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  • Supporters of a war memorial cross at the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego are not giving up in their fight to keep the 58-year-old monument right where it is in the face of an adverse ruling from a federal appeals court. (Associated Press)

    Court inaction on Calif. cross leaves it standing

    The Supreme Court declined this week to hear an appeal in the case of the Mount Soledad cross, but that doesn't mean the iconic cross is coming down any time soon.

  • "It is beyond dispute that children will often feel bound to submit to police questioning when an adult in the same circumstances would feel free to leave," said Justice Sonia Sotomayor in the case involving juvenile rights. (Associated Press)

    High court expands juveniles' Miranda rights

    A divided Supreme Court said Thursday that police and courts must consider a child's age when examining whether a boy or girl is in custody, a move the court's liberals called "common sense" but the conservatives called an "extreme makeover" of Miranda rights.

  • Illustration: Free speech by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    KNIGHT: High cost of free speech

    I'm with Samuel A. Alito Jr. - at least in spirit. The associate justice was alone in his dissent in Snyder v. Phelps, in which the U.S. Supreme Court in an 8-1 ruling on Wednesday voided a damage verdict against the Westboro Baptist Church for picketing a Maryland soldier's funeral. You know the Westboro folks. They're the media darlings from Topeka, Kan., who have picketed nearly 600 funerals. The Rev. Fred Phelps and his family brandish signs, the most famous of which is "God Hates Fags." Lately, they've been picketing military funerals with signs such as "God Hates the USA/Thank God for 9/11" and "Thank God for Dead Soldiers," saying they got what they deserve because America tolerates homosexuality.

  • ** FILE ** Rebekah Phelps-Roper, demonstrating near the Tennessee Capitol in 2006, is a member of Westboro Baptist Church, a group whose right to protest at funerals of American soldiers killed in combat carrying signs such as "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and "Priests Rape Boys'' was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2011. (Associated Press)

    Supreme Court upholds protests at military funerals as free speech

    The Supreme Court ruled decisively Wednesday that a fringe anti-gay group has a constitutionally protected right to stage hateful protests at the funerals of dead soldiers, saying "such speech cannot be restricted simply because it is upsetting or arouses contempt."

  • O'Donnell

    Political Scene

    Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell of Delaware is calling out the Republican establishment in Washington for not helping her underdog campaign.

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The Senate is expected to vote this week on Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court.

    Kagan's confirmation tally becomes Hill guessing game

    With Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's Senate confirmation all but assured later this week, the only guessing game left is the margin of her pending victory.

  • Illustration: Gun maze

    FARAGO: Racist pols go straight back to disarming blacks

    Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Chicago's handgun ban. Gun rights groups hailed the ruling as a seminal moment in their ongoing fight to roll back restrictive gun-control legislation. As far as the National Rifle Association (NRA) is concerned, McDonald settles the matter once and for all: "This decision makes absolutely clear that the Second Amendment protects the God-given right of self-defense for all law-abiding Americans, period." Be that as it may, the McDonald decision is really a victory for and about black Americans. At least it should be.

  • Rulings on guns, campaign finance mark court's term, influence of Alito

    Two conservative-driven decisions with potentially broad consequences will likely define the just-completed Supreme Court term: freeing corporations and unions to spend as much as they like in campaigns for Congress and president, and ruling that Americans have a right to a gun for self-defense wherever they live.

  • O'Connor exit set stage for campaign ad ruling

    Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. has either restored fundamental freedom or aided the destruction of American democracy, depending on how you see the Supreme Court's campaign-finance ruling Thursday.

In an undated family picture, Sonia Sotomayor is with her parents, Celina and Juan Sotomayor. She poses in a cap and gown for her eighth-grade graduation. The photo at right appeared in the 1976 Princeton University yearbook.

    Paging through Sotomayor's open-book life

    Judge Sonia Sotomayor's open-book life has been a story of overcoming challenges, from an underprivileged upbringing in the Bronx to struggles against perceived discrimination to a mammoth battle against a mischievous cricket outside her Princeton dorm-room window.

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  • And in 2010, Breitbart reported, the Supreme Court ruled the same held true in McDonald v. Chicago — that the Heller case showed "that individual self-defense is the 'central component' of the Second Amendment rights," Associated Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote in his opinion.

    Senate website says 2nd Amendment unclear: Rights may be 'collective' →

  • Still, Jamie Brown, a former Bush administration official who helped prepare both Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. for their confirmations, said getting ready for Supreme Court hearings is more intense than preparing for other nomination hearings.

    Sotomayor cleared prior Senate hurdles →

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