Jeffrey Toobin examines the nine personalities that sit on the nation's highest court.
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.
Justice must be blind, not partisan. The Supreme Court can't be another political battleground.
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.
The government says state secrets are at risk, but the 9th Circuit is allowing the case to proceed against a Boeing subsidiary that reportedly flew suspects to secret prisons.
As the Republican Party shifted to the right, his chances of winning a 2010 primary were 'bleak,' he says.
In a 5-to-4 ruling, the top court upheld the regulator's 2004 decision to hold broadcasters liable for the occasional expletive.
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