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  • Supreme Court puts Obama's Clean Power Plan on hold

    February 9, 2016 7:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has agreed to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move on Tuesday is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and... more »
  • High court okays prosecutors to paint dad as repeat child abuser

    February 5, 2016 1:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state supreme court found a father's alleged prior child abuse can be used against him in a trial where he faces charges for the death of his 8-year-old son. Michael Robertson is accused of the 2012 death of the child, Xzayvion Riley. Riley, the coroner's... more »
  • White House: Obama doesn't want to serve on Supreme Court

    January 28, 2016 3:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - Don't expect Barack Obama to wind up on the Supreme Court -- he doesn't want the job. The White House says Obama's post-presidency plans don't include becoming a Supreme Court justice. When Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was asked in Iowa if she'd nominate Obama if she were... more »
  • State high court overturns bar to felons running for office

    January 27, 2016 5:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Supreme Court has overturned a constitutional amendment barring felons from running for office because voters approved a version without a last-minute legislative change. Wednesday's 6-1 ruling says citizens did not vote on the amendment enacted by the legislature. The justices ruled in the case of... more »
  • BR case leads Supreme Court to extend parole to teen killers

    January 25, 2016 11:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has ruled that people serving life terms for murders they committed as teenagers must have a chance to seek their freedom. The justices on Monday voted 6-3 to extend a ruling from 2012 that struck down automatic life terms with no chance of parole for... more »
  • High court rejects new challenge to Obama health overhaul, ibuprofen appeal

    January 19, 2016 10:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has rejected another challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The justices on Tuesday left in place lower court rulings that dismissed a lawsuit against the national health care law. The suit argues that the law violates the provision of the Constitution that requires... more »
  • Alabama justice: Judges should refuse gay marriage licenses

    January 6, 2016 3:01 PM

    MONTGOMERY - Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is once again suggesting that Alabama probate judges refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples - despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling more than six months ago that effectively legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country. The outspoken chief justice issued an administrative... more »
  • Scalia dismisses concept of religious neutrality in speech

    January 2, 2016 5:03 PM

    METAIRIE - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says the idea of religious neutrality is not grounded in the country's constitutional traditions and that God has been good to the U.S. exactly because Americans honor him. Scalia was speaking Saturday at Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, Louisiana. Scalia, who was... more »
  • States plan renewed debate on LGBT rights, religious freedom

    January 2, 2016 3:22 PM

    JEFFERSON CITY - Lawmakers in numerous states are preparing for a new round of battles over gay rights and religious freedoms in 2016 following last summer's Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage. In some states, lawmakers will be pushing discrimination protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. But other... more »
  • High court takes up challenges to drunken-driving test

    December 11, 2015 2:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is taking up a group of cases challenging laws in Minnesota and North Dakota that make it a crime for people arrested for drunken driving to refuse to take a chemical test that can detect the presence of alcohol. The justices agreed Friday to consider... more »
  • Scalia draws rebukes for comments about black students

    December 10, 2015 4:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's suggestion that some black students might belong at "slower-track" universities has drawn sharp rebukes from civil rights leaders, top Democrats and even the White House. It's a familiar spotlight for the feisty conservative, who doesn't shy away from calling it as he sees... more »
  • Supreme Court torn over Texas affirmative action program

    December 9, 2015 12:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court appears torn over the use of race in college admissions and may not be ready to make a decision without more information. Several justices asked about the value of ordering more hearings in a case from Texas that they've now heard twice. Additional evidence might... more »
  • High court skeptical of state power to gather health data

    December 2, 2015 11:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court appears skeptical that state officials have the power to require health insurers to turn over reams of data revealing how much they pay for medical claims. During oral arguments Wednesday, most of the justices seemed to agree that efforts by Vermont and other states to... more »
  • 'Angola Three' inmate to ask US Supreme Court to block trial

    December 2, 2015 11:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - "Angola Three" inmate Albert Woodfox is taking his case to the U.S. Supreme Court after a federal appeals court ruled he can be tried a third time in the 1972 slaying of a prison guard. One of Albert Woodfox's attorneys, George Kendall, said Tuesday he plans... more »
  • Administration files immigration appeal with Supreme Court

    November 20, 2015 11:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court for a speedy decision on its plans to shield from deportation and give work permits to millions of immigrants living in the country illegally. Legal papers filed with the court on Friday call for the court's "immediate review" of the... more »
  • Justices agree to hear first abortion case since 2007

