| Jan 22, 2014
| 7:19 PM
WASHINGTON — A Pennsylvania girl known in court papers only as Amy was sexually abused by an uncle when she was 8. He went to prison, but not before circulating pictures of the rape on the Internet.
Fifteen years after the abuse, law enforcement...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 10:40 AM
HOUSTON -- Planned Parenthood and others opponents of new Texas abortion restrictions have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate an injunction blocking portions of the law concerning doctors’ admitting privileges.
The appeal was filed...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 1:14 PM
Constitutional issues involving the separation of church and state are full of paradoxes, and Wednesday’s argument in the Supreme Court over prayers at town meetings illuminated one of them.
The justices were reviewing a federal appeals court&...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 6:35 PM
WASHINGTON — Mulling over the beliefs of Christians, atheists, Bahais and even devil worshipers, Supreme Court justices appeared confounded Wednesday by how to fashion guidelines for prayer at public meetings in an era of rapidly increasing...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 3:27 PM
Do you say a little prayer (for the markets, maybe) before you get down to work?
Since 1999, the wonderfully named town of Greece, N.Y., has been doing that. At town council meetings, a volunteer chaplain — generally but not invariably Christian...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 3:22 PM
Neither rich nor poor may sleep under the bridges of Paris. Is that law neutral with respect to who's doing the sleeping? If you think the answer is obvious, think again — and think abortion.
In McCullen v. Coakley, which the Supreme Court heard...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 3:08 PM
This week, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) introduced a bill that would outlaw abortion after 20 weeks, on the premise that a fetus at that stage of development can feel pain. His Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is a federal version of legislation...
| Nov 13, 2013
A bizarre act of revenge against a romantic rival was the unlikely genesis of an important debate in the Supreme Court last week about federal power, states' rights and the conduct of U.S. diplomacy.
The justices were asked to overturn the conviction of...
| Nov 10, 2013
Re "Prayer case bedevils Supreme Court," Nov. 7
Justice Antonin Scalia's concern that the Supreme Court might "stifle the manner in which [religious adherents] invoke their deity" can be resolved by a couple of minutes of silence when public meetings...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 6:56 AM
WASHINGTON -- During Supreme Court arguments, Justice Clarence Thomas sits mute, not asking a single question while his colleagues on the bench jockey to get in the next interrogatory.
But late Thursday night, in front of 1,300 adoring conservative...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 8:27 AM
When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, it left unresolved whether couples of the same sex had a constitutional right to marry. Other courts, especially in Virginia and Utah, are filling that vacuum, setting...