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Was Brendan Dassey’s confession coerced? SCOTUS review a ‘long shot’ in ‘Making a Murderer’ case

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 11:46

Lawyers for Brendan Dassey say they will continue to pursue relief for their client after an en banc federal appeals court rejected their argument that…

Joe Biden says he owes an apology to Anita Hill

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 10:42
Former Vice President Joe Biden says he believed Anita Hill’s accusations of sexual harassment against Clarence Thomas during the justice’s confirmation hearing, and would have…

Data cited in SCOTUS decision upholding Sentencing Commission was ‘flimsy’ and ‘flat-out wrong’

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 09:00
Data cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1989 when it upheld the constitutionality of the U.S. Sentencing Commission was “flimsy and even flat-out wrong,”…

Supreme Court law clerks are still mostly white men; which justices had the most diverse clerks?

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 09:00
U.S. Supreme Court law clerks in the last dozen years are mostly white men, a number that highlights “near-glacial progress” since the first demographic study…

Empirical SCOTUS blog sees Brett Kavanaugh as likely SCOTUS nominee

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 08:00
A new judge on President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court shortlist could be his next pick for a nomination to the court if Justice…

Supreme Court accepts second case on partisan gerrymandering

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:23

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide a second case that claims it is unconstitutional to redraw voting district lines based on partisan…

In 5-4 decision, Supreme Court stays order requiring US to turn over more DACA documents

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 09:38
The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily stayed a federal judge’s order requiring the government to turn over more documents regarding its decision to wind down…

Justice Department reverses course and urges Supreme Court to overrule pro-union precedent

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 09:00
The U.S. Justice Department has switched positions in an amicus brief that asks the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule a 40-year-old decision that benefits unions.

Justice Department left ‘incorrect impression’ in stay request, federal judge tells Supreme Court

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:34

A federal judge in San Francisco has filed an unusual statement with the U.S. Supreme Court that says the Justice Department left an “incorrect impression”…

Swing justice Kennedy lends support to both sides in case of gay couple denied a wedding cake

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 13:37
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy made comments supporting both sides during oral arguments on Tuesday in the case of a gay couple denied a wedding cake…

Is Christmas tree in public park a secular symbol? ABA Legal Fact Check weighs in

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 17:20

A village attorney in Illinois had to weigh Supreme Court precedent when he concluded a Christmas tree in a public park was a secular symbol,…

Supreme Court lets Trump’s latest travel ban take full effect

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 16:40
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban take effect, including a ban on travel by those with a bona…

US asks Supreme Court to block order requiring production of documents on DACA wind-down

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 09:00
The U.S. Justice Department on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a federal judge’s order to turn over additional documents regarding the government’s…

SCOTUS considers limits to the government’s surveillance powers over personal technology

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 02:20

But on appeal, Carpenter pressed his motion to suppress the cell-tower evidence, which the district court had rejected. The 6th…

Gorsuch appears to side with liberals on need for warrant to get cellphone location data

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 14:12
Justice Neil M. Gorsuch appeared to side with liberals on Wednesday as the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether police need a warrant supported by probable…

Chemerinsky: Is there a constitutional right for a business to not serve customers?

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 09:30
The U.S. Supreme Court’s December oral argument calendar has several potential blockbuster cases, but none is likely to be more important than Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd.…

Supreme Court suspends the wrong lawyer for a second time this year

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 11:30

The U.S. Supreme Court acknowledged on Monday that it once again suspended the wrong lawyer.

This time the Supreme Court wrongly suspended a lawyer who…

Is chief justice drifting to the left? Stats suggest the answer is yes, with a caveat

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 08:00

The statistics appear to confirm conservatives’ complaint: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. is drifting to the left.

That’s the conclusion of the FiveThirtyEight

Supreme Court won’t hear lawyer’s equal-protection challenge to Mississippi flag

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:17

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by a black Mississippi lawyer who claimed the Confederate battle emblem on the state’s…

Supreme Court denies cert in 2 cases upholding gun restrictions

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 13:28

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear challenges to gun restrictions in Maryland and Florida.

The court left in place decisions upholding an…


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