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  • impeachment Jan 22

    Roberts Admonishes House Prosecution, White House Defense

    Chief Justice John Roberts drew little attention to himself in the beginning 12 hours of his first impeachment trial. But it was just before 1 a.m., as tempers on the floor had started to wear thin, that he reminded senators, House impeachment managers and President Donald Trump’s defense team who was in charge.

  • Eric Hinton Nov 13, 2019

    Justice Ginsburg Taken Ill, Absent From Supreme Court

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was absent on Wednesday for courtroom argument in two cases. Chief Justice John Roberts announced that Ginsburg was “indisposed due to illness,” a statement similar to the one he made on the first day of the term, Oct. 7, when Justice Clarence Thomas was absent with what a court official said was the flu....

  • PRESIDENT Nov 12, 2019

    Supreme Court Appears Inclined to Let Trump End DACA Program

    Sharply at odds with liberal justices, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority seemed ready Tuesday to allow the Trump administration to abolish protections that permit 660,000 immigrants to work in the U.S., free from the threat of deportation. That outcome would “destroy lives,” declared Justice Sonia Sotomayor, one the court’s liberals who repeatedly suggested the administration has not adequately justified its...

  • Donald Trump Nov 10, 2019

    Justices Take Up High-Profile Case Over Young Immigrants

    The Supreme Court is taking up the Trump administration’s plan to end legal protections that shield 660,000 immigrants from deportation, a case with strong political overtones amid the 2020 presidential election campaign.

  • Donald Trump Sep 25, 2019

    What’s the Process for Impeachment? Here’s What Comes Next

    The House of Representatives approved rules for the next, public phase of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, a process that will culminate in the Judiciary Committee considering whether to bring charges against him. The divided vote marked only the third time in modern U.S. history that the House has taken this step. It comes a...

  • Donald Trump Oct 7, 2019

    Supreme Court’s Election-Year Term Opens With Insanity Case

    The Supreme Court began its election-year term Monday by wrestling over whether states must allow criminal defendants to plead insanity. The one minor surprise when the justices took the bench just after 10 o’clock was the absence of Justice Clarence Thomas. The 71-year-old Thomas was at home, likely with the flu, the court said. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was in...

  • Donald Trump Oct 5, 2019

    How the Ground Shifted on Trump Impeachment

    After more than two years of jousting over President Donald Trump’s conduct, the ground has shifted in Congress and a move toward impeachment has broken free of constraints. That does not mean the path ahead is all set. Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — who for months had been a powerful brake on restive Democrats wanting to impeach Trump...

  • Donald Trump Oct 5, 2019

    Abortion, Immigrants, LGBT Rights Top High Court’s New Term

    Abortion rights as well as protections for young immigrants and LGBT people top an election-year agenda for the Supreme Court. Its conservative majority will have ample opportunity to flex its muscle, testing Chief Justice John Roberts’ attempts to keep the court clear of Washington partisan politics. Guns could be part of a term with plenty of high-profile cases and at...

  • Donald Trump Oct 1, 2019

    Trump Administration, ACLU Spar Over Asylum Policies in Appeals Court

    Attorneys for the Trump administration and the American Civil Liberties Union sparred Tuesday before a federal appeals court on two major changes to the rules of asylum, a backwater topic in immigration policy debates until the president made it a crucial part of his agenda.

  • Donald Trump Sep 24, 2019

    Formal Impeachment Inquiry Opened in Congress Against President Trump: Here’s What It Means and What’s Next

    Impeachment is in the air. If you follow politics, watch TV or use Twitter, you’ve probably heard the word “impeachment” used over and over again with growing urgency this week.

  • NBCUniversal Inc. Sep 4, 2019

    ’Late Night’: Justice Sotomayor Shares Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Nickname

    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor discusses what justices talk about when they’re not working on cases and her relationship with fellow Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

  • Donald Trump Aug 27, 2019

    Greatest Head Count in US History Is Nearly Ready for Launch

    With just a few months left before America starts taking its biggest-ever self-portrait, the U.S. Census Bureau is grappling with a host of concerns about the head count, including how to ensure that it is secure and accurate and the challenge of getting most people to answer questions online. All of that is on top of the main attention-grabber of...

  • JUDGE Aug 21, 2019

    Australian Court Upholds Sex Abuse Verdict of Cardinal Pell

    An Australian appeals court Wednesday upheld convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, in a decision cheered by scores of abuse survivors and victims’ advocates demonstrating outside the court. A unanimous jury in December found Pope Francis’ former finance minister guilty of molesting two 13-year-old choirboys in Melbourne’s St. Patrick’s...

  • Donald Trump Aug 16, 2019

    Court: US Can Reject Asylum Along Parts of Mexico Border

    A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for the U.S. government to forbid Central American immigrants from seeking asylum at the two busiest stretches of the southern border in a partial legal victory for the Trump administration. The ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allows President Donald Trump to enforce the policy in New Mexico...

  • Donald Trump Aug 15, 2019

    Gibraltar Releases Iran Supertanker That US Sought to Seize

    The British overseas territory of Gibraltar released a seized Iranian supertanker Thursday over last-minute objections from the U.S., potentially easing tensions between London and Tehran, which still holds a British-flagged vessel. The release of the Grace 1 comes amid a growing confrontation between Iran and the West after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of Tehran’s nuclear deal with...

  • Donald Trump Jul 22, 2019

    ‘Brilliant’ Justice Stevens Honored

    Justice John Paul Stevens was honored Monday at the Great Hall at the U.S. Supreme Court. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid their respects as did several supreme court justices.

  • Donald Trump Jul 22, 2019

    Stevens Praised as ‘Brilliant Man’ at Supreme Court Ceremony

    Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was remembered as a “brilliant man” with a “deep devotion to the rule of law” during a ceremony Monday at the court where he served for nearly 35 years. The 99-year-old Stevens died last week after suffering a stroke. Justice Elena Kagan, who replaced Stevens on the court after he retired in 2010,...

  • Donald Trump Jul 20, 2019

    Ex-Marine, Professor, MLB Draft Pick Among High Court Clerks

    A former Marine who deployed twice to Afghanistan. A patent law professor. A woman who’s blind. Two Rhodes scholars. They’re among the lawyers starting work this summer as law clerks at the Supreme Court. The group of 16 women and 23 men hired by the justices were already on paths to become leading judges, professors and Supreme Court advocates. The...

  • New Jersey Jul 10, 2019

    NJ Judge Sorry for Telling Sex Attack Victim to ‘Close Your Legs,’ His Lawyer Says

    The lawyer for a New Jersey judge who told a woman she could “close your legs” to prevent a sexual assault says his client is “remorseful.”

  • Donald Trump Jul 9, 2019

    Validity of Obama Health Care Law at Issue in Appeal Hearing

    With health insurance availability, cost and coverage on the line for millions of Americans, a federal appeals court seemed inclined Tuesday to rule that the core provision of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is unconstitutional. Two Republican-appointed judges on a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals peppered lawyers defending the law with skeptical questions,...

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