Elena Kagan - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Elena Kagan 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 15:51:00 GMT 2017-05-22T15:51:00Z 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 Justices weigh defendants' right to own mental health expert WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed closely divided Monday about whether an Alabama death row inmate should get a new sentencing hearing because he did not have a mental health expert on his side when he was tried and sentenced to death more than 30 years ago. The court has ruled previously that poor defendants whose mental health might be a factor... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:00:00 GMT 2017-04-24T18:00:00Z Playground case touches on separation of church and state WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court signaled Wednesday that it will decide an important case on the separation of church and state in favor of a Missouri church that wants state money to put a soft surface on its preschool playground. The case is being closely watched by proponents of school vouchers, who hope a broad ruling would remove obstacles to vouc... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:13:00 GMT 2017-04-19T17:13:00Z Justices could limit recovery in securities fraud cases WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed willing to make it tougher for the government to recover ill-gotten gains from people convicted of securities fraud. Most of the justices — including newly confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch — suggested during arguments that such recoveries are subject to a strict five-year statute of limitations. ... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:11:00 GMT 2017-04-18T19:11:00Z 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 Gorsuch may be decisive vote in divisive Supreme Court cases WASHINGTON (AP) — With Neil Gorsuch's confirmation as the 113th Supreme Court justice on Friday, it won't be long before he starts revealing what he really thinks about a range of hot topics he repeatedly sidestepped during his confirmation hearing. In less than two weeks, the justices will take up a Missouri church's claim that the state is stepping on i... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 17:43:00 GMT 2017-04-07T17:43:00Z Supreme Court delves into details of 1984 Washington murder WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court engaged in unusually detailed questioning Wednesday of the facts surrounding the brutal beating death of a woman about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from the U.S. Capitol in 1984. The court is considering overturning the convictions of seven men who were convicted of murdering 48-year-old Catherine Fuller. The men are trying ... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:53:00 GMT 2017-03-29T17:53:00Z Supreme Court considers bad legal advice in immigrant's plea WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court tried to figure out Tuesday whether immigrants should get a second chance in court when bad legal advice leads to a guilty plea and certain deportation. The justices seemed divided during an argument about what to do in cases in which the evidence against criminal defendants is strong and the chances of acquittal by a jury are remote. ... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:46:00 GMT 2017-03-28T16:46:00Z High court struggles over hospital pension dispute WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed to struggle on Monday over whether some of the nation's largest hospitals should be allowed to sidestep federal laws protecting pension benefits for workers. Justices considered the cases of three church-affiliated nonprofit hospital systems being sued for underfunding pension plans covering about 100,000 employe... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:52:00 GMT 2017-03-27T17:52:00Z The Latest: Law professor: Gorsuch won't be 'robotic vote' WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on nomination hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch (all times local): 2:30 p.m. A law professor says Judge Neil Gorsuch may be conservative, but he's predicting that President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court won't be "a robotic vote for the right of the court." Jona... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:01:00 GMT 2017-03-23T19:01:00Z Supreme Court wrestles with California police shooting case WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday stepped in to the national conversation on police practices, wrestling with a California police shooting case where sheriff's deputies shot an innocent couple during their search for a wanted man. The justices heard oral arguments in a 2010 case involving Los Angeles County deputies who shot a couple living... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:59:00 GMT 2017-03-22T18:59:00Z 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 Supreme Court seems divided in property rights dispute WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court struggled on Monday over a property rights dispute that could make it tougher for state and local governments to limit development in coastal areas. The case involves a family's effort to sell part of its riverfront land in Wisconsin. The family planned to use the money from a vacant lot they own to pay for improvements on a cabin th... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:16:00 GMT 2017-03-20T18:16:00Z 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 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 Justices seem sympathetic to immigrant in deportation case WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems sympathetic to a Mexican immigrant facing deportation after he was convicted of having consensual sex with an underage girl. The case before the justices on Monday involved Juan Esquivel-Quintana, a lawful permanent resident who had sex with his 16-year-old girlfriend when he was 20 and 21 years old. ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:14:00 GMT 2017-02-27T19:14:00Z Supreme Court skeptical of sex offender social media ban WASHINGTON (AP) — With a nod to the importance of social media in American life, the Supreme Court signaled Monday it could strike down a North Carolina law that bars convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites. At least five justices, a majority of the court, suggested during argument that they would rule for North Carolina res... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:00:00 GMT 2017-02-27T19:00:00Z Justices side with Michigan girl in dispute over service dog WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with a 13-year-old Michigan girl with cerebral palsy who spent years battling school officials for the right to bring her service dog — a goldendoodle named Wonder — to class. The justices ruled unanimously that federal disability laws might allow Ehlena Fry to pursue her case in court without first h... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:20:00 GMT 2017-02-22T21:20:00Z Supreme Court seems split in case of boy's death near border WASHINGTON (AP) — Examining a tragic shooting death on the U.S. border with Mexico, a divided Supreme Court on Tuesday puzzled over the rights of foreigners to sue in American courts. The case involving a Mexican teen slain by a U.S. Border Patrol agent's gunshot, which traveled across the border, elicited questions about how a ruling could affect victims of American drone s... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:37:00 GMT 2017-02-21T20:37:00Z Justices raise doubts over law barring offensive trademarks WASHINGTON (AP) — In a First Amendment clash over a law barring offensive trademarks, the Supreme Court on Wednesday raised doubts about a government program that favors some forms of speech but rejects others that might disparage certain groups. The justices heard arguments in a dispute involving an Asian-American band called the Slants that was denied a... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:30:00 GMT 2017-01-18T23:30:00Z Justices leery of expanding right to sue top officials WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sounds leery of expanding the right to sue high-ranking officials in a case that dates to the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. Just six justices heard arguments Wednesday in an appeal by former Attorney General John Ashcroft and other former top officials to shut down a lawsuit filed by Muslim men who were detained for months in harsh co... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:45:00 GMT 2017-01-18T18:45:00Z High court may put more bite into law for disabled students WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed willing to put more bite into a law that requires public schools to help learning-disabled students. Most of the justices indicated during arguments that school districts must offer more than the bare minimum of services to children with special needs. But they struggled over how to clarify the law without inviting even... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:43:00 GMT 2017-01-11T19:43:00Z Justices skeptical over Colo. refusal to refund court fees WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is raising serious doubts about Colorado's practice of not refunding court fees and other costs to people who are convicted of crimes but later exonerated. Most justices hearing arguments in the case on Monday seemed concerned that refusing to refund the money violates due process rights. The case inv... Mon, 09 Jan 2017 19:57:00 GMT 2017-01-09T19:57:00Z Ohio inmate loses appeal to block 2nd attempt at execution COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by a condemned killer whose 2009 execution was called off after two hours during which he cried in pain while receiving 18 needle sticks. The court's 6-2 ruling denies Romell Broom the opportunity to argue that giving the state prisons agency a second chance to execute him would amo... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:34:00 GMT 2016-12-12T20:34:00Z Supreme Court rejects death row appeals WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday turned away appeals from death row inmates in four states that raised different questions about the fairness of capital punishment. Justice Stephen Breyer, commenting on two of those cases, repeated his call for the court to take up the constitutionality of the death penalty. Breyer said defendants who face death sentences are no... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 17:53:00 GMT 2016-12-12T17:53:00Z Kennedy vote seems key to Supreme Court redistricting cases WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Anthony Kennedy appears to hold the decisive vote in two Supreme Court cases involving challenges from African-American voters to electoral districts in North Carolina and Virginia. The court's liberal and conservative justices seemed otherwise divided after arguments Monday about whether race played too large a role in creation ... Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:47:00 GMT 2016-12-05T19:47:00Z Supreme Court weighs bond hearings for detained immigrants WASHINGTON (AP) — A seemingly divided Supreme Court tried to figure out Wednesday whether the government can detain immigrants indefinitely without providing hearings. The justices heard argument in a class-action lawsuit brought by immigrants who've spent long periods in custody, including many who are legal residents of the United States or are seeking asylum. ... 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