U.S. Supreme Court

President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) Janai Nelson (C) speaks to reporters Tuesday, Oct. 4, after the oral argument before the Supreme Court of Merrill v. Milligan case challenging whether the new congressional map of Alabama violates the Voting Rights Act. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Alabama case that could limit Voting Rights Act heard at U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - October 4, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case that challenges an Alabama redistricting map and could potentially eliminate remaining federal safeguards against racial gerrymandering. Voting rights advocates fear that the high court’s conservative majority will further weaken the Voting Rights Act, with implications for voters in states across the […]

U.S. Supreme Court mulls federal water rules, wetlands designations in Idaho case

BY: - October 4, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court opened its term Monday with an Idaho case that could significantly restrict the federal government’s power to enforce clean water laws and prove crucial in determining wetland protections. The oral arguments came just months after the court’s 6-3 conservative majority limited executive authority to address climate change in a case involving […]

A new justice at the U.S. Supreme Court, and an Idaho wetlands case up first

BY: - September 30, 2022

When the U.S. Supreme Court opens its fall term on Monday, a few things will be different. A Black woman, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, will hear oral arguments for the first time ever. And the public will be allowed into the room for the first time since early 2020. The content of the term’s first […]

Tribal leaders testify before Congress about sovereignty in legal systems

BY: - September 21, 2022

Sovereignty on Native American land is being attacked by the United States’ highest court, leaders from various tribal nations told members of Congress this week. The Supreme Court’s ruling in Castro v. Huerta earlier this year allows state prosecutors to take over criminal prosecutions for crimes that occur on Indigenous nations, and it’s causing confusion […]

U.S. Supreme Court building seen over vegetation.

Overturning Roe sends approval of U.S. Supreme Court plummeting, Marquette poll finds

BY: - September 21, 2022

On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that overturned a national right to abortion, public approval of the Court has fallen dramatically and stayed there, a new national poll from Marquette Law School finds. In the new survey, 40% of respondents said they approved of how the Court was doing its […]

New fight opens in Congress over VA policy that sidesteps state abortion bans

BY: - September 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats in the U.S. Senate are confident the Department of Veterans Affairs can implement a new policy that allows its doctors to provide abortions when the pregnancy threatens the patient’s life or health, or when it’s the result of rape or incest.  The VA announced the new policy last week to cheers from […]