Clarence Thomas - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Clarence Thomas Supreme Court strikes down 2 NC congressional districts WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina Monday because race played too large a role in their creation, a decision voting rights advocates said would boost challenges in other states. The justices ruled that Republicans who controlled the state legislature and governor's office in 2011 placed too many A... Mon, 22 May 2017 21:30:00 GMT 2017-05-22T21:30:00Z Justices make it easier for companies to defend patent cases WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday made it easier for companies to defend themselves against patent infringement lawsuits in a ruling that places strict limits on where such cases can be filed. The justices ruled unanimously that patent owners must bring lawsuits only in states where the targeted company is incorporated. The issue is important ... Mon, 22 May 2017 21:25:00 GMT 2017-05-22T21:25:00Z Court upholds 'soft money' limits; Gorsuch, Thomas disagree WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is upholding federal limits on political parties' use of so-called soft money for federal elections. A three-judge court in Washington, D.C., had earlier upheld the restrictions in a challenge brought by Louisiana Republicans. Political parties may only use money they raise through the federal system for elections for Congress and presiden... Mon, 22 May 2017 14:02:00 GMT 2017-05-22T14:02:00Z Justices rule against consumer in debt collection case WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that debt collection companies can't be sued for trying to recover years-old credit card debt from people who seek bankruptcy protection. The 5-3 ruling is a blow to consumer groups that complain debt collectors are unfairly misleading people into repaying old debts even when they are not required to under the law. ... Mon, 15 May 2017 15:27:00 GMT 2017-05-15T15:27:00Z Trump moves to get more conservatives on federal bench WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday named 10 judges and other law professionals it plans to nominate for key posts as President Donald Trump works to place more conservatives on the nation's federal courts. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that among the candidates are individuals previously named on Trump's list of 21 possibl... Tue, 09 May 2017 01:37:00 GMT 2017-05-09T01:37:00Z Clarence Thomas: Sen. Danforth is 'the reason why I'm here' ST. LOUIS (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas reunited Friday with his mentor and the man who stood beside him through a difficult confirmation hearing, telling former Missouri Sen. John Danforth he owes him his career. Thomas spoke at a Law Day event sponsored by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. During the speech he turned to Danfo... Fri, 05 May 2017 20:50:00 GMT 2017-05-05T20:50:00Z Supreme Court says cities can sue banks under anti-bias law WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that cities may sue banks under the federal anti-discrimination in housing law, but said those lawsuits must tie claims about predatory lending practices among minority customers directly to declines in property taxes. The justices' 5-3 ruling partly validated a novel approach by Miami and other cities to t... Mon, 01 May 2017 18:45:00 GMT 2017-05-01T18:45:00Z Hello? Justice Stephen Breyer's cellphone rings in court WASHINGTON (AP) — Even Supreme Court justices forget to turn off their cellphones. A high court argument Tuesday was interrupted by the familiar sound of a ring chime, and Justice Stephen Breyer was the culprit. A mildly embarrassed Breyer quickly appeared to reach down to turn it off as a majority of his colleagues on the bench broke i... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:43:00 GMT 2017-04-25T22:43:00Z Justices turn away appeal from Houston man shot by police WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a Houston man shot in the back by police during a traffic stop, prompting Justice Sonia Sotomayor to complain of a "disturbing trend" in how the high court deals with cases alleging police misconduct. In a dissent, Sotomayor said the justices "have not hesitated" to reverse lower courts... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:26:00 GMT 2017-04-24T17:26:00Z Justices: Colorado policy on court fees unconstitutional WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Colorado's practice of not automatically refunding court fees and other costs to people convicted of crimes but later exonerated violates the Constitution. The 7-1 decision sided with two people whose convictions for sexual offenses were later thrown out. One paid about $700 in court fees, including... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:05:00 GMT 2017-04-19T23:05:00Z Gorsuch sworn into Supreme Court, restores conservative tilt WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Neil Gorsuch took his place in history Monday as the newest addition on the bench of the Supreme Court, restoring a narrow conservative majority and marking a much-needed political victory for President Donald Trump. Gorsuch was sworn in during a sun-soaked ceremony in the Rose Garden, nearly 14 months after the seat was left vac... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 01:34:00 GMT 2017-04-11T01:34:00Z Facts about Justice Neil Gorsuch and the Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is the youngest Supreme Court nominee in a quarter-century. Some facts about Gorsuch and the court: —At 49, he is the youngest nominee since Clarence Thomas, who was 43 when confirmed in 1991. —The Colorado native went to high school in Washington while his mother served as EPA administrator in the Reagan administra... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:26:00 GMT 2017-04-10T18:26:00Z Gorsuch confirmation rolls Supreme Court to the right WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of turmoil, the Senate confirmed Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch as the Supreme Court's youngest justice Friday, filling a 14-month vacancy after the death of Antonin Scalia and restoring a rightward tilt that could last for years. Gorsuch will be sworn in Monday and will quickly begin confronting cases of consequence, including o... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 20:51:00 GMT 2017-04-07T20:51:00Z Gorsuch heads for confirmation as Senate tears up own rules WASHINGTON (AP) — In a confrontation that could reshape the Supreme Court for generations, Republicans tore up the Senate's voting rules Thursday to allow Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch to ascend to the high court over furious Democratic objections. Democrats denounced the GOP's use of what both sides dubbed the "nuclear option" to put Gorsuch on the court, c... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:35:00 GMT 2017-04-07T00:35:00Z Fights over Supreme Court nominees are nothing new WASHINGTON (AP) — Wondering when Supreme Court nominations became so politically contentious? Only about 222 years ago — when the Senate voted down George Washington's choice for chief justice. This year's brouhaha sees Senate Democrats and Republicans bracing for a showdown over President Donald Trump's nominee, Neil Gorsuch. It's the latest twist in the political wrangling... