- Can Cruz legally be president? Ivy League scholars debate Updated: Feb-05-16 5:12 pm
BOSTON - Two legal scholars squared off in a public debate on Friday to settle whether Republican Ted Cruz is eligible to become president. Spoiler alert: They didn't settle it.
- Judge's order strikes down Nebraska ban on gay marriage Updated: Feb-05-16 2:58 pm
OMAHA, Nebraska - A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction striking down Nebraska's now-negated constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions.
- Kansas House rejects change in selecting high court justices Updated: Feb-04-16 11:00 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas House rejected a proposal Thursday that would give the governor and legislators more control over appointments to the state Supreme Court.
- Roberts: Partisan confirmation fights hurt court's image Updated: Feb-04-16 7:05 pm
WASHINGTON - Chief Justice John Roberts says he is concerned that partisan political battles over Supreme Court nominations have led to a widespread misunderstanding about the role of the court.
- Roberts sold more than $250,000 in Microsoft stock Updated: Feb-04-16 3:23 am
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's recent decision to step into a relatively unimportant case involving Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming system revealed that Chief Justice John Roberts has sold between $250,000 and $500,000 in Microsoft stock in the past year.
- Lawmakers hear on resolution to strengthen state's rights Updated: Feb-03-16 8:40 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - A Senate committee heard testimony on Wednesday on an effort to amend the U.S. Constitution and establish a mechanism for states to overturn certain federal decisions.
- Justice Robert Cordy of state's high court to retire Updated: Feb-03-16 4:47 pm
BOSTON - Robert Cordy, an associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court since 2001, announced Wednesday he would retire in August, giving Republican Gov. Charlie Baker the opportunity to make his first nomination to the state's highest court.
- Sotomayor to speak at University of Illinois Updated: Feb-03-16 8:46 am
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will appear at a public event next month at the University of Illinois in Champaign.
- The Latest: Oldest death row inmate in Georgia executed Updated: Feb-03-16 1:07 am
ATLANTA - The Latest on the execution of Georgia's oldest death row inmate (all times local):
- Florida delays execution as state works on new system Updated: Feb-02-16 5:57 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida's highest court has delayed the execution of a condemned inmate, just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court found flaws in the way the state sentences people to death.
- Supreme Court rejects GOP request to delay new district map Updated: Feb-01-16 5:51 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request from Virginia's congressional Republicans to put a new congressional map on hold and allow the 2016 elections to proceed under the old boundaries.
- Judge puts all capital murder trials on hold in Delaware Updated: Feb-01-16 5:20 pm
DOVER, Delaware - A judge has halted all trials and penalty hearings in Delaware capital murder cases while the state's Supreme Court mulls the constitutionality of the state's death penalty law.
- Delaware capital murder trials put on hold Updated: Feb-01-16 3:31 pm
DOVER, Delaware - A Superior Court judge has halted all trials and penalty hearings in capital murder cases while Delaware's Supreme Court mulls the constitutionality of the state's death penalty law.
- The Latest: Trump campaign says rally raised $6 million Updated: Jan-28-16 11:47 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Latest on developments from the 2016 Republican race for president, less than a week out from the Iowa caucuses (all times local):
- Florida legislators promise to keep death penalty, fix law Updated: Jan-27-16 8:52 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Saying it's time to put the "death penalty" debate to rest, the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature began taking its first steps Wednesday to find a way to preserve executions in the state.
- Court weighs practice of Christian prayers at meetings Updated: Jan-27-16 3:09 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - A federal appeals court wrestled on Wednesday with whether local government leaders in North Carolina are violating the Constitution by holding exclusively Christian prayers at their meetings - the first time a court at that level has addressed the issue since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a town government's favor in a similar case in 2014.
- Hawkins County approves anti-gay marriage resolution Updated: Jan-27-16 8:20 am
ROGERSVILLE, Tennessee - Despite last week's defeat of a proposed state bill that sought to defy the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, two Tennessee counties have attempted to vote on resolutions against the ruling.
- States seek court delay in enforcement of Clean Power Plan Updated: Jan-26-16 5:49 pm
WASHINGTON - A coalition of 25 states opposing President Obama's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to stop the new regulations from taking effect until after their legal challenge is resolved.
- Appeals court upholds university library pornography citation Updated: Jan-26-16 11:17 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - An Eau Claire man didn't have a constitutional right to view pornography on a university library computer, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday.
- Franchise group takes Seattle wage law to US Supreme Court Updated: Jan-26-16 2:22 am
SEATTLE - The International Franchise Association is appealing part of Seattle's $15 minimum wage law that it claims discriminates against franchise owners.
- 48 Colorado inmates serving life will get sentence reviews Updated: Jan-25-16 11:10 pm
DENVER - Dozens of Colorado inmates serving life sentences for crimes they committed as teenagers will be considered for release under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
- Missouri inmates have chance at release after court ruling Updated: Jan-25-16 10:33 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday affirmed that more than 80 Missouri inmates sentenced to life in prison as teenagers have a chance at freedom.
- Kip Kinkel's attorney to use Supreme Court ruling in appeal Updated: Jan-25-16 9:05 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - An attorney for Thurston High School shooter Kipland P. Kinkel will augment an appeal of his nearly 112-year prison sentence by using a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on juvenile life in prison sentences.
- Supreme Court ruling could affect 50 Arkansas inmates Updated: Jan-25-16 8:16 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued Monday will allow more than 50 Arkansas inmates serving life sentences without parole for murders they committed as juveniles a chance to one day be free, but how that will happen is still in question.
- Alabama AG blasts Supreme Court decision on life terms Updated: Jan-25-16 6:17 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is criticizing a U.S. Supreme Court decision that will give convicted murderers a chance at freedom if they were juveniles when the crime was committed.