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High court lets controversial criminal DNA collection law stay in place for nowupdated: Mon Jul 30 2012 15:15:00

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed a controversial state DNA testing law to remain in effect until the justices have time to consider the broader constitutional questions.

Scalia dismisses talk of internal court rancorupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 09:31:00

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia downplayed reports of personal and ideological rifts stemming from the recent landmark health care reform ruling, telling CNN in an exclusive interview "it offends me" to hear criticism of his colleagues over how they ruled.

Justice Scalia on Bush vs. Goreupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 09:31:00

Justice Scalia offers insight into the well known Bush v. Gore Supreme Court decision

Justices toss out government fines over Janet Jackson Super Bowl incidentupdated: Sat Jun 30 2012 15:15:00

The Supreme Court has tossed out government fines against CBS Inc. and its affiliates for airing the infamous shot of brief nudity involving singer Janet Jackson during the 2004 Super Bowl.

Health care ruling can help Romneyupdated: Fri Jun 29 2012 17:26:00

The Supreme Court's verdict on Obamacare is in. As a tax, the individual mandate stands; as a Commerce Clause regulation, it fails.

Republicans vow to repeal ObamaCareupdated: Fri Jun 29 2012 08:47:00

Republicans in Congress and around the country are vowing to fight for a full repeal of ObamaCare after today's ruling.

Chief Justice Roberts: The deciderupdated: Fri Jun 29 2012 08:47:00

With his opinion for a narrow majority of the Supreme Court, upholding major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has, for the first time since his confirmation as chief justice in 2005, breached the gap between the conservative and liberal wings of the court on a polarizing political issue.

Tax power: The little argument that couldupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 18:42:00

Throughout the two-year litigation over the Affordable Care Act, there was one argument that health care reform's opponents dreaded the most. It was the argument that the so-called individual mandate was not a mandate at all, but a tax. That is the argument that the Supreme Court accepted today in upholding President Obama's health care bill, which can now justly be called "Obamacare" by both its friends and foes.

No matter what it does, high court is seen as politicalupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 16:31:00

Most Americans think Supreme Court justices base their rulings on personal political views rather than legal interpretation, polls show, and Thursday's ruling on the politically charged health care reform law will probably reinforce that.

Legal scholars unsurprised by Robertsupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 14:51:00

Legal scholars expressed little surprise Thursday over the fact that it was the conservative chief justice of the United States -- John G. Roberts Jr. -- who proved to be the key vote in upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

Liberty lost? The Supreme Court puntsupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 12:36:00

A little more than 500 years ago a king of England, James I, was informed by one of his judges, Edward Coke, that while the king was under no man, he was under God and the law. This was one of the earliest and most powerful suggestions that our legal system (borrowed from the English) had, as its core principle, that there must be some restraint on arbitrary power. Ours is supposed to be a government, as John Adams wrote in the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780, of laws and not of men.

One justice may make or break health careupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 09:29:00

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's vote in the health care ruling could prove decisive. Joe Johns reports.

Five scenarios: Health care options before the justicesupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 09:29:00

The Supreme Court is set to release its much-anticipated rulings on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the comprehensive health care law enacted two years ago.

Analysis: A narrower mandate will survive court's scrutinyupdated: Wed Jun 27 2012 18:50:00

I have no inside information on what the Supreme Court will do Thursday on health care -- no one does -- nor any bit of wisdom that has not already been articulated by others, including CNN's fine team of reporters, analysts and contributors.

Seizures: When 'electrical brainstorm' hitsupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 11:24:00

Nathan Jones was 18 when he had his first seizure. He lost consciousness, fell off his porch and woke up to hear a paramedic yelling at him to name the president of the United States.

Supreme Court justices back city in property tax disputeupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 17:22:00

Homeowners who wound up paying thousands more dollars in special taxes than their neighbors for the same sewage service found no relief at the Supreme Court on Monday.

Supreme Court rejects double jeopardy appeal in Arkansas caseupdated: Thu May 24 2012 12:45:00

An Arkansas man charged with murder will be retried on the most serious offenses after the U.S. Supreme Court concluded Thursday a hung jury in his original criminal prosecution did not prevent the state from getting a second chance at a conviction.

Biography tells of greatest judge you never knewupdated: Wed Apr 18 2012 02:20:00

For the lucky few who sit on the U.S. Supreme Court come special perks: among them, a national stage to either enhance or create a professional, judicial legacy. A justice's rulings, views on the law, even personal traits are preserved for history, faithfully followed by judges, lawyers, scholars and laymen alike.

