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The Supreme Court Just Denied Serial’s Adnan Syed a New Murder Trial

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. The Supreme Court just denied Adnan Syed’s appeal for a retrial after new information came to light in the hit podcast “Serial.” Syed was convicted in 1999 — without any eyewitnesses — of fatally strangling his high school classmate and ex-girlfriend, 17-year-old […]

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SCOTUS Watch: What Byron Allen’s Legal Fight Against Comcast Could Mean for Future Racial Discrimination Lawsuits

Byron Allen’s racial discrimination lawsuit against the Comcast Corp., the world’s second-largest telecommunications conglomerate, lands in front of the Supreme Court Wednesday in a case that could greatly impact how future discrimination suits are brought forward. Allen, head of Entertainment Studios Network (ESN), filed a $20 billion lawsuit against Comcast in February 2015, alleging that […]

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This Hidden Rule Could Make It Impossible to Fight an Abortion Ban in Court

What if it were virtually impossible to fight an abortion ban in court? On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union got a judge to block one of the most extreme pieces of anti-abortion legislation the country has ever seen: a near-total abortion ban that Alabama’s governor signed in May and was set to go into […]

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Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination Is a Civil Rights Issue: Why Black People Need to Get Behind Title VII

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States is hearing arguments around a case that could transform how businesses across the country handle anti-LGBTQ discrimination. Anyone who purports to care about the black community should be concerned about efforts to ensure equal protection under the law to black LGBTQ+ people, including efforts to question the […]

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HUD Has a Ridiculous Legal Argument for Turning Trans People Away From Federally Funded Shelters

The Trump administration has spared no minority group its vitriol and hate, but transgender people have been especially targeted and maligned by the president and his cabinet. It started with his efforts to ban trans people from serving in the military and denying trans people access to medical care. His latest attack carried out by […]

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Neil Gorsuch Might Just Be the Supreme Court Justice Who Saves LGTBQ Workers’ Rights

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. The rights of LGTBQ workers in the United States could hinge on one man: conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s first appointee to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in three cases that all deal with the same […]

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What Went On at the Most Important SCOTUS Cases in LGBTQ Rights This Year

The Supreme Court heard three major cases Tuesday that will determine the future of LGBTQ rights in America. Plaintiffs Aimee Stephens, Donald Zarda, and Gerald Bostock are each respectively asking that the court officially categorize firing employees for belonging to the LGBTQ community as an act of discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, […]

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The Supreme Court Steps to the Right

Last week, the Supreme Court wrapped up a full term without Anthony Kennedy for the first time in thirty years. Liberals can sum up the experience in five words: It could have been worse. Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation last October marked an ideological turning point for the court, one that will reshape American lives for […]

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Top Conservative Calls for Chief Justice’s Head Over High Court’s Ruling on the Census Citizenship Question

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts during a February 2019 appearance in NashvillePhoto: Mark Humphrey (Associated Press) Because (obvi) any Supreme Court justice handpicked for the job by GOP conservatives owes strict allegiance to the Constitution conservatives everywhere, the head of the nation’s oldest conservative advocacy group is calling for Chief Justice John Roberts’ impeachment. Matt […]

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SCOTUS Blocks Census Citizenship Question, but Rules Political Gerrymandering Constitutional

Photo: J. Scott Applewhite (AP) On the last day of its term, the nation’s highest court churned out two major rulings: One concerning the U.S. Census, the other, the future of gerrymandering. Let’s start with gerrymandering—that is, when a political party shapes the boundaries of an electorate so it favors them—which the Supremes already ruled […]

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A Partisan Supreme Court Upholds Partisan Power

To say that the Supreme Court’s ruling in Rucho v. Common Cause is bad for American democracy would be an understatement. In a 5-4 decision along the usual ideological lines, the justices held that federal courts have no power to remedy partisan gerrymandering. The ruling gives a green light to state lawmakers across the country […]

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Supreme Court Will Hear Byron Allen’s Racial Discrimination Suit Against Comcast

Photo: Photo by Noam Galai (Getty Images for Bloomberg Businessweek) If you’re suing a person or company for racial discrimination, do you need to prove that race was the sole factor for the discrimination, or merely a contributing factor? That’s the legal decision the Supreme Court will soon decide. On Monday, the high court agreed […]

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The Supreme Court’s Latest Ruling Makes It Easier for Cops to Arrest Black Lives Matter Protesters

Photo: Joshua Lott (Getty Images) It was a ruling that failed to register widely in terms of national news, but could have potentially devastating effects for protesters around the country—and anyone tasked with keeping police officers accountable. On May 28, the Supreme Court made it more difficult for people who say they were arrested for […]

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