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Recent articles by Richard:

Supreme Court grills both sides in landmark battle over President Trump's financial records

The dramatic oral arguments may lead to landmark rulings on a president's immunity from investigation while in office and Congress' oversight powers. → Read More

Supreme Court confronts 'faithless electors' as 2020 presidential election looms

Must the men and women chosen on Election Day to vote for the winner of their state's popular vote stay loyal to the cause? Or can they go rogue? → Read More

Supreme Court divided over religious employers' right to fire workers

The dispute between religious schools and fired teachers is the third major case religious freedom case the high court is considering this year. → Read More

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joins oral argument by telephone from hospital

Ginsburg criticized a Trump administration rule exempting employers with religious or moral objections from providing coverage for contraceptives. → Read More

Supreme Court hears first case by telephone, with audio livestreamed

This was not a typical debate for the high court: Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, who almost never asks questions, had queries for both sides. → Read More

Supreme Court won't stop Trump immigration crackdown despite pandemic

Under the rule, immigrants likely to need non-cash benefits for more than a year, such as Medicaid, can be denied residency or green cards. → Read More

Casting aside its precedents, Supreme Court moves inexorably toward abortion rights

A more conservative court is increasingly willing to reverse the work of its predecessors. And no issue hangs in the balance more than abortion. → Read More

Supreme Court lets DACA proponents cite recipients' work fighting coronavirus

About 27,000 DACA recipients work in the health care field, out of nearly 700,000 brought to the USA without legal papers as children → Read More

Government intrusions on civil liberties during pandemic raise risks, rewards

Can't go to church? Can't get an abortion? Can't buy a gun? Restrictions imposed in many states have infringed upon basic constitutional rights. → Read More

Coronavirus goes to court: After lives and livelihoods come the lawsuits

The list of real and potential victims is long, from doctors, nurses and patients to employees and customers of businesses, both open and closed. → Read More

Undocumented immigrants working on pandemic's front lines fear for health and home

USA TODAY spoke with DACA recipients working on the front lines of the pandemic in California, Florida, Texas and the suburbs of New York City. → Read More

Supreme Court, for first time since 1918, postpones oral arguments

The justices had several major cases scheduled for oral argument in March, including on President Donald Trump's financial records and tax returns. → Read More

Supreme Court again postpones oral arguments due to coronavirus pandemic

With oral arguments slated to wrap up at the end of April, the justices must decide how to handle the 20 cases that will not have been heard in court. → Read More

Deeply divided Supreme Court debates limits on abortion providers

The court's decision appeared to depend on how Chief Justice John Roberts, and perhaps Brett Kavanaugh, interpret the law's burdens and benefits. → Read More

Supreme Court skeptical of granting new hearings to asylum seekers

The case represents a test of the Trump administration's effort to speed the removal of thousands of migrants without granting federal court hearings. → Read More

Supreme Court once again will decide fate of Affordable Care Act

The high court will review a federal appeals court's ruling that the law's health insurance mandate is unconstitutional. → Read More

Supreme Court won't hear challenge to ban on bump stocks

Challengers contended that lower courts allowed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives too much leeway to impose the ban. → Read More

President Trump's immigration crackdown inundates Supreme Court

In the past year, the justices have let the administration deter poor immigrants, deny asylum seekers and use military funds to build a border wall. → Read More

Supreme Court to decide if foster care agencies can snub gay, lesbian couples due to religious objections

The dispute is one in a series of challenges from Catholic and other religious groups and individuals objecting to same-sex marriage. → Read More

Conservatives, liberals mull next Supreme Court battle with memories of 2016

Justice Antonin Scalia's death in 2016 led to a partisan war and a year-long vacancy. If a seat falls open this year, both sides are ready for battle. → Read More