March 19, 2012 Two eras clash on Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court, when a law written in 1939 is applied to in vitro fertilization. At issue is whether children conceived through in vitro fertilization after the death of a parent are eligible for Social Security survivors benefits.
March 16, 2012 The court said it is making the same-day audio available because of the "extraordinary public interest" in the health care cases. The legal challenges to the Obama overhaul law are to be argued for six hours over a three-day period at the end of March.
March 5, 2012 The 2004 ruling upheld the use of a 1789 U.S. law that allows civil damage suits against foreign individuals accused of committing human rights atrocities abroad.
February 28, 2012 On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears two cases testing how American law intersects with international law. One case involves a lawsuit against Royal Dutch Shell Oil, which is accused of aiding and abetting the Nigerian government in committing atrocities in the 1990s.
February 23, 2012 Mohamed Ali Samantar became the first to be held accountable for the atrocities of the brutal Siad Barre regime in the late 1980s.
February 22, 2012 The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday over the constitutionality of a law that makes it a crime to lie about having received a military medal. But the questions posed by the justices ranged far beyond that from deceptive advertising to lying on a date.
February 22, 2012 The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case about lies, big and small, and when those lies can be a crime under the First Amendment guarantee of free speech. At issue is the constitutionality of a law making it a crime to lie about being the recipient of military medals.
February 21, 2012 Borrowers claim Quicken charged them "something for nothing" when it included a loan discount fee, even though the borrowers did not receive a lower interest fee. At issue is whether that charge violates a a 1974 federal law aimed at preventing abusive practices in real estate closings.
February 13, 2012 The Senate voted to end the judicial filibuster of Judge Adalberto Jordan's nomination to the 11th Circuit federal appeals court. But one Republican senator, angry at President Obama's recent recess appointments, has blocked a final vote, insisting that the Senate engage in 30 more hours of talk, the legal limit after cloture is invoked.
February 13, 2012 The justice was on vacation in the Caribbean island of Nevis and was unharmed.
January 23, 2012 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that police must obtain a warrant before placing a GPS tracking device on a vehicle. The decision was unanimous, but three separate opinions on the legal rationale show that even Supreme Court justices have conflicting views of privacy in the information age.