The Supreme Court takes on gerrymandering in a hyperpolarized …

Is the Supreme Court about to cause great political upheaval by getting into the business of policing the worst partisan gerrymanders? Signs from last week suggest that it well might. At the very beginning of its term back in October, the court heard oral arguments in Gill vs. Whitford, a case challenging Wisconsin’s plan for [...]

Poland Stares Down EU Sanctions Talk by Revamping Supreme …

The European Union is set to move ahead next week with plans to slap unprecedented sanctions on one of its own members, Poland, for failing to uphold democratic norms during overhauls of the country’s legal system. Backed by Germany and France, the EU’s executive arm is likely to recommend activating a European Treaty article that would [...]

Money Is Flowing Into State Supreme Court Races, Study Says

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: A new study finds that a lot of money is flowing into races for state Supreme Court. Millions of dollars are coming from sometimes mysterious donors, and a lot of it goes to negative advertising. Here’s NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson. CARRIE JOHNSON, BYLINE: For nearly 20 years, the Brennan Center for [...]

FBI corruption probe could alter Supreme Court’s view of sports betting

CLOSE NJ Gov. Chris Christie says that if the Supreme Court rules in his state’s favor in a major sports betting case, then sports betting would quickly become available in the state. The GOP governor was in Washington to hear arguments in the case. (Dec. 4) AP The Supreme Court must decide whether to side [...]

The Supreme Court takes on gerrymandering in a hyperpolarized political environment

Is the Supreme Court about to cause great political upheaval by getting into the business of policing the worst partisan gerrymanders? Signs from last week suggest that it well might. At the very beginning of its term back in October, the court heard oral arguments in Gill vs. Whitford, a case challenging Wisconsin’s plan for [...]

Poland Stares Down EU Sanctions Talk by Revamping Supreme Court

The European Union is set to move ahead next week with plans to slap unprecedented sanctions on one of its own members, Poland, for failing to uphold democratic norms during overhauls of the country’s legal system. Backed by Germany and France, the EU’s executive arm is likely to recommend activating a European Treaty article that would [...]

In reversal, state Supreme Court will hear Alan Beaman’s appeal

Edith Brady-Lunny of The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. (TNS) SPRINGFIELD — In a rare move, the Illinois Supreme Court has reversed a recent ruling and decided to consider Alan’s Beaman’s appeal in his lawsuit against the Town of Normal and three former Normal police officers. Beaman is seeking damages against the town and the ex-officers for [...]

Iowa Supreme Court justice blocks Register’s use of court records

Gavel(Photo: File photo) An Iowa Supreme Court justice has issued a highly unusual order prohibiting the Des Moines Register from publishing information gleaned from court records. The Register has objected, calling the order an unlawful form of prior restraint that violates the First Amendment and “stands as an undesirable and unsustainable outlier in the law and policy [...]

On 100th anniversary of Louisville case, beware of racism under cloak of zoning | Opinion – The Courier

Supreme Court(Photo: USA Today) This year is the 100th anniversary of a key U.S. Supreme Court case on civil and economic rights involving Louisville. Buchanan v. Warley (1917) overturned racial zoning ordinances in Louisville which prohibited whites selling and blacks buying homes in white-majority neighborhoods. (On Nov. 29 the city dedicated a historical marker at 37th and Pflanz [...]

Blind Justices

Judge Kozinski’s behavior was no secret when I was at the 9th Circuit. Although I did not clerk for him or even work in the same city as he did, his conduct was a frequent topic of discussion amongst my peers. I had heard about Judge Kozinski’s harassment even before I started applying for clerkships. [...]

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