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  • Fines, jail, probation, debt: Court policies punish the poor

    Fines, jail, probation, debt: Court policies punish the poor

    U.S. Court Watch 07/08/2019

    Johnny Gibbs has been trying to get a valid driver’s license for 20 years, but he just can’t afford it.To punish him for high school truancy in 1999, Tennessee officials told him he would not be able to legally drive until he turned 21. H...

  • The Latest: Trump considers executive order on census query

    The Latest: Trump considers executive order on census query

    U.S. Court Watch 07/07/2019

    President Donald Trump says he is “very seriously” considering an executive order to get a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.The Justice Department says it will continue to search for legal grounds to force the inclusion of the ques...

  • Georgia Supreme Court orders review of slain baby case

    Georgia Supreme Court orders review of slain baby case

    U.S. Court Watch 07/01/2019

    The Georgia Supreme Court has ordered a trial judge to review whether a teenager was properly sentenced to life without parole after he was convicted of fatally shooting a baby in the face.De'Marquise Kareem Elkins was 17 when the baby was slain in h...

  • 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...