| Jun 9, 2014
| 10:34 AM
Foreign-born grandchildren, nieces and nephews of Americans and legal immigrants will lose their place in line to obtain a visa if they reach age 21 before the process is complete, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.
Upholding a disputed part of the law...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 8:14 PM
| Jun 3, 2014
| 6:04 PM
The Supreme Court unanimously agreed this week that federal prosecutors could not use an international chemical weapons treaty to bring a case against a Philadelphia-area woman who tried to poison a romantic rival. The decision was a deserved rebuke for...
| May 5, 2014
| 8:00 PM
Two of the most common misperceptions about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas are that he’s not a distinctive voice on the court and that he’s a jurisprudential clone of Justice Antonin Scalia. Monday’s decision on prayer at public...
| May 5, 2014
| 9:33 PM
A Supreme Court divided along both ideological and religious lines cleared the way Monday for local officials to open public meetings with explicitly Christian prayers, ruling that the Constitution does not require government-sponsored religious...
| May 14, 2014
| 3:16 PM
There’s a tendency for a journalist who covers two beats to start seeing similarities between them. In my career I’ve written a lot about two subjects: religion and the law, and I’m always discerning (or fantasizing) connections...
| May 27, 2014
| 6:31 PM
The Supreme Court put new limits on the death penalty Tuesday, deciding that states may not use a "rigid rule" that denies leniency to defendants with severe mental disabilities simply because they score 70 or above on an IQ test.
| May 23, 2014
| 1:00 PM
The 2nd Amendment is just 27 words long: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." But in that single, awkwardly constructed sentence, Michael...
| May 30, 2014
| 5:00 AM
At the end of his recent opinion striking down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III wrote: “We are a better people than what these laws represent. It is time to discard them into the ash heap of...
| May 5, 2014
| 10:45 AM
The Supreme Court's decision Monday to allow Christian prayers at city council and other public meetings divided justices not only ideologically, but along religious lines as well.
The five justices in majority are Catholics, and they agreed that an...
| May 6, 2014
| 12:44 PM
The Supreme Court's ruling about public displays of religion Monday provoked a lot of discussion, obscuring an equally intriguing decision the court issued that day about public displays of guns.
In Town of Greece vs. Galloway, the court lifted a...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 6:13 AM
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday resurrected Environmental Protection Agency rules targeting air pollution that drifts across state borders, handing the Obama administration a victory on one of its major environmental efforts.