| Oct 15, 2013
| 1:06 PM
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s conservative justices signaled Tuesday they are likely to uphold a Michigan voter initiative that forbids its state universities from granting “preferential treatment” to applicants because of their...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Campaign finance limits are back before the U.S. Supreme Court this week, and that's probably bad news for those who like good government. Think what this country needs is to give more political clout to the wealthy and those who seek special favors...
| Oct 6, 2013
The Supreme Court will hear three cases during the 2013-14 term that might dramatically alter the landscape of constitutional law. Campaign finance reform, abortion and the separation of church and state are all on the agenda. When the dust settles, if...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
The Supreme Court's mixed bag of decisions in the session's final days, particularly on voting rights and same-sex marriage, seized the nation's headlines but did little to bolster its own clarity or credibility.
Interested non-lawyers were left...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Given his track record on marital fidelity, former President Bill Clinton is not the person I would consult about "committed, loving relationships." Clinton used those words in a Washington Post op-ed last week, urging the Supreme Court to overturn the...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 6:54 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday asked a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court to excuse California from orders by a three-judge panel to reduce prison crowding by releasing 9,600 inmates.
The state argued that it needs time to appeal federal crowding orders...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 2:56 PM
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration escalated its fight with Texas Republicans on Thursday over voting rights for minorities, as it urged judges to block a strict new voter-identification law that administration lawyers argue is discriminatory....
| Jun 26, 2013
| 8:49 AM
One of the most annoying habits of some of my liberal friends is their casual derogation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Thomas is derided not just as an extremist, which is true when you plot the legal philosophies of the justices along a...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 2:48 PM
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court struck down a law that defined marriage for federal purposes as the union of one man and one woman. But what part of the Constitution did Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act violate? It’s surprisingly...
| Jun 27, 2013
The twin rulings on marriage equality Wednesday were historic in different ways. One of them — Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's decision in Windsor vs. United States, which struck down a key portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act — will be...
| Jun 29, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Two blockbuster cases decided in the final week of the Supreme Court's 2012-13 term invalidated critical provisions of federal statutes. In United States vs. Windsor, the court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, which defined...