Rulings against Trump on his tax returns may be tough to reverse

A US appeals court decision Monday against President Donald Trump's effort to keep his tax returns from a grand jury marks the second major court ruling in recent weeks rejecting bold assertions from the President's lawyers that would shield him from investigation.

Justice Ginsburg declares her good health but scrutiny persists

In the six weeks since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg revealed she had endured another cancer ordeal, she has made more than 10 public appearances, animated and "very much alive." Yet advocates with a stake in another Supreme Court confirmation battle cannot help but be on edge.

How the last chief justice handled an impeachment trial

Two decades ago, Chief Justice William Rehnquist captured unprecedented attention as he presided over the Senate trial of a president, a role that would fall to Chief Justice John Roberts if the US House were to impeach President Donald Trump and a Senate trial were launched.

John Roberts killed census citizenship question

Chief Justice John Roberts cast the deciding vote against President Donald Trump's attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, but only after changing his position behind the scenes, sources familiar with the private Supreme Court deliberations tell CNN.

Justice Kagan uses Spider-Man to warn of 'great responsibility'

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan extolled the late Justice John Paul Stevens and decried the effects of partisan gerrymandering on democracy. Yet it was not until a student at the Georgetown Law forum on Thursday asked about Spider-Man that Kagan began gesturing excitedly.

Defining moments of Supreme Court's term

The Supreme Court session that began last October and ended on Thursday unfolded against a volatile political background and as individual justices faced their own delicate dilemmas.

Supreme Court awaits eventual Roe v. Wade showdown

Rapid and dramatic moves by states to ban abortion at six weeks of pregnancy, including Tuesday night's vote in Alabama to pass the most restrictive abortion bill in the country, appear to set up an immediate fight over Roe v. Wade.

John Roberts faces another test with census case

Chief Justice John Roberts has tried to offer ballast in today's political turmoil, asserting the independence of the judiciary and rebuking President Donald Trump's suggestion that Republican justices will automatically rule for him, and Democratic ones will do the opposite.

Senators argue over Kavanaugh White House records

Thirteen years ago this week, President George W. Bush was grappling with his administration's mishandling of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast when he suddenly had an opportunity to appoint the next chief justice of the United States. At his side was staff secretary Brett Kavanaugh.

Judges could decide balance of power in NC

A federal court's rejection of North Carolina's GOP-rigged congressional district map has thrown in doubt 13 voting districts just months before the November midterm elections, along with prospects for the Republican and Democratic parties in the state and perhaps even the full US House of Representatives.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg marks 25 years on the bench

There is something in the current "Notorious RBG" fervor that offers the perfect paradox for a woman whose early career was marked by rejection and work in the trenches of anti-discrimination law.

Kavanaugh's Obamacare rulings under microscope

When a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act reached his Washington, DC, appeals court in 2011, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was careful not to commit. He described the law requiring people to buy health insurance as "unprecedented" and the breadth of Obama administration's defense of it "jarring."