Split SCOTUS Decision Means That a Trump Presidency Would Be a Nightmare for Immigrant Families 

The Supreme Court issued a split decision today on whether an immigration plan created by President Obama through an executive order was constitutional. In English: the Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4 and the plan, which would have prevented millions of people from facing deportation, has been blocked. That means next…

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SCOTUS Upholds UT's Affirmative Action Program, Knocking Abigail Fisher on Her Ass

In June 2015, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear the case of Abigail Fisher, an aggressively mediocre white woman who, after being rejected from the University of Texas, challenged the school’s affirmative action program. At the center was UT’s admissions program, that admits students based on two factors:…

In Harrowing Dissent, Justice Sotomayor Points to 'Degrading' Consequences of Unlawful Police Stops

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote an incredible dissent to the majority finding of an illegal stop-and-search case, a 5-3 decision which effectively undermined the exclusionary rule by finding that evidence discovered via unlawful police stops may be used in court if the officer knew of an outstanding arrest…

The Supreme Court's Three Female Justices Are Fighting Tooth and Nail for Reproductive Rights 

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt, a challenge to Texas’s HB2, a wide-ranging bill whose purpose is largely to regulate abortion providers into non-existence. From requiring clinics to abide by the same building codes as a surgical center, to requiring physicians to have admitting…

Black Former Law Students of Antonin Scalia Recall Unfair Treatment at the University of Chicago

While on the Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia, who died this month at 79, worked to make society less just for black Americans, railing against affirmative action and seeking to undermine the Voting Rights Act. His admirers would attribute this not to rank bigotry, but to his textualist legal philosophy.…

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Republican Detectives Aren't So Sure About Antonin Scalia's 'Heart Attack'

There are going to be kookoos any time a celebrity dies—we weren’t there when it happened, so, invariably, we don’t know the real truth. I am cool with this because I love to dream, since dreaming doesn’t hurt anyone. But we have just hit the conspiracy jackpot: the 79-year-young Antonin Scalia, a highly-controversial…

Hillary Clinton Broaches Abortion, Immigration in Call for Swift SCOTUS Replacement

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death sent 2016 presidential candidates into complete tailspin—not only is the choice of his replacement something that will meaningfully affect the sorts of values our country tolerates, it is also something blessedly new about which they can have a vigorous opinion.

A Brief List of Some of the Many Terrible Things Antonin Scalia Said and Wrote 

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died at the age of 79 on Saturday. It was an apparently peaceful death, by all accounts, in his bedroom at a West Texas luxury resort after a weekend of quail hunting. He has children and grandchildren and Ruth Bader Ginsburg to mourn him; let’s not do that here. Because Scalia,…