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  • Woman at center of Roe v. Wade dead at 69

    February 18, 2017 2:33 PM

    DALLAS - Norma McCorvey, the "Jane Roe" at the center of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, has died. She was 69. Journalist Joshua Prager, who is working on a book about McCorvey, says she died Saturday morning at an assisted living center in Katy, Texas. Although... more »
  • Washington court rules against florist in gay wedding case

    February 16, 2017 11:23 AM

    OLYMPIA - The Washington state Supreme Court has ruled that a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding broke anti-discrimination laws. The nine justices posted their unanimous ruling on Thursday. Barronelle Stutzman, a florist in Richland, Washington, had been fined by a lower court for denying service... more »
  • Louisiana senators meet with Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch

    February 13, 2017 4:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - Louisiana Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy met with President Donald Trump's Supreme Court justice nominee Neil Gorsuch Monday. Gorsuch was nominated by the president to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in Feb. 2016. "Judge Gorsuch is a... more »
  • Feds, states square off in court over Trump travel ban

    February 7, 2017 7:36 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO - A panel of federal appellate court judges will hear arguments in the pitched fight over President Donald Trump's travel and refugee ban in a case headed for a possible final face-off at the Supreme Court. The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled a... more »
  • VP: Gorsuch will join Supreme Court 'one way or the other'

    February 4, 2017 12:58 PM

    PALM BEACH, Fla. - Vice President Mike Pence is pledging that Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will be seated on the high court "one way or the other." Pence's comments during a speech in Philadelphia to the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group, echoed President Donald Trump's comments from earlier... more »
  • Trump nominates to Supreme Court

    January 31, 2017 8:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has nominated federal appeals judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The 49-year-old Gorsuch has served on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver since 2006, after being appointed by President George W. Bush. He once worked at the Supreme Court as a... more »
  • White House: Supreme Court choice could be announced Monday

    January 29, 2017 8:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - A White House official says President Donald Trump could announce his pick for the Supreme Court as early as Monday. Trump originally said the announcement would come on Thursday, but the official says the timeframe could be sped up. Three federal appeals court judges are said to have... more »
  • Charge dropped against man who burned flag at RNC in Ohio

    January 22, 2017 12:33 PM

    CLEVELAND - The man whose case led to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the burning of the American flag being protected by free speech no longer faces a charge over another flag-burning at last summer's Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Cleveland.com reports court filings show prosecutors last week dropped... more »
  • Newest Louisiana Supreme Court member takes oath of office

    January 3, 2017 3:52 PM

    OPELOUSAS - Louisiana has a new member of the state Supreme Court. Republican Jimmy Genovese, formerly an appeals court judge, was sworn in Tuesday to the seven-member high court at a ceremony in his hometown of Opelousas. He'll represent Louisiana's 3rd District, covering the Lafayette and Lake Charles areas. The... more »
  • 4 Mississippi Supreme Court justices begin new terms in Jan.

    December 25, 2016 2:02 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - One new justice and three returning ones are preparing to start their terms on the Mississippi Supreme Court. A swearing-in ceremony takes place Jan. 3 at the court building near the state Capitol. Circuit Judge Bobby Chamberlin of Hernando won a northern district Supreme Court race in... more »
  • Supreme Court weighs lawyers' actions in 2 death row cases

    December 10, 2016 12:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - Seven years before Thomas Sims defended Sammie Stokes in a South Carolina death-penalty trial, he had prosecuted Stokes for assaulting his ex-wife. The trial record shows Sims never told the judge in the murder case about that earlier prosecution, not even when the ex-wife took the stand against... more »
  • Justices uphold Katrina fraud verdict against State Farm

    December 6, 2016 10:41 AM

    WASHINGTON - A unanimous Supreme Court has upheld a jury verdict that State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. committed fraud against the federal government after 2005's Hurricane Katrina. The justices on Tuesday rejected claims by State Farm that the whistleblower case against the insurer should have been dismissed because its... more »
  • Supreme Court OKs Arizona ballot collection ban

