October 1, 2012 At issue is whether a group of Nigerians granted political asylum in the U.S. can use the Alien Tort Statute to sue Anglo-Dutch energy company Shell for its alleged practices in Nigeria. The justices sharply questioned both the plaintiffs' attorney as well as Shell's lawyer.
October 1, 2012 Decisions are expected this term on affirmative action in higher education, same-sex marriage, the Voting Rights Act and a lot of privacy issues. The court opens the term Monday by taking a look at a case brought against Shell Oil by 12 Nigerians granted political asylum in the U.S.
July 25, 2012 Interviewing a sitting Supreme Court justice is an unusual opportunity for a journalist. If that justice is Antonin Scalia, it's also a chance to engage in some memorable give-and-take.
July 25, 2012 In an NPR interview, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia talked about his new book, his relationships on the court and a recent leak to CBS alleging anger among the justices over the health care ruling. He denied that the decision sparked acrimony: "You shouldn't believe this stuff you read in the press."
July 22, 2012 District court nominees, though largely uncontroversial, have been drawn into the web of partisan stalling. There are currently 21 federal judicial nominees pending before the Senate. Four are uncontroversial appeals court nominees reported out of committee months ago. Seventeen are district court nominees.
July 16, 2012 Justice Antonin Scalia's dissent in the Arizona immigration case led a noted liberal to call for his resignation, and a fellow conservative jurist likened it to a "campaign speech." But during a quarter century on the high court, the colorful Scalia's writings — even in the minority — have sometimes steered the court.
July 6, 2012 In the last 10 days alone, the high court created a storm of historic headlines. For the first time in recent memory, liberals prevailed in most of the high-profile cases, from the Affordable Care Act to the Arizona immigration law. But nobody expects that to continue.
July 5, 2012 The longtime conservative jurist has been one of the nation's most respected and admired legal thinkers on the right. But in an interview with NPR, he expressed exasperation at the modern Republican Party, and confessed that he has become "less conservative" as a result.
July 3, 2012 Since the Supreme Court's health care ruling — in which Chief Justice John Roberts provided the key vote to uphold most of the law — speculation has raged about whether he changed his mind in the course of deliberations. In many ways, the question of a switch misperceives how the court works.
June 28, 2012 Chief Justice John Roberts cast the decisive fifth vote, crafted an unusual and precedent-setting opinion, and upheld the health care law. The complicated, nearly 200-page ruling initially provoked confusion but ultimately left President Obama's key legislative achievement largely intact.
June 25, 2012 By a 5-4 vote, the court said juveniles may still be sentenced to life without parole, but that to do so automatically, without allowing the judge or jury to consider other factors, would violate the constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The ruling affects 28 states and the federal government.