Supreme Court Bars Curbside Voting in Alabama

After a state election official banned the practice, a federal trial judge allowed, but did not require, counties to offer it in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Can a Latina Girl Dream of Being President of the United States?

Women’s representation in government is lagging. Change won’t happen by itself.

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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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Supreme Court Allows Restrictions on Voting by Ex-Felons

The case concerned a Florida state law that limited the sweep of a voter initiative meant to allow former prisoners to vote.

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John Roberts’s Triumphant Supreme Court Term

Among them: Religion got a place at the public table long reserved for secular society.

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Supreme Court Turns Down Request to Allow All Texans to Vote by Mail

Democrats in the state had urged the justices to reinstate a federal trial judge’s order based on the 26th Amendment, which bars voting discrimination based on age.

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Supreme Court Limits S.E.C.’s Power to Recoup Ill-Gotten Gains

But the justices rejected a request that they rule the agency can never sue for disgorgement of profits obtained by fraud.

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Abolishing Qualified Immunity Is Unlikely to Alter Police Behavior

A host of reasons raise questions about the effectiveness of this reform.

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‘Troubling Tableau’ in 11th Circuit’s Prisoner Cases, Sotomayor Says

The appeals court, which covers three Southern states, uses procedures “out of step with other courts,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote, echoing critiques from judges and scholars.

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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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Supreme Court Takes On Employment Bias at Religious Schools

The cases are the latest in a series the court has had before it considering the relationship between church and state.

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Supreme Court Hears First Arguments via Phone

The conference call started with the usual Oyez! chant, but that was almost the only traditional thing about the arguments in a trademark case.

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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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Supreme Court Revives ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy for Asylum Seekers

A federal appeals court had found that the policy, which was put in place early last year, violated federal and international law.

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