May 31, 2012 A federal appeals court in Boston ruled unanimously Thursday that a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act — which bans the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage — is unconstitutional. Ultimately, though, the case is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
May 21, 2012 The case focused on a set of Florida twins who were conceived using in vitro fertilization. Their father had frozen his sperm before he died of cancer. His wife applied for Social Security benefits for the twins, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state law bars inheritance for children conceived posthumously.
May 1, 2012 If the prosecution at the Roger Clemens perjury trial hoped for a dramatic showdown on Tuesday, the day was a big disappointment. The prosecution's star witness, Clemens' friend and onetime pitching ace Andy Pettitte, provided as much, if not more ammunition for the defense.
April 26, 2012 After arguments on Arizona's show-me-your-papers law, it was more than a little odd that the Supreme Court police — for the first time anyone could recall — asked reporters to show their IDs to get into a roped-off area where TV cameras routinely set up. Here's an explanation of what happened.
April 25, 2012 A majority of Supreme Court justices showed they will likely uphold at least part of Arizona's controversial immigration law. Narrowing in on the so-called "show me your papers" provisions, the justices appeared unconvinced that the state law unconstitutionally steps on the federal government's toes.
April 25, 2012 The U.S. Supreme Court takes up another incendiary election issue Wednesday when it hears arguments on a controversial Arizona law that targets illegal immigrants. The law has become a model for other states, but last year a federal appeals court blocked enforcement of key provisions.
April 23, 2012 The retrial of baseball great Roger Clemens began in earnest Monday after a week of jury selection. Prosecutor Steven Durham in his opening statement to the jury said Clemens, unlike other baseball greats who owned up to their mistakes, told lies and "other lies to cover up those lies."
April 18, 2012 In a unanimous ruling, the court decided only individuals can be sued under the Torture Victim Protection Act.
April 16, 2012 Baseball star Roger Clemens goes on trial for a second time Monday on charges that he lied to a congressional committee about using steroids and human growth hormone. His trial last July was aborted when federal prosecutors placed inadmissible evidence before jurors.