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Kavanaugh Joins More Liberal Judges in High-Profile Decision

Supreme Court opts not to hear case involving Planned Parenthood

(Newser) - Planned Parenthood got some good news from the Supreme Court on Monday, as new Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the court's more liberal judges—as did Chief Justice John Roberts—in deciding not to hear a case involving the group. The upshot is that state court rulings will remain in... More »

Man's Quest to Get Land Rover Back Reaches Supreme Court

The case involves the Bill of Rights

(Newser) - The Supreme Court left little doubt Wednesday that it would rule that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help an Indiana man recover the $40,000 Land Rover police seized when they arrested him for selling about $400 worth of heroin.... More »

Murder Case Before Supreme Court Could Have Vast Implications

High court is debating Native American control of land in Oklahoma

(Newser) - The Supreme Court grappled Tuesday with whether an Indian tribe retains control over a vast swath of eastern Oklahoma in a case involving a Native American who was sentenced to death for murder. Some justices said they fear a ruling for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation could have big consequences for... More »

Trump Fires Back at Chief Justice Roberts

President calls federal appeals court rulings so biased they're 'shocking'

(Newser) - It didn't take long for President Trump to respond to a rare rebuke from the chief justice of the Supreme Court. After John Roberts criticized the president for belittling a federal judge who ruled against the White House, Trump took to Twitter to make his case. "Sorry Chief... More »

In a First, John Roberts Takes Shot at Trump

'We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges,' says the chief justice

(Newser) - When the AP asked John Roberts for a comment about President Trump's criticism of a federal judge, the chief justice delivered in a headline-making way. “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” said Roberts in a statement released Wednesday. “... More »

3 Broken Ribs for Ruth Bader Ginsburg After Fall at Work

Supreme Court justice took a tumble Wednesday night

(Newser) - Ruth Bader Ginsburg is "notorious" for, among other things, her killer workouts , which is maybe why the fit 85-year-old justice brushed off a tumble she took Wednesday evening at her office. However, the Supreme Court issued a statement Thursday noting that after she went home, Ginsburg had "discomfort... More »

Before They Served on Supreme Court Together, She Rejected His Hand

Author uncovers William Rehnquist's marriage proposal to Sandra Day O'Connor

(Newser) - Before she was the first woman on the Supreme Court, she turned down a marriage proposal from a future chief justice. As Sandra Day O'Connor withdraws from public life amid early dementia , NPR plucks from her past the untold story of a near engagement to William Rehnquist. The pair... More »

First Woman on Supreme Court: I Have Early- Stage Dementia

Sandra Day O'Connor is retreating from public life

(Newser) - Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, says she has the beginning stages of dementia and "probably Alzheimer's," per the AP . O'Connor made the announcement in a letter Tuesday. She said that her diagnosis was made "some time ago" and that... More »

Trump Says Something You'll Rarely Hear

The president speaks at ceremonial event for Brett Kavanaugh

(Newser) - President Trump doesn't apologize often, so mark the day: "On behalf of the nation, I'd like to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you've been forced to endure," he said Monday at a White House ceremonial event... More »

Kavanaugh Hires Court's First All-Female Team of Clerks

New justice gets to work on Tuesday

(Newser) - The newest Supreme Court justice will hear his first cases on Tuesday, and the New York Times reports that Brett Kavanaugh will be assisted by a notable team of clerks. All four are women, a first in the Supreme Court's history. Kavanaugh actually made note of the fact during... More »

Collins: Christine Ford Believes It, But I Don't

And more around the Sunday morning talk shows

(Newser) - Christine Blasey Ford has a decent memory for sexual assault but a bad memory for faces, at least according to Sen. Susan Collins. "I found Dr. Ford's testimony to be heart-wrenching, painful, compelling, and I believe that she believes what she testified to," says Collins on CNN'... More »

Kavanaugh Sworn In After Historic 50-48 Vote

The only Republican voting against him was Lisa Murkowski

(Newser) - Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday night as the 114th justice of the US Supreme Court, after a wrenching debate over sexual misconduct and judicial temperament that shattered the Senate, captivated the nation, and ushered in an acrimonious new level of polarization—now encroaching on the court that the 53-year-old... More »

Trump: Murkowski 'Will Never Recover'

But the president also calls her 'lucky'

(Newser) - President Trump has a prediction, and it's none too kind: Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska "will never recover" politically for voting against Brett Kavanaugh, he tells the Washington Post . "I think the people from Alaska will never forgive her for what she did." But he also... More »

Anti-Collins Groups: As She Spoke, the Cash Poured In

Activists say they now have more than $3M to offer to the Maine senator's 2020 opponent

(Newser) - She was deemed the Democrats' "last big hope" to derail the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice. But as it became clear Friday during Susan Collins' 45-minute-long speech on the Senate floor that Maine's GOP senator was going to greenlight Kavanaugh, money started flowing in to... More »

Brett Kavanaugh Just Passed a Big Hurdle

He gets enough votes in crucial Senate procedural test

(Newser) - Brett Kavanaugh just passed a crucial hurdle in the Senate, though his ascension to the Supreme Court is still not assured. Kavanaugh's nomination passed a procedural vote that allows it to move forward, reports Reuters . The count was 51-49. The final vote on whether to confirm Kavanaugh is expected... More »

Retired Supreme Court Justice Changes Mind on Kavanaugh

John Paul Stevens says nominee doesn't belong on the high court

(Newser) - One of the longest-serving justices in Supreme Court history thinks it would be a mistake to put Brett Kavanaugh on the court. John Paul Stevens, a Republican who served on the court from 1975 to 2010, told a gathering in Florida on Thursday that he had changed his mind about... More »

Kavanaugh: 'I Said a Few Things I Should Not Have Said'

He says Senate testimony was most emotional he's ever been

(Newser) - Brett Kavanaugh admits he "might have been too emotional at times" when he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week—but he says he will be an impartial judge if confirmed to the Supreme Court. "I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever... More »

Law Professors: Kavanaugh Doesn't Belong on Top Court

More than 1K say he lacks 'judicial temperament'

(Newser) - During last week's Senate Judiciary Committee, Brett Kavanaugh showed a lack of judicial temperament that would be "disqualifying for any court," not just America's highest, a letter to the Senate signed by more than 1,000 law professors states. The letter—which can be seen in... More »

Jeff Flake: 'We Simply Can't'

The senator says he was 'very troubled' by Kavanaugh's remarks

(Newser) - Sen. Jeff Flake—the Republican who made a last-minute stand for the FBI to investigate Brett Kavanaugh—sounded more notes of caution Tuesday about the embattled Supreme Court nominee, Newsweek reports. "I was very troubled by the tone of the remarks" at his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing testimony, Flake... More »

Cops Questioned Kavanaugh After 1985 Bar Brawl

Yale classmate says he threw beer at somebody after UB40 concert

(Newser) - Another weird twist in the Brett Kavanaugh saga: The New York Times has obtained a police report confirming that the Supreme Court nominee was questioned after a bar fight in 1985. The report states that a 21-year-old man injured in the altercation accused Kavanaugh of throwing ice at him. Kavanaugh... More »

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