WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court told the high court of Oklahoma on Thursday to clarify a new state law restricting the use of the RU-486 abortion pill, possibly setting the stage for a ruling on how far states can go in regulating the practice of abortion.
WASHINGTON - The government may not require people or groups to "pledge allegiance" to its policies as a condition of obtaining grants, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a broad defense of the First Amendment's protection of freedom of speech.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will revisit the issue of church-state separation and decide whether a town council can begin its monthly meetings with a prayer from a Christian pastor.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court made it clear Monday that enforcing immigration laws is reserved for the federal government, not the states.
WASHINGTON - U.S. courts will not be the world forum for lawsuits brought by victims of human-rights abuses abroad who seek damages from multinational corporations or deposed tyrants, the Supreme Court declared Wednesday.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court retreated Monday from its view that a criminal defendant's right to confront his accusers requires live trial testimony from the crime lab analyst who identified him.
WASHINGTON — President Obama ruffled some feathers two years ago when he lambasted the Supreme Court for its Citizens United decision during a State of the Union speech. It was unusual for a president to criticize the justices as they sat before him.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court, after three days of arguments on President Obama's health-care overhaul, appeared ready to strike down not just the requirement that individuals have insurance, but the entire law, invalidating a major piece of domestic legislation for the first time since the…
WASHINGTON - State workers who are denied unpaid sick leave required by federal law cannot sue the states, the Supreme Court said in a victory for states' rights that some liberal advocates saw as a bad omen for President Obama's health-care law.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to allow a 43-foot-tall cross that serves as a war memorial to remain atop Mount Soledad near San Diego, arguing the cross that has been there since 1954 is not an endorsement of religion.
WASHINGTON - Since the retirement of Justice Sandra Day
O'Connor, conservatives have looked forward to the day when the
Supreme Court would take up a new challenge to the use of
affirmative action in the nation's colleges and universities.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court gave churches and religious
schools a new shield against civil-rights claims from their
employees, ruling Wednesday that the principle of church-state
separation bars bias suits from teachers who serve as "ministers"
of the faith.
WASHINGTON - Federal judges have blocked strict new immigration
laws adopted by conservative legislatures in half a dozen states,
including a ruling last week that said South Carolina may not set
up a "street-level dragnet" to stop and arrest illegal
WASHINGTON - Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court's most
outspoken and combative conservative, is not often described as
friendly to criminals.
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court struck down a pillar of
President Obama's national health-care law, ruling that Congress
does not have the power to require all Americans to buy health
insurance and setting the stage for a Supreme Court decision ahead
of the 2012 elections.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court heads into the last two weeks of
its term Monday, facing a final round of decisions on matters as
varied as violent video games, global warming, drug prescription
records and alleged gender bias at Walmart stores.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court refused Monday to bypass the
lower courts and take up an immediate challenge to the
constitutionality of the national health-care reform law and its
requirement that all those who can afford it have medical insurance
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said Monday that Americans
nationwide have a constitutional right to have a handgun at home
for self-defense, even in cities that until now have outlawed
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court backed off Tuesday from strict
enforcement of the famous Miranda decision and its right to remain
silent, ruling that a crime suspect's words can be used against him
if he fails to clearly to tell the police that he does not want to