Is the Supreme Court playing with fire?updated: Tue Apr 03 2012 16:38:00

Like everyone else who listened to the arguments at the Supreme Court last week, I have no crystal ball for predicting whether the justices will uphold or strike down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Reading the Supreme Court's tea leavesupdated: Tue Apr 03 2012 16:38:00

Jeffrey Toobin and Howard Kurtz discuss covering the Supreme Court's hearing on the healthcare mandate.

Analysis: In secret, justices to decide fate of health care overhaulupdated: Fri Mar 30 2012 22:26:00

The public drama surrounding the Supreme Court's extraordinary three-day review of President Obama's health care reform law has faded, but the real intrigue has just begun. You just won't see it, and the final yet-unwritten chapter will come unannounced.

Is President Obama's health care law dead?updated: Fri Mar 30 2012 22:26:00

Lawyer and CNN Contributor Will Cain breaks down the divisions in the Supreme Court over the health care law and the individual mandate.

Supreme Court rejects damage claim in HIV privacy caseupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 17:14:00

A divided Supreme Court ruled Wednesday against a California pilot who sued after the federal government publicly revealed his HIV status.

Supreme Court begins debating sweeping health care lawupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 15:51:00

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday began three days of potentially landmark oral arguments over the constitutionality of the sweeping health care law championed by President Barack Obama, with a majority of justices appearing to reject suggestions they wait another few years before deciding the issues.

Justices at odds over benefits for child conceived after death of a parentupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 18:58:00

Shocking as it may sound, the seemingly endless federal bureaucracy can get confusing, especially when interpreting statutory procedure. When that happens, federal courts -- including the Supreme Court -- by precedent normally give the government the benefit of the doubt, what is called "administrative deference."

Will healthcare law pit Obama vs. Roberts?updated: Fri Mar 16 2012 10:08:00

President Franklin D. Roosevelt reacted with fury when major legislative pillars of his New Deal were declared unconstitutional by a Supreme Court anchored by four ideological conservatives. He lashed out at the justices, accusing them of practicing crass politics disguised as constitutional law.

Justices weigh law making it a crime to falsely claim military medalsupdated: Wed Feb 22 2012 16:08:00

The Supreme Court took on the role of constitutional truth-seeker in an especially vigorous argument Wednesday, dealing with the harm from lies and the value of honor.

High court rejects formal, binding ethics rulesupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 20:41:00

The Supreme Court has rejected congressional calls for the justices to adhere officially to the same ethics rules binding on other federal judges, including when to recuse in cases involving possible conflicts of interest.

Teacher loses church-state employment appealupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 12:48:00

A former teacher at a Michigan religious school lost her workplace discrimination claim at the Supreme Court Wednesday, as the justices deftly avoided the larger questions raised in the church-state dispute.

Chief justice addresses ethics and recusal questions in year-end reportupdated: Sat Dec 31 2011 18:04:00

Chief Justice John Roberts expressed "complete confidence" Saturday in his Supreme Court colleagues to fairly decide whether to remove themselves from hot-button cases such as health care reform -- a timely election-year issue that has created a judicial and political headache for the nine-member court.

Justices debate what damages are due for privacy violationupdated: Wed Nov 30 2011 16:20:00

The Supreme Court wrestled Wednesday with a familiar, if elusive, foe -- legislative intent -- when considering whether a California man should be compensated after the government violated his privacy by disclosing his personal medical history.

Justices to decide police use of GPS devices on suspects' carsupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 14:34:00

When the Supreme Court begins to wonder how evolving law enforcement policies will affect them personally, the government may want to start worrying. That concern was evident in a freewheeling case argued Tuesday over police surveillance.

Justice Kagan's eagerness to speak bumps traditionupdated: Wed Oct 05 2011 15:55:00

The current Supreme Court is considered a "hot bench." Not because of the room temperature, or the relative good looks of the nine justices. "Hot" as in the spirited, often competitive oral arguments that have livened up -- or injected chaos into -- the public sessions where important legal and constitutional issues are openly debated and discussed.

Scalia honored for quarter century as justiceupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 12:12:00

The Supreme Court kicked off its new term on Monday with a brief salute to the justice who has currently been on the bench the longest.

Test your knowledge of the U.S. Supreme Court updated: Sun Oct 02 2011 17:21:00

The Supreme Court opens its 2011-12 term on Wednesday. Just how much do you know about the court? Here's a quiz to help you find out.

Justice Stevens reveals his thoughts on 'radical' courtupdated: Sun Oct 02 2011 16:27:00

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens arrives for our conversation looking dapper in a three-piece dark suit and trademark bow tie. But do not mistake the "retired" that comes with his title as a sign the 91-year-old Stevens is slowing down.

