Latest from Robert Barnes

Supreme Court seems skeptical that law helps all convicted of crack cocaine offenses

The justices indicated a law written by Congress to tackle racial disparities may not cover all offenders.
  • May 4, 2021

Supreme Court declines to revisit precedent that restricts lawsuits from service members

Justice Clarence Thomas said the court should have granted a former West Point cadet’s suit over an alleged rape.
  • May 3, 2021

Supreme Court seems wary of bold pronouncements in student speech case

A cheerleader’s rant on Snapchat might be problematic in deciding speech rights of public school students.
  • Apr 28, 2021

Supreme Court to hear gun-control case next term on carrying weapons outside home

The high court will take an NRA-backed challenge to a century-old New York law that requires a special reason for a concealed-carry permit.
  • Apr 26, 2021

Supreme Court seems ready to strike down California’s disclosure requirements for some charitable donors

The question is how broad a ruling might be and whether it will have any effect on campaign finance disclosures.
  • Apr 26, 2021

Supreme Court to consider terrorism suspect Abu Zubaida’s request to learn more about his CIA-sponsored torture

The government has invoked the “state secrets” privilege to oppose his efforts for additional information about foreign intelligence officials who partnered with the U.S.
  • Apr 26, 2021

A cheerleader’s Snapchat rant leads to ‘momentous’ Supreme Court case on student speech

The dispute could determine how First Amendment protections apply to the off-campus activities of 50 million public school students.
  • Apr 25, 2021

Supreme Court unanimous that FTC lacked authority to recover billions for consumers

Court says the commission must get additional authority from Congress to ask courts for monetary relief.
  • Apr 22, 2021

Supreme Court rules against juvenile sentenced to life without parole

Conservatives prevailed in a decision that reverses the court’s trend of leniency toward juveniles convicted of serious crimes.
  • Apr 22, 2021

Supreme Court seems likely to back limits on immigrants seeking green cards

Those who entered the country illegally and now have temporary protection want the court to agree they can seek permanent residency.
  • Apr 19, 2021