United States Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Sotomayor: Affirmative action options don’t work

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected on Sunday the notion that alternatives to affirmative action such as income or residency could achieve similar results in diversifying the nation’s colleges and universities. When […]

06/23/2014

With the Los Angeles skyline in the background, the Los Angeles River flows Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

US Supreme Court holds LA liable for water cleanup

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The U.S. Supreme Court today allowed a lower court ruling to stand that found Los Angeles County is responsible for cleaning up the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers. By declining […]

05/06/2014

In this March 18, 2014 file photo, Pastor Mike Metzger, right, of First Bible Baptist Church, leads a moment of prayer at the start of the Greece Town Board meeting in Greece, N.Y. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

High court ruling favors prayer at council meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prayers that open town council meetings do not violate the Constitution even if they routinely stress Christianity, a divided Supreme Court ruled Monday. The court said in 5-4 decision that the content […]

05/05/2014

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., right, accompanied by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, about the Supreme Court¹s decision in the McCutcheon vs. FEC case, in which the Court struck down limits in federal law on the aggregate campaign contributions individual donors may make to candidates, political parties, and political action committees.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Republicans like campaign money ruling, Dems don’t

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans call the Supreme Court’s latest ruling on campaign donations a victory for free speech. Democrats say it’s more like a win for the wealthy. Either way, it’s likely to benefit the […]

04/03/2014

This Oct. 8, 2013 file photo shows Cornell Woolridge of Windsor Mill, Md., demonstrating outside the Supreme Court in Washington as the court heard arguments on campaign finance. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Supreme Court voids overall campaign donor limits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court further loosened the reins on political giving Wednesday, ruling that big campaign donors can dole out money to as many candidates and political committees as they want as long […]

04/02/2014

Mary Novick of St. Paul, Minn., bows her head in prayer in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, as the court heard oral arguments in the challenges of President Barack Obama's health care law requirement that businesses provide their female employees with health insurance that includes access to contraceptives. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Birth control rule seems to divide Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seemingly divided, the Supreme Court struggled Tuesday with the question of whether companies have religious rights, a case challenging President Barack Obama’s health overhaul and its guarantee of birth control in employees’ […]

03/25/2014

This undated photo made available by the Florida Department of Corrections shows inmate Freddie Lee Hall. Hall. The Supreme Court will hear an appeal on Monday, March 3, 2014 from Hall, a Florida death row inmate who claims he is protected from execution because he is mentally disabled. The case centers on how authorities determine who is eligible to be put to death, 12 years after the justices’ prohibited the execution of the mentally disabled. The court has until now left it to the states to set rules for judging who is mentally disabled. In Florida and a handful of other states, an intelligence test score higher than 70 means an inmate is not mentally disabled, even if other evidence indicates he is. Hall has scored above 70 on most of the IQ tests he has taken since 1968. (AP Photo/Florida Department of Corrections, HO)

Court skeptical of IQ scores in deciding execution

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court indicated Monday that states should look beyond an intelligence test score in borderline cases of mental disability to determine whether a death row inmate is eligible to be executed. […]

03/03/2014

The Supreme Court is seen after a dusting of snow in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

High court to examine facial hair, teeth-whitening

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facial hair and teeth-whitening will be getting unusually prominent attention from the Supreme Court. The court agreed Monday to hear two cases during its next term that involve matters of personal hygiene […]

03/03/2014

Dec. 12, 2013: Immigration activists gathered on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Justices decline to re-enter immigration debate

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Pennsylvania coal town and a Dallas suburb lost a lengthy battle to enact anti-immigrant laws Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear their appeals. The high court has […]

03/03/2014

A view of the Supreme Court can be seen from the view from near the top of the Capitol Dome on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

YouTube video purports to show high court action

WASHINGTON (AP) — A protest group has posted what appears to be the first video of the Supreme Court taken inside the courtroom with the court in session. The Supreme Court forbids cameras and all […]

02/27/2014

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