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  • 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 »
  • 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 »

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