The Obama administration argued that lawsuits brought by individuals detained in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks should not be allowed. Several of those detained — who were later found to have no links to terrorism — are now suing former Bush administration officials.
“[Y]ou can say good things about some person or group, but you can’t say bad things,” Justice Elena Kagan said Wednesday, summarizing her skepticism of the government’s ability to ban disparaging names from trademark protection.
The Justice Department’s inspector general announced a wide-ranging review of department actions relating to this past year’s election on Thursday.
“I have no reservations about Senator Sessions’ ability to handle these issues fairly,” Ted Olson says of Sessions — despite Sessions’ record opposing same-sex couples’ marriage rights and other LGBT rights measures.
The Supreme Court is waiting — but not for much longer. After a year of changes in outlook, the justices now are waiting for Donald Trump to become president and name his nominee for the court.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says only “gross incompetence or willful obstruction” explain the delay on a final decision by the US Food and Drug Administration as to whether the state can import execution drugs.
The same federal judge who stopped enforcement of Obama administration’s transgender guidance for schools stopped enforcement of a similar health care rule on Saturday.
The 2-1 federal appeals court ruling is a loss for death row inmates who are challenging Ohio’s execution procedures.
In a Friday afternoon filing at the US Supreme Court, North Carolina officials ask Chief Justice John Roberts to halt a lower court order that special elections for North Carolina state legislative seats be held in 2017.
Plans announced on Dec. 22 took a turn on Saturday, when Jason Miller — who was to be President-elect Donald Trump’s White House communications director — said he would not be taking the job.
Florida’s death sentencing law has been unconstitutional since 2002, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Although the hopes for #HamiltonElectors to upend Monday’s Electoral College vote for president likely will not materialize, the move is likely only the first step in an effort to undermine Trump’s presidency before it begins.
“Doe, a vulnerable eleven year old with special needs, will suffer irreparable harm if prohibited from using the girls’ restroom,” the court held.
Death row inmates will get life without the possibility of parole instead, under a Thursday ruling from the court. The court did so by holding that an August decision that the state’s death sentencing law is unconstitutional applies retroactively to those previously sentenced to death.
“Has actual experience borne out the promise for a more reliable system of capital punishment” since 1976? A federal judge in Vermont says no — but says the final decision must come from the US Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court declined to halt the execution of Ronald Smith Jr. for a 1994 murder. A jury had recommended life imprisonment, but a judge nonetheless sentenced Smith to death.
Update: After deciding Saturday afternoon to end their state-court request for a statewide recount in Pennsylvania, Jill Stein’s campaign announced late Saturday night that they plan to take the issue to federal court on Monday.
With Republicans controlling all of the power centers in Washington, the state attorneys general could provide Democrats with some of their key paths to fight back.
The US Office of Government Ethics sent nine tweets on Wednesday discussing the president-elect’s business interests.
In Bobby James Moore’s case, the Supreme Court is examining how Texas has applied the high court’s ban on the execution of intellectually disabled people.