Supreme Court

  • January 8, 1997  

    The Supreme Court is considering arguments over whether physicians may assist terminally ill patients in committing suicide. Lower Federal courts have already thrown out laws in New York and Washington State that prohibit the practice. But Justice department lawyers believe legalizing assisted suicide could lead to abuses. Continue reading

  • January 7, 1997  

    The Supreme Court heard arguments on a major sexual harassment case involving a former Tennessee state judge convicted of assaulting 5 women in his courthouse. Continue reading

  • December 10, 1996  

    The Supreme Court is hearing arguments over a Kansas man convicted of child molesting whose prison term is complete, but who the state does not want to release. Continue reading

  • December 9, 1996  

    Is gerrymandering necessary to assure minority representation in Congress? The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a Georgia case that centers on that question. Our coverage begins with this report by Kwame Holman, and then on to a discussion with Margaret Warner. Continue reading

  • December 4, 1996  

    The Supreme Court hears a challenge to Arizona’s English-only law. Our coverage begins with this report by Spencer Michels. Continue reading

  • December 3, 1996  

    The U.S. Supreme Court hears a legal challenge to the Brady Gun Control bill. Our coverage begins with this backgrounder by Betty Ann Bowser. Continue reading

  • October 31, 1996  

    The Supreme Court ruled in the summer of 1995 that the 11th District, which had boundries drawn solely on the basis of race, was among a number of U.S. districts that would be declared unconstitutional. Continue reading

  • October 16, 1996  

    The Supreme Court began hearing Wednesday a major First Amendment case examining the right to unrestricted protest outside abortion clinics. Continue reading

  • October 16, 1996  

    The Supreme Court began hearing Wednesday a major First Amendment case examining the right to unrestricted protest outside abortion clinics. Continue reading

  • October 7, 1996  

    On the opening day of the Supreme Court’s new term, there are already 45 cases to hear. Those referred to in the press as “blockbusters” — because of their controversial nature — range from physician assisted suicide, to whether the President of the United States can be sued in a civil case. Continue reading