| Apr 20, 2014
Does the 1st Amendment allow states to make it a criminal offense to disseminate false statements about a political candidate? Should citizens who fear that their free speech will be chilled by such a law be permitted to challenge it even if they aren't...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 6:57 PM
WASHINGTON — Victims of child pornography whose images of sexual abuse have circulated on the Internet may demand compensation from every person caught downloading and possessing the illegal images, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
| Aug 5, 2014
| 2:28 PM
Two states, coming from different sides of the gay marriage debate, said Tuesday that they were appealing the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking a constitutional ruling that will finally settle the question of whether same-sex couples have a right...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 8:13 PM
The Supreme Court doesn't only make history. Sometimes it's swept along by historical waves, and sometimes it's caught up trying to resist them.
During the last few months, the justices recognized the centrality in our private lives of the smartphone by...
| Jun 6, 2014
Friday's print column, expanding on a recent blog post Almost as shocking as the accusation that two 12-year-old girls from near Milwaukee stabbed a friend nearly to death Saturday was the news that authorities are charging the girls as adults.......
| Sep 8, 2014
| 3:41 PM
The legal juggernaut of challenges to prohibitions on same-sex marriage continued Monday with oral arguments in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals over bans in Hawaii, Idaho and Nevada. Last week two judicial decisions were issued, one by a federal...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 8:09 PM
The Obama administration issued a new rule Friday aimed at winding down its years-long fight with religious groups over the requirement in its landmark healthcare law that companies provide insurance that covers contraceptives.
The new rule will allow...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 1:45 PM
In a decision that was a legal defeat for the Obama administration but may well be a practical victory, the U.S. Supreme Court's conservative justices voted 5-4 to block the Environmental Protection Agency from a creative-yet-practical interpretation of...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 4:15 PM
The University of Texas can consider race in undergraduate admissions to promote diversity, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
Acting in a lawsuit that the U.S. Supreme Court had sent back last year, Judge Patrick Higginbotham wrote that considering...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 6:49 PM
The letter arrived in Sue Galloway's mailbox with no return address and a brief message warning Galloway, who is Jewish, to "be careful." It was signed "666."
Across town, Linda Stephens, an atheist, received a similarly worded letter, along with a...
| Jul 6, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Relax. This is not a slippery slope.
So Justices Samuel Alito writing for the majority and Anthony Kennedy writing in concurrence, take pains to assure us in the wake of the Supreme Court's latest disastrous decision. The same august tribunal that...