Supreme Court Limits Sweep of Law on Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Violent felonies committed recklessly do not count in deciding whether 15-year terms are required under the Armed Career Criminal Act, the justices ruled.

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Why Justice Breyer May Resist Calls for His Retirement

In a recent speech on “the peril of politics,” Justice Stephen G. Breyer said judges must renounce loyalty to “the political party that helped to secure their appointment.”

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A Lively Supreme Court Argument Over a Cheerleader’s Vulgar Rant

The justices struggled to determine how the First Amendment applies to public schools’ power to punish students for social media posts and other off-campus speech.

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Biden Creating Commission to Study Expanding the Supreme Court

The commission will also examine other potential changes such as term limits for justices. Progressives are pushing President Biden to add seats to balance the court’s conservative majority.

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Supreme Court Looks for Narrow Path in Investors’ Suit Against Goldman Sachs

Both sides agreed that generic statements about firms’ integrity and honesty can sometimes be the basis for securities fraud class-action suits.

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Supreme Court Wary of Law Letting Union Organizers Onto Private Property

The justices considered a California regulation that allowed labor representatives to meet with farm workers at their worksites for up to three hours a day for as many as 120 days a year.

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Justice Breyer Should Retire Right Now

If he doesn’t, Democrats run the very real risk that they would be unable to replace him.

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How Democrats Are Already Maneuvering to Shape Biden’s First Supreme Court Pick

The president’s promise to nominate a Black woman to the court has set off efforts to champion candidates and convince the White House to forego the usual elite credentials.

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Democrats Must Make Judgeships a Top Priority

Under Trump, Republicans reshaped the federal judiciary. Now Democrats have the chance to do the same.

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Supreme Court Lets Trump Keep Building His Border Wall

The court refused to lift a year-old stay notwithstanding an appeals court ruling that the construction was unlawful.

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The Justice Department’s Shameful Rush to Federal Executions

The push to impose the federal death penalty no matter the cost poses a grave threat to the rule of law.

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On Religion, the Supreme Court Protects the Right to Be Different

Recent decisions are about safeguarding pluralism, not taking sides in the culture wars.

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How Chief Justice Roberts Solved His Abortion Dilemma

For the moment, the right to choose is safe. But the outlook is ominous.

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Does John Roberts Need to Check His Own Biases?

Evidence from recent Supreme Court arguments suggests that the chief justice, like most people, may have ideological and gender blind spots.

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A Precedent Overturned Reveals a Supreme Court in Crisis

Separate opinions in a case show nine justices pursuing agendas far removed from the dispute at hand.

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