Robert Barnes
The High Court

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. He gave up law school plans for a life in newspapers after taking a journalism class in college. It did not occur to him, as it apparently did to others, that he could do both.

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Justices question law that criminalizes false speech

Justices question law that criminalizes false speech

The measure, which affects political candidates, raises constitutional doubts.

Supreme Court upholds Mich. ban on racial preferences

Supreme Court upholds Mich. ban on racial preferences

The 6 to 2 judgment could encourage other states to adopt similar bans on race-based college admissions.

Sotomayor: You can’t ‘wish away’ racial inequality

Sotomayor: You can’t ‘wish away’ racial inequality

Sotomayor’s impassioned dissent in affirmative action case draws a tart response from the chief justice.

High court’s decision on Aereo could reshape TV industry

High court’s decision on Aereo could reshape TV industry

This week, justices will hear a case that might affect how much it will cost to watch your favorite shows.