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Justices appear willing to limit bribery law used in corruption cases

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared to be sympathetic to a former Indiana mayor’s argument that the federal bribery statute is vague. A ruling would resolve a disparity in which “gratuities” from outsiders are considered OK in some courts, but not in others.

As elections loom, congressional maps challenged as discriminatory will remain in place

With control of the House of Representatives hanging in the balance, the time-consuming appeals process means elections in multiple districts will take place using maps that have been challenged as discriminatory to voters of color.

Supreme Court appears wary of restricting government action to control misinformation

The justices' skepticism in the case has state and local election officials breathing a little easier as they worry about misinformation efforts ahead of November elections.

Supreme Court clarifies when public officials can block citizens on social media

The Supreme Court unanimously found in a pair of cases that whether a government official can block a constituent on their personal social media account hinges on if a post is a state action or is private conduct.

Justices appear skeptical of states' social media censorship laws

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases challenging Florida and Texas laws designed to prevent the alleged censorship of conservative viewpoints on social media. Observers say the decision could shape the future of free speech on the internet.

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In an era of divisiness, some politicians are trying to change the tone

At an event last week hosted by the National Governors Association, Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Sonia Sotomayor spoke about how they have learned to disagree agreeably.

When a vendor pays a mayor $13,000, is it a bribe? The U.S. Supreme Court will decide

A former Indiana mayor asked the high court to intervene in his corruption case and resolve a disparity in which “gratuities” from outsiders are considered OK in some courts, but not in others.

The U.S. Supreme Court weighs several gun right cases

But a decision in one would strike down a nearly 30-year-old federal law as well as state laws in 46 states and Washington, D.C.

Missouri becomes the 14th state with a majority-women supreme court

Abortion and gender-affirming care for trans youth could be among the issues the court faces.

Social media cases hinge on definition of what amounts to state action online

The U.S. Supreme Court wrestled in two important cases over whether public officials acted improperly in blocking constituents on their personal social media accounts.

Supreme Court to hear arguments in key case about gerrymandering

COMMENTARY | An upcoming Supreme Court case that turns on race and party could affect how state legislatures shape voting maps and how Americans vote for decades to come.

Supreme Court to take up two state laws on social media

The high court will hear challenges to Florida and Texas laws that seek to control how social media platforms “censor” disfavored political views.

Should public officials be allowed to block constituents on social media?

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to answer that question as a new term gets underway. The justices will hear two cases on the issue out of California and Michigan in which lower courts ruled differently.

Alabama Loses High Court Bid to Rewrite Redistricting Rules

The Supreme Court ordered state lawmakers to draw another majority Black congressional district, in a case that could have a far-reaching impact.

How the Supreme Court Could End Up Blocking a Key Path to Sue States

The court will hear arguments next month in an Indiana case that could decide whether people can take legal action against states and localities if they believe their rights are violated under safety net programs, like Medicaid. Advocates for the elderly, poor and people with disabilities say the stakes are enormous.

Football Coach Had Right to Pray on School Field, Supreme Court Rules

The legal dispute emerged at a public school in Washington state. Some experts say the court's decision could have significant implications for the role of religion in the public sphere and signify a further blurring of lines between church and state.

Supreme Court Could Make it Harder For States and Localities to Keep Guns Off Streets

The high court is expected to strike down laws in several states that restrict people from carrying guns in public, potentially setting off a firestorm of court battles.

The Prosecutors Not Planning to Enforce Post-Roe Abortion Laws

In states like Texas and Tennessee, some local district attorneys say they’re not willing to pursue cases against women who get abortions, or doctors who provide them.

Supreme Court Inches Towards Deciding Whether State Legislatures Can Draw Congressional Districts Largely Free of Court Oversight

Justices declined GOP requests to block court-approved congressional maps in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. But justices punted a bigger question over the role of courts until after the midterm elections.

First Major Second Amendment Case Before the Supreme Court in Over a Decade Could Topple Gun Restrictions

COMMENTARY | At issue is the right to carry handguns in public, not just keep them at home.