| May 29, 2009
| 11:04 AM
Today's topic: How much of a mandate does President Obama have to structure the Supreme Court bench as he prefers?
Elections matter, but don't expect the court to change much under Obama Point: Erwin Chemerinsky
Presidential elections matter...
| May 1, 2009
| 9:51 AM
Justice David Souter is planning to retire after nearly two decades on the Supreme Court, but his departure is unlikely to change its conservative-liberal split.
President Barack Obama's first pick for the high court is likely to be a liberal-leaning...
| Aug 12, 2009
| 1:04 PM
President Barack Obama, honoring the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court today, hailed the seating of Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor as "another step toward that more perfect union that we all seek.''
And Sotomayor, the first Hispanic member of...
| Aug 31, 2009
As reported in several articles in The Times, including the Aug. 21 story, " Obama tries to 'cut through the noise' on healthcare," the president has been forced to address claims from those who oppose his healthcare reform proposal on the grounds that it...
| Mar 14, 2009
It's hard to imagine a more sympathetic victim than Diana Levine, a guitarist who lost her arm to gangrene after she was negligently injected with Phenergan, an anti-nausea drug. Last week, the Supreme Court by a 6-3 vote upheld a Vermont jury's...
| Apr 5, 2009
Visitors to the home page of the U.S. Supreme Court will look in vain for instructions on how to e-mail the court. That's fortunate for the justices, who otherwise might find their in-boxes jammed with angry reactions to their refusal last week to...
| May 9, 2010
| 9:34 PM
President Barack Obama will nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, a person familiar with the president's thinking said Sunday night.
The move positions the court to have three female justices for the first time in history.
| May 10, 2010
| 7:34 AM
The newest nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court is just about as native a New Yorker as it gets.
Elena Kagan is a self-professed die-hard New York Mets fan from the Upper West Side, and graduated from Hunter College High School, where her late mother taught...
| Jun 3, 2010
Elena Kagan's successful confirmation to the Supreme Court "would result in six Roman Catholic and three Jewish justices. Many argue that because Protestantism remains America's largest religious affiliation, the top court should have at least one...
| Jun 29, 2010
| 3:59 AM
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that cities and states must abide by the 2nd Amendment, strengthening the rights of gun owners and opening a new chapter in the national debate over gun control.
In a 5-4 decision, the justices said the right to have a...
| May 9, 2010
Chicago native John Paul Stevens is retiring from the U.S. Supreme Court, and at least four people with Chicago ties are in the running. There are Diane Wood and Ann C. Williams, who are federal appeals judges here, plus Merrick Garland, a Washington-...