    November 5, 2016 12:29 PM

    PHOENIX - The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated a new Arizona that makes it a felony to collect early ballots. Saturday's order from the nation's highest court overturns an appeals court decision a day earlier that blocked the new law. The decision is a blow to Democratic get-out-the-vote efforts and... more »
  • Court: Law can shield priests from reporting abuse evidence

    October 28, 2016 9:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court has ruled that a priest is not required by law to notify authorities after hearing evidence of abuse from a child making a religious confession. Friday's ruling deals with a section of Louisiana law requiring health workers, teachers, clergy and others to report evidence... more »
  • La. Supreme Court Justice's case against other justices thrown out

    October 20, 2016 10:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that a member of Louisiana's Supreme Court filed against four fellow justices. Justice Jefferson Hughes filed suit last December saying he was illegally removed from two cases against oil companies. His suit said defendants sought his removal because lawyers for... more »
  • La Supreme Court considers teen robber's 99-year sentence

    September 18, 2016 4:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court is considering whether recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings about juveniles convicted of murder mean a juvenile robber's 99-year sentence is unconstitutional. Alden Morgan is now 35. He was 17 years old when he held up a couple with their baby daughter. The New Orleans... more »
  • Trump assails Ginsburg statements about him

    July 13, 2016 11:27 AM

    WASHINGTON - Presumptive Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump is assailing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a message tweeted late Tuesday. "Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me," he posted on realDonaldTrump. Ginsburg had said that she... more »
  • Texas abortions fell sharply under law Supreme Court voided

    July 1, 2016 11:26 AM

    AUSTIN - Abortions in Texas plummeted about 15 percent during the first year after approval of tough restrictions that the U.S. Supreme Court has since struck down - a decline that activists say shows how hard it had become to get an abortion in America's second-largest state. The health department... more »
  • Supreme Court denies Mississippi, Wisconsin abortion appeals

    June 28, 2016 10:05 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has rejected appeals from Mississippi and Wisconsin seeking to put in place restrictions on abortion clinics that were struck down by lower courts. The justices on Tuesday refused to hear appeals involving laws that would have forced doctors who perform abortions at clinics in... more »
  • Supreme Court rejects pharmacists' religious rights appeal

    June 28, 2016 9:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is allowing Washington state to require pharmacies to dispense Plan B or other emergency contraceptives, rejecting an appeal from pharmacists who said they have religious objections to providing the drugs. The justices' order on Tuesday leaves in place rules first adopted in 2007 following... more »
  • La, Miss abortion laws similar to overturned Texas law Play Video

    June 27, 2016 1:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Right to Life says the Supreme Court's ruling on a Texas abortion law may indicate trouble ahead for a similar Louisiana law. Legislative Director Deanna Wallace says Monday's decision doesn't invalidate Louisiana's law requiring doctors who perform abortions to be able to admit patients to a... more »
  • Abortion rights group celebrates court win

    June 27, 2016 10:04 AM

    WASHINGTON - An abortion rights group says the Supreme Court is sending a "loud and clear message that politicians cannot use deceptive means to shut down abortion clinics." The Center for Reproductive Rights represented some Texas clinics that achieved a big victory today, as the court struck down Texas... more »
  • Obama immigration plan blocked by 4-4 tie at Supreme Court

    June 23, 2016 10:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama's immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation. The justices' one-sentence opinion on Thursday effectively kills the plan for the duration of Obama's presidency. A tie vote sets... more »
  • Supreme Court places new limits on drunken driving test laws

    June 23, 2016 10:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has placed new limits on state laws that make it a crime for motorists suspected of drunken driving to refuse alcohol tests. Justices ruled Thursday that police need a search warrant before requiring drivers to take blood alcohol tests. But the court declined to... more »
  • US Supreme Court declines to hear 'Angola 5' appeal

    June 21, 2016 11:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the case of David Brown, the "Angola 5" member who was sentenced to death for the killing of a prison guard during a 1999 escape attempt. A state judge overturned the death sentence, but it was reinstated in February... more »
  • Supreme Court leaves state assault weapons bans in place

