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First Monday in October

(Photo: Sharon McCloskey)The United States Supreme Court opens its new term on Monday, already loaded with blockbuster cases headed for argument in …


Supreme Court Rejects Challenges To NFL Concussion Settlement

The U.S. Supreme Court says it will not consider a challenge to the terms of a concussion-related settlement between the National Football League and more than 20,000 retired players.<p>The deal settled a class-action filed by former players who accused the NFL of covering up what it knew about the …

Chief Justice Roberts: Confirmation process for justices too politicized

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Wednesday repeated his concern that the confirmation process for Supreme Court justices has become too politicized.<p>Speaking at an event at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, Roberts also said rapidly …

U.S. Supreme Court

How some justices feel at the end of the Supreme Court term. https://t.co/dvoFH1lDJF

A “view” from the courtroom: Justice Gorsuch’s first opinion

There was much speculation that Justice Neil Gorsuch would be assigned at least one opinion from the 13 cases of the court’s April sitting, which …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Neil Gorsuch is already shaking up business as usual at SCOTUS

He hasn’t been wearing the robes very long, but Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch (and I swear <i>I will never get tired of typing that …


'Killer Mike' and other hip-hop stars filed a Supreme Court brief exposing a big double standard for rappers

"Killer Mike" has joined several other hip-hop artists to file a Supreme Court brief in support of an ex-Mississippi high-school student forced into alternative school over a violent rap song he wrote.<p>The brief argues that the violent rhetoric rappers sometimes use to decry social injustice …

Jeff Merkley

House Takes Legal Action Against Obamacare Bailout for Insurance Companies

<b>WASHINGTON—</b>The House of Representatives has filed an amicus brief to the United States Court of Federal Claims in <i>Health Republic Insurance Company v.</i> …

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Court: Gun Ban for Marijuana Card Holders Is Constitutional

On August 31, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the ban on gun sales to marijuana card holders is constitutional.<p>The lawsuit …

The next president could be in charge of filling four Supreme Court vacancies: https://t.co/YV4mmeggb3

Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons

The Justice Department plans to end its use of private prisons after officials concluded the facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those run by the government.<p>Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced the decision on Thursday in a memo that …


Diversity on the Bench

Footnotes<p>[i] Benjamin N. Cardozo, The Nature of the Judicial Process (New Haven: Yale University 1921), 177.<p>[ii] Sherrilyn A. Ifill, “Judicial …

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Virginia Congressional map thrown out by judges for racial bias

On Tuesday, a district court panel threw out Virginia's map of Congressional districts, finding that one district was unconstitutionally racially gerrymandered in violation of the Equal Protection Clause. "Individuals in the Third Congressional District whose constitutional rights have been injured …


Who's who on the Supreme Court

As the annual term opens, here is a look at the nine justices of the Supreme Court. Biographies from http://www.supremecourt.gov.

This is our new Constitution: How we fix gun rights, the Supreme Court, inequality — and foster true democracy

Freedom, fairness, equality: Here is how we get there, while fixing problems caused by gun nuts, right-wing judges<p>We talk a lot about inequality these days. Wal-Mart heirs. Plutocrats. Occupy Wall Street. Minimum wage. The 47 percent. Liberals are prone to feeling a strong sense of responsibility …

Political Science

The Supreme Court Is Looking Out for the Rights of the Majority

In the last term, conservative justices moved to protect wealthy donors and Christians, while looking skeptically on claims for minorities.<p>The Supreme Court’s October term may end with a bang, but it is beginning with a whimper. So far, the Court has granted review in a few interesting cases: Can …