Washington (CNN) – A small farmer from Indiana lost his patent dispute on Monday at the Supreme Court, a ruling that could have enormous impact in a variety of biotech fields.
The justices unanimously said Monsanto, the world's largest seed producer, has intellectual property control over its best-selling "Roundup Ready" soybeans.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the high court's only African American jurist, opened up recently about his thoughts on race and the White House.
Asked if he ever expected to see an African American president in his lifetime, the conservative justice said he always knew "it would have to be a black president who was approved by the elites and the media, because anybody that they didn't agree with, they would take apart."
(CNN) – In one of those "what could have been" moments, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is expressing some misgivings about the controversial 2000 election decision that allowed George W. Bush to assume the presidency.
Speaking to the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune, O'Connor didn't question her own vote on the matter. But she did wonder whether it was wise for the high court to take on the case to begin with.
(CNN) - The Supreme Court let stand New York's strict gun control law, rejecting an appeal Monday from a group of gun owners. At issue was whether the Constitution's Second Amendment provided a broad individual right to carry a handgun outside the home for self-defense.
New York's Penal Law 265.03(03) bans possession of a firearm in public - either openly or concealed - unless someone can show "proper cause" - beyond a desire for self-defense - to secure a carry permit.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Oral arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act at the Supreme Court have ended after nearly two hours.
Washington (CNN) - Day Two of the culture wars at the Supreme Court over same-sex marriage, and another opportunity for the justices to give political and legal clarity to a contentious issue.
The momentous week kicked off on Tuesday with arguments over California's same-sex marriage ban, and there was little indication when they concluded how the court might rule.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Supreme Court justices heard an hour and 20 minutes of arguments Tuesday in the first of two cases that could reshape nothing less than how America defines marriage. Outside the historic court building, activists on both sides of the issue rallied.
"We are not asking for anything more than our neighbors, friends and family, but certainly expect no less," said Todd Bluntworth, who spoke with his husband and their two children to a crowd of supporters hoping for a historic ruling from the Supreme Court striking down laws banning same-sex marriage.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – As the Supreme Court hears two high profile cases involving same-sex marriage this week, a new national poll indicates Americans’ favorable views of the high court remain near an all-time low.
According to a Pew Research Center survey, 52% of the public have a favorable opinion of the Supreme Court, with 31% saying they have an unfavorable view of the high court.
Editor's note: This story was originally published in May 2012 and was updated in March 2013.
(CNN) - Same-sex marriage is in the spotlight on the national legal and political stages this week as the Supreme Court hears argument in two landmark cases, one involving California's Proposition 8 and another involving the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
The high court cases come as public support for same-sex marriage is increasing. A CNN/ORC International Poll released Monday indicates that 53% of Americans support same-sex marriage. In the same survey, 57% of respondents said they had a family member or close friend who is gay or lesbian.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Jean Podrasky, a lesbian whose cousin happens to be Chief Justice John Roberts, will attend this week's Supreme Court oral arguments on two cases dealing with same-sex marriage, CNN confirmed Monday.
In an op-ed emailed to members of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Podrasky expressed optimism that her first cousin, a conservative, will rule in favor of her–and countless others'–desire to marry.