    June 20, 2016 11:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has rejected challenges to assault weapons bans in Connecticut and New York, in the aftermath of the shooting attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 50 people dead. The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling that upheld laws... more »
  • State supreme court won't hear St. Tammany fracking appeal

    June 19, 2016 3:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A sharply divided Louisiana Supreme Court says it won't hear a challenge to a state decision awarding a permit to a company that wants to drill an oil well in St. Tammany Parish. Helis Oil & Gas said before the decision that it's ready to begin drilling... more »
  • DA: Had Justice Scalia been alive, Baton Rouge cop-killer might be put to death

    June 7, 2016 5:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The district attorney learned Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to overturn a lower court's ruling forbidding convicted cop-killer Kevan Brumfield be put to death. Brumfield and Henri Broadway were both convicted of the murder of Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Betty Smothers and the... more »
  • High court rejects La. inmate's death penalty challenge

    May 31, 2016 10:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is rejecting a Louisiana inmate's appeal to consider a nationwide ban on the death penalty. The justices on Tuesday turned away a challenge from death row inmate Lamondre Tucker. Tucker's appeal is the latest to challenge capital punishment as unconstitutional after Justice Stephen... more »
  • High court ruling helps federal workers file job bias claims

    May 23, 2016 10:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is making it easier for federal workers to file employment discrimination lawsuits after quitting their jobs over conditions they consider intolerable. The justices ruled 7-1 Monday that workers who bring so-called "constructive discharge" claims have 45 days from the time they resign to begin... more »
  • Trump unveils list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices

    May 18, 2016 2:29 PM

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has released a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices he plans to vet to fill the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia. Trump's picks include Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado and Raymond Gruender of Missouri.... more »
  • District Judges face Supreme Court for inappropriate behavior Play Video

    May 3, 2016 11:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A pair of District Judges appeared before the Louisiana Supreme Court in New Orleans Tuesday to face possible sanctions for complaints of previous inappropriate behavior. West Baton Rouge Parish District Judge Robin Free is facing up to a year of suspension along with $11,000 in fines... more »
  • Judges accused of wrongdoing face discipline at Supreme Court Play Video

    May 3, 2016 12:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two judges from the west side of the river face serious sanctions because of their behavior. Judges Robin Free and James Best will appear before the Supreme Court Tuesday. Judge Robin Free made a mad dash away from our cameras there a year and a half... more »
  • Supreme Court trying to find its way after Scalia

    April 30, 2016 3:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - Two months, 31 arguments and 18 decisions since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, is the Supreme Court hopelessly deadlocked or coping as a party of eight? The answer varies with the issue. But arguments last week in the corruption case against a former Virginia governor show that... more »
  • Supreme Court considers whether police may force warrantless blood alcohol tests

    April 21, 2016 9:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on whether law enforcement is required to get a warrant before forcing a driver to submit to breath or blood alcohol tests. Currently, all 50 states revoke the driver’s license in the event they refuse such tests. 12 states and the... more »
  • Justices seem divided over Obama immigration actions

    April 18, 2016 12:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court appears divided over Obama administration programs that could affect millions of people who are in the country illegally. The administration's best hope for a favorable ruling after 90 minutes of arguments at the high court Monday appeared to rest with Chief Justice John Roberts.... more »
  • GfK Poll: Clinton has edge over Trump on range of issues

    April 11, 2016 6:39 AM

    WASHINGTON- A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that Americans trust Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton more than Republican leader Donald Trump to handle a wide range of issues, from immigration to health care to nominating Supreme Court justices. Even when asked which of the two candidates would be best at... more »
  • GOP Congress' incomplete: Stalled bills, no court nominee

    April 3, 2016 2:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress increasingly is being defined by what it's not doing this election year. The Senate returns this week with a strong majority of Republicans saying no to any consideration of President Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court. No hearings, no vote and, for some lawmakers, not even... more »
  • High court sympathetic to property owners in wetlands case

