The Supreme Court rules 5 to 4 that officials in New Haven, Conn., violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act in throwing out the results of a promotion exam.
The decision sets the standard for how far school officials can go in conducting searches of students' property.
Conservative majority opinion limits prisoners’ chances to prove innocence.
Republicans on Capitol Hill are acutely aware that the tone and content of the nominee's hearing could redefine the party after two punishing national elections.
She hasn't ruled on hot-button issues, which puts her in a middle position - for now, anyway.
In nominating Sonia Sotomayor, the president cited both her judicial experience and her compelling personal story.
At a Monitor breakfast, the Homeland Security secretary also comments on border and immigration issues. But when asked if she's on the shortlist for the impending Supreme Court vacancy, she avoided the question.
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.