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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

posted at 10:41 am on May 3, 2017 by Jazz Shaw<p>He hasn’t been wearing the robes very long, but Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch (and I …

'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 …

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The Ideal Trump Supreme Court Pick: An Originalist Who Isn't A Fan Of Stare Decisis

Following Donald Trump’s election, disappointed Democrats fired off salvoes of red hot rhetoric. Among them was Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. He was upset that the empty seat on the Supreme Court would not now be filled by a “liberal,” as he and many others had assumed. Merkley railed that the …

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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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Supreme Court agrees to hear overseas citizenship dispute | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to decide whether gender inequity in U.S. immigration law over granting citizenship to children born abroad to unwed American-citizen parents - favoring mothers over fathers - violates the U.S. Constitution.<p>The case involves a convicted …

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Court: Gun Ban for Marijuana Card Holders Is Constitutional

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER<p>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 …

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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 …

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Why this court term matters

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> When Supreme Court justices opened the current term in October by declining to take up several gay marriage cases, it seemed they might avoid the blockbuster docket of the past few years.<p>How things have changed.<p>By November, the Court accepted yet another challenge to the …

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Missing Supreme Court Litigant Resurfaces, Aims to Revive Case

Homeowner Had Secured a Slot on High Court’s Docket Without Benefit of an Attorney, Then Disappeared<p>WASHINGTON—A missing man who created an unprecedented mystery at the Supreme Court has resurfaced—and wants the justices to revive his case.<p>With no lawyer or money, Bobby Chen landed a coveted slot …

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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 …

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Justices' new term has expectations on gay unions

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court term that is starting with a lack of headline-grabbing cases may end with a blockbuster that helps define the legacy of the court under Chief Justice John Roberts.<p>While same-sex marriage is not yet on their agenda, the justices appear likely to take on the issue …

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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.

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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 …

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 …

High court puts off start of early voting in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A divided Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which had been slated to begin Tuesday.<p>The justices' order by a 5-4 vote Monday granted a request from Ohio officials who wanted to delay a judge's ruling lengthening the swing state's early voting schedule.<p>…

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I'm Not Going Anywhere

Coming off of her stirring dissent in the Hobby Lobby case, 21-year veteran Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has never been a more important voice for American women. In a rare interview—featured exclusively in the October issue of ELLE—she speaks frankly with Jessica Weisberg about …

Colorado Supreme Court to hear case of man fired over medical marijuana

Tuesday, Colorado's Supreme Court will consider whether employers should be able to fire workers for using medical marijuana. Brandon Coats, the …