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  • High court sides with Samsung in patent dispute with Apple

    Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:47:24 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with smartphone maker Samsung in its high-profile patent dispute with Apple over design of the iPhone.

  • Kennedy vote seems key to Supreme Court redistricting cases

    Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:47:39 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Anthony Kennedy appears to hold the decisive vote in two Supreme Court cases involving challenges from African-American voters to electoral districts in North Carolina and Virginia.

  • Supreme Court seems concerned over race in redistricting

    Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:02:31 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday seemed concerned that race may have played too large a role in the drawing of electoral districts in Virginia, to the detriment of black voters.

  • Supreme Court takes up cases about race in redistricting

    Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:31:51 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up a pair of cases in which African-American voters maintain that Southern states discriminated against them in drawing electoral districts.

  • Supreme Court hears cases about use of race in redistricting

    Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:29:36 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is returning to the familiar intersection of race and politics, in a pair of cases examining redistricting in North Carolina and Virginia.

  • The Latest: Trump narrows Supreme Court picks to '3 or 4'

    Fri, 02 Dec 2016 03:41:38 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):

  • Supreme Court weighs bond hearings for detained immigrants

    Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:51:34 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A seemingly divided Supreme Court on Wednesday tried to figure out whether the government can detain immigrants indefinitely without providing hearings in which they could argue for their release.

  • Trump suggests 'consequences' for any flag-burners

    Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:24:19 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump said Tuesday that anyone who burns an American flag should face unspecified "consequences," such as jail or a loss of citizenship. But the Supreme Court has held that flag-burning is a form of speech protected by the First Amendment, and top congressional Republicans quickly distanced themselves from Trump's views.

  • Supreme Court says OK to second bribery trial in Puerto Rico

    Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:15:15 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court says a former Puerto Rico senator can face a second trial on bribery charges.

  • Trump may need Roberts' vote when Supreme Court takes cases

    Sat, 26 Nov 2016 07:54:04 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a safe bet that when Chief Justice John Roberts and Donald Trump meet outside the Capitol on Inauguration Day, Roberts won't ask why Trump said terrible things about him.

  • Trump scorned Roberts but could need his Supreme Court vote

    Fri, 25 Nov 2016 16:21:12 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a safe bet that when Chief Justice John Roberts and Donald Trump meet outside the Capitol on Inauguration Day, Roberts won't ask why Trump said terrible things about him.

  • Garland in a select group: unsuccessful high-court nominees

    Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:26:59 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Judge Merrick Garland will soon put on his black judicial robe for the first time in months. The bad news for President Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court is that Garland's going back to hearing cases at his old job, not the high court.

  • A judge, not a justice, Garland expected to return to cases

    Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:44:25 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Judge Merrick Garland will soon put on his black judicial robe for the first time in months. The bad news for President Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court is that Garland's going back to hearing cases at his old job, not the high court.

  • Senate trade-off: More Obama judges, Trump gets nominees

    Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:45:27 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are gleeful over Democratic-engineered rule changes that will make it easier for President-elect Donald Trump to get his Cabinet nominees through the Senate. Yet Democrats see a lasting upside from what they did: allowing President Barack Obama to shape the federal judiciary for years to come.

  • Top Senate Dem serves notice to GOP, Trump on priorities

    Sun, 20 Nov 2016 00:00:41 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York is threatening political payback if congressional Republicans and President-elect Donald Trump try to undo President Barack Obama's major legislative achievements.

  • Justice Thomas calls conservatives to continue Scalia's work

    Fri, 18 Nov 2016 08:54:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas says conservatives should make the work of the late Justice Antonin Scalia a "prologue" in the effort to limit the power of the courts and other branches of government.

  • Justice Thomas: Honor Scalia by reining in government

    Fri, 18 Nov 2016 03:23:34 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is calling fellow conservatives to continue the work of the late Justice Antonin Scalia to keep the power of the courts and other branches of government in check.

  • Justice Alito rallies conservatives in tribute to Scalia

    Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:03:40 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued a rallying cry to conservatives Thursday amid newfound strength following Donald Trump's election.

  • 9 Trump Supreme Court prospects at conservative legal parley

    Thu, 17 Nov 2016 08:49:18 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Supreme Court justices and nine judges on President-elect Donald Trump's list of potential high court picks are among more than 1,000 people expected at a gathering of conservative lawyers that has suddenly turned into an impromptu job fair for spots in the new administration.

  • Sotomayor says nation 'can't afford to despair' over Trump

    Wed, 16 Nov 2016 02:11:10 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Tuesday that Americans "can't afford to despair" in the wake of Donald Trump's election as president.

  • Ex-governor asks US Supreme Court to review conviction

    Tue, 15 Nov 2016 01:47:11 GMT

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review his most recent public corruption conviction.