United States Supreme Court decisions

FILE - In this March 1, 2018 file photo, a light advertising Remington products hangs from the ceiling at Duke's Sport Shop in New Castle, Pa. For years, the gun industry has been immune from most lawsuits, but a recent ruling allowing families of victims in the Newton school shooting to challenge the way an AR-15 used by the shooter was marketed is upending that longstanding roadblock. The U.S. Supreme Court recently rejected efforts by gunmaker Remington to quash the lawsuit, allowing it to continue to be heard in Connecticut courts.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
November 16, 2019 - 3:14 pm
A recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court has upended a longstanding legal roadblock that has given the gun industry far-reaching immunity from lawsuits in the aftermath of mass killings. The court this week allowed families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre to sue the maker of the...
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This undated file photo made available by the Georgia Department of Corrections, shows inmate Ray Jefferson Cromartie in custody. Cromartie is scheduled to be executed Wednesday evening, Nov. 13, 2019, at the state prison in Jackson, Ga. He was convicted of malice murder and sentenced to death for April 1994’s slaying of Richard Slysz at a Thomasville, Ga., convenience store. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP, File)
November 13, 2019 - 10:41 pm
JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — Georgia correctional authorities were set to execute a man Wednesday evening for the fatal shooting of a convenience store clerk 25 years ago. Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, was initially scheduled to receive a lethal injection beginning after 7 p.m. but hours passed before the U...
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Luz Aurora Vidal and her son, Martín Batalla Vidal, line up to take a bus to Washington, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, in New York. Martin Batalia Vidal is a lead plaintiff in one of the cases to preserve the Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and has seen his name splashed in legal documents since 2016, when he first sued in New York. His case will be heard at the Supreme Court beginning Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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November 11, 2019 - 12:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A Mexican immigrant fighting President Donald Trump's attempt to end a program shielding young immigrants from deportation says he is nervous about the case finally being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Martín Batalla Vidal is a lead plaintiff in one of the cases to preserve the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Katie Hill speaks during an interview after voting in Agua Dulce, Calif. Hill announced her resignation over the weekend following the publication of explicit photos that outed the relationship. She describes the photos as “revenge porn” and is vowing to fight the problem so that women and girls don’t shy away from politics in the future. Hill's resignation in a sex scandal she blamed on an abusive husband has observers wondering if women are held to higher standards in public life and what the future holds for politicians coming of age in the iPhone era. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
October 31, 2019 - 4:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — California freshman congresswoman Katie Hill bid a defiant farewell to the House on Thursday, suggesting a double standard forced her resignation amid a messy divorce, "gutter" politics and nude photos made public. Leaving her apartment, she said, for the first time since the...
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FILE-In this Wednesday, May 15, 2019 file photo released by the state shows Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signing a bill that virtually outlaws abortion in the state, in Montgomery, Ala. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, has blocked an Alabama abortion ban that would have made the procedure a felony at any stage of pregnancy in almost all cases. (Hal Yeager/Alabama Governor's Office via AP, File)
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October 29, 2019 - 2:07 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Alabama's near-total abortion ban from taking effect next month and called the law — part of a wave of new abortion restrictions by conservative states — clearly unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued a preliminary...
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FILE - In this Oct. 13, 1999, file photo, Ricky Bell, then the warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn., gives a tour of the prison's execution chamber. Three condemned inmates in Tennessee have chosen to die in the electric chair in the past year, claiming the state's lethal injection method is even worse. The inmates argued in court that the midazolam-based lethal injection method causes feelings of burning and suffocating. Tennessee has three executions scheduled, and nine more in the works. Unless something changes, it is likely the three inmates who opted for the electric chair won't be the last. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
October 25, 2019 - 11:36 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The inmate's request was a surprising one, made three days before he was to be executed in October 2018: Edmund Zagorski told the state of Tennessee he'd rather die in the electric chair than receive a lethal injection. Some took the request as a ploy to buy time. Defense...
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This photo provided by the Virginia Department of Corrections shows Lee Boyd Malvo. Liberal and conservative justices seemed split on whether to grant a new sentencing hearing to Lee Boyd Malvo, who as a teenager was one of two snipers who terrorized the Washington area. (Virginia Department of Corrections via AP)
October 16, 2019 - 4:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal and conservative justices seemed split Wednesday on whether to grant a new sentencing hearing to Lee Boyd Malvo, one of two snipers who terrorized the Washington, D.C., region in 2002 when he was a teenager. The Supreme Court heard arguments on whether Malvo, who was 17 at...
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FILE - This 2012 file photo provided by Juozas Valiusaitis shows Neringa Venckiene in Lithuania. Authorities say they are proceeding with the extradition of the former Lithuanian judge and parliamentarian jailed in Chicago after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear her appeal. A court filing Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, by the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago says there are no longer any hurdles to extraditing Venckiene. (Courtesy of Juozas Valiusaitis via AP, File)
October 15, 2019 - 5:29 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say they are proceeding with the extradition of a former Lithuanian judge and parliamentarian jailed in Chicago after the Supreme Court refused to hear her appeal. A Tuesday court filing by Chicago federal prosecutors says there are no longer any hurdles to extraditing...
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A person in a unicorn costume walks among others in attendance at Philadelphia OutFest, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Philadelphia. National Coming Out Day festivities were tempered this year by anxiety over Supreme Court arguments that will decide whether the Civil Rights Act covers workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. (AP Photo/Jeff McMillan)
October 13, 2019 - 8:28 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — National Coming Out Day festivities were tempered this year by anxiety that some LGBT folk may have to go back into the closet so they can make a living, depending on what the Supreme Court decides about workplace discrimination law. But the mere fact that words like "...
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LGBT supporters gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Washington. The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in its first cases on LGBT rights since the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy was a voice for gay rights while his successor, Brett Kavanaugh, is regarded as more conservative. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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October 08, 2019 - 5:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A seemingly divided Supreme Court struggled Tuesday over whether a landmark civil rights law protects LGBT people from discrimination in employment, with one conservative justice wondering if the court should take heed of "massive social upheaval" that could follow a ruling in...
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