The U.S. Supreme Court this term will decide whether its 2012 ban on mandatory life without parole sentences for juvenile murderers is retroactive. But some of those offenders and their lawyers hope for more from the justices.
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Religion is the new battleground following U.S. Supreme Court decisions on contraceptive health insurance and same-sex marriages, but it doesn't have to be, says the director of a new four-year project on religious freedom at Emory University School of Law. The law school recently named Mark Goldfeder, a rabbi and lawyer who leads the school's law and religion students program, the head of the new project funded by an anonymous gift of $1 million. Goldfeder talks with the SCB about the new project in this Q&A.
An array of well-known former prosecutors has joined forces to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to reaffirm its commitment to banning racial bias in jury selection.
In the 2014-2015 term, "friends of the court" participated in 98 percent of the Supreme Court's cases, filed nearly 800 amicus curiae briefs, and broke two records: the most amicus briefs filed in a case and the most signatories on a single brief.
Sixteen former corrections leaders from across the country are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to use a Virginia case to end the automatic assignment of death row inmates to solitary confinement.
Immediately after Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. summarized from the bench his dissent in June's same-sex marriage decision, he announced that Justice Antonin Scalia had the court's opinion in the final case of that day—likely the most ignored one of that week.
The U.S. Supreme Court has been arming district court judges with the law they need to weed out bad patent lawsuits, patent litigator Rudy Telscher believes. And one recently won weapon—attorney fee awards—is the result of Telscher's own high court victory.
The U.S. Supreme Court has made it more difficult for consumers and others to enforce their rights because of a series of technical, ideological decisions of which the public is largely unaware, according to a recent scholarly study.
The recent release of the annual financial disclosure forms submitted by U.S. Supreme Court justices has renewed the debate over when justices should recuse in pending cases and how they should avoid conflicts of interest.