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 08:38:00 GMT 2017-04-03T08:38:00Z Senate heads for Supreme Court showdown WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is headed for a tense showdown over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee that could have far-reaching consequences for Congress, the high court and the nation. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republicans are determined to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch within the week. But to do so, they will likely have to override Democratic objec... Sun, 02 Apr 2017 03:04:00 GMT 2017-04-02T03:04:00Z Supreme Court rules for Texas death row inmate WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with a Texas death row inmate who claims he should not be executed because he is intellectually disabled. The justices, by a 5-3 vote, reversed a Texas appeals court ruling that said inmate Bobby James Moore was not intellectually disabled. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in her majo... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:17:00 GMT 2017-03-28T15:17:00Z Justices side with leading cheerleading uniform maker WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with the leading maker of cheerleading uniforms in a copyright dispute with a smaller rival, ruling that uniform designs can be protected under copyright law. The justices ruled 6-2 on Wednesday to uphold a lower court ruling in favor of Varsity Brands in its copyright infringement lawsuit against Sta... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:13:00 GMT 2017-03-22T18:13:00Z Court sides with workers in bankruptcy case over lost wages WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with hundreds of former workers at a New Jersey trucking company who said they were unfairly denied a claim for lost wages after the company filed for bankruptcy protection. The justices ruled 6-2 that a bankruptcy court should not have approved a plan allowing Jevic Transportation Inc. to settle othe... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:26:00 GMT 2017-03-22T17:26:00Z Justices give new life to man's false arrest lawsuit WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave an Illinois man a new chance to sue the city of Joliet and its police officers who arrested him on trumped up charges and kept him in jail for nearly seven weeks. The 6-2 ruling ordered the federal appeals court in Chicago to reconsider a lawsuit filed by Elijah Manuel. Police arrested him in 2011 and fa... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:28:00 GMT 2017-03-21T15:28:00Z From bedroom to boardroom, Supreme Court is in your business WASHINGTON (AP) — Quick, name a Supreme Court justice. OK, name three. One of the current justices, Stephen Breyer, once noted wryly that their names are less well-known than those of the Three Stooges. But from the time Americans roll out of bed in the morning until they turn in, the court's rulings are woven into daily life in ways large and small. So p... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:06:00 GMT 2017-03-20T15:06:00Z AP Explains: Supreme Court confirmation an arduous process WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed 124 Supreme Court justices since the United States was founded. Neil Gorsuch wants to be the newest member of the relatively small group of men and women who guide the nation's judicial branch. The modern-day confirmation process is arduous, with dozens of one-on-one meetings with senators in recent weeks giving ... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:09:00 GMT 2017-03-20T07:09:00Z AP Explains: Senate confirmation and Supreme Court pick WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirteen months after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Senate is finally holding confirmation hearings to fill the vacancy, considering President Donald Trump's choice of Neil Gorsuch for the high court. Republicans refused to even grant a hearing to former President Barack Obama's choice, Merrick Garland, insisting the next pres... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:36:00 GMT 2017-03-19T11:36:00Z Supreme Court: Jury secrecy no bar to looking into race bias WASHINGTON (AP) — A juror's use of racial or ethnic slurs during deliberations over a defendant's guilt can be a reason for breaching the centuries-old legal principle of secrecy in the jury room, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The justices ruled 5-3 in a case from Colorado that lower courts can take the unusual step of examining jury deliberations when ... Mon, 06 Mar 2017 18:23:00 GMT 2017-03-06T18:23:00Z Justices decline to extend ruling on repeat offenders WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday declined to give some inmates convicted of repeated violent crimes a chance to reduce their prison terms. The justices unanimously rejected a challenge to guidelines that boosted the sentence of a Florida man convicted of unlawful possession of a sawed-off shotgun. Travis Beckles received a ... Mon, 06 Mar 2017 15:51:00 GMT 2017-03-06T15:51:00Z High court ruling could reshape Virginia political map RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court decision reviving a challenge to several Virginia legislative districts could send lawmakers back to the drawing board, but Republicans say they are confident the state's current electoral map will withstand further scrutiny. The justices on Wednesday tossed out a ruling that upheld 11 districts in which African-A... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 21:57:00 GMT 2017-03-01T21:57:00Z The Latest: Trump signs order loosening gun restrictions WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 7:10 p.m. President Donald Trump has signed a resolution blocking an Obama-era rule that would have prevented an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from buying guns. The rule was part of former President Barack Obama's push to strengt... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:15:00 GMT 2017-03-01T00:15:00Z What to watch for when Trump makes 1st address to Congress WASHINGTON (AP) — A presidential address to Congress is always part policy speech, part political theater. With President Donald Trump, a former reality TV star, there's extra potential for drama as he makes his first address to Congress. After a chaotic start to his presidency, Trump will be trying to project his administration as ready to stride forward... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:09:00 GMT 2017-02-28T15:09:00Z Supreme Court orders new hearing for black Texas inmate WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a new court hearing for a black Texas prison inmate whose death sentence may have been tainted by disturbing references to race. Lawyers for inmate Duane Buck said the result of the court's 6-2 decision is that Buck must either be given a sentence of life in prison or a new sentencing hearing. ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:35:00 GMT 2017-02-22T17:35:00Z Conservative Gorsuch emulates Scalia minus the rough edges WASHINGTON (AP) — If confirmed by the Senate to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch would fill the seat of the man he seeks to emulate as a judge. He would be the first justice to serve alongside a colleague for whom he worked. Gorsuch described his former boss, Justice Anthony Kennedy, Tuesday as one of the judges who brought him up in the law. ... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 08:42:00 GMT 2017-02-01T08:42:00Z