| Nov 12, 2014
| 9:44 AM
The Supreme Court gave a mostly skeptical hearing Wednesday to black Democrats from Alabama who complained of racial gerrymandering by white Republicans who moved more blacks into districts which already had black majorities.
They used "rigid racial...
| Nov 8, 2014
| 7:36 PM
The window for President Obama to add another liberal justice to the Supreme Court probably closed last week when Republicans took control of the Senate.
Over the last 10 years, the Senate's vote on high court nominees has increasingly followed party...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 3:02 PM
Abortion-rights advocates are asking the Supreme Court to temporarily block enforcement of a Texas law that has forced the closure of 34 of the state's 41 licensed abortion facilities.
Because of the law, critics say more than 900,000 Texas women of...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 2:53 PM
Background checks are a common-sense safeguard that require gun sellers to first check if a buyer is a convicted felon, domestic abuser or mentally incompetent, and therefore prohibited from purchasing firearms. By federal law, sales of all firearms by...
| Sep 27, 2014
| 8:05 PM
Los Angeles city attorneys are asking the Supreme Court to revive a local ordinance that gave police the authority to inspect guest-registration records of motels and hotels, arguing the surprise checks are needed to deter prostitutes and drug dealers and...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 9:00 AM
On Monday the Supreme Court wrestled with a case that had it all: foreign policy, constitutional history and a 12-year-old petitioner, Menachem B. Zivotofsky, a U.S. citizen born in Jerusalem who wants his passport to list his birthplace as Israel....
| Nov 4, 2014
| 5:18 PM
Two years after the Sept. 11 attacks, Robert MacLean, an air marshal from south Orange County, learned from a text message of the government's plan to stop using armed marshals on overnight flights from Las Vegas. The aim was to save money.
| Nov 3, 2014
| 7:18 PM
The Supreme Court justices sounded sharply and closely split Monday over whether the president or Congress has the power to decide whether passports of American children born in Jerusalem may be stamped with “Israel.”
The outcome could...
| Oct 20, 2014
| 7:42 AM
The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a potentially far-reaching privacy dispute involving a Los Angeles city ordinance that allows police to enter a hotel and demand to see the guest registry without a court order.
The Los Angeles Police...
| Oct 18, 2014
| 4:54 PM
“There is no right more basic in our democracy than the right to participate in electing our political leaders,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote in April.
Roberts spoke then for the court’s conservative majority in striking down...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 11:53 AM
It’s the campaign gaffe heard 'round the world, or at least the political world. Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky, refuses to say whether she voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012.