| Mar 4, 2014
| 8:41 AM
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday expanded protections for whistle blowers covered by an anti-fraud law passed following the collapse of energy giant Enron, ruling outside accountants, auditors and lawyers cannot be fired or punished for exposing...
| Feb 28, 2014
In America you're innocent until proven guilty. But the federal government can seize your assets before trial and prevent you from using them to hire the lawyer of your choice, even though the right to counsel is protected by the 6th Amendment. That's...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 3:12 PM
With some Supreme Court arguments, it’s foolish to try to predict how the justices will rule. United States vs. Apel wasn’t one of them. The case involved a challenge by John Dennis Apel, a chronic antiwar protester, to his conviction for...
| Feb 27, 2014
Re "The paradox of open carry laws," Opinion, Feb. 23
Only in the United States could there be a serious article on the advantages and disadvantages of carrying a gun openly or concealed; only in the United States could a George Zimmerman or Michael...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 8:25 AM
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court in a unanimous decision ruled Wednesday that military commanders have broad power to keep protesters off of bases, including the public roads that pass through them.
The decision upholds the prosecution of a veteran peace...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 8:16 PM
WASHINGTON — Police officers may enter and search a home without a warrant as long as one occupant consents, even if another resident has previously objected, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a Los Angeles case.
The 6-3 ruling, triggered by a...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 6:38 PM
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court, in a hearing Monday, sounded ready to reject a set of disputed permitting rules designed by the Obama administration to restrict carbon emissions from plants and factories.
But a majority of justices also agreed...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 11:42 AM
It’s an article of faith among some critics of the National Security Agency that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has packed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (a.k.a. the FISA court) with Republicans who are patsies for the “...
| Jan 29, 2014
Last year, as the Supreme Court was considering cases on both Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, this page urged the justices to issue a ruling making it clear that state bans on same-sex marriage violated the Constitution. Instead, the...
| Jan 26, 2014
President Obama's recent speech on government surveillance is dominating the conversation, but he won't be making the key decisions on the future of the National Security Agency's collection of domestic phone data. The statutory provision authorizing...
| Jan 24, 2014
When the Supreme Court struck down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act last year, it seemed impossible that a divided Congress would be able to agree on new legislation that would satisfy the court's concerns and restore robust enforcement of the...