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  • US court weighs if climate change violates children’s rights

    US court weighs if climate change violates children’s rights

    U.S. Court Watch 06/05/2019

    In a courtroom packed with environmental activists, federal judges wrestled Tuesday with whether climate change violates the constitutional rights of young people who have sued the U.S. government over the use of fossil fuels.A Justice Department att...

  • Supreme Court to take up LGBT job discrimination cases

    Supreme Court to take up LGBT job discrimination cases

    U.S. Court Watch 04/22/2019

    The Supreme Court is taking on a major test of LGBT rights in cases that look at whether federal civil rights law bans job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.The justices said Monday they will hear cases involving p...

  • Group takes oil refinery fight to North Dakota's high court

    Group takes oil refinery fight to North Dakota's high court

    U.S. Court Watch 03/28/2019

    An environmental group is taking its battle against an oil refinery being developed near Theodore Roosevelt National Park to the North Dakota Supreme Court.The National Parks Conservation Association argued in its Wednesday filing that an air quality...

  • Detained Saudi women's rights activists brought to court

    Detained Saudi women's rights activists brought to court

    U.S. Court Watch 03/15/2019

    Women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia appeared in a closed-door court hearing Wednesday on unknown charges after being detained in a crackdown last year, making their first appearance before a judge in a case that has sparked international outrage...

  • High court lets military implement transgender restrictions

    High court lets military implement transgender restrictions

    U.S. Court Watch 01/22/2019

    The Trump administration can go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender men and women while court challenges continue, the Supreme Court said Tuesday. The high court split 5-4 in allowing the plan to take effect, with the...

  • North Carolina Supreme Court throws 200th anniversary party

    North Carolina Supreme Court throws 200th anniversary party

    U.S. Court Watch 01/07/2019

    North Carolina's highest court is holding a "legal party" to observe the anniversary of its first meeting 200 years ago this month.The state Supreme Court scheduled a special session Monday in its downtown Raleigh courtroom to celebrate the court's b...

  • Cancer the latest health woe for resilient Justice Ginsburg

    Cancer the latest health woe for resilient Justice Ginsburg

    U.S. Court Watch 12/23/2018

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is resting in a New York hospital following surgery to remove two malignant growths in her left lung, the third time the Supreme Court’s oldest justice has been treated for cancer and her second stay in a hospital in...

  • Trump picks combat over caution in court fight

    Trump picks combat over caution in court fight

    U.S. Court Watch 09/23/2018

    White House aides and congressional allies worked all week to keep President Donald Trump from unloading on the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.But as Kavanaugh's nomination hung in the balance, Trump ...

  • Audit: West Virginia Supreme Court skirted pay law

    Audit: West Virginia Supreme Court skirted pay law

    U.S. Court Watch 09/09/2018

    A new legislative audit report says West Virginia's Supreme Court skirted state law concerning pay for senior status judges. News outlets report the audit released last week found 10 senior-status judges were authorized overpayments. State law p...

  • High court pick Kavanaugh and his carefully constructed life

    High court pick Kavanaugh and his carefully constructed life

    U.S. Court Watch 09/02/2018

    Judge Brett Kavanaugh's life seems as carefully constructed as the Supreme Court arguments he will hear if he is confirmed to the high court. He checks all the boxes of the ways of Washington, or at least the way Washington used to be.He's a team pla...

  • Nevada Supreme Court taking up execution case

    Nevada Supreme Court taking up execution case

    U.S. Court Watch 08/10/2018

    The Nevada Supreme Court has stepped in to decide whether drug companies can try to stop the state from using their medications in a twice-postponed lethal injection of a condemned inmate who wants to die.A state court judge in Las Vegas cancelled he...

  • Top Pakistan court bars former minister from holding office

    Top Pakistan court bars former minister from holding office

    U.S. Court Watch 08/01/2018

    Pakistan's top court has barred the former deputy interior minister from holding office for the next five years for insulting judges in a speech earlier this year.Thursday's ruling by the Supreme Court says Talal Chaudhry, who was deputy interior min...