The Latest: High court appears split over LGBT rights
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court arguments over LGBT rights (all times local):
A seemingly divided Supreme Court is considering whether federal civil rights law...
Supreme Court to hear abortion regulation case
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to plunge into the abortion debate in the midst of the 2020 presidential campaign, taking on a Louisiana case that could reveal how willing the...
The Latest: High court to consider Louisiana abortion case
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court’s new term (all times local):
The Supreme Court is adding an abortion case to its busy election-year docket. The justices...
The Supreme Court nominee is also the dad who loves Westerns, the outdoorsman who enjoys the Zen of fly fishing
Who is Neil Gorsuch? He’s the dad whose standing birthday present from his family is an agreement to watch a Western with him. He’s the sports nut who waits at the top of the ski slopes to see which of his law clerks he’ll need to help up after a fall. He’s the friend whose buddies remember his spot-on impressions of Jimmy Stewart. He’s also President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court of the United States.
Gorsuch says US Supreme Court not split on partisan lines
PROVO, Utah (AP) — The conventional wisdom that the court is split along partisan lines based on the political views of the president that appointed each justice is false, a U.S. Supreme Court...
AP Interview: Gorsuch rues loss of civility but mum on Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Neil Gorsuch is following the path of Supreme Court colleagues-turned-authors in a new book in which he laments the loss of civility in public discourse.
Ex-Marine, professor, MLB draft pick among high court clerks
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Marine who deployed twice to Afghanistan. A patent law professor. A woman who's blind. Two Rhodes scholars.
They're among the lawyers starting work this summer as...
High court upholds precedents on deference to agencies
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a conservative push to limit the power of federal agencies.
The high court declined to overrule two past cases that had been...
Appeals court hopeful withdraws after plagiarism discovery
PHOENIX (AP) — An attorney pulled her application for an Arizona Court of Appeals judgeship Friday after it became public that she plagiarized U.S. Supreme Court justices in her...
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming is planning a $10 million expansion to its law school that coincides with the college's centennial celebration next year.
Cameron wins GOP nomination for Kentucky attorney general
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Daniel Cameron, a political newcomer and former aide to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, has won the Republican primary for Kentucky attorney general.
Gillibrand travels to Georgia to criticize new abortion laws
ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand says that, as president, she'd seek to write into law the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling that legalized...
Abortion ban aims for high court, but won’t get there soon
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alabama's virtual ban on abortion is the latest and most far-reaching state law seemingly designed to prod the Supreme Court to reconsider a constitutional right it announced 46...
State senator, McConnell lawyer in primary for Kentucky AG
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky state senator and a former aide to Sen. Mitch McConnell are battling over who's the real conservative in the Republican primary for state attorney...
Gorsuch replaces Biden as chair of civic education group
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is taking on a new role as the honorary chairman of a nonpartisan group devoted to education about the Constitution, replacing former Vice...
Justice Clarence Thomas’ moment may finally have arrived
WASHINGTON (AP) — Clarence Thomas has been a Supreme Court justice for nearly three decades. It may finally be his moment.
Many Americans know Thomas largely from his bruising 1991...
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Book of Gorsuch speeches and writings out in September
NEW YORK (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has a collection of speeches, writings and eight original essays coming out this fall.
Justices rule against Missouri inmate with rare health issue
WASHINGTON (AP) — Missouri can execute an inmate who argued his rare medical condition will result in severe pain if he is put to death by lethal injection, the Supreme Court ruled...
BYU law professor headed to the Supreme Court
PROVO, Utah (AP) — A law professor at Brigham Young University is headed to the Supreme Court.
First-year faculty member Stephanie Barclay will clerk for Justice Neil Gorsuch during the 2021...
High court seems split over curbing federal agencies’ power
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed split Wednesday in a case where the justices are being asked to curb the power of federal agencies. The case before the justices is one in which the...
Trump’s 2 Supreme Court picks on opposite sides in 2 cases
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's two Supreme Court appointees were on opposite sides of two of three cases that the justices decided Tuesday.
Anti-abortion bill clears Georgia Senate committee
ATLANTA (AP) — Abortion rights activists chanted "shame" as Republicans on a Georgia Senate committee moved Monday to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
Georgia Senate committee hears testimony on abortion bill
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia Senate committee listened to emotional testimony Thursday over a proposal that would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The committee did not take...
High court declines New Jersey preservation grants case
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three conservative Supreme Court justices say barring synagogues, temples, churches and mosques from programs that award money for preservation work is discrimination.
High court rules for retired US marshal in W.Va. tax dispute
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Wednesday that the state of West Virginia unlawfully discriminated against a retired U.S. marshal when it excluded him from a more generous tax break given...
String of anti-abortion bills proposed in Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Tennessee have introduced a wide range of anti-abortion legislation following newly elected Gov. Bill Lee's promise to support any bill reducing the number of abortions throughout the state.
Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion clinic law
WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court stopped Louisiana from enforcing new regulations on abortion clinics in a test of the conservative court's views on abortion rights.
The justices said by a 5-4 vote late Thursday that they will not allow the state to put into effect a law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's four liberals in putting a hold on the law, pending a full review of the case.
Supreme Court rejects coach’s appeal over prayer, for now
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from a former Seattle-area football coach who lost his job because he refused to stop praying on the field.
But four conservative justices say Tuesday that they are interested in former Bremerton High School Coach Joe Kennedy's case and the legal issues it raises.
Battles expected in many states over abortion-related bills
NEW YORK (AP) — On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women's access to the procedure.
Justices appear ready to void Tennessee alcohol sales law
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared ready Wednesday to strike down a Tennessee provision that requires people to live in the state for two years before obtaining a license to sell alcohol.
