Latest Supreme Court of the United States News

Glance at what some state legislatures are doing on abortion

Mar. 21, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

Mississippi's governor signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country on Thursday. The bill outlaws abortions after the heartbeat of a fetus can be detected, around roughly the sixth week of a pregnancy. The ban is set to take effect on July 1, but abortion-rights advocates have already...

AP: GOP won more seats in 2018 than suggested by vote share

Mar. 21, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections. It was, by most accounts, a good year for the party. Yet it wasn't as bad as it could have been for Republicans. That's because they may...

Gerrymandering lawsuits are pending in a dozen states

Mar. 21, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

Gerrymandering is on trial as the U.S. Supreme Court and judges in a dozen states consider whether mapmakers — typically state lawmakers — have gone too far in manipulating the boundaries of legislative districts for their own advantage. The high court is to hear arguments Tuesday on a pair of cases...

Supreme Court troubled by jury selection bias in Mississippi

Mar. 20, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deeply troubled by a Mississippi prosecutor's pattern of excluding African-American jurors, the Supreme Court seemed in broad agreement Wednesday that a black death row inmate's conviction and death sentence at his sixth murder trial could not stand. The justices made clear they would not...

Justice Thomas talks at court arguments, 1st time in 3 years

Mar. 20, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court was about to adjourn for the day when the Georgia baritone politely inquired of the lawyer at the lectern. Justice Clarence Thomas, the court's only African-American member and lone Southerner, was breaking a three-year silence at high court arguments with a couple of...

The Latest: Justices seem troubled by Mississippi conviction

Mar. 20, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court arguments on excluding black jurors (all times local): 11:15 a.m. The Supreme Court is likely to throw out the death sentence and conviction of a black Mississippi man because the prosecutor improperly excluded African-American jurors. The court's arguments...

Supreme Court: Google class-action case should be revisited

Mar. 20, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed a lower court to take another look at a lawsuit that involved Google and privacy concerns and ended in a class-action settlement. The high court said in an unsigned opinion that a lower court should address whether those who sued had the right to do...

Supreme Court rules against immigrants in detention case

Mar. 19, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against a group of immigrants in a case about the government's power to detain them after they've committed crimes but finished their sentences. The issue in the case before the justices had to do with the detention of noncitizens who have committed a...

Supreme Court to hear case on racial bias in jury selection

Mar. 19, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A black Mississippi man who has been tried six times for murder says his latest conviction and death sentence should be thrown out for a familiar reason — the prosecutor's practice of keeping African-Americans off the jury. Curtis Flowers has been jailed in Mississippi for 22...

Trump's 2 Supreme Court picks on opposite sides in 2 cases

Mar. 19, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's two Supreme Court appointees were on opposite sides of two of three cases that the justices decided Tuesday. The two new justices have solidified conservative control of the Supreme Court, but they do not march in lockstep, at least in the small corners of the...