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Judge clears way for trial of kids’ climate change case

October 16, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

A federal trial judge in Oregon said on Monday that a group of teenagers is entitled to a court test of their claim about a constitutional right to a safe environment.

Justice Byron White: A retrospective

October 16, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

On October 16, 1962, Justice Byron R. White joined the Supreme Court as one of two appointments made by President John F. Kennedy. In 2012, Constitution Daily contributor Lyle Denniston wrote a retrospective about White's Supreme Court career, which he have reprinted here.

Justice Kavanaugh takes oaths, now ready to work

October 6, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court announced on Saturday afternoon that the new Justice, Brett M. Kavanaugh, would promptly take two oaths, so that he “can begin to participate in the work of the Court immediately.”

A new Justice is on the way

October 5, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

In a matter of hours, a 53-year-old federal judge with a fully developed conservative view of law and the Constitution will become the 114th Justice to serve on the Supreme Court, with the very real prospect that he will cast a pivotal vote in many major cases, maybe for decades to come.

A plea to end all partisan gerrymandering challenges

October 3, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Reopening a deeply divisive controversy that has troubled the Supreme Court for 32 years, four state legislators from North Carolina have urged the Justices to bar all constitutional challenges to partisan gerrymandering.

Will the Kavanaugh episode damage the Supreme Court?

September 30, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Constitution Daily contributor Lyle Denniston, who has written about the Supreme Court since 1958, looks at the current contentious nomination process in the context of the Court's long-term institutional strength.

Partisan gerrymandering on fast track to Supreme Court

September 13, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court will get another chance in its next term to decide the long-unresolved question of whether partisan gerrymandering violates the Constitution.  In a new order in a North Carolina case, a lower federal court on Wednesday put that case on a fast track to reach the Justices even as their new term opens in early October.

DACA survives – for now – a new court challenge

September 1, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Finding that Texas and other states waited too long to challenge a program to spare hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants from deportation, a Texas federal judge on Friday added a new layer of judicial protection for the policy that has been in effect for more than six years but has been under challenge by the Trump Administration for almost a year.

The teenage voter and the Constitution

August 29, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

A part of the Constitution – the only part that deals with discrimination based on age – has existed for 47 years, but has mostly been ignored.  It is suddenly getting a revival now, as newly energized teenagers with a stronger sense of civic involvement seek easier access to polling places. 

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Big test case coming on digital copyright

August 27, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

An important case due to reach the Supreme Court soon seeks to test the legality of collecting a massive database of recorded TV and radio programming and selling access to it to news outlets, scholars and other researches, government agencies, and the police. 

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