Several justices said the restriction unconstitutionally discriminates against out-of-state economic interests, despite strong state interests in regulating liquor sales.
Gorsuch named as trustee of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has been elected to serve as a trustee of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Gorsuch was nominated to the high court by President Donald Trump and took his seat in April 2017. He previously served on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and at the U.S. Department of Justice as principal deputy associate attorney general.
Colonial Williamsburg is the world's largest living history museum.
US Supreme Court seeks more details in Oklahoma case
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is asking new questions in a case that will decide whether an Oklahoma-based Indian tribe retains control over a vast swath of eastern Oklahoma.
The court on Tuesday asked attorneys for both the U.S. and Muscogee (Creek) Nation to file written answers to questions in the case that involves a Native American man sentenced to death for murder in state court.
48 US college students awarded scholarships to study in UK
Forty-eight U.S. students have been awarded the 2019 Marshall Scholarship, the largest class of scholars in the program's 65-year history.
The U.K. government mainly funds the scholarships and announced them Monday. Recipients come from across the U.S., and next year's group includes more women than ever before.
SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Justices employ signature phrases
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Sonia Sotomayor wants you to know she's sorry. Justice Neil Gorsuch is only asking for some help.
When you sit through almost all the Supreme Court arguments in a week, a month or even a term (as The Associated Press does), you hear the same phrases over and over.
Some justices have a sort of verbal signature, phrases they employ to disagree — more or less politely — with a lawyer arguing in front of them.
The Latest: Court likely to apply excess-fine ban to states
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court case about excessive fines (all times local):
The Supreme Court seems very likely to rule that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to the states. The outcome could help an Indiana man recover the $40,000 Land Rover police seized when they arrested him for selling about $400 worth of heroin.
Graham poised to lead Judiciary panel after Grassley switch
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa is giving up the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee after shepherding 84 of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees through the confirmation process over the past two years, including Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
Montana Sen. Jon Tester prevails despite battering by Trump
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Only U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana survived President Donald Trump's aggressive campaign to topple Democratic senators from Republican-leaning states who voted against his Supreme Court picks.
The president and his surrogates returned repeatedly to Montana, North Dakota, Missouri and Indiana this election season, pounding on Tester and other incumbent Democrats who opposed the nominations of Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.
The Latest: Montana Sen. Tester survives Trump onslaught
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on Montana's U.S. Senate race (all times local):
Montana Sen. Jon Tester is a rare survivor from President Donald Trump's aggressive campaign to unseat Democrats in Republican-leaning states.
The president repeatedly returned to Montana, North Dakota, Missouri and Indiana, where he pounded on Tester and other lawmakers who opposed his Supreme Court picks, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.
Supreme Court rejects net neutrality appeal
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ended the court fight over repealed Obama-era "net neutrality" rules that required internet providers to treat all online traffic equally.
The court on Monday rejected appeals from the telecommunications industry seeking to throw out a lower court ruling in favor of the "net neutrality" rules. The Federal Communications Commission under President Donald Trump has rolled back the rules, but the industry also wanted to wipe the court ruling off the books.
Trump administration wants delay in census lawsuit trial
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration wants the Supreme Court to postpone a trial over the decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
The request submitted to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Monday says a federal judge in New York should not move forward with a Nov. 5 trial exploring whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross improperly decided the census should ask about citizenship for the first time since 1950.
Supreme Court: Ross can’t be questioned in census suit
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is siding with the Trump administration to block the questioning of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross about his decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
The unsigned order Monday overrides lower federal courts in New York that would have allowed the questioning of Ross to proceed in lawsuits challenging the addition of a citizenship question on the decennial census for the first time since 1950.
The Latest: Kavanaugh takes Supreme Court spot for 1st time
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court and Justice Brett Kavanaugh (all times local):
Brett Kavanaugh has taken the bench with his new Supreme Court colleagues for the first time.
The new justice dived into his new job, asking a handful of questions in the first arguments of the day following a traditional welcome from Chief Justice John Roberts, who wished Kavanaugh "a long and happy career in our common calling."
AP FACT CHECK: Emails show Tester did try to meet Kavanaugh
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale accuses his Democratic opponent, Sen. Jon Tester, of obstructing the confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by refusing to meet with him before deciding to vote against his nomination.
The claim against the two-term incumbent feeds into State Auditor Rosendale's narrative of Tester as hostile to the agenda of President Donald Trump, who won Montana by 20 percentage points in 2016.
Supreme Court could limit execution of people with dementia
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared willing Tuesday to extend protection from capital punishment to people with dementia who can't recall their crime or understand the circumstances of their execution.
The eight justices heard arguments in the case of Alabama death row inmate Vernon Madison, who killed a police officer in 1985 but has suffered strokes that his lawyers say have left him with severe dementia.
Vukmir promises to meet with all Supreme Court nominees
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir is promising to meet with all nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Vukmir made the promise on Tuesday as confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were set to begin.
Vukmir's position is a dig at her opponent, Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. She has not yet met with Kavanaugh, whom President Donald Trump announced as his selection in July.
Decades of ‘Fancy meeting you here!’ for Gorsuch, Kavanaugh
WASHINGTON (AP) — Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh first crossed paths over plates of beef stroganoff, shepherd's pie and chicken cubes in a thick, yellow sauce. They weren't business meals. They shared lunch period at their elite private high school.
Biographical notes on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch
NAME: Neil Gorsuch.
BIRTHDATE: August 29, 1967..
BIRTHPLACE: Denver, Colorado..
EDUCATION: B.A., Columbia University, 1988; J.D., Harvard Law School, 1991; D.Phil., University of Oxford, 2004..
CURRENT JOB: 2006-present: Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (appointed by President George W. Bush).
2005-2006: Principal deputy, associate attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice..