Tag: Supreme Court (US)

When Cities Try to Limit Guns, State Laws Bar the Way

A day after six Philadelphia police officers were wounded in a long, tense standoff with a gunman, the city’s mayor angrily called for tougher restrictions on guns. “I say to our state and federal lawmakers: Step up — or step aside,” Mayor Jim Kenney said, hours after the surrender of the suspect, who the police […]

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The Supreme Court’s Second Amendment Appetite

With the sound of gunshots still ringing in the country’s ears, here’s the question of the moment for the Supreme Court: Do the justices hear it too? Back in January, I devoted my first column of the new year to the growing impatience of some members of the court for a chance to move the […]

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A Relentless Jailhouse Lawyer Propels a Case to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — “For 23 years, I was a jailhouse lawyer,” said Calvin Duncan, a former inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. “That was my assigned job.” He had a 10th-grade education, and he was serving a life sentence for murder. The prison paid him 20 cents an hour to help his fellow prisoners […]

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Arizona Files Novel Lawsuit in Supreme Court Over Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON — Saying the opioid crisis requires bold measures, the state of Arizona filed an audacious lawsuit in the Supreme Court on Wednesday asking the justices to order members of the Sackler family, which owns Purdue Pharma, to return what the state said were billions of dollars looted from the company. “We want the Supreme […]

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A Plan to End Partisan Gerrymandering

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The Supreme Court ruled last month that federal courts cannot rule on cases of partisan gerrymandering, saying that judges are not entitled to second-guess the decisions made by state legislators who draw voting maps. We spoke […]

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Supreme Court Lets Trump Proceed on Wall Plans Amid Legal Fight

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday allowed the Trump administration to move forward with plans to build a wall along parts of the Mexican border while litigation over paying for it proceeds. A trial judge had prohibited the administration from transferring $2.5 billion from the Pentagon’s budget to fund the effort, and an appeals […]

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The Nation’s Top State Courts Face a Crisis of Legitimacy

The nation’s courts have a checkered history when it comes to doling out justice for people of color and women. We often focus on the egregious outcomes — racial disparities in sentencing, over-incarceration of black men, courts that ignore survivors of sexual violence. Less often do we consider which factors might contribute to these injustices, […]

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Just Ideology? A Study Finds Another Predictor of Supreme Court Decisions

WASHINGTON — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has said he sometimes misses the old days, when “the sole practitioner with the battered briefcase” would arrive in Washington from the hinterlands to argue a once-in-a-career case at the Supreme Court. These days, that lawyer has usually been replaced by one specializing in Supreme Court advocacy. […]

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The Invisible Hand of Justice Stevens on Abortion

During the days following the death last Tuesday of Justice John Paul Stevens, admirers posted lists of their favorite and not-so-favorite Stevens opinions. Free speech on the internet? A great one. No First Amendment protection for burning an American flag? Not so great. Access to federal court for Guantánamo detainees? Definitely. Upholding an Indiana voter […]

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A ‘Train Wreck’ Was Averted at the Supreme Court, but for How Long?

The poison emanating from the White House in recent days has been so overwhelming that it’s hard to remember that something else held the country in thrall just a week ago: the prospect that President Trump would defy the Supreme Court and insist on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. There’s a strong […]

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Will Trump’s Racism Sink the G.O.P.?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Most Republicans met President Trump’s racist tweets about four Democratic congresswomen of color with silence, mild rebuke or whataboutism. This week on “The Argument,” the columnists debate whether the Grand Old Party has fully […]

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Why Justice Stevens Turned Against the Death Penalty

Justice John Paul Stevens struck an important blow against the modern death penalty 17 years ago in a Supreme Court decision barring capital punishment for intellectually disabled people. In his majority opinion in Atkins v. Virginia, Justice Stevens said the “cognitive and behavioral impairments” of the intellectually disabled made them “less morally culpable” and put […]

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John Paul Stevens Dissented Until the End

Most Supreme Court justices keep a low profile after retiring from the bench. The court is the most opaque institution in American government, and its members go to lengths to keep it that way. They avoid weighing in publicly on live legal questions, and they rarely, if ever, criticize the work of the court’s current […]

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5 Ways John Paul Stevens Made a Mark on the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — Justice John Paul Stevens, who died on Tuesday at 99, served for almost 35 years on the Supreme Court until his retirement in 2010. Here are some highlights from that long and eventful run. He was the last justice from the “greatest generation.” Justice Stevens was the last member of the Supreme Court […]

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John Paul Stevens: Canny Strategist and the ‘Finest Legal Mind’ Ford Could Find

WASHINGTON — Justice John Paul Stevens, who retired from the Supreme Court in 2010 and died on Tuesday at 99, was the last of a breed. He was chosen for his ability as a lawyer and not, as is common today, for how he was likely to vote in ideologically charged cases. In picking him […]

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John Paul Stevens, Supreme Court Justice Who Became Leader of Liberal Wing, Dies at 99

John Paul Stevens, whose 35 years on the United States Supreme Court transformed him, improbably, from a Republican antitrust lawyer to the outspoken leader of the court’s liberal wing, died Tuesday at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 99. The cause was complications from a stroke he suffered the day before, the Supreme […]

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