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U.S. top court rebuffs mystery company in Mueller subpoena fight

25 Mar 2019

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a bid by an unidentified company owned by a foreign government to contest a grand jury subpoena related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's now-completed inquiry into Russia's role in the 2016 election, though the justices' action does not force the firm to comply.

Justice Thomas speaks as U.S. top court confronts racial bias in jury selection

21 Mar 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared poised to side with a black Mississippi death row inmate put on trial six times for a 1996 quadruple murder who accused a prosecutor of repeatedly blocking black potential jurors, though the court's only black member sounded skeptical.

Trump gets a U.S. Supreme Court victory on immigration detention

20 Mar 2019

WASHINGTON The Supreme Court on Tuesday endorsed the U.S. government's authority to detain immigrants awaiting deportation anytime - potentially even years - after they have completed prison terms for criminal convictions, handing President Donald Trump a victory as he pursues hardline immigration policies.

U.S. Supreme Court weighs Virginia racial dispute over electoral maps

18 Mar 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday wrestled for the second time over whether Republican legislators in Virginia drew electoral districts in the state in a way that unlawfully diluted the clout of black voters.

U.S. top court hands defeat to Hawaii B&B that spurned lesbian couple

18 Mar 2019

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court handed a defeat on Monday to a bed and breakfast owner in Hawaii who turned away a lesbian couple due to her Christian beliefs, but it could soon take up another major case on the conflict between gay and religious rights.

UPDATE 3-U.S. top court hands defeat to Hawaii B&B that spurned lesbian couple

18 Mar 2019

WASHINGTON, March 18 The U.S. Supreme Court handed a defeat on Monday to a bed and breakfast owner in Hawaii who turned away a lesbian couple due to her Christian beliefs, but it could soon take up another major case on the conflict between gay and religious rights.

U.S. high court takes up sentencing appeal in 'D.C. Sniper' case

18 Mar 2019

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider whether a man serving life in prison over his role in a deadly 2002 shooting spree in the Washington area should be resentenced because he was only 17 years old at the time.

Top U.S. court spurns Georgia death row inmate's racist juror claim

18 Mar 2019

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for a black Georgia death row inmate to be executed, turning away his bid to challenge his death sentence for the 1990 murder of his sister-in-law on the basis that the trial was tainted by a racist white juror who questioned whether black people have souls.

Supreme Court takes up Kansas identity theft case

18 Mar 2019

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider a bid by Kansas to revive the state's policy of prosecuting people for identity theft for using other people's Social Security numbers to gain employment in a case linked to immigration issues.

U.S. high court broadens scope of census citizenship question case

16 Mar 2019

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday broadened the scope of what it will consider in resolving the legal fight over the contentious decision by President Donald Trump's administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, agreeing also to decide whether the move violated the U.S. Constitution.

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