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Supreme Court Justice Thomas stresses need for neutrality

Oct. 19, 2018 1:37 PM EDT

COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas says judicial independence and neutrality is as important as ever with public opinion deeply divided on high-profile issues. "It is becoming increasingly common for public opinion to galvanize behind particular outcomes and around particular...

Trump administration seeks prompt immigration ruling

Oct. 18, 2018 7:33 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration said it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene if a federal appeals court does not rule soon on the administration's decision to end legal protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants. The U.S. Department of Justice wants the 9th U.S. Circuit...

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...

Sessions criticizes court order on deposition in census case

Oct. 15, 2018 10:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday criticized a court order that allows for the questioning of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on how a citizenship question came to be added to the 2020 census. The court's actions, the attorney general said in a speech to the conservative Heritage...

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...

The Latest: US Supreme Court rules in Tennessee execution

Oct. 11, 2018 9:09 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on Thursday's scheduled execution of Tennessee inmate Edmund Zagorski (all times local): 8:10 p.m. The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a challenge of Tennessee's lethal injection protocol and lifted a stay of execution ordered by a lower court because of inadequate...

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...

Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh during swearing-in ceremony

Oct. 8, 2018 11:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in —again, for the cameras, this time — Monday night at a White House ceremony, but not before President Donald Trump slammed Kavanaugh's opponents for a "campaign of personal destruction." In a ceremony that could have been a...

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...