Justices reject appeals on rendition, word 'God' in presidential oathupdated: Mon May 16 2011 13:11:00

The Supreme Court has again refused to review the limits of liability involving the secret detention of a suspected terrorist under the government's post-9/11 "extraordinary rendition" program.

Court appears split over material witness lawupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 09:12:00

Abdullah al-Kidd -- a U.S. citizen -- was held in jail by the U.S. government for 16 days as a "material witness" in an ongoing terror investigation. He was never charged, and never called to testify. Now the Supreme Court will decide whether the Kansas native can hold former Bush administration officials -- especially onetime Attorney General John Ashcroft -- personally liable for wrongful arrest and detention.

Supreme Court OKs funeral protestsupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 17:47:00

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Westboro Baptist Church does have the right to protest at military funerals.

Anti-gay church's right to protest at military funerals is upheldupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 17:47:00

A Kansas church that attracted nationwide attention for its angry, anti-gay protests at the funerals of U.S. military members has won its appeal at the Supreme Court, an issue testing the competing constitutional rights of free speech and privacy.

High court steps into muddle in case over police interview of childupdated: Tue Mar 01 2011 23:11:00

When a majority of the Supreme Court wonders at oral argument what one of the attorneys is doing there -- and, indeed, what they are doing there -- you know someone's in trouble.

Justice Thomas quietly marks an anniversaryupdated: Tue Feb 22 2011 12:37:00

A unique anniversary at the Supreme Court passed in silence Tuesday, befitting the occasion. It has been five years to the day since Justice Clarence Thomas last spoke at oral argument, another reflection of the complex, dynamic, often misunderstood personality of the court's only African-American jurist.

After 2010 State of the Union jab, how many justices will attend?updated: Mon Jan 24 2011 13:36:00

Tuesday's State of the Union address will be watched closely not only for what is said, but also for who will there in person to hear it -- especially the black-robed members of the U.S. Supreme Court.

2010: Did Alito 'mouth off?'updated: Mon Jan 24 2011 13:36:00

From 2010: CNN's Paul Steinhauser on Justice Samuel Alito's response to the president during the State of the Union.

What's in a word: Does 'personal privacy' extend to corporations?updated: Wed Jan 19 2011 14:54:00

The interpretation of complex legal verbiage is the Supreme Court's bailiwick, but sometimes the outcome of a case falls upon the meaning of single word. The magic word in an appeal argued Wednesday was "personal," and whether it extends beyond humans to "artificial" entities like corporations.

Justices review Navy's cancellation of aircraft contractupdated: Tue Jan 18 2011 17:43:00

The Pentagon wants two defense contractors to pay up for an almost-forgotten Navy plane the government says did not work as advertised.

New storm could be do-over for New York Cityupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 10:07:00

Yo, Mayor Bloomberg, you ready to try again?

Federal judge among dead in Arizona shootingupdated: Mon Jan 10 2011 09:36:00

U.S. District Judge John Roll was one of six people killed Saturday in a shooting at an Arizona supermarket, authorities said.

Chief justice urges action on court vacanciesupdated: Fri Dec 31 2010 18:52:00

Chief Justice John Roberts urged the Senate in his annual year-end report Friday to move swiftly in filling vacant federal judgeships, calling it a "persistent problem" requiring urgent attention.

Justices debate solutions to California state prison overcrowdingupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 15:44:00

Few doubt the prison conditions across California are disturbing and long-standing:

Political games with earmarksupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 08:02:00

CNN's John Roberts explains earmarks and the push by politicians to eliminate them.

Wolves and winners: George W. Bush writes about his high court picksupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 08:09:00

Reliability -- that was the watchword for President George W. Bush when it came to legacy-making choices for the Supreme Court. Reliability in both the person he wanted for the high court, and in the selection process itself.

Justice Kagan welcomed to the bench by new colleaguesupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 16:33:00

Justice Elena Kagan was welcomed to the Supreme Court by her new colleagues in a brief special ceremony Friday in the ornate courtroom.

Roberts-led Supreme Court marks 5 yearsupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 13:47:00

The Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts is marking its fifth year under his leadership, with a high-powered bench that has been invigorated with four new members in that time to make for a shaky, divided conservative majority.

Senators introduce law to ban 'crush' videos of animal crueltyupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 03:33:00

Three U.S. senators introduced legislation Monday to specifically ban so-called "crush videos" -- depictions of small animals being tortured to death by humans.

Kagan and Roberts united at confirmation hearingsupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 19:20:00

If confirmed to the Supreme Court as expected, Elena Kagan would work with and independently of Chief Justice John Roberts. That's the nature of the court's internal dynamics, and the concept of the one justice-one vote system in which the chief justice is often called "first among equals."

