Does the Supreme Court Need More Justices?

The cases for and against altering the court.

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What the Supreme Court’s Vaccine Case Was Really About

The justices are turning around long-established law giving government agencies running room to do their jobs.

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Pakistan Paves Way for Ayesha Malik to Be First Woman Supreme Court Justice

Justice Ayesha A. Malik’s nomination, intensely opposed by some lawyers that have threatened to strike, was hailed by others as an important victory in improving representation for women.

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Louisiana Judge Who Used Racial Slur in Video Resigns

Michelle Odinet, of the City Court of Lafayette, La., resigned on Friday, saying in a letter that “my words did not foster the public’s confidence and integrity for the judiciary.”

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Senate Confirms Biden’s 40th Judge, Tying a Reagan-Era Record

President Biden saw more of his judicial nominees confirmed in his first year than any president since Ronald Reagan. The Senate confirmed 18 federal judges in Donald Trump’s first year.

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Populism Has Reached the Supreme Court, Too

Judicial populism justifies the exercise of power without accounting for its real-world effects.

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Critical Witness Testifies at Netanyahu Trial, Reviving a Drifting Case

Nir Hefetz, a former spokesman for Benjamin Netanyahu, is a state witness at the former prime minister’s corruption trial, which was once at the heart of a constitutional crisis.

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Biden’s Supreme Court Commission Shows Interest in Term Limits

But in newly released materials, members of the panel acknowledged “profound disagreement” over the wisdom of adding more justices to the court.

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‘We Finally Have Something to Celebrate’: The Infrastructure Bill Is Signed

Readers hail the $1 trillion bill but bemoan the partisanship and worry about online scams. Also: Paid family leave; court logjam; food deliveries.

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Judge Questions Trump’s Grounds for Keeping Jan. 6 Documents Secret

In a hearing on Thursday, a federal judge voiced skepticism about the former president’s claim that hundreds of pages of documents related to the riot should be shielded by executive privilege.

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Claudette Colvin, Civil Rights Pioneer, Seeks to Have Her Record Cleared

Claudette Colvin refused to give up her bus seat to a white woman in Montgomery, Ala., in March 1955, nine months before Rosa Parks. Now 82, she says that justice from the court system is overdue.

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Glass Ceiling Cracks in Egypt, but Would-Be Judges Still Hear: ‘No Girls’

On paper, women are free to apply for seats on Egyptian benches. In practice, they say, it is near impossible.

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John Grisham on Judges, Innocence and the Judgments He Ignores

The best-selling author, whose new book, “The Judge’s List,” is about a murderous member of the bench, talks about the Supreme Court, wrongful convictions and what it means to be “review-proof.”

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Italy Frees Catalan Separatist Leader From Jail. Here’s How the Case Has Gone.

Carles Puigdemont, a former leader of Catalonia, faces trial in Spain and was detained briefly in Italy. It is not clear if he will appear when the court considers whether to return him to Spain.

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Europe Tightens Purse Strings to Try to Pressure Poland and Hungary

Frustrations over rule of law violations in the two countries have prompted the European Union to block payments in an effort to bolster legal action.

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Texas Abortion Case Reflects Success of Conservative Strategy to Remake Court

Forces on the right have spent decades maneuvering to install a reliable anti-abortion majority. Now they have one, and it is paying off for them.

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A Supreme Court That Has Gone Wrong

Erwin Chemerinsky’s “Presumed Guilty” details the many ways the Supreme Court has favored the police over the accused.

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2 New York Judges Ordered Defendants to Get Vaccinated. Can They Do That?

The judges’ unusual orders came as the city confronts the Delta variant and a sizable portion of the population appears resistant to being vaccinated.

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Supreme Court Grants Temporary Reprieve to Biden Immigration Policy

Justice Samuel Alito briefly stayed a ruling from a federal judge that would have forced some asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while U.S. officials considered their cases.

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Biden’s Immigration Policies Face Fresh Judicial Setbacks

The Justice Department on Friday asked the Supreme Court to block a ruling that reinstated a policy forcing some asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while U.S. officials consider their cases.

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Trump’s ‘Team Kraken’ Lands in Hot Water

L. Lin Wood and other lawyers are now trying to minimize the roles they played after the 2020 election.

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Privacy Is Still a Victim When Rape Cases Hit the Justice System

Britain is struggling to end its dependence on the traumatizing seizure of data from victims’ phones. Pervasive rape culture is making it difficult.

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There’s One Man to Blame for Bill Cosby’s Release

The roots of the Cosby reversal were years in the making.

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Hong Kong Protester Faces City’s First Security Law Trial

Tong Ying-kit, who hit officers while riding a motorcycle with a protest flag, is accused of terrorism and inciting secession. He could be sentenced to life in prison.

