Trump Can’t Win His Battle Against the JudgesTry as he might to change the rules, his protests only fuel the fire.
Sex and Hate in the Mountain StateThe West Virginia Supreme Court debates whether an anti-gay hate crime is really a hate crime.
How Trump Will Dismantle Civil Rights Protections in AmericaThe same way Bush did: by politicizing the DOJ.
New Justice on the BlockGorsuch’s first-day performance was self-assured—and slightly irritating to his colleagues.
Neil Gorsuch’s First Big TestWhich side will he come down on in an important religious liberty case?
A Thunderbolt From the 7th CircuitIn a landmark opinion, a bipartisan group of judges found that the Civil Rights Act prohibits anti-gay workplace discrimination.
A Short History of Supreme Court Confirmation HearingsRead what Slate’s Amicus podcast asked legal scholar Lori Ringhand about the Senate’s role in approving judges.
The Nation’s Worst Anti-Gay Bill Goes on TrialA federal court scrutinizes Mississippi’s HB 1523, which protects the “religious freedom” of people discriminating against the LGBTQ community.
A System Designed to Make People DisappearI tried to represent an undocumented man rounded up by ICE. I couldn’t even find him.
How to Fix the DOJ’s Civil Rights DivisionAccording to people who think voter intimidation against white people is one of the nation’s most pressing issues.
Did the Trump Administration Really Try to Block Sally Yates From Testifying on Russia?The Washington Post’s scoop is suggestive but not quite conclusive.
Were the Gorsuch Hearings As Pointless As They Seemed?Read what Slate’s Amicus podcast learned about President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
Weed-Whacking at the DOJCongress needs to stop Sessions from prosecuting growers in states where marijuana is legal.
The Empty WaistbandIn a biting dissent, Justice Sotomayor takes aim at the lie that lets police officers shoot unarmed men with impunity.
Jeff Sessions Thinks Hawaii’s Not a Real State. We Shouldn’t Be Surprised.But we must maintain our outrage.
The Playground of Liberty TranscriptRead what Slate’s Amicus podcast had to say about Trinity Lutheran v. Comer, an important church-state case at the Supreme Court.
Arkansas Should Not Be Allowed to Execute Prisoners for the Sake of ConvenienceThat their lethal injection supply is about to expire is the state’s problem, not the prisoners’.
The Supreme Court After the Nuclear OptionWill the quality of the justices go down now that the filibuster is gone?
Did Trump Intentionally Incite Violence at a Campaign Rally?A federal court just sent a case suggesting he did to trial.
Judging Jeff SessionsIf Donald Trump and the Department of Justice pull back from police reform, they’ll have to answer to the men and women on the federal bench.
The Reform Stops HereJeff Sessions just signaled that Obama-era efforts to fix the nation’s police departments could soon end.
Merrick Garland Isn’t the Only Reason the Democrats Should Filibuster GorsuchThe judge’s treatment of female, minority senators should also give lawmakers pause.
Bad Law. Bad Prosecution. No Scandal.Why the pro-life activists who secretly recorded Planned Parenthood officials aren’t martyrs.
Airless. Insular. Clubby. Smug.How the grossness of the Gorsuch hearings made the Supreme Court nominee vulnerable to organized resistance.
Should Judges Consult Their Personal Moral Convictions?A dialogue on how to weigh the law and common sense on the bench.