| Jul 19, 2014
| 9:22 PM
Throughout American history, Congress has often been at odds with the president. But so far, the legislative body has not turned to the third government branch — the judiciary — with a lawsuit claiming the chief executive violated the...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 5:48 PM
There has been a disturbing willingness on the part of some judges in recent years to treat the Christian cross as a symbol that isn't, well, just Christian. The most high-profile and problematic example of this was Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia'...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 1:42 PM
Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water, the judges in Washington took another big chomp out of the Affordable Care Act.
No, not the Supreme Court. This time it was the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In a 2-1 panel...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 4:35 PM
WASHINGTON Appellate judges on Monday struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban, further teeing up the marriage equality question for final resolution by the Supreme Court.
In a 2-1 decision, the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals concluded Virginia's marriage...
| Jul 20, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Claiming that President Obama "believes he has the power to make his own laws," House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) is preparing a lawsuit against the president. Is the proposed lawsuit a reaction to an aggressive use of executive power or a...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 6:04 PM
The Supreme Court unanimously agreed this week that federal prosecutors could not use an international chemical weapons treaty to bring a case against a Philadelphia-area woman who tried to poison a romantic rival. The decision was a deserved rebuke for...
| May 27, 2014
| 6:31 PM
The Supreme Court put new limits on the death penalty Tuesday, deciding that states may not use a "rigid rule" that denies leniency to defendants with severe mental disabilities simply because they score 70 or above on an IQ test.
| May 30, 2014
| 5:00 AM
At the end of his recent opinion striking down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III wrote: “We are a better people than what these laws represent. It is time to discard them into the ash heap of...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Fresh off the major networks' Supreme Court victory over Aereo, the National Assn. of Broadcasters helpfully pointed Aereo's erstwhile customers to a special offer from Antennas Direct: a free rooftop TV antenna! That's a $130 value, yours (if you're...
| Jun 13, 2014
In the 1980s, New York senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said that everyone is entitled to his own opinions but not to his own facts. More recently, philosopher-comic Stephen Colbert rejected such a confining, narrow view: "Who's Britannica to tell...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 10:34 AM
Foreign-born grandchildren, nieces and nephews of Americans and legal immigrants will lose their place in line to obtain a visa if they reach age 21 before the process is complete, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.
Upholding a disputed part of the law...