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U.S. Supreme Court

Sep 14, 2023

High court justices cross the line of propriety 

By Spencer Farris  It’s been hot here. Not islands and West Coast on fire hot, but hot all the same. I blame the heat for recent events. Hard to explain the weirdness that is around us any other way.   The U.S. Supreme Court has been grabbing headlines lately, and not for the justices’ opinions — […]

Aug 24, 2023

High court’s term was rough on big business 

By Troy Shelton   For a while now, the U.S. Supreme Court has been considered the friend of big business.   Sometimes that characterization holds true. But other times, like in this just completed term, big business was a big loser.  The biggest loss didn’t involve any businesses as parties. Nonetheless, in the Students for Fair Admissions […]

Jul 27, 2023

Supreme Court OKs work on natural-gas pipeline

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed construction to resume on a contested natural-gas pipeline that is being built through Virginia and West Virginia. Work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline had been blocked by the federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, even after Congress ordered the project’s approval as part of the bipartisan bill […]

Jul 21, 2023

Senate committee backs stronger ethical standards for Supreme Court justices

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court would have to abide by stronger ethics standards under legislation approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. It comes in response to recent revelations about donor-funded trips by justices. The bill faced united opposition from Republicans and has little chance to make it through the full Senate. The legislation would set ethics rules for the court and a pro[...]

Jul 14, 2023

Justice Kavanaugh seeks to dispel the notion that the Supreme Court is partisan

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Justice Brett Kavanaugh pointed to the mixed U.S. Supreme Court decisions this term as he sought Thursday to dispel notions that it is partisan, even after conservatives brought about the end of affirmative action in college admissions and struck down President Joe Biden’s student loan debt relief program. “The court is […]

Jul 12, 2023

Senators call for Supreme Court to follow ethics code like other branches of government

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, responding to Associated Press investigative stories on the Supreme Court, said Tuesday it was time for the justices to bring their conduct in line with the ethical standards of other branches of government. “If they just establish the basic standards of every other branch of government, it would […]

Jul 12, 2023

Court sides with Amish families in case that pits septic tank rules against religious beliefs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Members of a deeply conservative Amish community in Minnesota don’t need to install septic systems to dispose of their “gray water,” the state Court of Appeals ruled Monday in a long-running religious freedom case that went all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. A three-judge panel ruled that the government […]

Jul 11, 2023

Supreme Court justices and donors mingle at campus visits. These documents show the ethical dilemmas

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas headlined a 2017 program at McLennan Community College in Texas, his hosts had more than a speech in mind. Working with the prominent conservative lawyer Ken Starr, school officials crafted a guest list for a dinner at the home of a wealthy Texas businessman, hoping an […]

Jul 3, 2023

In 370 days, Supreme Court conservatives dash decades of abortion and affirmative action precedents

WASHINGTON (AP) — Overturning Roe v. Wade and eliminating affirmative action in higher education had been leading goals of the conservative legal movement for decades. In a span of 370 days, a Supreme Court reshaped by three justices nominated by President Donald Trump made both a reality. Last June, the court ended nationwide protections for […]

May 16, 2023

Connecticut high court nominee regrets signing 2017 letter supporting Amy Coney Barrett

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A nominee to Connecticut’s highest court told state lawmakers Monday that she would not have signed a 2017 letter supporting Amy Coney Barrett for a federal appeals court position if she knew Barrett would later vote to overturn Roe v. Wade abortion protections as a member of the U.S. Supreme Court. […]

May 2, 2023

Supreme Court Justice Stevens’ private papers open to public

WASHINGTON (AP) — A wide-ranging selection of papers that belonged to Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is opening to researchers Tuesday at the Library of Congress, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the justices’ deliberations in important cases including Bush v. Gore, the 2000 decision that essentially decided the presidential election. Stevens, who died in […]

May 2, 2023

Supreme Court to decide important case on government power

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether to jettison a decades-old decision that has been a frequent target of conservatives and, if overruled, could make it harder to sustain governmental regulations. The justices agreed to hear an appeal that takes aim at a 1984 case known as Chevron. It involves […]

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