Today, the Supreme Court will begin hearings on the cases pending constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8. It is the first legal step in a process that will end in June, when the Nine is expected to release its opinion to the public - one that could have drastic effects on the ri ... More >>
UPDATE: According to the New York Times, the Supreme Court agreed this afternoon to decide on the constitutionality of the Proposition 8 appeal and the Defense of Marriage Act.It is, arguably, the most significant social battle in America's courts since Roe v. Wade or even Brown v. the Board of Educ ... More >>
Edith Windsor, the octogenarian lesbian widow who successfully sued the federal government for over chariging her $363,000 in estate taxes, wants to take her case to the Supreme Court. According to a press release from the New York Civil Liberties Union, which is representing Windsor along with the ... More >>
A hostile Supreme Court. A feckless Obama administration. America's war on Mexicans has gone too far.
A Collection of Perspectives on American Freedoms Under Fire
Yesterday, the Voice reported on pending legislation in Albany that would ban anonymous online speech. We took the time to catch up with New York State Sen. Thomas F. O'Mara and Assemblyman Dean Murray, who sponsored the bill, to see what they had to say. Quickly put, their basic idea is that the pr ... More >>
Bad news if you don't like getting dehumanized: The U.S. Supreme Court just ruled 5-4 to OK strip searches for any offense. What this means: if you get booked for an offense as minor as an unpaid parking ticket, you might have to bare all for corrections officers before being admitted to jail. Y ... More >>
The Supreme Court decided in an 8-1 decision that police have the authority to break into your house if they suspect you're destroying drugs. The Chicago Tribune brings us part of Justice Alito's important decision: "'When law enforcement officers who are not armed with a warrant knock on a door, th ... More >>
Granted, it's hard to see how the tools for putting out Cosmopolitan (this month's lead article: "First, Take Off His Pants") and Seventeen ("Amazing Hair") instantly translate into running the nation's largest and most troubled public school system. But for the moment anyways, it might be wo ... More >>
Following Justice So-Bro Sonia Sotomayor's appointment last summer, Elena Kagan has "thrown down" for Manhattan today.
Just when you thought you had filled out your April Papers right -- with all of those supposedly feel-good tax-deductible donations you made in order to chip away at what you owe/can squeeze out of Uncle Sam -- the Supreme Court swoops in to piss on your tax-return parade: the American govern ... More >>
Alfalfa: Not yet genetically modifiedThe U.S. Supreme Court, which has nearly hacked Miranda to death, may very well swing its scythe at environmentalists and consumers. The court's making noises as if it will strike down the current ban on Monsanto's genetically engineered, pesticide-resistant alfa ... More >>
Despite some desperate last-minute calls, the Senate cleared Sonia Sotomayor's last obstacle, approving her for the Supreme Court 68-31. Nine Republicans joined all the Democrats in voting for her (the conservative American Spectator lists them, presumably with dishonor). "I wish President Ob ... More >>
Ours is an age on ever-increasing criminality -- not that we commit more crimes, but that so many of our actions have been redefined as more serious offenses. Who thinks, for instance, that teens sending naked pictures of themselves to their friends is child pornography? Zealous prosecutors, appare ... More >>
A funny thing happened on the way to monarchy: a rare Supreme Court take-back
Religious and conservative groups support the 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' banner under fire at the Supreme Court
No previous American law has been as subversive as the Military Commissions Act of 2006
Getting over the gay-wedding jitters
Talking with Ken Tanabe, founder of Loving Day
Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood is only the start
The departure of the bastinadoed Harriet Miers does not take Bush off the hook
Stealth Pro-Life Campaign Erodes Reproductive Rights
After having ruled public school segregation unconstitutional, the Supreme Court stopped caring
Groans heard as Bush hands Court pick to mystery nominee
Has any present Supreme Court justice seen a cop lying on the witness stand?
Prime time is a special time in Americaa time when families gather 'round the warm glow of the 42-inch screen to watch sitcoms, cop shows, and the occasional presidential address about bombing some country. But Tuesday will be different as President Bush goes before the cameras at 9 p.m. to an ... More >>
Loser versus loser: Handicapping the coming Supreme Court vacancies
Advocates for medical pot look beyond a Supreme Court bummer
Pot for patients may run into trouble with the Supreme Court, but the issue is gaining here at home
The first battle in the new war against Roe
Minorities struggle to break free of felon voting bans
Powers Formerly Reserved Only for Kings
A Partial Win for the Religious Right
Thirty Years in the Life of the American Woman
Does Ashcroft 'Obey the Rule of Law'?
Will God Set the Curriculum?
Stealth Pro-Life Campaign Erodes Reproductive Rights
We Could Be Heroes
Equal Protection for ALL Voters
An Association Is a Voice
She Says Shes Not a Liberal
Public Money Is for Public Schools
'What Was the State of Georgia Doing in Hardwick's Bedroom?'
Is Time Up for Times Square Porn?
Sixteen of the Admitted Blacks Had Lower Scores Than the Rejected Whites