Robert Barnes

ReporterWashington, D.C.


A federal judge had previously struck down a state ban, and without Supreme Court intervention, same-sex marriage licenses could be issued starting Jan. 6.

  • Dec 19, 2014

Justices won’t review decision, so state officials must issue driver’s licenses to some illegal immigrants.

  • Dec 17, 2014

An officer who uncovered cocaine during an errant traffic stop made a “reasonable” mistake, court rules.

  • Dec 15, 2014

Activists argue the law would make it tough to get medical abortions. The state says it was meant to protect women.

  • Dec 15, 2014

Watchers are trying to determine if the Supreme Court will finally take up case.

  • Dec 14, 2014

Dispute is over resentencing for youths who were denied chance of parole.

  • Dec 12, 2014

Bias revealed in deliberations did not provide information specific to S.D. man’s suit, Justice Sotomayor writes.

  • Dec 9, 2014

The retailer doesn’t have to pay for time warehouse employees spend in security lines at shift’s end.

  • Dec 9, 2014

Amtrak passenger trains run on private freight lines, and it argues it has authority to determine traffic flow.

  • Dec 8, 2014

The company argues the multibillion-dollar agreement over the Gulf oil spill is being exploited by bogus claims.

  • Dec 8, 2014
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Robert Barnes has been a Washington Post reporter and editor since 1987. He joined the paper to cover Maryland politics, and has served in various editing positions including metropolitan editor and national political editor. He has covered the Supreme Court since November 2006.
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