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Supreme Court commission talks positively of shorter terms

Oct. 15, 2021 20:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A commission tasked with studying potential changes to the Supreme Court has released a first look at its review, a draft report that is cautious in discussing proposals for expanding the court but also speaks approvingly of term limits for justices. ...

EXPLAINER: Texas abortion law again on path to high court

Oct. 15, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Friday that the federal government will ask the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court decision on a restrictive Texas law that has banned most abortions since September. A federal appeals court on Thursday said the Texas law should stay in...

Supreme Court commission talks positively of shorter terms

Oct. 14, 2021 22:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A commission tasked with studying potential changes to the Supreme Court released a first look Thursday night at its review, a draft report that is cautious in discussing proposals for expanding the court but also speaks approvingly of term limits for justices. ...

Justices seem set to revive marathon bomber's death sentence

Oct. 13, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sounded ready Wednesday to reinstate the death penalty for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. In more than 90 minutes of arguments, the court's six conservative justices seemed likely to embrace the Biden...

Justices' views on abortion in their own words and votes

Oct. 12, 2021 07:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion already is dominating the Supreme Court’s new term, months before the justices will decide whether to reverse decisions reaching back nearly 50 years. Not only is there Mississippi's call to overrule Roe v. Wade, but the court also soon will be asked again to...

Today in History

Oct. 04, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Oct. 4, the 277th day of 2021. There are 88 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Oct. 4, 2002, “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh received a 20-year sentence after a...

A 'dangerous cabal'? Alito says high court is no such thing

Sep. 30, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

Justice Samuel Alito pushed back Thursday against criticism, including some from colleagues, that recent Supreme Court actions in major cases have been done hastily and in the shadows. “A dangerous cabal” improperly deciding important matters — hardly, he said. ...

Losing can 'get frustrating' says liberal Justice Sotomayor

Sep. 29, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acknowledging the limits of her own influence on the law as a member of the Supreme Court's liberal minority, Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday encouraged citizens to work to change laws they may disagree with, like a recent Texas law that limits access to abortions. ...

Poll numbers down, justices say they aren’t politicians

Sep. 25, 2021 08:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Supreme Court justices delivered the same plea in rapid succession in recent days: Don’t view justices as politicians. The justices have reason to be concerned. Recent polls show a sharp drop in approval of a court now dominated by...

Shadow docket Supreme Court decisions could affect millions

Sep. 04, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Traditionally, the process of getting an opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court takes months and those rulings are often narrowly tailored. Emergency orders, especially during the court's summer break, revolve around specific issues, like individual death penalty cases. ...