Mapping Supreme Court decisions
More than two years ago, University of Baltimore School of Law professor Colin Starger began a project aimed at analyzing — and visualizing — the relationships between majority, dissenting and concurring Supreme Court opinions by using software technology to plot the court’s decisions on graphs. Here’s a quick recap of the ongoing “doctrinal cartography” work, […]
O’Malley: State reviews SCOTUS fair share decision
The governor vows to limit the impact of a disappointing decision as much as possible.
Court to decide whether lawsuit can move forward
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will weigh in on a lawsuit against Fifth Third Bancorp accusing management of irresponsibly investing employee retirement money in the bank’s then-failing stock. The justices agreed Friday to hear the appeal from the Cincinnati-based bank. People in the bank retirement plan say the institution started making risky subprime loans, but […]
Md. gun permit law stands in Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has decided not to hear a challenge to Maryland’s handgun permit law.
Md.: DNA law in front of SCOTUS aided 43 cases
WASHINGTON — A Maryland DNA law being challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court helped lead to 43 convictions over the past four years, but state data show the majority of the convictions could eventually have happened even without the new law. For years, Maryland required people convicted of serious crimes to provide a DNA sample. […]
High court concludes hearing on health law
WASHINGTON — On the last of three days of oral arguments on the constitutionality of the federal health care reform law, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court pondered whether they should act as virtual surgeons, taking a scalpel to the statute to excise constitutionally problematic portions while leaving the rest in place. But the […]
Kagan asks questions at first high court argument
WASHINGTON — This time Elena Kagan got to ask the questions. With her confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court now a part of history, the court’s newest justice — and third woman — took a direct role for the first time in a case before the court. Less than 20 minutes into the court’s new […]
Justices will hear dispute over Navy plane
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is getting involved in the longstanding dispute between the Pentagon and two contractors contesting the government’s demand for $3 billion over the Navy’s ill-fated A-12 Avenger attack plane. The justices on Tuesday agreed to hear an appeal from the Boeing Co. and General Dynamics Corp., the main contractors on a […]