Washington (CNN) – The Supreme Court will step back into the national debate over free speech and abortion, accepting Monday an appeal on the rights of protesters outside medical clinics.
A challenge to a Massachusetts law concerns government-mandated buffer zones set up around facilities that perform abortions.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's recess appointments to a federal agency - made without Senate confirmation - will be reviewed by the Supreme Court, a major constitutional test of executive power.
At issue is whether three people named to the National Labor Relations Board lacked authority, because the presidential appointments were made while the Senate was technically in a "pro forma" session during the 2011-12 winter holiday break.FULL STORY
Columbiana, Alabama (CNN) - Shelby County is booming. The Birmingham suburb is lined with strip malls, subdivisions, and small factories, in what was once sleepy farmland. The population has grown fivefold since 1970 to about 200,000. Change is afoot in this bedroom community, at least on the surface.
But the federal government thinks an underlying threat of discrimination remains throughout Alabama and other parts of the country in perhaps the most hard-fought franchise in the Constitution: the right to vote.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – The Supreme Court on Monday tossed out an Arizona provision in its voter registration law that required proof of citizenship.
The 7-2 majority said the state's voter-approved Proposition 200 interfered with federal law designed to make voter registration easier.
The state called it a "sensible precaution" to prevent voter fraud. Civil rights group countered it adds an unconstitutional and burdensome layer of paperwork for tens of thousands of citizens.
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 Obama administration will allow minors to obtain one form of the emergency contraception known as the "morning-after pill," dropping its appeal of a judge's order requiring it to be sold over the counter.
U.S. District Judge Edward Korman had ruled in April that the government must allow over-the-counter sales, and a federal appeals court rejected the administration's challenge to that ruling last week. The administration had been criticized by some women's rights groups for trying to stop contraception sales to underage females.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.
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.