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Supreme Court says federal courts don’t have a role in deciding partisan gerrymandering claims

The Supreme Court of the United States. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Ricky Carioti.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s conservatives decided Thursday that federal courts do not have a role to play in deciding whether partisan gerrymandering goes too far. The 5 -4 decision was written by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by ...

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Supreme Court rules in favor of federal agency expertise on ambiguous regulations

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a formal group portrait to include the new Associate Justice, top row, far right, at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Seated from left: Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr. Standing behind from left: Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Elena Kagan and Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. Some justices have a sort of verbal signature, phrases they employ to disagree _ more or less politely _ with a lawyer arguing in front of them. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a long-standing precedent that says judges should generally defer to a federal agency’s expertise when ambiguous regulations are challenged. But the court’s conservatives, who have said that that gives too much power ...

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Supreme Court sides with apparel maker claiming First Amendment rights violated

The Supreme Court of the United States. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Ricky Carioti.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down the federal government’s ban on registering “immoral” and “scandalous” trademarks, saying it violates the First Amendment. “The most fundamental principle of free speech law is that the government can’t penalize or ...

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Supreme Court overturns murder conviction in case that raised questions of racial bias

FILE - In this March 20, 2019 file photo, Attorney Sheri Johnson leaves the Supreme Court after challenging a Mississippi prosecutor's decision to keep African-Americans off the jury in the trial of Curtis Flowers, in Washington. The Supreme Court is throwing out the murder conviction and death sentence for Flowers because of a prosecutor's efforts to keep African Americans off the jury. The defendant already has been tried six times and now could face a seventh trial. The court's 7-2 decision Friday says the removal of black prospective jurors violated the rights of inmate Curtis Flowers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday threw out the most recent conviction of a Mississippi man who has been tried an extraordinary six times for a quadruple murder in 1996, finding that a zealous prosecutor once again had improperly ...

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Supreme Court rules that giant cross honoring military dead may remain on public land

The "Peace Cross," the focus of an intense court case regarding its upkeep and placement on public land, stands at a busy intersection in Bladensburg, Md. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Michael Robinson Chavez

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a 40-foot cross erected as a tribute to war dead may continue to stand on public land in Maryland, rejecting arguments that it was an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. The vote was ...

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Supreme Court term ended much different than it began

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court began its term nine months ago with Merrick Garland nominated to the bench, Hillary Clinton favored to be the next president, and the court poised to be controlled by Democratic appointees for the first ...

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Justices strike down gender differences in citizenship law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of an unusual immigration law that treats fathers and mothers differently when it comes to conferring citizenship on children born outside the U.S. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called ...

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High court says bias in jury room can be probed

Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy testifies before a House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services hearing to review the FY 2016 budget request of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 23, 2015.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON — Accusations that a juror made racially biased statements about a defendant may require judges to break through the usual secrecy that surrounds jury deliberations, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. “A constitutional rule that racial bias in the justice system ...

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