    November 13, 2015 2:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is taking on its first abortion case in eight years, a dispute over state regulation of abortion clinics. The justices said Friday they will hear arguments over a Texas law that would leave about 10 abortion clinics open across the state. A decision should come... more »
  • High court won't hear appeal from Miss. death row inmate

    November 2, 2015 11:05 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from a Mississippi death row inmate who pleaded guilty in the rape and killing of a waitress in 2000. The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that denied Thomas Loden Jr.'s request for a new court hearing to... more »
  • Demonstrators: Appeals court delaying immigration ruling

    October 14, 2015 3:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Immigration activists are accusing the federal appeals court in New Orleans of delaying a ruling about President Barack Obama's immigration proposal in an effort to prevent it from reaching the U.S. Supreme Court during the current term. At a news conference Thursday, speakers with the Fair... more »
  • Justices hear arguments over life sentences for teenagers

    October 13, 2015 12:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has heard arguments about whether hundreds of inmates imprisoned for life for murders they committed as teenagers should have a chance to seek their freedom. The justices on Tuesday used the case of Henry Montgomery to consider extending to older cases a three-year-old ruling that... more »
  • El Paso abortion clinic reopens amid Texas court battles

    September 29, 2015 11:21 AM

    AUSTIN - An El Paso clinic closed by Texas' tough abortion law is the state's first to reopen since the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked some key restrictions in June. The reopening of the Reproductive Services clinic Tuesday brings the number of Texas abortion clinics to 20. That's down from... more »
  • Court: New Orleans mayor can remain free during appeal

    September 15, 2015 8:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu can remain free while his overriding contempt of court appeal is being resolved. The state Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a state judge "abused" his discretion when he denied a request to suspend his contempt... more »
  • Couples ask judge to fine Kentucky clerk

    September 1, 2015 11:14 AM

    MOREHEAD, Ky. - Two gay couples have asked a federal judge to punish a Kentucky clerk who has refused to issue them marriage licenses by fining her, but not sending her to jail. Lawyers for the couples filed the motion to hold Rowan County clerk Kim Davis in contempt of... more »
  • Excessive force award against Baton Rouge police upheld

    September 1, 2015 7:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Supreme Court has let stand a jury's award of $239,000 to a former Baton Rouge resident who claimed a city police officer's use of excessive force in 2007 caused him to suffer a ruptured bladder. The high court refused to review a lower court ruling that... more »
  • Supreme Court rules against clerk in gay marriage case

    August 31, 2015 7:46 PM

    MOREHEAD, Ky. - The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against a Kentucky county clerk who says her Christian faith should exempt her from having to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Supreme Court on Monday denied Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' request for a stay while she pursues an... more »
  • Clerk asks US Supreme Court to intervene in marriage case

    August 28, 2015 4:28 PM

    FRANKFORT, KY - A Kentucky county clerk who has been denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene on her behalf. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis objects to same-sex marriage for religious reasons. She stopped issuing all marriage licenses the day after... more »
  • Kentucky clerk again refuses to grant marriage license

    August 27, 2015 12:14 PM

    MOREHEAD - A Kentucky county clerk temporarily closed her office Thursday, hours after denying a marriage license to a same-sex couple. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples in the two months since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the country.... more »
  • Florida's congressional districts rejected as gerrymandered

    July 9, 2015 11:23 AM

    TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Supreme Court is throwing out the state's congressional districts, saying the Republican-controlled Legislature violated a constitutional amendment approved by voters 2010. The ruling Thursday means new maps will have to be drawn for most of the state's 27 congressional districts before next year's election. A coalition... more »
  • Court: No evidence heart attack caused by burglar

    July 2, 2015 4:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled there's no evidence to support prosecutors' arguments that an 86-year-old Lafayette woman's heart attack was caused when she found a man in her home. The Supreme Court upheld this week a lower court's decision to overturn the conviction of Willie James... more »
  • Episcopal church votes to allow religious same-sex weddings

    July 1, 2015 9:49 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - Episcopalians voted to allow religious same-sex weddings. The vote came Wednesday in the capital city of Utah at the denomination's national assembly. The measure passed overwhelmingly in the House of Bishops with 129 votes of the 160 total. House of Deputies also passed the resolution... more »
  • Poll: Approval for Supreme Court health care decision

