(CNN) – Utah officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to immediately block enforcement of a federal judge's ruling allowing same-sex couples to be legally married in the state.
An emergency appeal was filed on Tuesday with Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who could rule herself or ask the rest of the court to weigh in.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will help ring in the new year by pressing the ceremonial button to lower the famous Times Square New Year's Eve Ball on Tuesday.
She's also set to lead the final 60 second countdown, according to the co-organizers of the event, Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment.
(CNN) – Some social conservatives are blasting Utah's ruling striking down part of that state's law banning polygamy.
The suit was brought by the stars of the television reality series "Sister Wives," and a federal judge's ruling Friday throws out the law's section prohibiting "cohabitation," saying it violates constitutional guarantees of due process and religious freedom.
(CNN) - It is a familiar tactical strategy at the Supreme Court: when an oral argument gets too dense over regulatory interpretation– turn it into a sports analogy.
An Obama administration lawyer did that Tuesday in closely watched environmental appeal, comparing federal efforts aimed at curbing air pollution to basketball scores.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The high-stakes fight over implementing parts of the troubled healthcare reform law will move to the U.S. Supreme Court in coming months, in a dispute involving coverage for contraceptives and "religious liberty."
The justices agreed on Tuesday to review provisions in the Affordable Care Act requiring employers of a certain size to offer insurance coverage for birth control and other reproductive health services without a co-pay.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stop Texas from implementing a part of a new abortion law that requires doctors to get admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic where they're providing abortion services.
A federal appeals court had reinstated the key part of the law, which is considered among the most restrictive in the country.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Supreme Court will allow the National Security Agency's surveillance of domestic telephone communication records to continue for now.
The justices without comment Monday rejected an appeal from a privacy rights group, which claimed a secret federal court improperly authorized the government to collect the electronic records.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Justice Clarence Thomas reflected on his long journey from childhood poverty to service on the highest court in the land, telling a conservative audience Thursday, "I have this wonderful opportunity to go to work everyday– I didn't always feel that way."
A nostalgic and "grateful" Thomas sought to assure fellow lawyers and judges he is not the person longtime critics have tried to portray him: that he remains an angry, frustrated jurist, especially over the treatment he received during his bitter 1991 confirmation. But he admitted the road to his current contentment has not been easy.
Washington (CNN) - Oklahoma lost another round in its effort to restrict abortions when the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday declined to hear an appeal in a case that would force women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound first.
The justices, without comment, refused to accept the state's appeal over HB 2780, which would require healthcare providers to perform an ultrasound scan before terminating a woman's pregnancy.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a pending appeal from Oklahoma officials who were defending a state law limiting abortions performed with medicine instead of surgery.
The law would have regulated the ability of doctors to prescribe a medication regime - using RU-486 pills - to terminate early pregnancies, and make it a crime to deviate from the federal government-approved dosage and time limits on the drugs.FULL STORY