November 19, 2013 The justice issued a strong dissent when her colleagues declined to review an Alabama law allowing elected judges to override a jury's decision not to impose the death penalty.
November 18, 2013 Without comment, the Supreme Court passed on the first case challenging NSA surveillance since the Edward Snowden leaks.
October 21, 2013 The standard by which a felon is judged to be mentally competent to face execution will be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court agreed Monday to hear a case involving a Florida man convicted of a 1978 murder; he has an IQ that's close to the state threshold.
October 7, 2013 In a wide-ranging interview with New York magazine, the conservative justice says the devil is "a real person," the situation in Washington is "nasty" and that he's "not a hater of homosexuals at all." He also says he's glad his method of interpreting the Constitution has become more mainstream.
August 9, 2013 In a rare moment of agreement, Obama's team and the GOP told the Supreme Court prayers before government meetings do not violate the constitution. The high court is weighing the issue in case involving the town of Greece, N.Y., Town Board meetings.
June 30, 2013 Cities across the world are hosting gay pride festivals this weekend — but not Moscow. A court there has banned gay pride parades there for the next 100 years. So Russian LGBT activists will take virtual steps toward Red Square along a route marked with supportive tweets.
June 27, 2013 Who will be presiding over the same-sex marriages that are expected to start up again, perhaps next month? An 80-year-old retired woman, among others.
June 26, 2013 The dual victories the Supreme Court handed to same-sex-marriage supporters Thursday mean Washington will no longer be the focus of the fight. The next gay-rights battles will be over state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage.
June 26, 2013 With the Supreme Court declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, the next move will likely be executive action by President Obama to equalize federal marriage benefits.
June 25, 2013 Critics contend that by striking down a key section of the Voting Rights Act, the Supreme Court scrapped Congress' means of determining which jurisdictions required pre-clearance. Voting-rights advocates expect that states and other jurisdictions will now enact voter ID laws that had previously faced scrutiny.
June 24, 2013 In two big employment law cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has made it harder for employees to bring discrimination suits about workplace harassment and retaliation.
June 24, 2013 In a 7-1 decision, the justices ruled a lower court had not applied the right standards when it upheld a University of Texas program. It said that court needs to put the Texas program through "strict scrutiny," and had not done that.
June 20, 2013 The Supreme Court rules that Congress can't make federal funds to nonprofit groups contingent on adopting policies that violate their First Amendment rights.
June 17, 2013 The Supreme Court struck down an Arizona law that required proof of citizenship to register to vote. But while celebrating a victory, voting-rights organizations are still waiting for the superstar voting case of the current term: a challenge to the Voting Rights Act.
June 17, 2013 The ruling may end the era of what are also called "reverse-payment" deals, in which the maker of a brand-name drug pays a maker of generic drugs to not produce a lower-priced version of their product. The Federal Trade Commission can challenge such deals in court, the justices say.