    July 1, 2015 4:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new poll finds that most Americans approve of the recent Supreme Court decision preserving the health care law's subsidized insurance premiums for people in all 50 states. Overall, 62 percent approved, while 32 percent disapproved, said the survey released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. Opponents... more »
  • Oklahoma court: Ten Commandments monument must come down

    June 30, 2015 3:44 PM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state's constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. Oklahoma's highest court said the Ten Commandments... more »
  • No Supreme Court action on Mississippi abortion clinic law

    June 30, 2015 11:46 AM

    JACKSON, MS - The U.S. Supreme Court is taking no action before the fall on a dispute over a Mississippi law that could close the state's only abortion clinic. The justices' silence Tuesday on an appeal by the state means a lower court order blocking Mississippi from enforcing the law... more »
  • Despite Supreme Court decision, executions in La. on hold

    June 29, 2015 9:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Supreme Court ruling Monday concerning a drug used in the lethal injection process does not settle ongoing issues surrounding the process in Louisiana. The court upheld the use of the sedative midazolam in executions. It found it did not violate a federal prohibition on cruel... more »
  • Supreme Court will re-hear Texas affirmative action

    June 29, 2015 7:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says it will dive back into the fight over the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas, a decision that presages tighter limits on affirmative action in higher education. The justices said Monday they will hear for a second time the... more »
  • Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion-clinic rules

    June 29, 2015 3:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Texas to enforce restrictions that would force 10 abortion clinics to close. The justices voted 5-4 on Monday granting an emergency appeal from the clinics after a federal appeals court upheld new regulations and refused to keep them on hold while... more »
  • Kentucky clerks object to ruling, halt marriage licenses

    June 29, 2015 2:53 PM

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A few court clerks in Kentucky are refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couple as an objection to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. Casey County Clerk Casey Davis says his religious convictions will not allow him to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.... more »
  • States where midazolam implicated in flawed executions

    June 29, 2015 2:24 PM

    With the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that midazolam can be used in lethal injections, here's a look at the states where the sedative has been implicated in several flawed executions or where it is or has been listed in prison system protocols: ___ ARIZONA Lists midazolam as part of a... more »
  • Justices uphold drug used in botched executions

    June 29, 2015 11:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has upheld the use of a controversial drug that has been implicated in several botched executions. The justices on Monday voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and... more »
  • Justices won't hear appeal from BP, Anadarko over Gulf spill

    June 29, 2015 9:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Supreme Court won't hear appeals from BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. over Clean Water Act fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that said the owners of the blown-out Macondo well could not avoid federal... more »
  • BR men say state's delays won't stop their marriage Play Video

    June 26, 2015 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A local same-sex couple said Friday was filled with excitement and disappointment for them after the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage and Louisiana's decision to hold off issueing marriage licenses. Tom Merrill and Patrick Cain have dated for more than 22 years and said they... more »
  • No specific date to expect gay marriage licenses Play Video

    June 26, 2015 1:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE -Gay couples in Louisiana won't be able to obtain official state marriage licenses for 25 days. The Clerk of Courts says they are waiting out the re-hearing period where the Supreme Court could hear the case again and make a different decision. That put many couples marriages... more »
  • Presidential candidates weigh in on gay marriage ruling

    June 26, 2015 11:36 AM

    WASHINGTON - There's division among several of the Republican candidates for president about the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has condemned the decision by what he calls "five unelected justices" who make up the ruling's 5-4 majority. Santorum is a... more »
  • After ruling, Louisiana gays hope to get marriage licenses

    June 26, 2015 11:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Within moments of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage, gays in New Orleans hoped to obtain marriage licenses soon. John Hill, a spokesman for Forum for Equality Louisiana, was on the steps of the civil courthouse Friday morning waiting for gay couples expected to... more »
  • Jindal vows to fight gay marriage

    June 26, 2015 10:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Gov. Bobby Jindal, Louisiana's Republican leader running for the White House as a conservative Christian, quickly blasted the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Friday to uphold same-sex marriage across the nation. Calling gay marriage a "states' rights" issue, Jindal lambasted the Supreme Court for, in his words, "trampling"... more »
  • Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

    June 26, 2015 10:07 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of two decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights generally. Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia.... more »
  • Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing bias

    June 25, 2015 12:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has upheld a key enforcement tool used by the Obama administration and civil rights groups to fight housing bias. The justices ruled Thursday that federal housing laws can prohibit seemingly neutral practices that harm minorities even without proof of intentional discrimination. The ruling is a... more »
  • Supreme Court ruling upholds subsidies for 138,000 in La.