Court ends term, offering tributes to Stevensupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 14:06:00

The Supreme Court closed its term for the summer Monday with tributes to two members of its family.

Justices uphold releasing names of those signing statewide petitionsupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 14:31:00

A state law that would make public the names of people signing a petition for a voter referendum against greater rights for same-sex partners has been upheld by the Supreme Court.

Oil industry's oversight agency renamed amid massive reformupdated: Mon Jun 21 2010 22:38:00

The federal agency responsible for overseeing the oil industry has been renamed amid a massive reform effort following the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the Department of the Interior announced Monday.

High court: Law banning 'support' of terror groups constitutionalupdated: Mon Jun 21 2010 15:24:00

A divided Supreme Court has ruled the government has the power to criminalize "material support" of a foreign terrorist organization.

Financial records show justices enjoy overseas travelupdated: Sat Jun 12 2010 13:34:00

Justices of the Supreme Court enjoyed a whirlwind schedule of overseas and domestic trips in the past year, newly released financial records show.

Supreme Court strikes down law banning dogfight videosupdated: Tue Apr 20 2010 15:31:00

The Supreme Court has struck down a federal law designed to stop the sale and marketing of videos showing dogfights and other acts of animal cruelty, saying it is an unconstitutional violation of free speech.

Court nominees often named within daysupdated: Fri Apr 09 2010 13:22:00

If history is any guide, the White House could announce its nominee to replace retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens within days.

Justice's wife wants to lobbyupdated: Mon Mar 15 2010 12:35:00

The wife of Clarence Thomas says she is starting a Web-based lobbying group with ties to the Tea Party movement.

Supreme Court riven by partisan politicsupdated: Mon Mar 15 2010 12:35:00

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. is fond of pointing out the original reason that judges came to wear black robes. It's to make them look alike, to minimize the differences between the individuals who occupy the role and to suggest that the law will be applied even-handedly, no matter who happens to be dressed in black.

Obama takes on the justicesupdated: Thu Mar 11 2010 07:33:00

CNN's Brian Todd looks at the tense history between Chief Justice John Roberts and President Obama.

Chief justice chides State of the Union as 'political pep rally'updated: Thu Mar 11 2010 07:33:00

Simmering tension between the White House and U.S. Supreme Court spilled into public this week when Chief Justice John Roberts labeled the political atmosphere at the State of the Union address "very troubling."

D.C. same-sex marriage law takes effect this weekupdated: Tue Mar 02 2010 17:46:00

The District of Columbia's same-sex marriage law will go into effect as scheduled this week, after the Supreme Court refused to stop its enforcement.

Justices split over desert crossupdated: Thu Oct 08 2009 14:11:00

A cross in the middle of nowhere was front and center at the Supreme Court. CNN's Kate Bolduan reports.

Justices weigh constitutionality of war memorial crossupdated: Thu Oct 08 2009 14:11:00

The Supreme Court offered conflicting concerns Wednesday over a cross, erected as a war memorial, that sits on national parkland in the Mojave Desert and whether it violates the constitutional separation of church and state.

Supreme Court begins new term with a new justiceupdated: Mon Oct 05 2009 18:27:00

The Supreme Court began its new term Monday with much of the focus on new Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who recently made history by becoming the high court's first Latina member.

Red Mass: lobbying high court or simple prayer service?updated: Thu Oct 01 2009 17:42:00

The beautifully ornate Catholic church in the nation's capital has seen its share of history and controversy.

Analysis: High court to revisit potential election law changesupdated: Fri Sep 04 2009 23:10:00

Money and politics are often equated as the fuel and engine of American democracy, but thanks to the Supreme Court, century-old government speed bumps on the campaign speech superhighway may soon be a thing of the past.

High court issues narrow decision in voting rights disputeupdated: Mon Jun 22 2009 14:36:00

The Supreme Court compromised Monday in a major voting rights case, finding that a powerful enforcement tool in the landmark Voting Rights Act was being applied too broadly.

Obama girds for Supreme Court fightupdated: Sun May 17 2009 14:50:00

President Obama has started arming for the possibility of a major Supreme Court nomination battle, pulling a longtime Democratic power player into the White House to help run the confirmation process, senior administration officials told CNN.

Frank on 'homophobe' commentupdated: Fri May 01 2009 09:52:00

Rep. Barney Frank defends his recent comments toward Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Frank: Scalia's legal opinions reveal his homophobiaupdated: Fri May 01 2009 09:52:00

Congressman Barney Frank is taking some major heat for making a serious accusation against Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Justices won't give 'bungling bank robber' a breakupdated: Thu Apr 30 2009 17:00:00

Accidents happen, said the Supreme Court, but the criminal penalties can still be tough, at least for one "bungling bank robber."

