Getting a jump on the Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday said it would decide whether the American with Disabilities Act applies to police faced with an armed and violent, mentally ill person, and, in a key environmental challenge, whether costs must figure in federal regulation of electric utilities' air pollution.
- Justices Return to Consider Facebook Threats, Pregnancy Discrimination
- Federal Employee Speech and the Whistleblower Protection Act
- Justices Taking Up Disputes Over Underwater Mortgages
- Sotomayor Sees Return to Trial Courts After Retirement
- Court: Limit on Closing Argument Didn’t Require New Trial
- Alabama Redistricting Case Divides Supreme Court
When the call came from Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., James Duff said it wasn't a matter of it being hard to say no, but rather that "I was truly honored to be asked."
The former solicitor general was calmly making his case before the justices, and was about to shift to a new subject when Justice Antonin Scalia impatiently cut him off. "Could I interrupt before you get to that?" Scalia asked gruffly. "You don't take breaths between sentences. It makes it hard."
The U.S. Supreme Court returns to the bench December 1 to begin hearing arguments in 12 cases and to hand down some decisions, finally.
The title of the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) does not ensure that whistleblowers are protected. The U.S. Supreme Court heard argument on Nov. 4 in Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean. This case illustrates the obstacles federal employees face in seeking relief under the WPA.
A federal appellate court was wrong to conclude that a trial judge's improper restriction of a criminal defense lawyer's closing arguments requires automatic reversal of a conviction, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday.
There is no constitutional rule requiring that, when police knock and announce their presence at a residence, they must begin at the front door, the U.S. Supreme Court held on Monday.
For U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, retirement is almost certainly years or decades off. But the 60-year-old justice is already thinking about it, and she said recently she’d like to preside over trials again when she retires.
The impending rise of Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee, may bring new momentum to the long-running campaign to broadcast U.S. Supreme Court proceedings.