Supreme Court judge on death penalty: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer delivered harsh criticism of the death penalty Dec. 12 in a dissent to the court's decision not to hear a Florida inmate's death penalty appeal.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
NCR Today: By bringing the Israel-Palestine issue into the public sphere at the Democratic Party primaries, the Sanders candidacy has accelerated change on the issue among democratic supporters.
Faith and Justice: The Supreme Court's proposed solution came one week after the oral argument. Oral arguments can help us understand the disputed issues.
Those on both sides of the debate agree that Glossip v. Gross transcended the specific issue of the death penalty indirectly.
In a 5-4 ruling, the court said the use of midazolam in executions does not violate the ban on "cruel and unusual punishment."
"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote.
The questions raised by Supreme Court justices as they considered Tuesday whether they should rule that same-sex marriage should be made legal nationwide covered a gamut of rights concerns -- religious, equal protection, states' ability to enact their own laws.
In two and a half hours of oral arguments, the line of questions and the answers by attorneys representing both sides made clear that all concerned recognize the potential for the court's ruling to be history-making.
We say: The trouble with Indiana's religious freedom law is in how it was conceived. Instead of appeasing conservative voters, the law tossed a grenade into the community.
In separate cases, the Supreme Court will consider persistently unsettled angles on criminal sentencing, including death sentences for people with mental disabilities and life sentences for juveniles.
The court heard oral arguments Monday in a Louisiana case that challenges the death sentence of Kevan Brumfield, who his attorneys say should be exempt from capital punishment because he is intellectually disabled. The case asks the court to allow evidence of disability to be considered in a reconsideration of his death sentence.
The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case where a woman was denied a job offer because of the hijab she wore.