    June 25, 2015 12:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Nearly 138,000 people in Louisiana will continue to receive federal subsidies that help pay for their health insurance. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Thursday a challenge to the federal health law that could have jettisoned tax credits used by Louisianians to buy insurance coverage. The Kaiser... more »
  • 138,000 in La. to keep health care subsidies after SCOTUS ruling

    June 25, 2015 10:17 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Supreme Court has upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling Thursday that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable... more »
  • High court grants reprieve to Louisiana death-row inmate

    June 18, 2015 10:59 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Supreme Court has barred Louisiana from executing a convicted killer, saying his mental disability precludes capital punishment. The ruling comes in a 5-4 decision Thursday. Kevan Brumfield was convicted in the shooting death of off-duty Baton Rouge police Cpl. Betty Smothers in 1993. A federal judge ruled that... more »
  • Obama: High court shouldn't consider health care challenge

    June 8, 2015 11:14 AM

    ELMAU, Germany - President Barack Obama says the U.S. Supreme Court probably shouldn't have taken up the latest challenges to his signature health care law. Obama says there was no reason for the health program to end up in court, maintaining that "it's working." The high court is expected to... more »
  • Justices rule for Muslim denied job over head scarf

    June 1, 2015 11:15 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has sided with a Muslim woman who did not get hired after she showed up to a job interview with clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch wearing a head scarf. The justices said Monday that employers generally have to accommodate job applicants and employees with religious... more »
  • Supreme Court says convicted felons can sell their guns

    May 18, 2015 2:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - A unanimous Supreme Court says the government can't prevent a convicted felon who is barred from possessing firearms from trying to sell his guns after they are confiscated by authorities. The justices ruled Monday in favor of Tony Henderson, a former U.S. Border Patrol agent arrested and charged... more »
  • Festival-like atmosphere outside Supreme Court

    April 28, 2015 12:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - Same-sex marriage advocates and protesters alike filled the sidewalks outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday. It was a festival-like atmosphere, complete with warm sunshine and lots of selfies. While the high court isn't expected to rule until June, many people said they wanted to witness history in the... more »
  • Caldwell, 14 other AGs file brief supporting same-sex marriage ban

    April 2, 2015 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell joined more than a dozen other states in asking the U. S. Supreme Court not to legalize same-sex marriage. Attorneys general from 15 states filed an amicus brief calling on the Supreme Court to allow states to continue to have the... more »
  • Supreme Court weighs patent fight over Spider-Man toy

    March 31, 2015 12:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - Spider-Man's latest adventure is taking him through the strange and mysterious world of patent law. The Supreme Court was snarled in a web of legal arguments Tuesday over whether an inventor can keep collecting royalties on a Spider-Man toy even after his patent expired. The dispute involves a... more »
  • Cop-killer's death penalty appeal goes before SCOTUS

    March 30, 2015 8:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A death penalty appeal from a man convicted of killing a BRPD officer 22 years ago will go before the Supreme Court today. The court will hear arguments from Kevan Brumfield, who was convicted of killing BRPD Cpl. Betty Smothers in 1993, that he should not... more »
  • Justices struggle with free speech case over license plates

    March 23, 2015 4:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - In a dispute over a proposed Confederate battle flag license plate, the Supreme Court struggled Monday to balance worries about government censorship and concerns that offensive messages could, at worst, incite violence. Nearly 150 years after the end of the Civil War, the justices heard arguments in a... more »
  • Justice Kennedy: US prison system 'broken'

    March 23, 2015 3:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is telling Congress that American prisons rely too much on holding inmates in isolation and that the corrections system is "broken" in many respects. At a House committee hearing Monday to examine next year's Supreme Court budget, Kennedy told lawmakers that the... more »
  • Poll: Many see negative impact if court nixes health law aid

    March 19, 2015 2:52 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new poll finds that most Americans are totally unaware of a Supreme Court case that could unravel President Barack Obama's health care law. When the potential fallout is explained, though, most say it would hurt the country. Thursday's poll from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation is... more »
  • Justices will hear gay marriage cases on April 28

