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Politics May 22Supreme Court strikes down 2 redrawn districts in N.C. over racial bias
The justices ruled that Republicans who controlled the state legislature and governor's office in 2011 placed too many African-Americans in the two districts. The result was to weaken African-American voting strength elsewhere in North Carolina.
Politics May 01Supreme Court says cities can sue banks under anti-bias law
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.
Nation Apr 19Playground case touches on separation of church and state
WASHINGTON — 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.
Nation Apr 07Neil Gorsuch could be the decisive vote in these Supreme Court cases
Cases the court could soon decide to hear involve gun rights, voting rights and a Colorado baker's refusal to design a cake for a same-sex couple's wedding.
Politics Mar 23Top Senate Democrat opposes Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s pick for Supreme Court
The top Democrat in the Senate said Thursday he will oppose the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court and encouraged other Democrats to reject President Donald Trump's choice, setting up a showdown with majority Republicans.
Politics Mar 06Supreme Court says jury’s racial bias can be investigated after trial
The court ruled 5-3 in a Colorado case in which a juror reportedly tied defendant Miguel Angel Pena Rodriguez's guilt to his Hispanic heritage.
Politics Mar 06Supreme Court says it won’t hear case on transgender bathroom rights
Justices have opted not to decide whether federal anti-discrimination law gives Gavin Grimm the right to use the boys' bathroom in his Virginia school.
Nation Mar 01Supreme Court revives challenge by black voters in Virginia
The Supreme Court gave new life Wednesday to a challenge by African-Americans in Virginia who say lawmakers packed some legislative districts with black voters to make other districts whiter and more Republican.
Politics Feb 22Supreme Court orders new hearing for black Texas inmate
Buck had tried for years to get federal courts to look at his claim that his rights were violated when jurors were told by a defense expert witness that Buck was more likely to be dangerous in the future because…
Nation Feb 20Supreme Court weighs case of Mexican boy slain across border
The Supreme Court on Tuesday is hearing the parents' appeal, which their lawyers say is their last hope for some measure of justice.