Court blocks release of sex offenders due out of jailupdated: Fri Apr 03 2009 18:46:00

The Supreme Court has blocked the imminent release of dozens of sex offenders who have served their federal sentences after the Obama administration claimed many of them remain "sexually dangerous."

Court: No guns for people guilty of domestic violenceupdated: Tue Feb 24 2009 13:43:00

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated a federal ban on gun possession for people previously convicted of certain domestic violence misdemeanors. Obama Repeats Oath of Office - This Time, Faithfullyupdated: Thu Jan 22 2009 11:59:00

The President and Chief Justice Roberts correct their Inauguration Day flubs

Obama retakes oathupdated: Thu Jan 22 2009 09:10:00

Pres. Obama has retaken the oath of office after lines were flubbed Tuesday. CNN's Ed Henry and Jeffrey Toobin report.

Henry: Obama's first full day takes turn for the weirdupdated: Thu Jan 22 2009 09:10:00

What a long, strange trip Barack Obama's first full day as president turned out to be.

Obama wants to invoke God during inauguration oathupdated: Fri Jan 16 2009 16:46:00

President-elect Barack Obama will invoke God when he takes the oath of office January 20, despite a lawsuit filed by atheist and non-religious groups, according to an attorney for Chief Justice John Roberts, who will administer the oath.

Chief justice pleads for higher judicial salariesupdated: Wed Dec 31 2008 22:49:00

Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts renewed his call for higher judicial pay on Wednesday, warning of long-term damage to the fabric of the courts.

Chief Justice Roberts shows his writing chopsupdated: Wed Oct 15 2008 08:40:00

The case: routine. One man's summary of the facts: anything but.

High court rejects Mumia Abu-Jamal's appealupdated: Tue Oct 07 2008 10:03:00

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected more than 2,000 pending appeals Monday, including a request to grant a new trial for former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer 27 years ago.

Supreme Court rejects appeals, including Mumia Abu-Jamal'supdated: Mon Oct 06 2008 22:57:00

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected more than 2,000 pending appeals Monday, including a request to grant a new trial for former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer 27 years ago.

Election could decide future of the federal courtsupdated: Mon Oct 06 2008 09:13:00

Republican Sen. John McCain likes fellow conservative justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito. Democratic Sen. Barack Obama does not think much of Clarence Thomas.

Analysis: Justices' term ends on a less-contentious noteupdated: Sat Jun 28 2008 01:35:00

It looked like the makings of a perfect storm of animosity in the last week of the Supreme Court's current term, before it wrapped up for the summer recess Thursday.

NRA claims victoryupdated: Sat Jun 28 2008 01:35:00

The National Rifle Association is hailing the Supreme Court ruling that overturned a gun ban a 'monumental victory.' When the Supremes Get Alongupdated: Fri Jun 27 2008 14:00:00

Despite two dramatic 5-4 decisions, the court is actually starting to move beyond its predictable ideological split

Justices are well-off, well-traveledupdated: Fri Jun 06 2008 16:57:00

Most of the Supreme Court justices piled up a lot frequent flyer miles in 2007, jetting to such exotic locales as Austria, India and Hawaii, according to financial disclosure reports released Friday. A False Consensus on Lethal Injectionupdated: Wed Apr 16 2008 23:00:00

The Supreme Court's opinion may clear the way for most executions, but the death penalty debate remain confused

High court upholds lethal injection methodupdated: Wed Apr 16 2008 22:38:00

The Supreme Court, in a 7-2 ruling, upheld Kentucky's use of lethal injection as a means of executing prisoners, ruling that the method -- used in 35 states -- is properly and humanely applied. Justices Agree on Right to Own Gunsupdated: Tue Mar 18 2008 19:40:00

Americans have a right to own guns, Supreme Court justices declared Tuesday in a historic and lively debate that could lead to the most significant interpretation of the Second Amendment since its ratification two centuries ago

Lethal injection goes before Supreme Courtupdated: Mon Jan 07 2008 15:46:00

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided along ideological lines Monday over whether lethal-injection execution methods in about three dozen states are being properly and humanely applied.

Is lethal injection legal?updated: Mon Jan 07 2008 15:46:00

The Supreme Court is to decide if lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment. CNN's Gary Nurenberg reports

Chief justice: Give judges a raiseupdated: Tue Jan 01 2008 21:25:00

Chief Justice John Roberts apparently made a resolution to tone down his rhetoric when making his annual plea for higher judicial salaries, saying Tuesday that progress has been made to address the issue.

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