    March 5, 2015 10:32 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will hear arguments over same-sex marriage on April 28. The court released its calendar Thursday for the final two weeks of arguments this term and allotted the gay marriages cases two-and-a-half hours on the last Tuesday in April. The cases come from the Cincinnati-based 6th... more »
  • Alabama county halts all marriages after same-sex ruling

    March 4, 2015 11:28 AM

    MOBILE, Ala. - The probate court in one of Alabama's biggest counties says it won't issue any marriage licenses at all after the Alabama Supreme Court disagreed with a federal court and upheld the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Mobile County's probate court posted a notice on its website Wednesday... more »
  • Justices sharply divided over health care law subsidies

    March 4, 2015 11:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is sharply divided over the tax subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of Americans under President Barack Obama's health overhaul. The justices on Wednesday aggressively questioned the lawyers on both sides of the latest politically charged fight over the Affordable Care Act. Chief Justice... more »
  • If court says no: Insured would miss insurance subsidies

    February 26, 2015 1:00 PM

    CHICAGO - Millions of Americans have a big personal stake in next Wednesday's Supreme Court challenge to the nation's health care law: Can they legally continue to get subsidies to help pay for their insurance? If the court says no, people in more than 30 states could lose the federal... more »
  • Justices reject New Orleans tour guides' free speech appeal

    February 23, 2015 9:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Supreme Court has rejected a free-speech appeal from guides in New Orleans who object to having to be licensed to lead tours. The justices didn't comment Monday in leaving in place lower-court rulings that said the requirements don't violate the First Amendment. Licensing opponents had hoped... more »
  • Most say restore health aid if court kills subsidies

    January 28, 2015 2:01 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new poll says most Americans would want Congress to restore federal subsidies for millions buying health care coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law if the Supreme Court invalidates some of that aid. A poll by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation says more than 6... more »
  • Oklahoma could halt executions for Supreme Court drug review

    January 26, 2015 11:07 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma is willing to put three executions on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court reviews whether a certain sedative can render death row inmates sufficiently unconscious. Rather than stop the executions itself, Oklahoma took the unusual step Monday of asking justices for a stay. Oklahoma wants the... more »
  • Alabama appeals decision blocking ban on same-sex marriage

    January 26, 2015 11:06 AM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The state of Alabama is appealing a federal judge's order overturning its ban on same-sex marriage. Attorney General Luther Strange's office filed notice Monday with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals saying it would challenge the ruling by U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade. The move... more »
  • Justices will review use of midazolam as execution drug

    January 23, 2015 3:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is stepping into the issue of lethal injection executions for the first time since 2008 in an appeal filed by death row inmates in Oklahoma. The justices agreed Friday to review whether the sedative midazolam can be used in executions because of concerns that it... more »
  • Supreme Court may weaken housing bias cases

    January 21, 2015 2:45 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Supreme Court could knock out a decades-old strategy for fighting housing discrimination, a move that would make it tougher for people to win lawsuits claiming housing policies are biased. The justices hear arguments Wednesday over whether housing or lending practices that have a negative impact on... more »
  • U.S. Supreme Court sides with victim, not Diocese of Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 20, 2015 10:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - The nation's highest court announced today it will not hear arguments from the Diocese of Baton Rouge involving a local sex abuse lawsuit. This is a win for the victim, who has been fighting the Catholic Church for the past five years. The controversy involves whether a... more »
  • Gay marriage: High court sets stage for historic ruling

    January 16, 2015 2:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution. The justices will take up gay-rights cases that ask them to overturn bans in four states and declare... more »
  • Justices must act fast if gay marriage to be settled in June

    January 16, 2015 2:55 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Time is running short for the Supreme Court to get same-sex marriage on its calendar if the justices want to tackle the issue before their current term ends. They might have to decide to jump in at their closed-door conference Friday if they want to resolve the... more »
  • Supreme Court seeks middle ground on job bias cases

    January 13, 2015 11:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court seems to be searching for a middle ground in a debate over the government's strategy for addressing claims of job discrimination in the workplace. The justices heard arguments Tuesday in a case that pits the Obama administration against business groups that say the government is... more »
  • Justices won't hear Louisiana gay marriage case pre-appeal

    January 12, 2015 5:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Supreme Court says it won't hear Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban before the federal appeals court in New Orleans considers it. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard the case Friday. But, in an unusual move, both supporters of same-sex marriage and the state had... more »
  • Couple makes spirituality, sexuality work Play Video

