Justices who follow originalism dominate in the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Only 50 years ago, originalism was considered a fringe movement, hardly taken seriously. Now its adherents dominate the Supreme Court.
Donald Trump may be barred from holding public office due to a constitutional amendment disqualifying those who have taken part in ‘insurrection or rebellion.’
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US law actually bars former President Donald Trump from holding office ever again. The recent Georgia indictment of Trump helps make the case.
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A House panel made four criminal referrals in relation to Donald Trump’s alleged role in the attack on the Capitol. Convictions might make him an unpalatable candidate but wouldn’t bar him from running.
Club Q co-owners Nic Grzecka, left, and Matthew Haynes listen during a police news conference on Nov. 21, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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Bias-motivated attacks became a distinct crime in the 1980s. But police investigate only a fraction of the roughly 200,000 hate crimes reported each year – and even fewer ever make it to court.
Former US President Donald Trump speaks in Palm Beach, Florida, on Nov.15, 2022.
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The former president made little mention of his personal legal battles as he announced his bid to retake the White House.
The U.S. Supreme Court in its official portrait on Oct. 7, 2022.
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The US Supreme Court is poised to determine the fate of the use of race in college admissions. Supporters of affirmative action, like the military, fear the worst.
Couy Griffin, a former county commissioner in Otero County, N.M., rides a horse in New York City in May 2020.
Other countries disqualify political officials and prevent them from holding office more often than the US does. There are benefits and potential risks to using this kind of legal tactic.
“Impeach and remove partisan zealots from the court,” reads one protester’s sign in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9, 2022.
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History shows that political contests over the ideological slant of the court are nothing new.
Who’s allowed to watch what you do and say?
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The Supreme Court has found protections for people’s privacy in several constitutional amendments – and used it as a basis for some pretty fundamental protections.
Debate about abortion is often a debate about rights – but whose?
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The definition of personhood is a key and contested philosophical issue that has made legalized abortion such a longstanding controversy.
Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia speaks outside the U.S. Capitol on April 28, 2022.
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The 14th Amendment banned Confederates from public office. But the rebels later received an amnesty that now might save GOP members from prosecution for their roles in the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Abortion rights battles look set to go from the Supreme Court to statehouses.
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If the Supreme Court guts landmark rulings that established a constitutional right to abortion, the legal struggle will shift to statehouses and state courtrooms.
The Supreme Court hears a case on Dec. 1, 2021, regarding a Mississippi abortion law that poses a legal challenge to Roe v. Wade.
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The upcoming debate at the Supreme Court is less about the existence of the right to abortion and more about how that right is limited by the emerging personhood of a fetus.
In Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, the flags of the U.S. and its territory fly side by side.
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A series of Supreme Court cases based on racist language and reasoning still govern the lives of 4 million Americans.
Republican politicians have championed legislation to limit the teaching of material exploring how race and racism influence American politics, culture and law.
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New state laws in the US banning teaching about systemic racism raise the question: Does the Constitution protect public school teachers’ right to choose how and what to teach?
A sign held at a protest against police brutality on Jan. 28, 2023, in New York City.
Since Tyre Nichols’ death there are renewed calls for Congress to pass police reform legislation. But the federal government has almost no control over state and local police departments.
If the Senate acquits former President Donald Trump in the upcoming impeachment trial, there’s an obscure other way to punish him.
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Section 3 of the 14th Amendment was first used against Confederate leaders after the Civil War to expel seditionist politicians. Now it could be used against Donald Trump.
People gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court building as news spread of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Sept. 18 death.
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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.
Will judges decide who wins the presidential election?
Amid what will likely be a flood of charges, countercharges and a lot of heated rhetoric, there are prescribed legal processes that will play out in the event of election challenges.
Michael Widomski, left, and David Hagedorn at the makeshift memorial for Justice Ginsburg in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Sept. 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. Ginsburg officiated their wedding in 2013.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death sparked many tributes to her work ending sex discrimination against women. That work also paved the way for successes in the fight for equal rights for the LGBTQ community.