United States Supreme Court decisions

March 08, 2019 - 2:09 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama probate judge has recognized the legal rights of an aborted embryo just months after voters approved a state constitutional amendment recognizing the rights of the unborn. A civil rights attorney said the lawsuit to which the ruling applies is unlikely to...
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FILE - This March 23, 2018 file photo shows an envelope containing a 2018 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident as part of the nation's only test run of the 2020 Census. As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether the Trump administration can ask people if they are citizens on the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau is quietly seeking comprehensive information about the legal status of millions of immigrants. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith, File)
March 06, 2019 - 3:39 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census "threatens the very foundation of our democratic system" because it would cause a significant undercount of immigrants and Latinos that could distort the distribution of congressional seats, a...
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File - In this June 4, 2018, file photo, baker Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, manages his shop in Lakewood, Colo. The state of Colorado and Phillips who refuses to make wedding cakes for gay and transgender customers on religious grounds have agreed to end their legal fight. A statement from the Colorado Attorney General's office on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, announced that the state and cakeshop owner Jack Phillips mutually agreed to end litigation in state and federal courts. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
March 05, 2019 - 5:26 pm
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds — a stance partially upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court — and state officials said Tuesday that they would end a separate legal fight over his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition...
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Visitors walk around the 40-foot Maryland Peace Cross dedicated to World War I soldiers on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 in Bladensburg, Md. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
February 27, 2019 - 12:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed inclined Wednesday to rule that a 40-foot-tall cross that stands on public land in Maryland is constitutional, but shy away from a sweeping ruling. The case the justices heard arguments in is being closely watched because it involves the place of religious...
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Visitors wait to enter the Supreme Court as a winter snow storm hits the nation's capital making roads perilous and closing most Federal offices and all major public school districts, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. The Supreme Court is ruling unanimously that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to the states. The outcome Wednesday could help an Indiana man recover the $40,000 Land Rover police seized when they arrested him for selling about $400 worth of heroin. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 20, 2019 - 8:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help efforts to rein in police seizure of property from criminal suspects. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court's opinion in favor of...
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FILE - In this May 4, 2018, file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, at podium, announces at a news conference in Los Angeles that the city and county of Los Angeles, as well as four other cities have joined a lawsuit the state previously filed challenging the Trump administration's plan to ask people if they are U.S. citizens during the 2020 census. A U.S. judge in San Francisco will hear closing arguments Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in a trial over the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census for the first time in 70 years. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
February 15, 2019 - 12:40 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The process behind Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' decision to ask about people's citizenship status in a U.S. Census question was "rotten to its core" and failed to consider it would cost California money and at least one Congressional seat, an attorney for the state said...
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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts answers questions during an appearance at Belmont University Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
February 08, 2019 - 7:55 pm
Chief Justice John Roberts broke with the Supreme Court's other conservative justices and his own voting record on abortion to block a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Roberts didn't explain his decision late Thursday to join the court's...
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Sen. Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall, is photographed during a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Jackson, Miss. Fillingane helped usher through the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, a bill that would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Supporters and opponents anticipate a court fight if passed into law. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
February 05, 2019 - 5:21 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers are considering what could become one of the strictest abortion laws in the country. Bills that passed legislative committees Tuesday would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Republican Gov. Phil...
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FILE - In this July 17, 2017 file photo, escort volunteers line up outside the EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville, Ky. Already mired in three lawsuits over abortion restrictions, Kentucky lawmakers are ratcheting up the stakes with a new bill to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The measure introduced Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, appears to be on a fast track in the Republican-dominated state Senate. Opponents warn of an immediate legal challenge if it passes. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan, File)
January 09, 2019 - 2:38 pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Already mired in three lawsuits over abortion restrictions, Kentucky lawmakers are ratcheting up the stakes with a new bill to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. As a new legislative session opens, the measure appeared to be on a fast track in the...
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Clayvin Herrera poses for a picture on the plaza of the Supreme Court, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Washington. The U.S. Supreme is reviewing a case in which Clayvin Herrera, a Crow tribal member and former tribal game warden from Montana, is asserting his right under a 150-year-old treaty with the U.S. government to hunt elk in the Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
January 08, 2019 - 4:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Clayvin Herrera wound up with a fine of more than $8,000 for hunting elk in Wyoming's Bighorn National Forest after he posted photos online of his kill, showing off the way showing off often happens these days. The Crow tribe member's defense, however, in a case that has gotten...
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