| Jan 16, 2014
| 3:22 PM
Neither rich nor poor may sleep under the bridges of Paris. Is that law neutral with respect to who's doing the sleeping? If you think the answer is obvious, think again — and think abortion.
In McCullen v. Coakley, which the Supreme Court heard...
| Jan 27, 2014
On this day 69 years ago, soldiers of the 60th Army of the First Ukrainian Front pried open the gates of Auschwitz-Birkenau and were greeted as liberators by the 7,000 or so emaciated prisoners who were among the walking dead remaining within the camp...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 1:36 PM
Currently, all federal judges are required to obey a Code of Conduct for United States Judges. There's just one exception: the Supremes.
For Supreme Court justices, following the code of conduct is voluntary. Or, as Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. put...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 2:09 PM
WASHINGTON – Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, announced Friday that she will be stepping down by the end of 2014.
Starting as an intern in 1973 three years after the group’s inception, Beinecke, 64, was...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 1:56 PM
In 1969, in a case involving children who were disciplined for wearing black armbands to protest the Vietnam War, the Supreme Court ruled that students don't "shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate." ...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 1:18 PM
WASHINGTON -- Not all the justices on the U.S. Supreme Court were in agreement with the decision Friday that will force California to remove more than 9,000 inmates from its overcrowded prisons by the end of the year.
Though the court’s...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 5:00 PM
WASHINGTON — During Supreme Court arguments, Justice Clarence Thomas sits mute, not asking a single question while his colleagues on the bench jockey to get in the next interrogatory.
But this week, in front of 1,300 adoring conservative lawyers...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Samuel Goldwyn Films has snagged U.S. rights to "Anita," the documentary about Anita Hall by Freida Mock, the helmer who picked up an Academy Award for 1994 docu "Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision."
Film, which preemed at the Sundance Film Festival earlier...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 1:44 PM
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia may come across as the ultimate know-it-all, but the truth is that he likes to emphasize what people in his lofty position don’t know.
In June, in a decision in which the court unanimously ruled that drug...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
On MSNBC's Ed Schultz program Friday night, the former chief of staff for Colin Powell, retired Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, said, of the Republican Party, "My party is full of racists ... and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants...
| Aug 11, 2013
Forty-four years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that students in public schools don't "shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate." A federal appeals court last week offered an expansive — but...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 1:01 PM
Demonstrators in Florida and Michigan have used the same language to describe the shootings of two young African Americans. But the killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012 and Renisha McBride this month raise different legal questions along the touchy...