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The Roberts Court, 2017 Edition

Now that the Supreme Court has nine members, the pursuit of consensus may become a thing of the past. ...

Justices Alarmed by Government’s Hard-Line Stance in Citizenship Case

The Justice Department argued that lies, even trivial ones, in naturalization proceedings should allow the government to revoke someone’s citizenship. ...

LEWIS, BRIAN, ET AL.v.CLARKE, WILLIAM. Decided 04/25/2017

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Supreme Court Rebuffs G.M.’s Bid to Limit Ignition-Switch Lawsuits

By declining to review a lower-court ruling, the justices cleared the way for plaintiffs to proceed with hundreds of claims over deaths or injuries that occurred before General Motors declared bankruptcy. ...

With Executions in Balance, Supreme Court Grapples Over Role of Experts

An Alabama death row case, asking whether defendants who may be mentally ill are entitled to independent expert witnesses, also affects two executions Arkansas is hoping to carry out. ...

SALAZAR-LIMONv.HOUSTON. Decided 04/24/2017

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SMITHv.RYAN. Decided 04/24/2017

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The Supreme Court Weighs the Church-State Division

With the addition of Justice Neil Gorsuch, a twisted notion of “religious freedom” is likely to keep winning at the court. ...

Neil Gorsuch and the State’s Power to Kill

The Supreme Court’s newest member just cast his first vote, to deny a stay of execution. ...

‘Pivotal Moment’ for Democrats? Gerrymandering Heads to Supreme Court

Justices have long said that drawing districts based on extreme partisanship is unconstitutional, but haven’t found a way to decide when lines are crossed. ...

An Array of Legal Challenges Have Stopped Four of the Eight Planned Executions in Arkansas

Eight Arkansas inmates have filed multiple lawsuits to halt their executions, which had been scheduled to occur in a span of 10 days this month. ...

Louisiana Man Who Spent Three Years on Death Row Has Murder Charge Dismissed

Rodricus Crawford’s case drew national attention to a parish that sentenced young black men to death at an unusually high rate. ...

Order in the Court

A reader decries the interrupting of female justices by male justices. ...

Russia Bans Jehovah’s Witnesses, Calling It an Extremist Group

The pacifist denomination said it would appeal the ruling, which puts it on the same footing as Islamic State militants. ...

Pakistan Court Keeps Nawaz Sharif in Power but Orders Inquiry of Family

The Supreme Court, ruling on accusations that stemmed from the Panama Papers, called for an investigation into offshore wealth held by the prime minister’s family. ...

States Can’t Keep Criminal Fines of Exonerated, Supreme Court Rules

By a 7 to 1 vote, the justices struck down a Colorado law that required people cleared by the courts to file civil suits and prove their innocence. ...

Supreme Court Weighs State Aid to Church Programs

The case, one of several Justice Neil M. Gorsuch has heard so far, involves playground safety in Missouri — but it could have broader implications. ...

MANRIQUE, MARCELOv.UNITED STATES. Decided 04/19/2017

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NELSON, SHANNONv.COLORADO. Decided 04/19/2017

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The Fallacy of the ‘Forever’ Justice

Supreme Court picks don’t always do a nominator’s bidding. ...