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  • Confirmation hearing resumes for top justice pick

    Gov. Deval Patrick's pick to be the state's top judge told a confirmation hearing Wednesday that he believes gay marriage to be settled law in Massachusetts and unlikely to face any future challenge before Massachusetts' highest court.

  • Ralph Gants, currently an associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court jots down a note during his Governor's Council confirmation hearing to succeed Roderick Ireland as the Chief Justice of the SJC at the Statehouse Wednesday, May 20, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    Chief justice nominee appears before council

    Gov. Deval Patrick's nominee to be the state's top judge was praised for his fairness, compassion and even temperament during a confirmation hearing Wednesday.

  • Program looks at gay marriage ruling decade later

    The Boston Center for Adult Education will host a discussion program with some of the same-sex couples whose lawsuit led to Massachusetts becoming the first state in the country to legalize gay marriage a decade ago.

  • Casino law hinges on Massachusetts high court case

    The fate of casino gambling in Massachusetts may hinge on a case before the state's highest court Monday.

  • Mass. Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr gestures during a news conference with Mass. Sen. Barry Finegold at the Statehouse in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. The two Massachusetts senators will introduce new legislation in response to a recent ruling from the state's highest court that sentencing juveniles convicted of murder to life without parole is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Mass. lawmakers seek juvenile sentencing changes

    As the family of a 15-year-old girl murdered by her 16-year-old boyfriend looked on, a group of Massachusetts lawmakers proposed legislation Thursday that would require juveniles convicted of first-degree murder to serve a minimum of 35 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole.

  • Pledge of Allegiance faces another legal challenge

    For the fourth time in the past decade, the Pledge of Allegiance will be before an appellate court on Wednesday, and the the phrase "under God" is again at the heart of the challenge.

  • ** FILE ** A branch of Wells Fargo Bank is shown in San Francisco in 2009.

    Mass. court rules against banks in pivotal mortgage case

    The highest court in Massachusetts ruled against U.S. Bancorp and Wells Fargo & Co. Friday in a widely watched mortgage foreclosure case that could have serious implications for the nation's largest banks.

  • Groups sue Mass. over newly expanded obscenity law

    A coalition of booksellers and Internet content providers on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging an expansion of Massachusetts' obscenity law to include electronic communications that may be harmful to minors.

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