    March 30, 2016 1:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court seems likely to make it easier for private landowners to challenge the federal government's designation of property as protected wetlands. The justices heard arguments Wednesday in a case involving a Minnesota company that says it has no effective means to contest an Army Corps of... more »
  • Biden to point to record in Supreme Court fight

    March 24, 2016 12:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden is pointing to his years as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman to cast Republicans' election-year Supreme Court blockade as a dangerous new escalation of partisanship. In a speech at Georgetown Law School, Biden plans to take credit for moving eight Supreme Court nominees through the... more »
  • Obama, Republicans take Supreme Court fight to airwaves

    March 19, 2016 3:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is calling again for Senate Republicans to consider his nominee for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland. Republicans are countering by warning Democrats not to "seek to further divide our nation" by using the Supreme Court fight "to score cheap political points in an election year."... more »
  • Cranking up pressure, Dems ready to bring Garland to Capitol

    March 17, 2016 12:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's pick for the Supreme Court is ready to commence courtesy calls with senators. Democrats hope that when Merrick Garland starts making those rounds in the Capitol, it will ultimately put unbearable election-year pressure on Republicans refusing to consider any Obama nominee. Garland plans to visit... more »
  • Court: Inmate who survived '09 execution can be put to death

    March 16, 2016 4:28 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Supreme Court says the state can try again to execute a condemned killer who survived a 2009 botched execution. The court ruled 4-3 Wednesday to reject arguments by death row inmate Romell Broom that giving the state prisons agency a second chance would amount to... more »
  • Obama says Supreme Court nominee confirmation above politics

    March 16, 2016 10:31 AM

    WASHINGTON -Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland says fidelity to the law and the Constitution has been the cornerstone of his professional life. He's promising to bring that same principle to the high court if confirmed. Garland was visibly emotional as he accepted President Barack Obama's nomination in the White House... more »
  • State supreme court justice: Public defender system going broke Play Video

    March 15, 2016 7:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The head of the Louisiana Supreme Court told lawmakers the court is concerned about financing for the public defender system for the poor. Chief Justice Bernette Johnson says public defenders in 33 of the state's 42 judicial districts have restricted services, and half of the offices... more »
  • Supreme Court puts hold on Louisiana abortion clinic law

    March 4, 2016 4:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has blocked enforcement of a Louisiana law that could force all but one of the state's abortion clinics to close, a sign that a similar law in Texas also could be in peril. The justices on Friday are effectively reversing an order by the... more »
  • Abortion case appears to split depleted Supreme Court

    March 2, 2016 11:41 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court appears sharply divided over Texas abortion clinic regulations in its biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter-century. The court's liberals and conservatives are signaling in nearly 90 minutes of arguments that there's little common ground as they try to figure out what to do about... more »
  • African-American voters see court fight as affront to Obama

    February 28, 2016 4:02 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - African-American voters see the Republican opposition to President Barack Obama filling the Supreme Court vacancy as the latest affront to the first black president. Obama isn't on the ballot this fall, but plenty of Republicans are. The Supreme Court standoff could galvanize black voters - a crucial component... more »
  • Louisiana abortion clinics ask high court help to stay open

    February 27, 2016 4:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - Abortion clinics in Louisiana want the Supreme Court to allow them to stay open and block a ruling that could leave just one of four clinics providing abortions. The clinics say in an emergency appeal to the high court late Friday that only a clinic in New Orleans... more »
  • Abortion returns to Supreme Court altered by Scalia's death

    February 27, 2016 4:32 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Supreme Court challenge to a Texas law that has dramatically reduced the number of abortion clinics in the state is the justices' most significant case on the hot-button issue in nearly a quarter-century. One of this election-year term's biggest cases is being argued Wednesday before a court that's... more »
  • White House considers Republican governor for Supreme Court

    February 24, 2016 12:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - Two people familiar with the process say the White House is considering Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada as one of several potential nominees to the Supreme Court. The nomination of a Republican would be seen as an attempt by President Obama to court the Senate GOP. Senate... more »
  • GOP says no hearings, no votes for Supreme Court nominee

