-serving liberal lion of the Supreme Court — whose health travails keep plenty of progressives up at night — told CNN in an interview published Wednesday that she’s... Read More

Chief Justice Says Each Generation Owes the Next a 'Fully Functioning' Government
Courts
Chief Justice Says Each Generation Owes the Next a 'Fully Functioning' Government
2020-01-06 20:05:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Chief Justice John Roberts issued his year-end report on the judiciary last week, coming closer than ever to publicly commenting on the partisan divide that has gripped the federal government. "Each generation has an obligation to pass on... Read More

Lawmakers Urge Supreme Court to Reexamine Abortion Decisions
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Lawmakers Urge Supreme Court to Reexamine Abortion Decisions

WASHINGTON — More than 200 lawmakers, mostly Republicans, filed an amicus brief Thursday urging the Supreme Court to upend the precedents set by two landmark abortion rights cases, elevating abortion as a campaign issue ahead of this fall’s elections. The... Read More

Supreme Court Allows Ruling That Protects Homeless Who Sleep on Sidewalk to Stand
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Allows Ruling That Protects Homeless Who Sleep on Sidewalk to Stand

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court refused Monday to hear a major case on homeless, letting stand a ruling that protects their right to sleep on the sidewalk or in public parks if no other shelter is available. The justices without... Read More

‘Obamacare’ Insurers May Win a $12 Billion Claim in Supreme Court
Supreme Court
‘Obamacare’ Insurers May Win a $12 Billion Claim in Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court gave a sympathetic hearing Tuesday to health insurers who were promised their losses would be covered if they expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act, only to have the Republican-controlled Congress later refuse to pay.... Read More

‘Obamacare’ Back at Supreme Court, With Billions for Insurers on the Line
Health
‘Obamacare’ Back at Supreme Court, With Billions for Insurers on the Line

WASHINGTON — More than $12 billion is at stake for the nation’s health insurers Tuesday when the Supreme Court hears another Affordable Care Act case. For the federal government, the potential damages could be far greater, as its reputation as... Read More

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