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Supreme Court Takes Big Abortion Case

SCOTUS to consider law that could leave Louisiana with one abortion clinic

(Newser) - The Supreme Court will weigh in on abortion—specifically, a law that opponents say would effectively limit Louisiana to one abortion provider. The court said Friday that it would take up the law signed in 2014 requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30... More »

Defense Lawyers' Group to SCOTUS: Hear Serial Case

Adnan Syed is back in the news

(Newser) - The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers has asked the Supreme Court to review the case of a Maryland man convicted of murder in a case chronicled on the podcast Serial . News outlets report the group filed an amicus brief regarding Adnan Syed, per the AP . The brief says Syed... More »

Kavanaugh Controversy Picks Up Steam

Both sides of the debate are convinced they're right

(Newser) - A new allegation of sexual impropriety emerged over the weekend about Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh, but it's one of those cases where the story about the story is a thing unto itself. Where we're at: Democrats say the new allegation is cause to impeach Kavanaugh, but his... More »

NYT Accused of 'Journalistic Malpractice' in Kavanaugh Story

Key detail was left out, critics say

(Newser) - Brett Kavanaugh's allies—including the man who nominated him to the Supreme Court—are pushing back against the latest sexual misconduct allegations against him. John McCormack at the National Review calls a New York Times story adapted from an upcoming book by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly a "... More »

Dems Use Same Word Reacting to Kavanaugh Allegations

At least 4 are calling for his impeachment

(Newser) - Several Democratic presidential candidates on Sunday lined up to call for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the face of a new, uninvestigated, allegation of sexual impropriety when he was in college, the AP reports. Kavanaugh was confirmed last October after emotional hearings in the Senate over... More »

Kavanaugh Accused of More Sex Misconduct

Upcoming book from 'NYT' reporters claims that justice thrust his penis at 2 Yale students

(Newser) - The New York Times has new allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh, and it involves another female classmate, this one from his undergraduate days at Yale. Deborah Ramirez tells Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, who have a forthcoming book titled The Education of Brett ... More »

Supreme Court: Trump Can Bar Asylum Seekers

Ruling allows nationwide enforcement of limits while legal challenge continues

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is allowing nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American immigrants from seeking asylum in the United States. The justices' order late Wednesday temporarily undoes a lower-court ruling that had blocked the new asylum policy in some states along the southern border.... More »

We Know Her as RBG. A Colleague Reveals a New Nickname

The woman Sonia Sotomayor calls the 'Steel Magnolia' says she feels 'very good' after radiation

(Newser) - Once again, Ruth Bader Ginsburg persevered after a medical scare , and the Supreme Court's oldest justice says it's her work on the bench that has kept her going. Per the Hill and AP , Ginsburg appeared Tuesday evening at a Clinton Foundation event in a packed Verizon Arena in... More »

Ginsburg Has Radiation Treatment for Tumor

Court says no other evidence of disease was found

(Newser) - Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent radiation treatment this month for a tumor on her pancreas. "The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body," a Supreme Court statement said Friday. The issue was discovered in July, NPR reports, and a biopsy "... More »

Supreme Court: Border Wall Can Be Built With DOD Funds

$2.5B in Defense Department money can now be tapped by Trump administration for sections of wall

(Newser) - The Supreme Court cleared the way Friday for the Trump administration to tap billions of dollars in Pentagon funds to build sections of a border wall with Mexico. The court's five conservative justices gave the administration the green light to begin work on four contracts it has awarded using... More »

A 'Very Much Alive' Ginsburg Says Nine Is Enough

Justice doesn't want term limits or a bigger court

(Newser) - Enlarging the Supreme Court was a bad idea when Franklin Roosevelt tried it, Ruth Bader Ginsburg says, and it's a bad idea now. Several Democratic presidential candidates have said they're open to adding justices, to negate the effect of President Trump's two new conservative appointees. Like FDR... More »

Supreme Court's 'Liberal Lion' Dies at 99

John Paul Stevens was on the high court for 35 years

(Newser) - John Paul Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court's leading liberal, died Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after suffering a stroke Monday. He was 99. During nearly 35 years on the court, Stevens stood for the freedom and dignity of individuals, be they... More »

She Told Boyfriend to Die. Now She Wants to Go to Supreme Court

Michelle Carter's lawyers say her 'words alone' shouldn't make her liable for Conrad Roy's death

(Newser) - Michelle Carter's "words alone" shouldn't be to blame for the death of Conrad Roy. That's the premise her legal team is pushing in a new petition asking the Supreme Court to review her case in her quest to get her involuntary manslaughter conviction overturned, BuzzFeed... More »

Supreme Court to Take On Trump vs. 'Dreamers'

Decision on DACA expected by June 2020

(Newser) - The Supreme Court will decide whether President Trump can end an Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation. The justices' order Friday sets up high-stakes legal arguments in late fall or early winter, with a decision likely by June 2020 as Trump seeks re-election, reports the AP . Trump ordered an... More »

John Roberts Joins Liberals in Big Census Ruling

Justices say Trump administration's explanation isn't good enough

(Newser) - If the Trump administration wants to add a controversial US citizenship question to the 2020 census, it will have to hustle. The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the current bid to add the question, saying the administration's explanation for why it's necessary just isn't good enough, reports... More »

Supreme Court Won't Stop Gerrymandered Maps

Justices decide that federal judges can't play a role in voting maps drawn for partisan gain

(Newser) - A big decision on gerrymandering out of the Supreme Court on Thursday: The court ruled that federal courts have no role to play in policing political districts drawn for partisan gain, per the AP . The decision could embolden such newly drawn districts when state lawmakers undertake the next round of... More »

Supreme Court Allows 'Immoral' Trademarks

It's a victory for founder of clothing company FUCT

(Newser) - FUCT wins. The clothing company can trademark its name, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, reports Reuters . Founder Erik Brunetti tried to do so back in 2011, but the trademark office turned him down under an old provision that blocked "scandalous" or "immoral" names. But in her majority opinion... More »

Supreme Court Weighs In on Unprecedented Murder Case

Justices toss latest conviction of Curtis Flowers, who's already had 6 murder trials for same crime

(Newser) - A white district attorney in Mississippi has tried black defendant Curtis Flowers no fewer than six times for the murder of four people in a furniture store in 1996. That amounts to a "prosecutorial pursuit that may be without parallel," per the Washington Post . Now, thanks to a... More »

SCOTUS: 40-Foot Cross on Public Land Can Stay

Thursday opinion cites war monument's historical significance

(Newser) - A 40-foot cross on public land in a Washington, DC, suburb is staying put, thanks to a 7-2 ruling by the Supreme Court. The Maryland Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Md., erected with private funds in 1925 to honor 49 area servicemen killed in World War I, doesn't stand in... More »

Big Ruling on Virginia Has Unusual Supreme Split

5-4 decision has liberals and conservatives on both sides of gerrymandering ruling

(Newser) - Virginians will elect members of the House of Delegates this year using a map seen as favorable to Democrats, according to a ruling Monday by the US Supreme Court. The political boundaries are important because Republicans currently control the House by a 51-49 margin, per the AP . Only four states... More »

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