| May 18, 2015
| 12:43 PM
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police are immune from a lawsuit arising from the arrest and shooting of a mentally ill woman in San Francisco.
But the justices left undecided the question of whether police must take special precautions when...
| May 14, 2015
| 10:22 AM
Hands down, my favorite Mother's Day present is the “Notorious RBG” T-shirt from our daughter.
The shirt is loaded with innuendo. It depicts U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wearing a crown. I didn't realize that...
| Apr 21, 2015
| 8:12 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that energy companies can be sued under state antitrust laws for illegally manipulating natural gas prices more than a decade ago during California's energy crisis.
The justices on Tuesday ruled 7-...
| May 5, 2015
| 3:35 PM
The Supreme Court offered a pleasant surprise last week to those of us worried about the role of money in elections. In a 5-4 opinion written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., the court upheld a rule limiting certain fundraising activities for...
| May 1, 2015
| 10:48 AM
Oral arguments before the Supreme Court earlier this week over Oklahoma’s lethal-injection protocol took an unusually harsh tone (which Dahlia Lithwick parses nicely here at Slate). What was more jarring, though, was the theme of statements –...
| Apr 30, 2015
| 5:03 PM
Many people think they know what marriage is about: love, fidelity and the forming of stable families to raise children.
But to hear the legal opponents of same-sex marriage, that represents flawed thinking.
As the Supreme Court justices listened this...
| Apr 30, 2015
| 12:30 PM
In 2-1/2 hours of oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday, Justice Anthony Kennedy asked the right question: whether it is appropriate for the Court to discard a definition of marriage that "has been with us for millennia," adding, "it's very...
| Apr 27, 2015
| 3:00 AM
Anthony M. Kennedy was a 44-year-old appeals court judge in Sacramento — a Republican appointee and happily-married Catholic — when he first confronted the question of whether the Constitution protected the rights of gays and lesbians.
| Apr 29, 2015
| 2:09 PM
Supreme Court justices engaged in an impassioned debate Wednesday about capital punishment, trading unusually combative words in a case involving a drug used in several botched executions.
The justices are considering the plea of death row inmates in...
| Apr 29, 2015
| 12:51 PM
WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a Florida case that states can ban judicial candidates from personally asking for campaign contributions, a decision aimed at protecting the impartiality of elected judges.
The justices' 5-...
| Apr 28, 2015
| 4:45 PM
During this morning’s Supreme Court arguments on same-sex marriage, my Twitter feed reflected anxiety that Justice Anthony M. Kennedy might not be a sure vote for marriage equality after all.
One source of the fretting was this comment by the...