The Obama administration asked an appeals court Friday to immediately stop implementation of the immigration law, after reports that Hispanic students were staying home as the law took effect.
Two journalists examine the life and legacy of William Brennan, the liberal Supreme Court justice who left his mark on the US Constitution.
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.
Liberals cheered the first Hispanic justice, but conservatives say Sotomayor ultimately backed away from a liberal view of the Constitution.
But the court's balance of power may not change much, as Justice Souter, a conservative choice, consistently voted liberal.