Judge Baltazar Garzon (center), considered a hero by human rights groups, leaves the Supreme Court in Madrid Tuesday, when he went on trial for exceeding his authority by investigating Franco-era crimes after amnesty was declared. (Associated Press)
A man is dragged away from the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States during an anti-death penalty protest, sponsored by the Abolition Action Committee, in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. There were 14 arrests. The protests are timed to mark the 35th anniversary of the execution of Gary Gilmore, who protesters said was the first person executed under the Supreme Court's upholding of the death penalty in 1976. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (left) addresses the National Criminal Justice Summit in Manila on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, as Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona (right) and Anti-Graft Court Presiding Justice Francisco Villaluz Jr. listen. (AP Photo/Malacanang Palace Photo Bureau, Gil Nartea)
"Today's news that the Supreme Court will hear arguments, possibly as soon as March, is reassuring news that we will soon reach finality on this critically important issue," said Gov. Bob McDonnell, Virginia Republican. (Associated Press)
Ari Zivotofsky accompanies his son, Menachem, outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Monday. The Supreme Court seemed unlikely to rule in favor of the 9-year-old, who was born in Jerusalem and whose parents want his United States passport to list his place of birth as Israel. (Associated Press)
"The opposite danger is interpreting those words in a way that they will no longer work for a country of 308 million Americans who are living in the 21st century — work in the way those framers would have wanted them to work had they been able to understand our society." - Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer
Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn (center) leaves Manhattan state Supreme Court with his wife, Anne Sinclair, and attorney Benjamin Brafman after a hearing Tuesday in New York. A New York judge dismissed the sexual assault case against Mr. Strauss-Kahn.
Liberal California law professor Goodwin Liu, nominated Tuesday to the state Supreme Court by Gov. Jerry Brown, said he looked forward "to the opportunity to serve the people of California on our state's highest court."
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, while testifying as a nominee in June 2010, reportedly told a Senate panel she had never been asked about her opinion or had offered any comments about proposed health care legislation while solicitor general. (Associated Press)
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Writing for the majority, Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said, "Any increase in speech resulting from the Arizona law is of one kind and one kind only: that of publicly financed candidates."
Carol Rosenblatt (right), of the District, takes part in a rally at the Supreme Court on March 29 in support of plaintiffs in a case of female employees against Wal-Mart. The National Women's Law Center decried Monday's ruling, which held there were too many female plaintiffs in too many different jobs to justify a class-action lawsuit. (Associated Press)
**FILE** In this photo from March 29, 2011, Carol Rosenblatt (right), of Washington, and others take part in rally outside the Supreme Court in support of the plaintiffs in a case of women employees against Wal-Mart. (Associated Press)
**FILE** In this photo from March 17, 2011, Christine Kwapnoski is seen at her home in Bay Point, Calif. The Supreme Court has ruled against Kwapnoski and four other plaintiffs in a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of women who work there. (Associated Press)
Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn listens to proceedings in his case in New York state Supreme Court on Thursday. A judge set bail at $1 million Thursday. (Associated Press)