Supreme Court News

As the highest court in the United States, the Supreme Court has the responsibility of declaring what the law is. This makes every decision of the Supreme Court vitally important to legal practitioners. FindLaw's Legal Professional News is the premier source of news and analysis regarding the Supreme Court, with breaking news stories, analysis from attorneys, and a variety of multimedia resources.

Top Headlines

  • Justices will review use of midazolam as execution drug

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:49:20 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is stepping into the issue of lethal injection executions for the first time since 2008 in an appeal filed by death row inmates in Oklahoma.

  • Campaign finance protest, hidden camera disrupt high court

    Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:05:08 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time in 11 months, opponents of Supreme Court rulings lifting limits on money in political campaigns briefly disrupted proceedings in the courtroom and embarrassed the court by managing to get a camera past court security.

  • Scalia could be surprise vote in Supreme Court housing case

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:44:04 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration may need the vote of a frequent conservative antagonist on the Supreme Court to preserve a decades-old strategy for fighting housing discrimination.

  • Supreme Court sharply divided over housing bias cases

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:06:02 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared sharply divided Wednesday in a debate over a decades-old strategy for fighting discrimination in housing.

  • Supreme Court may weaken housing bias cases

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:30 GMT


  • Supreme Court rules in favor of fired whistleblower

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:37:27 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a former air marshal who was fired after leaking plans to the media about security cutbacks can seek whistleblower protection.

  • Obama's memorable State of Union moments aren't about Obama

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 04:02:40 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The big moments in President Barack Obama's State of the Union speeches are rarely about what he said.

  • Watching Obama speech? Check out tone, theatrics, loudmouths

    Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:54:58 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and his aides have been trickling out his State of the Union proposals on taxes, education, Internet access and more for weeks. What's left to watch for during Tuesday night's speech? Plenty. The event is as much about the theatrics and accoutrements of the evening as about the meat of the president's proposals.

  • Justices weigh judicial candidates' appeal for campaign cash

    Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:38:00 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court struggled Tuesday with whether states can prohibit personal appeals for campaign contributions by candidates for elected judgeships.

  • Will Obama's State of the Union be upstaged again?

    Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:29:34 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Whatever a president says in the State of the Union, it's usually fast forgotten.

  • Supreme Court rules for bearded Muslim inmate

    Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:00:21 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a Muslim prison inmate in Arkansas can grow a short beard for religious reasons.

  • Supreme Court sides with Teva in drug dispute

    Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:11:43 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. in the company's high-profile patent dispute with rival firms over the top-selling multiple sclerosis drug.

  • Judge: Michigan must recognize 300-plus gay marriages

    Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:07:08 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — On the day before the nation's high court could decide whether to take up Michigan's same-sex marriage case, a federal judge ruled that the state must recognize hundreds of such unions performed during a brief window when they were allowed last year.

  • Justices sympathetic to man deported for minor drug crime

    Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:41:28 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has been receptive in recent years to immigrants who are fighting deportation from the United States over minor drug crimes. On Wednesday, the justices entertained the least serious transgression yet — the case of a Tunisian man who was deported after he pleaded guilty in Kansas state court to possessing drug paraphernalia.

  • Supreme Court seems troubled by job bias cases

    Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:28:35 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed troubled Tuesday by the Obama administration's aggressive defense of its strategy for targeting job discrimination in the workplace.

  • Supreme Court clarifies rules for rescinding mortgages

    Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:57:14 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that home buyers don't need to file a lawsuit, but may simply write a letter if they want to back out of a mortgage because they claim their lender violated the federal Truth in Lending Act.

  • Arizona church poised to win high court fight over signs

    Mon, 12 Jan 2015 20:14:31 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A small church in a Phoenix suburb appeared likely Monday to win its Supreme Court dispute over a local ordinance that puts limits on roadside signs that direct people to Sunday services.

  • Justices appear to favor small Arizona church over sign law

    Mon, 12 Jan 2015 17:32:14 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday appeared likely to side with a small church in its fight with a Phoenix suburb over limits on roadside signs directing people to Sunday services.

  • California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer to retire

    Fri, 09 Jan 2015 00:16:37 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, a tenacious liberal whose election to the Senate in 1992 heralded a new era for women at the upper reaches of political power, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election to a new term next year.

  • Things to know from the career of Sen. Barbara Boxer

    Thu, 08 Jan 2015 20:41:35 GMT

    Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California announced Thursday she will not seek re-election in 2016 to a fifth term. Here are some things to know from her long career:

  • New high court look at gay marriage? Now legal in 36 states

    Thu, 08 Jan 2015 20:00:02 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has quietly engineered a dramatic increase in the number of states that allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. That increase also has raised the chances the justices soon will settle the legal debate.