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Supreme Court Says Over 200 Patent Judges Were Improperly Appointed

A fractured coalition of justices limited the effect of the decision, saying a larger role for an executive branch official would address the matter.

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The Power of Money: How Autocrats Use London to Strike Foes Worldwide

English courtrooms have become a battleground — and a source of powerful weapons — in fierce disputes between the tycoons and the politicians of the post-Soviet world.

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Simone Biles’s Brother Is Acquitted of Murder

Tevin Biles-Thomas was charged in the fatal shooting of three people at a New Year’s Eve party in 2018. This week, a judge said prosecutors had not presented enough evidence to convict him.

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Judge Dismisses Houston Hospital Workers’ Lawsuit Over Vaccines

The decision appeared to be one of the first to rule in favor of employer-mandated shots.

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U.S. Senate Confirms First Muslim Federal District Judge

The judge, Zahid N. Quraishi of New Jersey, said after his selection by President Biden, “Candidly, I would prefer to be the hundredth, if not the thousandth.”

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Senate Confirms First Biden Judges, Beginning Push to Rebalance Courts

The votes were the start of an effort by Democrats to confirm liberals and people of color to the federal courts after Donald J. Trump moved aggressively to install conservative white men.

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McGahn Breaks Little New Ground in Closed-Door Testimony

A transcript of the former White House counsel’s appearance, which ended a two-year dispute between the Justice Department and Congress over a subpoena, will be made public next week.

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If Netanyahu Goes, Israel’s New Prime Minister Faces a Big Mess

A new coalition in Israel hopes to remove Benjamin Netanyahu from power. If it does, there’s plenty of work to be done.

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2 Leading Manhattan D.A. Candidates Face the Trump Question

Alvin Bragg and Tali Farhadian Weinstein both have had dealings with President Donald J. Trump’s administration that Mr. Trump could try to use against them.

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Panel Approves First Biden Judicial Picks Over G.O.P. Opposition

Two appeals courts nominees drew scant Republican support. Their approval was part of a post-Trump push by Democrats to rebalance the courts.

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Joel Greenberg, Former Confidant to Matt Gaetz, Pleads Guilty

Mr. Greenberg is facing over 12 years in prison. As part of his plea agreement, he needs to provide substantial help to the Justice Department’s prosecutions of others.

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Bias Is a Big Problem. But So Is ‘Noise.’

When it comes to mistaken judgments, there is more than one kind of error.

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Cameroon Sentences Transgender Women to 5 Years in Prison

Human rights groups and lawyers said the sentences are the latest examples of a crackdown on homosexual and transgender people in Cameroon.

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Immigration Courts Aren’t Real Courts. Time to Change That.

As long as these judges are subject to political pressures, there can be no true judicial process.

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Senate Begins Considering Diverse Slate of Biden Judicial Nominees

Democrats are hoping to remake the courts to counter the Trump administration’s conservative push.

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Democrats’ Supreme Court Expansion Plan Draws Resistance

Lawmakers and activists say more justices are needed to rebalance the court, but a top Democrat said any action would have to await the work of a new presidential commission.

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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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The Courtroom Sketch: A Piece of History, and Art

The Library of Congress recently added more than 200 sketches of the Rodney King police brutality trial to its collection. “We are drawing history in the making,” one sketch artist said.

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An Extraordinary Winning Streak for Religion at the Supreme Court

More broadly, one new study found, “the politicization of religious freedom has infiltrated every level of the federal judiciary.”

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Paul Feinman, First Openly Gay Judge on N.Y. High Court, Dies at 61

“I hope I add to the diversity of perspectives that the court considers,” he said before being unanimously confirmed to the Court of Appeals in 2017.

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Trump Is Sued by Two Police Officers Over Capitol Riot

Former President Donald J. Trump “inflamed, encouraged, incited, directed, and aided and abetted” the Capitol Riot on Jan. 6, the officers’ lawsuit said.

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Biden’s Judicial Nominees Have Diverse Backgrounds

The president’s first choices for district and appeals court openings reflected his campaign promise to choose judges from outside of traditional backgrounds.

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Biden Names Diverse Nominees for the Federal Bench

The president’s first choices for district and appeals court openings reflected his campaign promise to choose judges from outside of traditional backgrounds.

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Judges Juggle Over 2,700 Cases Each as Families Wait for Day in Court

Short-handed and deluged by complex cases, New Jersey’s federal court is in a crisis. The backlog of cases has only gotten worse in the pandemic.

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What Are the Questions for Potential Jurors in the Derek Chauvin Trial?

A jury questionnaire shows what each side may be looking for as jury selection begins next week. Our reporters analyzed some of the questions.

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Nicolas Sarkozy, Ex-President of France, Found Guilty of Corruption

Nicolas Sarkozy was accused of trying to obtain confidential information from a judge by offering to help him land a job.

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