Robert Barnes

ReporterWashington, D.C.

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The cases the justices hear next term could cause great division.

  • Jun 30, 2015

The court will consider whether workers’ rights are violated when they are compelled to pay unions.

  • Jun 30, 2015

The Supreme Court's 2014-2015 term included a historic ruling on the legality of same-sex marriage and upheld a key part of President Obama's health care law. Here's a look at how justices voted in 13 key cases this term.

  • Jun 30, 2015

Lawyers opposed to affirmative action say a lower court had ignored the justices’ instructions.

  • Jun 29, 2015

The court voted 5 to 4 to halt further implementation of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule.

  • Jun 29, 2015

The case arose after Arizona voters opposed to congressional gerrymandering had taken the power away from state legislators.

  • Jun 29, 2015

The justices were considering a challenge brought by death-row inmates in Oklahoma.

  • Jun 29, 2015

It took decades for same-sex marriage to become a right, and five episodes along the way exemplify an uneven history largely marked by legal victories and often shadowed by political setbacks.

  • Jun 27, 2015

Over decades, there were wins followed by rejections, and a constitutional right didn’t seem inevitable.

  • Jun 27, 2015

Some Supreme Court justices likened a lethal-injection drug to burning at the stake. Others said drug opponents were waging a “guerrilla war” on execution.

  • Apr 29, 2015
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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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