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Supreme Court


Loving and marriage

Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival. So decreed the United States Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia, the aptly titled 1967 landmark case that reaffirmed marriage as a fundamental right and overturned the nation’s anti-miscegenation laws, i.e., laws that told people who they could […]


Gay marriage in front of the big bench

It all began in 2004, when Mayor Gavin Newsom famously opened San Francisco’s City Hall to gay couples wanting to marry. That action paved the way for Proposition 8 and all of the litigation that’s followed.


Huge consequences for post-election Supreme Court

We don’t think much about the Supreme Court in daily life. And maybe that’s the way the founders intended it when they established this third but equally powerful branch of our federal government. But we should be thinking about them when we step into the voting booth on November 6.


Where Romney and Obama stand on the Supreme Court

Suevon Lee, ProPublica | Oct. 26, 2012, 10:48 a.m. The Supreme Court has remained a largely unspoken topic on the campaign trail u2014 even though the Court plays a critical function in Americans’ lives. (This past June’s Affordable Care Act ruling, anyone?) The next president could very well appoint one or two new justices. And […]


  Thomas Giovanni on better legal representation for the poor

Essayist Thomas Giovanni of the Brennan Center for Justice talks about the need for better legal representation for poor defendants.


Can the police use GPS to spy on you? Supreme Court leaves big questions unanswered

The Supreme Court said Monday that GPS tracking is unconstitutional. But what about cell phones, email or Facebook? The court left those questions unanswered.


Should the police be able to track your every move? Supreme Court grapples with GPS surveillance case

The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a GPS tracking case that could have profound implications for how the government uses technology to track Americans’ movements.


Focus on immigration as Supreme Court heads into new term

Immigration promises to be one of the most-watched issues on the Supreme Court’s highly politicized docket this term.


Clarence Thomas and the right to remain silent

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas hasn’t asked a question from the bench in five years. But it’s not the silence of his voice we should focus on, writes Jami Floyd, but the silence of his pen.

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