A lower court has allowed a suit by an American Muslim, detained without charge in 2003 as a material witness, to proceed against former Attorney General John Ashcroft. The Supreme Court says it will consider Ashcroft's appeal.
The Supreme Court agreed to take the case of a man on Texas' death row. He wants the state to do DNA tests on other, untested evidence he says would prove his innocence. A victory would make it easier for convicted criminals to continue to fight convictions.
Judge Virginia Phillips on Tuesday ordered the Pentagon to stop enforcing its 'don't ask, don't tell' ban on openly gay service members. Though experts say the ruling would likely be overturned on appeal, it is an important moment for the gay-rights movement.
Albert Snyder says Westboro Baptist Church protesters ruined his son's funeral. The church says it has a right to free speech. The justices asked a lot of hypothetical questions about what constitutes allowable speech.
The Supreme Court is in the midst of a significant transformation after eleven years with the same lineup of justices. Since 2005, four new members have joined the court, two on the conservative side and two on the liberal side.
A Supreme Court case challenging the Westboro Baptist Church anti-gay protests will test the limits of free speech, with First Amendment implications for other forms of expression such as Quran burning and racist demonstrations.