    February 24, 2016 11:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - No hearing. No vote. Don't even bother knocking on our door. That's the message Senate Republicans delivered to President Barack Obama and his sometime-soon nominee for the Supreme Court, an extraordinary election-year rebuff as the GOP insists that replacing Justice Antonin Scalia rests with voters in November's election... more »
  • Scalia suffered from many health problems

    February 23, 2016 5:29 PM

    DALLAS - A letter from the Supreme Court's doctor says Antonin Scalia suffered from coronary artery disease, obesity and diabetes, among other ailments that probably contributed to the justice's sudden death. Presidio County District Attorney Rod Ponton cited the letter Tuesday, when he told The Associated Press there was nothing... more »
  • Supreme Court scuffle triggering a constitutional clash

    February 20, 2016 2:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - It only took one man's death to give Congress the opening to permeate its dysfunction throughout the rest of government. Republican opposition to letting President Barack Obama replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia has sparked a constitutional clash over the president's right to fill Supreme Court vacancies. Democrats... more »
  • Thousands expected at Mass for Antonin Scalia

    February 20, 2016 2:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - Thousands of people are expected to attend Saturday's funeral Mass in Washington for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The Mass is being held at the nation's largest Roman Catholic church - the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. It can hold at least... more »
  • Mourners pay respects to late Justice Scalia

    February 19, 2016 2:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - Two federal judges who have been discussed as possible replacements for Justice Antonin Scalia are among those paying their respects to the late jurist on Friday. Judges Sri Srinivasan and Patricia Millett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit paused briefly before... more »
  • Some want to limit justices to 18 years on Supreme Court

    February 18, 2016 1:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - Justice Antonin Scalia's sudden death just before his 80th birthday and the potential impasse over replacing him brings up an old idea: Term limits for Supreme Court justices. Scalia was on the court for nearly 30 years, longer than any of the current justices and all but 14... more »
  • GOP senator 1st to say Obama should offer Scalia replacement

    February 17, 2016 4:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - Nevada Sen. Dean Heller has become the first Republican senator to break with his party's leader and say President Barack Obama should nominate a replacement for the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Heller said Wednesday that Nevadans "should have a voice" in selecting a new justice.... more »
  • Supreme Court may face extended period with 8 justices

    February 17, 2016 3:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - Is eight enough? The Supreme Court has managed to function effectively at less than its full nine-member strength for two extended periods in the past 50 years. The question now is whether the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in the middle of the court term and a polarizing... more »
  • Obama faces political puzzle in naming Scalia successor

    February 15, 2016 6:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - For most presidents, choosing a Supreme Court nominee is a puzzle. For President Barack Obama, the chance to pick a successor to Justice Antonin Scalia is even more complicated. As the White House carries out a rare election-year search for a nominee, the president's lawyers and top... more »
  • Judge says she changed her mind on Scalia autopsy, decided it wasn't needed

    February 15, 2016 2:15 PM

    MARFA, Texas - A Texas judge says she initially determined that an autopsy should be conducted on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. But Judge Cinderela Guevara says she changed her mind after speaking with Scalia's doctor -- who confirmed that the justice had a history of heart trouble and... more »
  • Jeb Bush: Senate court vote 'not important' to him

    February 14, 2016 3:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - Jeb Bush says it doesn't matter to him whether Senate Republicans vote on any Supreme Court nominee President Barack Obama may send to Capitol Hill to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Bush tells CNN's "State of the Union" that the decision is up to Majority Leader Mitch... more »
  • McConnell says Obama shouldn't replace Scalia

    February 13, 2016 6:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Supreme Court vacancy created by the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia should not be filled until a new president takes office. In a statement Saturday, McConnell mourned Scalia, calling him an "unwavering champion of a timeless document that unites each... more »
  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died

    February 13, 2016 5:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, sources told CNN Saturday. According to CNN, the 79-year-old Scalia died in his sleep during a visit to Texas over the weekend. A conservative Justice, Scalia was the first Italian-American to sit on the nation's highest court. ... more »
  • 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 »

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