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Jan 4, 2021

Chief justice praises work of federal courts during COVID-19

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is praising federal courts nationwide for their flexibility in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, acknowledging in his annual year-end report the role technology has played in keeping courts running.

Jul 3, 2017

Chief justice offers advice at middle-school commencement

Welcome to Monday, the 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the Federal Communications Commission’s prohibition on George Carlin’s seven “filthy words.” Here are some news items to get your week started. — The chief justice has advice for young teenagers — and for the rest of us. — Enjoy your well-earned retirement, Lyle […]

Apr 12, 2017

Chief Justice Roberts decries ‘partisan hostility’

TROY, N.Y. — The “partisan hostility” surrounding the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch is of concern because it could undermine public confidence in the apolitical nature of the judicial system, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said Tuesday at a college appearance in upstate New York. The appearance a day after Gorsuch was sworn […]

Feb 22, 2017

Supreme Court orders new hearing for black Texas inmate

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a new court hearing for a black Texas prison inmate whose death sentence may have been tainted by disturbing references to race. Lawyers for inmate Duane Buck said the result of the court’s 6-2 decision is that Buck must either be given a sentence of life in […]

Dec 18, 2015

Chief justice overlooked stock conflict in Supreme Court case

Chief Justice John Roberts overlooked a conflict of interest when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected two appeals in an environmental-cleanup case earlier this year. Roberts took part in the court’s Oct. 5 disposition of the case even though he or a close family member owned stock in Texas Instruments Inc., one of the companies that […]

Jun 26, 2015

Excerpts from Supreme Court’s gay marriage opinions

Excerpts from the majority opinion of Justice Anthony Kennedy and dissents written by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito in the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling Friday that declared a constitutional right to same-sex marriage: KENNEDY: “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals […]

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Apr 1, 2015

5 arrested in protest at Supreme Court

Protesters have disrupted Supreme Court proceedings for the second time this year with shouted criticism of the court's previous rulings on campaign finance.

Jan 6, 2014

Roberts refuses to grant Obamacare emergency stay

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has refused a group of doctors’ request to block implementation of the nation’s new health care law. Chief Justice John Roberts turned away without comment Monday an emergency stay request from the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, Inc. and the Alliance for Natural Health USA. They asked the chief […]

Nov 4, 2013

Legislative prayer slated for Supreme Court review

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court, which asks for God’s protection before every public session, will settle a dispute over prayer in the halls of government. The case being argued at the court Wednesday involves prayers said at the start of town council meetings in Greece, N.Y., a Rochester suburb. It is the court’s first legislative […]

Apr 17, 2013

Supreme Court limits suits over human rights abuses

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday drastically limited the ability of foreign victims of human rights abuses to use American courts to seek accountability and monetary damages for their suffering. The decision was a major victory for corporations that have been sued in the United States over their alleged role in foreign atrocities. The […]

Feb 19, 2013

Supreme Court sides with father in international custody fight

Neither U.S. law nor an international treaty prevents one parent from appealing a federal court order that allows the other parent to move the couple’s child to a different country, even after that move has occurred, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Feb 15, 2013

Obama administration to join Md. for Supreme Court case on DNA collection

Chief Deputy Maryland Attorney General Katherine Winfree will be sharing argument time with the Obama administration when she urges the U.S. Supreme Court later this month to uphold the constitutionality of a state law permitting police to collect DNA samples from people arrested for committing or attempting to commit a violent crime.

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