Supreme Court Dispatches
Supreme Court Dispatches

The “Everybody Does It” Defense

The Supreme Court might let Bob McDonnell off the hook because it can’t even define political corruption anymore.

April 20 2016 5:50 PMBlood Tests and Bad LawyeringThe Supreme Court finds unity in the face of bumbling attorneys and a tough Fourth Amendment case.
March 28 2016 6:17 PMSamuel Alito’s Sixth Amendment DenialismThe Supreme Court justice only accepts the reality of American legal history when it aligns with his judicial ideology.
March 22 2016 11:36 AMBlocked VotingWas Virginia’s clearly racist gerrymandering unconstitutional?
Feb. 29 2016 6:22 PMWelcome to the Show, Clarence ThomasWith Scalia absent and gun rights on the line, the famously quiet justice finally spoke up. It’s just what the court needed.
Feb. 23 2016 7:30 AMThe First Day of the New Supreme CourtWithout Antonin Scalia on the bench, the court’s liberals spoke up and won out.
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.
April 18 2016 6:54 PMThe Supreme Court Is All Tied UpA bitter, partisan 4-4 ruling is in the cards over immigration, showing just how broken the system is.
March 23 2016 7:36 PMThe Birth Control HijackThe Supreme Court’s conservatives think the Affordable Care Act is hijacking insurance plans to provide contraception.
March 2 2016 6:20 PMThe Women Take OverIn oral arguments for the Texas abortion case, the three female justices upend the Supreme Court’s balance of power.
Feb. 29 2016 5:26 PMGone but Not ForgottenThe remaining Supreme Court justices are dealing with Antonin Scalia’s death in surprising and dramatic ways.
Jan. 19 2016 6:11 PMDoes the First Amendment Protect What Looks Like Political Speech?The Supreme Court is head-scratchy.
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.

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