But growing up in a 'minority-majority' neighborhood does shape one's view of the world, residents say.
A crop of legal cases across the US raise concerns over the use of electric stun guns in routine police stops.
Legal challenges ensue in federal court, and plans are afoot for a 2010 ballot measure to undo Proposition 8.
Obama's high-court pick is no 'stealth candidate.' She has made some 450 judicial decisions. What's more, she has not been shy about expressing her opinions publicly.
The court says the measure only takes away the term 'marriage' – not a gay couple's legal rights. The ruling also preserves 18,000 marriages that took place before the ban.
Voters approved Proposition 8 last year, which made gay marriages illegal. The court decides Tuesday if the measure was unconstitutional.
In nominating Sonia Sotomayor, the president cited both her judicial experience and her compelling personal story.
The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a suit holding FBI Director Robert Mueller and former Attorney General John Ashcroft responsible for wrongful detention of Muslims after 9/11.
AT&T's decision to exclude pregnancy leave taken before the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act from pensions today is not illegal discrimination, the court said.
Expectations are high that Obama will nominate a woman. Though female jurisprudence is not much different from that of male judges, women tend to be more pro-women's rights and to tilt more toward plaintiffs in sex-discrimination cases.
The handsets are already banned, but a proposed law would make it a crime for prisoners to possess them.
Two Florida teens were given life sentences without parole for nonlethal crimes. The top court will consider if the punishments are constitutional.
To prove aggravated identify theft – which brings a mandatory two years in jail – prosecutors must show defendants knew their fake IDs belonged to a real person.
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.