Five years after America's high court undid sodomy laws with Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark ruling has dramatically impacted the legal landscape for homosexuals
It looked like the makings of a perfect storm of animosity in the last week of the Supreme Court's current term, before it wrapped up for the summer recess Thursday.
The National Rifle Association is hailing the Supreme Court ruling that overturned a gun ban a 'monumental victory.'
Despite two dramatic 5-4 decisions, the court is actually starting to move beyond its predictable ideological split
The Supreme Court has struck down a provision of a federal campaign finance law that allowed opponents of wealthy candidates to exceed strict campaign spending limits.
Kelli Arena looks at the Supreme Court's ruling against the death penalty for child rape.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday that child rapists cannot be executed, concluding that capital punishment for crimes against individuals can be applied only to murderers.
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday morning that child rapists cannot be given the death penalty, effectively reserving the punishment only for murderers.
On Thursday the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that detainees have the same rights as anyone else in custody in the United States to contest their detention before a federal judge.
Suspected terrorists and foreign fighters held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have the right to challenge their detention in federal court, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
The Supreme Court rules Guantanamo detainees can challenge their detention in U.S. courts. CNN's Kelli Arena reports.
A majority ruling allowing terror suspects to challenge their detention provokes fierce criticism from conservative justices and politicians
Most of the Supreme Court justices piled up a lot frequent flyer miles in 2007, jetting to such exotic locales as Austria, India and Hawaii, according to financial disclosure reports released Friday.
The Supreme Court dealt federal prosecutors dual setbacks Monday in efforts to prosecute the laundering of drug ring and organized crime profits.
The Supreme Court - apparently handcuffed by possible conflicts of interest - has allowed a multibillion-dollar federal lawsuit from South African blacks and others to proceed. The suit claims U.S. and foreign companies should be held liable for helping the former white-led apartheid government.
The Supreme Court's opinion may clear the way for most executions, but the death penalty debate remain confused
The Supreme Court focused Wednesday on whether "evolving standards of decency" in the United States forbid a resumption of capital punishment for any felony but murder. But the justices offered no clear indication of how they will rule in the case of a man who is on Louisiana death row for raping a child.
The U.S. Supreme Court takes up a critical case that could define the convoluted Second Amendment -- and decide exactly what Americans' right to bear arms means
A California cancer patient is awarded $9.3 million in a health insurance cancellation case. Elizabeth Cohen reports.
Thirty-five years since Roe v. Wade, and little, it seems, has changed.
Roe v. Wade turns 35, but the debate is still hot. CNN's Jill Dougherty examines the issue's role in the 2008 election.
The Supreme Court dealt a blow Tuesday to investors seeking to recover damages from alleged corporate fraud, a potentially huge liability case being closely watched by owners of stock, the business community and government regulators.
A conservative majority of the Supreme Court appeared ready Wednesday to support an Indiana law requiring voters to show photo identification, despite concerns that it could deprive thousands of people of their right to vote.
The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided along ideological lines Monday over whether lethal-injection execution methods in about three dozen states are being properly and humanely applied.
The Supreme Court is to decide if lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment. CNN's Gary Nurenberg reports
A bitterly divided Senate panel Thursday approved a measure allowing all public U.S. Supreme Court proceedings to be televised despite fierce opposition from the justices.
The Bush administration is back at the Supreme Court to defend its indefinite detentions of foreign terrorism suspects at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Some men have been held there nearly six years
Yoga is being used to reduce stress and anxiety in an Atlanta area school. CNN's Judy Fortin has more.
On September 17, 1998, Houston police, responding to a report of a weapons disturbance, entered an apartment where John Geddes Lawrence and Tyron Garner were having sex. The two men were arrested for violating the Texas law against "deviate sexual intercourse," which prohibited oral and anal sex.
The Supreme Court began the term last October with renewed calls for unanimity from the chief justice, but it ended the session Thursday with the latest in a series of two dozen closely divided rulings.
Back in 1900, writer Finley Peter Dunne quoted Mr. Dooley, his fictional Irish bartender, as saying, "The Supreme Court follows the election returns."
In another 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the execution of a Texas double murderer whose attorneys argue he is so mentally ill he doesn't understand his punishment.
A bitterly divided U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday issued what is likely to be a landmark opinion -- ruling that race cannot be a factor in the assignment of children to public schools.
School officials around the country are asking what to do following a Supreme Court decision rejecting racial integration plans in Seattle and Louisville, Ky.
School officials in Seattle, Washington, said Thursday they know they cannot use "race-specific" rules to increase diversity in their schools but believe they can accomplish similar goals with "race-conscious measures."
Sandee Winkelman calls her experience with her Ohio school district "horrific" and accuses officials of "bullying" her over who should pay for the special education their autistic son receives.
The Supreme Court once again split 5-4 on an important death penalty case on Monday, with a majority of conservative justices rejecting an Arizona killer's claims his legal team did not do enough to keep him off death row.
A majority of the Supreme Court's conservative bench appeared ready Wednesday to turn aside part of a sweeping campaign finance reform law with important implications for the upcoming presidential election
The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a law that banned a type of late-term abortion, a ruling that could portend enormous social, legal and political implications for the divisive issue.
The Supreme Court Monday debated the case of a high school principal who suspended a student over a "Bong Hits 4 Jesus," banner displayed at a school-sponsored event.
More than 50 years after the Supreme Court outlawed segregation in public schools, the justices struggled over one controversial outgrowth of that decision Monday.
The buttons were 2 to 4 inches around, showing a man killed in a shooting, and were worn by his family at the murder trial of the accused shooter.
With the Supreme Court beginning a new term, legal observers say the man to watch is Justice Anthony Kennedy, who holds the swing vote.
After suffering from mild heart pain during the weekend, Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was hospitalized for a "routine procedure" to keep an artery open, the court said.
In just five months, Justice Samuel Alito has lived out two lifelong dreams. He sits on the highest court in the land, and last month took the mound to throw out the first pitch at a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game.
A portion of a controversial Texas congressional map was tossed out Wednesday by the Supreme Court, but the overall redistricting plan engineered by state Republicans was found to be proper.
A sharply divided Supreme Court limited the reach of federal regulators to block private development that might affect water quality, in an important property rights dispute that exposed deep divisions among the justices.
Ruling in an important property rights dispute, a divided U.S. Supreme Court limited the reach of federal regulators to block private development that might affect water quality.
A split Supreme Court ruled Thursday that drug evidence seized in a home search can be used against a suspect even though police failed to knock on the door and wait a "reasonable" amount of time before entering.
Two death row inmates won separate victories in the Supreme Court Monday -- one hoping to prove he did not commit a 1985 Tennessee murder, the other seeking to show that lethal injection methods used in Florida are cruel and unusual punishment.
Tobacco giant Philip Morris will get a chance this fall to convince the Supreme Court that an $80 million judgment against the company was excessive in an important product liability case testing the power of juries to impose large punitive awards against well-heeled corporations.
A divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that government workers who blow the whistle on alleged illegal conduct do not deserve First Amendment protection that would automatically shield them from discipline from their bosses.
The Supreme Court expressed concern Wednesday that the chemical cocktail used to execute Florida inmates could cause "excruciating pain" in violation of the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
A divided Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a U.S. citizen held until recently as an "enemy combatant" without traditional legal rights.
The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in what could prove a landmark case on the president's power in a wartime setting.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has acknowledged a specific death threat against her and her retired colleague Sandra Day O'Connor, blaming lawmakers for fueling "the irrational fringe."
The Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared reluctant to throw out the Texas congressional map that resulted in a Republican majority in the state's congressional delegation.
Three Supreme Court justices expressed reluctance to allow cameras into their courtroom, citing the infamous O.J. Simpson murder trial watched on television by millions.
President Bush moved quickly Monday to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist Saturday. Bush nominated federal Judge John Roberts to the nation's top judicial post.
In a victory for cities, a divided Supreme Court concluded Thursday that local governments have the authority to seize private land and turn the property over to private developers for economic development.
Wineries and wine quaffers had reason to raise their glasses Monday, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that states cannot prohibit consumers from buying wine directly from out-of-state wineries.
A Pennsylvania man can keep his gun after the Supreme Court concluded Tuesday that his conviction for crimes overseas did not prevent him from later owning a firearm.
This week, in Roper v. Simmons, the Supreme Court declared the death penalty for juvenile offenders to be unconstitutional. In so doing, the Supreme Court brought the United States into line with the international community.
A cautious Supreme Court walked a legal tightrope Wednesday, seeming to look for ways that would allow displays of the Ten Commandments on government property to continue.
In a ruling that marked a change in "national standards," a divided Supreme Court Tuesday ruled that the execution of juvenile killers is unconstitutional.
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected efforts by a California atheist to revisit the issue of banning the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools because of its use of the words "under God."
The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked enforcement of a law intended to protect children from pornography on the Internet, saying the law probably violates free-speech guarantees.
The Supreme Court has again given police greater power to stop and question suspects, ruling Monday that a Nevada cowboy could not refuse to give his name to officers who tried to question him along a roadside.
Ronald Reagan's conservatism can be seen at the nation's highest court, dominated by his colorful and influential choices.
The Supreme Court Tuesday blocked the public release of controversial photographs showing the body of former White House official Vincent Foster, with justices concluding it would be an "unwarranted invasion" of the family's privacy.
As lawyers and court watchers have long suspected, the Supreme Court was ready to effectively overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion in 1992, but Justice Anthony M. Kennedy got cold feet, and the vote went the other way.
The nation's chief justice has sharply criticized Congress over the issues of judicial salaries and laws tightening federal sentencing guidelines.
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