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Jan 19, 2021

Baltimore, Big Oil wage Supreme Court battle over climate change lawsuit

An attorney for about two dozen fossil fuel companies urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to have Baltimore’s climate change lawsuit against Big Oil litigated in federal rather than state court. Kannon K. Shanmugam pressed the justices to rule that a U.S. appeals court applied too narrow a standard for federal court jurisdiction over […]

Jun 18, 2020

Justices reject end to protections for young immigrants

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump’s effort to end legal protections for 650,000 young immigrants, a stunning rebuke to the president in the midst of his reelection campaign.

Aug 13, 2019

Supreme Court must decide whether to press on with gun case

As the nation renews debate over gun control, the Supreme Court must decide whether to press ahead with a Second Amendment case it has accepted for the coming term, its first in a decade. Gun-control groups operate under a no-news-is-good-news approach to the Supreme Court, leery of giving what they view as a strengthened conservative […]

Jun 21, 2019

Supreme Court tosses black man’s murder conviction over racial bias

The Supreme Court on Friday threw out the murder conviction and death sentence for a black man in Mississippi because of a prosecutor's efforts to keep African Americans off the jury.

May 13, 2019

Supreme Court says 1 state can’t be sued in another’s courts

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court decided Monday that one state cannot unwillingly be sued in the courts of another, overruling a 40-year precedent and perhaps, foreshadowing an argument over the viability of other high court decisions. The outcome left one dissenting justice wondering “which cases the court will overrule next.” The justices divided 5-4 to […]

May 6, 2019

Justice Clarence Thomas’ moment may finally have arrived

WASHINGTON — Clarence Thomas has been a Supreme Court justice for nearly three decades. It may finally be his moment. Many Americans know Thomas largely from his bruising 1991 confirmation hearing, when he was accused of sexual harassment charges by former employee Anita Hill — charges he denied. People may know he’s a conservative and […]

May 1, 2019

ABA’s civic literacy survey yields ‘troubling’ results

John Roberts might need a better press agent. Less than half of the American public knows Roberts is chief justice of the United States, a position he has held since 2005. The 49 percent of the population in the know contrasts with the 23 percent who think Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg leads the Supreme Court […]

Mar 20, 2019

When Thomas speaks, people remember

News reports that Justice Clarence Thomas ended three years of silence during oral arguments Wednesday reminds me of the story of the 5-year-old boy who had yet to speak a word.

Sep 20, 2018

Senators grapple with accusation against Kavanaugh, denial

WASHINGTON — Nowhere is gender politics thicker in the election season air than in the mannerly U.S. Senate as it considers what President Donald Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, did or didn’t do in high school. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation of sexual assault — and Kavanaugh’s staunch denial — has ignited a tense, […]

Sep 17, 2018

As Senate weighs Kavanaugh, Thomas example offers cautions

The sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh recall Anita Hill's accusations against Clarence Thomas in 1991, but there are important differences as well as cautions for senators considering how to deal with the allegations.

Apr 18, 2016

U.S. judge finds lawyers gamed system

Federal judges assails lawyers heads news summary that includes Arabic speaker, Ukrainian court and "Confirmation" fact check.

Feb 29, 2016

Thomas speaks, but not for the first time

News reports that Justice Clarence Thomas ended 10 years of silence during oral arguments Monday reminds me of the story of the 5-year-old boy who had yet to speak a word.

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