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Past articles by Robert:

Supreme Court delivered big conservative wins, and a mixed message

After the dramatic reversal of Roe v. Wade last year, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. pulled court back toward its right-leaning center. → Read More

Supreme Court protects web designer who won’t do gay wedding websites

The case, 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, involved a designer who wants to make wedding websites in Colorado and came amid rising public approval of gay marriage. → Read More

Live updates: Supreme Court expected to rule on student loan forgiveness case

The Supreme Court is set to release its final decisions of 2023. The ruling on student loan forgiveness is among the highly anticipated cases. → Read More

Supreme Court restricts use of race in college admissions

Landmark cases involving Harvard and the University of North Carolina asked the Supreme Court to ban affirmative action, or using race in college admissions. → Read More

Supreme Court rejects theory that would have meant radical changes to election rules

The “independent state legislature theory” says the Constitution gives power over elections maps and voting decisions to lawmakers. → Read More

Supreme Court says White House can continue to set deportation priorities

The justices said Texas and Louisiana lacked the legal standing to challenge the executive branch’s priorities on who should be deported. → Read More

Supreme Court denies prisoner second chance to show innocence

The majority said procedural rules bar Marcus Jones from bringing a new challenge to his conviction because the standard of proof for his crime changed. → Read More

Supreme Court rules against Navajo Nation request for water rights

Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh said an 1868 U.S.-Navajo peace treaty does not require the federal government to take any “affirmative steps” to secure water rights. → Read More

Supreme Court: Alabama must draw new voting map favorable to Black residents

The decision was a surprise from a court whose conservative majority had signaled it was suspicious prioritizing race over traditional redistricting techniques. → Read More

Supreme Court will hear attempt to trademark ‘Trump Too Small’

A California attorney wants to trademark the phrase “Trump Too Small” for use on t-shirts that mock Donald Trump and echo taunts from the 2016 Republican primary. → Read More

Court rules for firm that sued striking workers over wasted concrete

Justice Amy Coney Barrett said the actions of striking truck drivers at Glacier Northwest concrete company weren't protected by the National Labor Relations Act. → Read More

Supreme Court rules for woman who says county took too much for tax debt

A Minnesota woman said Hennepin County unfairly pocketed the profit when it seized and sold her condominium for more than she owed in taxes. → Read More

Roberts says Supreme Court will address ethics issues

The chief justice said he was “confident” that the Supreme Court will convince the public that the court “adheres to the highest standards of conduct.” → Read More

Supreme Court rules against Warhol Foundation in Prince photo copyright case

The Supreme Court sided with a photographer who said the late Andy Warhol should have honored her copyright on a photo when creating an iconic image of Prince. → Read More

Supreme Court rules for Google, Twitter in closely watched cases

Ina pair of liability cases, the justices said families of terrorism victims had not shown the companies “aided and abetted” attacks on their loved ones. → Read More

Live updates: At abortion-pill hearing, justices ask tough questions on FDA decision to approve, expand access to drug

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit is hearing the full appeal Wednesday of a Texas judge's ruling to block access to the abortion pill mifepristone. → Read More

Supreme Court leaves in place Illinois restrictions on military-style weapons

The Supreme Court turned down a request to put on hold laws banning AR-15-style weapons and large ammunition magazines. → Read More

Supreme Court to consider South Carolina plan that ‘exiled’ Black voters

South Carolina is attempting to reinstate a Republican congressional redistricting plan that a lower court rejected as a “stark racial gerrymander.” → Read More

Supreme Court overturns public-corruption conviction of Cuomo aide

Joseph Percoco took payments and called state officials while working on the New York governor’s reelection campaign, not in his administration. → Read More

Supreme Court upholds California law on humane pork sales

Proposition 12 bans selling products derived from sows that don't have at least 24 square feet of space and the ability to stand up and turn around in their pens. → Read More