December 19, 2012 Known as a charming and witty man in private, Bork, who died Wednesday, was dour and humorless in his Senate confirmation hearings, and his answers seemed to play into the stereotype liberals painted of a man who cared little for the public. His Senate rejection changed the way future nominees have testified.
December 7, 2012 The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday that for the first time it will tackle the issue of same-sex marriage. Defying most expectations, the justices said they will examine two cases, presenting the possibility that the court could decide all the basic issues surrounding gay marriage in one fell swoop.
November 26, 2012 The definition is important because employers are automatically liable for damages in most cases in which a supervisor harasses a subordinate. At issue in Monday's arguments at the Supreme Court was a lower court decision that declared that only a person with the ability to fire or hire employees can be considered a supervisor.
November 9, 2012 The court said it would look at a key provision that requires certain jurisdictions with a history of discrimination to get approval before changing any election procedures. For decades, the law has been the government's main tool for fighting discrimination at the polls.
October 31, 2012 On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears a case that centers on whether police legally searched a home after a dog detected marijuana inside and a judge issued a search warrant. Florida's highest court said the search violated the Fourth Amendment.
October 29, 2012 While the rest of the federal government shut down Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court was open for business as usual — at least long enough to hear two cases argued. It is hardly the first time that the high court was the macho guy in town, staying open when the rest of the government was closed.
October 29, 2012 The Supreme Court will consider whether to allow a challenge to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Monday. Opponents of the law call it unnecessarily intrusive, but that's not actually what's at stake. Rather, the court will examine whether a challenge can be made in the first place.
October 19, 2012 A federal appeals court ruling has catapulted a New York case to the head of the line, as the Supreme Court considers which of many cases it should use to decide whether the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional. The case involves a widow who paid taxes on her same-sex spouse's estate.
October 14, 2012 The five-term senator, a moderate Republican-turned-Democrat, was a key member of the Judiciary Committee and consistently a thorn for leaders of both political parties and their presidents. Specter died of complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma at his home in Philadelphia on Sunday. He was 82.