Supreme Court Dispatches
Supreme Court Dispatches

Does the First Amendment Protect What Looks Like Political Speech?

The Supreme Court is head-scratchy.

Jan. 14 2016 1:05 PMSecond-Class SovereigntyThe Supreme Court grapples with America’s biggest colonial hangover: The legal status of Puerto Rico.
Dec. 8 2015 7:41 PMWhat Exactly Does “One Person, One Vote” Mean, Anyway? The Supreme Court justices turn a simple question into something more complicated.
Nov. 11 2015 1:00 PMWhen Can the Government Freeze Your Assets?On bank robbers, rent, and partying with Justice Samuel Alito.
Nov. 2 2015 5:48 PMRacism Highlighted in a Green MarkerThe justices seem appalled by a Georgia death penalty case.
Oct. 13 2015 7:46 PMIs Life Retroactive? He was sentenced to life without parole at 17. Fifty years later, the Supreme Court weighs setting him free.
April 30 2015 5:48 PMA Horrifying Day at CourtDeath brings out the worst in the justices.
April 27 2015 7:08 PMA Free Kick InHow does the Constitution protect innocent people who are stuck in jail?
March 23 2015 5:24 PMLost CauseDo devotees of the Confederacy have a First Amendment right to put the rebel battle flag on their license plates?
March 3 2015 12:21 PMPower to the PartisansThe Supreme Court’s conservatives think democracy is overrated.
Jan. 21 2015 11:29 AMJudicial IndignityThe Supreme Court ponders judges’ freedom to panhandle.
Dec. 2 2014 1:39 PMThe Supreme Court Justices on FacebookThis week’s Elonis v. United States oral arguments as told through social media.
Nov. 3 2014 6:36 PMWho Decides Who Rules Jerusalem?Antonin Scalia maintains that Congress is free to antagonize whatever foreign entities it wants to.
April 29 2014 6:59 PMOur Cellphones Are UsThe Supreme Court tries to reconcile the Fourth Amendment with the realities of our tech age.
March 25 2014 6:43 PMIs the Contraception Mandate Doomed?It sure looks that way after the Hobby Lobby argument.
Oct. 8 2013 6:32 PMPoor Little Rich GuysThe Supreme Court clamors to protect the right of Richie Rich, Scrooge McDuck, and the Koch brothers to further corrupt American politics.
Dec. 9 2015 5:10 PMSesame Street Meets Groundhog DayThe Supreme Court considers affirmative action at the University of Texas—again.
Dec. 1 2015 11:23 AMHow Long Must an Employee Endure Discrimination?Chief Justice John Roberts is a surprise working-class hero.
Nov. 3 2015 5:38 PMScalia Sticks Up for a Child Pornography ConvictNino still has a few surprises left in him.
Oct. 14 2015 2:12 PMFlorida Judges Can Kill YouThe state’s perverse death sentencing system is surely unconstitutional—right? 
Oct. 8 2015 11:00 AMThe Justices Are Irked With One Another Over the Death PenaltyTwo cases from Kansas bring out their irritation.
April 28 2015 6:16 PMAn Argument for DignityJustice Anthony Kennedy seems to see a nobility of purpose in gay marriage.
March 31 2015 1:54 PMKilling TimeWill the Supreme Court let Louisiana execute a man who says he’s intellectually disabled?
March 4 2015 7:29 PMHigh Drama for Obamacare at the High CourtScalia and Kagan are feisty; Kennedy gives hope to people who care about affordable care.
Jan. 22 2015 11:25 AMScalia to the Rescue?The Fair Housing Act might just find redemption from the unlikeliest justice.
Dec. 3 2014 6:45 PMHeavy LiftingThe Supreme Court is flummoxed by pregnancy discrimination and semicolons.
Nov. 5 2014 6:54 PMScales of JusticeThe Supreme Court has more fun than ought to be legal arguing about shrimpy grouper.
Oct. 7 2014 6:29 PMTiny Little PistolsThe justices wonder what dangers lurk in a half-inch beard.
April 22 2014 6:52 PMWhat’s Scarier Than Truthiness in Politics? A law banning it.
Nov. 6 2013 6:46 PMSay a Prayer for the Supreme CourtCan the justices settle the world’s religious differences? Not a chance in hell.
April 15 2013 6:31 PMTaking the Breast Cancer TestStories from Slate readers about human gene patenting, the Supreme Court topic of the day.

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