The state of South Carolina told a federal court in the nation's capital Tuesday it has a right to require voters to present a photo ID at the polls, despite opposition from the Obama administration's civil rights lawyers.
The current Supreme Court is considered a "hot bench." Not because of the room temperature, or the relative good looks of the nine justices. "Hot" as in the spirited, often competitive oral arguments that have livened up -- or injected chaos into -- the public sessions where important legal and constitutional issues are openly debated and discussed.
House Republicans have hired a prominent conservative attorney to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act in a pending lawsuit, legal sources say, and will make an effort to divert money from the Justice Department to fund its high-profile fight.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday debated whether a provision of federal election law that allows opponents of certain self-financed candidates to exceed campaign spending limits unfairly punishes those who self-finance.
Americans have a right to own guns, Supreme Court justices declared Tuesday in a historic and lively debate that could lead to the most significant interpretation of the Second Amendment since its ratification two centuries ago
The White House and Justice Department say what looks like a contradiction between testimony of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller is nothing more than a confusion of terms.
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 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday on whether the Bush administration has the authority to hold accused "dirty bomb" suspect Jose Padilla indefinitely until the war on terrorism ends.
Declaring "disarray" in federal sentencing, Justice Department lawyers late Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to hold a special session and issue a prompt ruling on whether federal sentencing guidelines are unconstitutional.
Government lawyers told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the president has the legal authority to detain and interrogate suspected terrorists indefinitely without charging them regardless of whether they are arrested overseas or in the United States.
Setting limits on states rights, the Supreme Court Wednesday gave the federal government the power to impose more expensive pollution controls than Alaska wanted regarding power generation at an Alaskan mine.