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Supreme Court redefines intellectual disability

March 28, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

While still insisting that state governments do not have to follow exactly all of the medical community's standards for defining intellectual disability of criminal suspects, a divided Supreme Court on Tuesday narrowed even further states' option to create their own standards when deciding who is eligible to be executed for murder.

Full 4th Circuit Court may rule on immigration

March 27, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

A federal appeals court getting set to review a Maryland judge’s order against President Trump’s immigration restrictions is considering bypassing a three-judge panel and to hear the case before all 15 active judges. The process, rarely used in that court, could speed up the process considerably.

Major test of war crimes courts reaches Justices

March 24, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Spelling out the grim details of years of extreme torture, a high-profile detainee at Guantanamo Bay is asking the Supreme Court to block his war crimes trial until he can contest its legality in a civilian court – a challenge based heavily on the impact on his physical and mental health of his treatment in custody.

Appeals court sets schedule on Trump immigration appeal

March 24, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The first federal appeals court’s review of President Trump’s revised order limiting immigration from six Mideast nations will go forward on an expedited schedule, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided Thursday.

Trump team seeks speedy court review on immigration

March 23, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The Trump Administration asked a federal appeals court on Wednesday afternoon to order a rapid review of the legality of the revised presidential order limiting immigration of people from six Mideast nations.

Disabled students’ education rights upgraded by Supreme Court

March 22, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Students with disabilities have a legal right to educational support at school that will enable each one to make measurable progress, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday.  It is not enough that progress is simply more than a bare minimum, the court said in an opinion written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

Trump team starts appeal on immigration order

March 18, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The Trump Administration has notified a federal judge in Maryland it is appealing his order blocking enforcement of revised restrictions on immigration from Mideast nations. The appeal, the notice said, will go to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Second path for testing Trump immigration order

March 16, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

If Justice Department lawyers follow through on President Trump’s vow to vigorously defend his power to limit immigration from Mideast nations, they could be doing so in more than one appeal in federal courts.

Hawaii judge blocks new Trump immigration order

March 15, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Relying heavily upon President Trump’s own words, a federal judge in Honolulu ruled Wednesday afternoon that the revised presidential order against immigration from the Mideast appears to be explicitly aimed at Muslims because of hostility to their religion, and is likely to be ruled unconstitutional.

School board: U.S. needs time on transgender rights

March 14, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

A local school board in Virginia urged a federal appeals court on Tuesday to give the Trump Administration until June 1 to sort out its position on the civil rights of transgender students.

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