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Chief justice stresses independence in Minnesota speech

Oct. 16, 2018 10:30 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday stressed the need for the judicial branch to remain independent, taking note of the tumultuous debate over the confirmation of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh to say that the high court makes mistakes when it yields to political pressures. In a...

Supreme Court rejects Tennessee death row inmate efforts

Oct. 11, 2018 9:45 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court rejected two last-ditch efforts to save the life of Tennessee death row inmate Edmund Zagorski, apparently clearing the way for his execution despite a delay caused by legal wrangling. The court rejected a challenge of Tennessee's lethal injection protocol and...

Supreme Court wrestles with case on detention of immigrants

Oct. 10, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court wrestled Wednesday with a case about the government's ability to detain certain immigrants after they've served sentences for committing crimes in the United States. Several justices expressed concerns with the government's reading of immigration law. Justice Stephen...

Court mood is jovial as Kavanaugh takes his place on bench

Oct. 9, 2018 3:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brett Kavanaugh took the bench with his new Supreme Court colleagues for the first time Tuesday in a jovial atmosphere that was strikingly at odds with the tension and rancor surrounding his high-court confirmation. The new justice dived into his new job, asking a handful of questions in...

Bitter fight over Kavanaugh shadows a conservative court

Oct. 8, 2018 12:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The moment conservatives have dreamed about for decades has arrived with Brett Kavanaugh joining the Supreme Court. But with it comes the shadow of a bitter confirmation fight that is likely to hang over the court as it takes on divisive issues, especially those dealing with politics and...

Supreme Court moves right, but how far, how fast?

Oct. 7, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The moment conservatives have dreamed about for decades has arrived with Brett Kavanaugh joining the Supreme Court. But with it comes the shadow of a bitter confirmation fight that is likely to hang over the court as it takes on divisive issues, especially those dealing with politics and...

The Latest: Kagan, Sotomayor raise concerns about politics

Oct. 5, 2018 8:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 7 p.m. Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor are raising concerns about partisanship on the high court. Kagan and Sotomayor spoke Friday at an event at Princeton University. Without mentioning...

AP FACT CHECK: Emails show Tester did try to meet Kavanaugh

Oct. 4, 2018 3:04 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale accuses his Democratic opponent, Sen. Jon Tester, of obstructing the confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by refusing to meet with him before deciding to vote against his nomination. The claim against the two-term...

Supreme Court sympathetic to Pa. woman in cemetery case

Oct. 3, 2018 2:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in the case of a Pennsylvania woman fighting her town over a cemetery ordinance, with the justices seeming at least sympathetic to the fact that people with claims like hers are effectively barred from federal court. The Supreme Court heard...

Kavanaugh aided by Graham's fiery defense

Sep. 28, 2018 3:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brett Kavanaugh looked in desperate need of a fighter on his behalf as he gave impassioned testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee denying allegations of sexual assault. He found it in Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who told the judge straight out Thursday, "You've...