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The United States Supreme Court is the highest court of the judicial branch of government—its duty is to interpret the law. Since 1803, the Supreme Court has been understood to have the power to declare national, state, and local laws unconstitutional. Article III of the Constitution defines the Supreme Court and which cases it can hear, and how other federal courts are established.

High drama: Supreme Court is ending its current term this week

June 24, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

With the prospect of a headline-making finish, the Supreme Court will close its current term with two days of drama on Monday and Tuesday. The most significant issue before it is the fate of President Trump’s controversial executive order putting limits on immigration of foreign nationals, including refugees.

Last day of Supreme Court decisions features religion, immigration cases

June 24, 2017 By

The Supreme Court will wrap up scheduled decisions from its current term on Monday morning. Here’s a quick look at the six cases that will be announced by the Court on June 26, 2017.

Supreme Court decides Takings Clause case as term winds down

June 23, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The Supreme Court has ruled on an important test first posed by Justice William Brennan nearly 40 years ago about property rights, as Justice Anthony Kennedy sided with the Court's four liberal Justices on Friday.

Eminent domain still under fire

June 23, 2017 By NCC Staff

On June 23, 2005, the Supreme Court ruled in the controversial, landmark case of Kelo v. City of New London.

Pro football team seeks to settle right to “Redskins” trademarks

June 22, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Lawyers for the pro football team in the nation’s capital on Wednesday asked a federal appeals court to move promptly to clear the team’s right to federal legal protection for its name, the “Redskins.”

Stage is set for court to act on immigration fight

June 21, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Setting the stage for the Supreme Court to make up its mind quickly about President Trump’s controversial curb on immigration, Administration lawyers submitted their final written arguments at midday Wednesday.

Things to watch in Supreme Court’s immigration ban consideration

June 21, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On Thursday morning, the Supreme Court’s nine Justices will meet behind closed doors to consider appeals in the Trump administration’s immigration ban case. Here is a brief rundown of what to expect before and after that meeting.

Justice Department officials get immunity for 9/11 response

June 19, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Declaring that highly placed government officials cannot be sued personally for wrongdoing in the name of national security, a divided Supreme Court on Monday spared three top Justice Department officials from legal claims based on mistreatment of Muslims rounded up in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Court may rule on partisan gerrymandering – but maybe not

June 19, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court on Monday stepped, somewhat hesitantly, into the long-standing constitutional controversy over partisan gerrymandering, accepting a major test case for review and giving itself several issues to consider.

Supreme Court gives Internet broad new protections

June 19, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Finding that the modern Internet, and especially its social media sites, are bringing about a “revolution in thought,” the Supreme Court on Monday created broad constitutional shelter for exchanging or exploring ideas electronically.

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