| Apr 28, 2015
| 5:01 PM
Pivotal Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote could decide the same-sex marriage issue for the nation, did not tip his hand Tuesday in historic arguments at the Supreme Court. But Kennedy's record on the issue could give encouragement to gay and lesbian...
| Apr 27, 2015
| 1:49 PM
Florida and the rest of the nation will soon have a definitive answer concerning a monumental cultural change.
The United State Supreme Court today will hear arguments on whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. It is being...
| Apr 25, 2015
Are the past year's examples of racially charged police abuses from Ferguson to Staten Island to North Charleston affecting the Supreme Court? In a subtle way, the answer may well be yes.
In the first evidence of an effect, the Supreme Court held...
| Apr 23, 2015
| 5:00 AM
The law makes it easy for police to stop a car because of a minor infraction — even if the real reason for the stop is a hunch or a hope that the officer will find drugs or other evidence of a more serious crime. The Supreme Court exacerbated that...
| Apr 16, 2015
| 2:40 PM
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have topped yet another list: They're among this year's Time 100 most influential people.
The "Yeezus" rapper and the reality star top the "titans" section of the magazine's 12th annual list, released Thursday. West...
| Apr 21, 2015
| 8:42 AM
The Supreme Court told the police Tuesday they may not turn routine traffic stops into drug searches using trained dogs.
The 6-3 decision limits the increasingly common practice whereby officers stop a car for a traffic violation and then call for a...
| Apr 14, 2015
| 4:00 AM
The suffix "gate" has been slapped on so many scandals and faux scandals — closed turnpike lanes, presidential haircuts, deflated footballs, to name a few — that it can be easy to forget there is an actual place that started it all: the...
| Mar 24, 2015
| 5:00 AM
The prosaic purpose of a license plate is to identify the vehicle and the state in which it was registered. But some states offer — for an extra fee — specialty license plates that allow the owner of a car or truck to incorporate his or her...
| Mar 5, 2015
| 9:42 PM
In Boalt Hall's faculty lounge the other day, UC Berkeley Law professor Melissa Murray was telling me about some of the cases she and her colleague Kristin Luker included in their groundbreaking legal casebook about reproductive justice.
Of course the...
| Mar 3, 2015
| 2:19 PM
The social media world is a crazy world, indeed, sparking firestorms over petty things, such as the color of some dress in Scotland. Most social media postings connect people to ideas, news, fun and each other.
There is, however, a dark and demented...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 5:56 PM
This month, two women grace the cover of Texas Monthly, "The National Magazine of Texas." Both are young and conservatively dressed, and have worried half-smiles. One is pregnant; the other holds a toddler, his face buried in her shoulder. Legos litter...