But the court's balance of power may not change much, as Justice Souter, a conservative choice, consistently voted liberal.
He'll face pressure from his liberal base in his pick for the Supreme Court.
Justices heard arguments Wednesday about whether a provision of the Voting Rights Act unfairly discriminates against jurisdictions in 16 states.
His mandatory sentence for a gun crime applies, justices find, though the weapon discharged by accident.
In a 5-to-4 ruling, the top court upheld the regulator's 2004 decision to hold broadcasters liable for the occasional expletive.
Justice Kennedy appears to be the tiebreaking vote on whether New Haven, Conn., discriminated against white firefighters.
Supreme Court limits warrantless police searches to instances when an officer or evidence is in danger.
In a potentially influential case, white and Hispanic firefighters in New Haven, Conn., claim racial bias in promotion.
It heard arguments Tuesday on whether Arizona school officials violated Fourth Amendment privacy rights in strip-searching a 13-year-old girl.
The Supreme Court must decide whether an Arizona school went too far in strip-searching an eighth-grade girl for drugs.
A lawsuit claiming that the Army Corps of Engineers made the flooding worse starts today.
The high profile of the case suggests a trial in the United States, but the Justice Department might be wary of bringing the young suspect into the American court system.
The Constitution bars Congress from reducing a judge’s pay. But Congress has excluded judges from receiving promised inflation adjustments in six of the past 16 years.
A federal judge applies the same principles as the Supreme Court ordered at Guantánamo, which presents a challenge to the Obama administration.
The case was considered one of the most important of the current term because it suggested the justices were headed into a showdown with the Supreme Court of Oregon.
A case the justices heard Tuesday offers them an opportunity to decide the standard for proving illegal discrimination.
The deaths in North Carolina and California follow other high-profile shootings in recent weeks.
The Supreme Court denied the appeal of a Florida inmate on death row for 32 years.