Washington (CNN) - The grounds outside the U.S. Supreme Court have long been a place for protests, rallies, and other "expressive events."
But exactly just what could be said and where the public could assert its First Amendment rights was a source of contention - at least until Thursday.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that human genes cannot be patented.
But in something of a compromise decision, all nine justices said while the naturally occurring isolated biological material itself is not patentable, a synthetic version of the gene material may be patented.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Justice Sonia Sotomayor's life story has proven financially lucrative, earning her more than $3 million last year, and a way out of mild debt.
Financial disclosure reports released Friday by Sotomayor and her eight Supreme Court colleagues show the Bronx native earned $1.9 million in book advances in 2012 alone. She had earlier reported a $1.2 million advance when she signed the contract with Knopf Doubleday three years ago to pen her memoirs.
(CNN) - A majority of Americans – and even a majority of same-sex marriage opponents – believe it's "inevitable" that gays and lesbians will eventually be able to legally wed, a new survey indicates.
The poll, from the Pew Research Center, comes as the United States Supreme Court prepares to rule on two high profile same-sex marriage cases. A decision will come by the end of June.
Washington (CNN) – The Supreme Court has ruled criminal suspects can be subjected to a police DNA test after arrest - before trial and conviction - a privacy-versus-public-safety dispute that could have wide-reaching implications in the rapidly evolving technology surrounding criminal procedure.
At issue in the ruling Monday was whether taking genetic samples from someone held without a warrant in criminal custody for "a serious offense" is an unconstitutional "search."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Planned Parenthood can continue to receive Medicaid funding in Indiana, after the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal by the state on Tuesday.
The justices let stand a lower court decision that had blocked patient reimbursement through Medicaid for health providers that perform abortions as part of overall medical care.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Four weeks. Four major legal rulings. What the Supreme Court decides by the end of June could fundamentally change lives and legacies on a range of politically explosive issues.
The justices will meet in at least five public sessions to release opinions in its remaining 30 cases, among them some the most strongly-contested legal and social issues they have confronted in decades.
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.