Many states have found ways to remove partisan politics from their court systems.
The US Supreme Court is often less insulated from partisan politics than many Americans assume.
Many Supreme Court nomination battles depended on whether the president's party also had control of the US Senate.
A 6-3 conservative court will hear a broader range of controversial cases, shift interpretations of individual rights and put more pressure on local democracy to make policy decisions.
With a new vacancy on the US Supreme Court, Donald Trump has the opportunity to alter the court's direction for decades. He's not the first.
Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the Supreme Court as a conservative. But his ruling in a major civil rights case is part of a pattern of justices setting aside ideology to address historic injustices.
The US Supreme Court has ruled that the Civil Rights Act applies to LGBT people. A business law scholar explains why this is one of the most consequential discrimination cases in decades.
In a national survey, transgender individuals had worse employment outcomes, lower incomes and higher rates of poverty than cisgender people.
Federal law now protects lesbians, gay men and transgender people from being fired or otherwise discriminated against at work. But there are more questions and court cases to come about their rights.
Was a friend-of-the-court brief filed with the Supreme Court by five Democratic senators a legal argument – or a political threat?
Many were confident the US Constitution was robust enough to check Donald Trump's worst excesses, but the real push back has come from elsewhere.
With Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, many predict that the court will move to the right on issues from abortion to gun rights. But Supreme Court rulings are often not the last word on a matter.
Many states are also eroding a woman's right to access abortions.
With Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, President Trump will appoint a second justice to the Supreme Court. Will his nominees be impartial if Trump ends up in the court because of the Russia probe?
The court narrowly ruled that employees who sign arbitration agreements can't bring class action suits over unpaid wages.
Donald Trump is far from the first president to politicise the judiciary, but the way he's going about it is uniquely dangerous.
With Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the high court, conservatives regain their 5-4 majority, which will likely benefit employers over workers.
GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have pushed Gorsuch's nomination onto the full Senate. Both the Republicans and Democrats are getting ready for a fight.
Judge Gorsuch was raised Catholic and later became an Episcopalian. An expert on Church-State issues says don't read too much into religion as an indicator of judicial philosophy.
Revenge is sweet – but if the Democrats indulge in it, they could dramatically weaken a whole branch of the US government.