    January 9, 2015 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Many advocates of same-sex marriage say it's a matter of justice, human rights, and in some cases, religious freedom. Physician Patrick Cain and college professor Tom Merrill are praying the federal court overturns the ban on same sex marriage. "We're not going to go somewhere for... more »
  • New Texas abortion restrictions before US appeals court

    January 7, 2015 2:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court in New Orleans is hearing arguments on the constitutionality of a Texas requirement that abortion clinics meet the same standards as the state's ambulatory surgical centers. A federal judge had said the requirement - part of broad abortion legislation passed in Texas in... more »
  • Justices to discuss Louisiana gay marriage case

    December 17, 2014 4:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has added the challenge to Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban to the agenda for the justices' closed-door conference on Jan. 9. The action Wednesday does not mean the court will decide that day to hear a gay-marriage case. But the January meeting will be the first... more »
  • Court will hear dispute over Spider-Man toy

    December 12, 2014 2:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will decide whether a Spider-Man toy inventor can keep collecting royalties even after his patent expired. The justices said Friday they will consider a lower court ruling that refused to enforce a licensing agreement between Stephen Kimble and comic book giant Marvel Entertainment. Kimble sold... more »
  • Justices to review sentences for young convicts

    December 12, 2014 2:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says it will decide whether its 2-year-old ruling throwing out mandatory life in prison without parole for juveniles should apply to older cases. The justices said Friday they will examine the case of a Louisiana man who has been imprisoned since 1985 for the accidental... more »
  • Court: No pay for Amazon warehouse security checks

    December 9, 2014 10:00 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts. The unanimous ruling Tuesday is a victory for the growing number of retailers and other... more »
  • High court rejects BP appeal of spill settlement

    December 8, 2014 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is leaving in place BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The justices did not comment Monday in rejecting the London-based oil giant's arguments that lower courts misinterpreted settlement terms and put BP... more »
  • La. asks US Supreme Court to hear gay marriage case

    December 4, 2014 10:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The state of Louisiana has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take the rare step of hearing an appeal of Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages before a federal appeals court rules. Attorney Kyle Duncan filed the request this week. He's asking the justices to hear appeals of... more »
  • Supreme Court considers Facebook threats case

    December 1, 2014 11:32 AM

    WASHINGTON - Supreme Court justices are vigorously debating the Digital Age question of where the line should be drawn between free speech and illegal threats. The case argued Monday involves a Pennsylvania man convicted of making violent threats after he posted Facebook rants about killing his estranged wife, harming law... more »
  • Justices weigh limits of free speech over Internet

    November 30, 2014 10:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is examining the limits of free speech over the Internet in a case involving the use of violent or threatening language on Facebook. The justices will hear arguments Monday. At issue is the case of a Pennsylvania man who was convicted of violating a federal... more »
  • Supreme Court asked to look at La. marriage ban

    November 20, 2014 3:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Gay-rights advocates challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban want the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court. In September, a federal judge in New Orleans upheld Louisiana's ban. An appeal of that ruling is tentatively set to be argued... more »
  • US Supreme Court refuses to block SC gay marriages

    November 20, 2014 12:14 PM

    CHARLESTON, S.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block gay marriages in South Carolina. The high court on Thursday denied a request by Republican Attorney General Alan Wilson. He had wanted the marriages blocked while he challenges a judge's recent decision that opened the way for the marriages.... more »
  • School workers fired after Katrina return to court

    November 18, 2014 11:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys for teachers and other school workers fired in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina have asked Louisiana's Supreme Court to take another look at their lawsuit over the firings. The lawsuit could have resulted in damages being paid to more than 7,000 fired school employees. But the... more »
  • Gay marriage issue squarely before high court

    November 17, 2014 10:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - A same-sex couple from Michigan is putting the question of the right to marry nationwide squarely before the Supreme Court. The couple's plea to be allowed to marry was being filed Monday. It asks the justices to hold that state laws prohibiting same-sex couples from getting married violate... more »
  • Same-sex couples file Supreme Court appeal

    November 14, 2014 12:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - Same-sex couples seeking the right to marry are asking the Supreme Court to settle the issue of gay marriage nationwide. Appeals being filed Friday urge the justices to review last week's lower court ruling that upheld anti-gay marriage laws in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The ruling by... more »

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