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Supreme Court of the United States

Highest court in the United States

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is the highest court in the federal judiciary of the United States. It has ultimate appellate jurisdiction over all federal and state court cases that involve a point of federal law, and original jurisdiction over a narrow range of cases, specifically "all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party". The Court holds the power of judicial review, the ability to invalidate a statute for violating a provision of the U.S. Constitution. It is also able to strike down presidential directives for violating either the Constitution or statutory law. However, it may act only within the context of a case in an area of law over which it has jurisdiction. The Court may decide cases having political overtones, but it has ruled that it does not have power to decide non-justiciable political questions.

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The justices seemed troubled by the possibility that a 1986 law applied to all sorts of speech and therefore ran afoul of the First Amendment.
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday barred a lawsuit against a Border Patrol agent for fatally shooting a 15-year-old Mexican boy on Mexican soil from across the..
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U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday signaled skepticism toward a federal law that made it a felony to encourage illegal immigrants to come or stay in the..
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday barred a lawsuit against a Border Patrol agent for fatally shooting a 15-year-old Mexican boy on Mexican soil from across the..
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Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote the 5-4 opinion and was joined by the court's four other conservatives. The four liberal justices dissented.
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The case had been watched closely because of President Donald Trump's efforts to build a border wall and to reduce both legal and illegal immigration.
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Virginia prosecutors and lawyers for Mr. Malvo asked the Supreme Court to drop his appeal in light of a new state law giving juvenile offenders the right to seek..
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday appeared open to reinstating $4.3 billion in punitive damages against Sudan in lawsuits accusing it of complicity in the 1998 al..
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to Walgreens, turning away an appeal by a fired former Florida employee of the pharmacy chain who asked not to..
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a major religious rights dispute involving the city of Philadelphia's refusal to place children for foster care..
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear Apple Inc's bid to avoid paying about $440 million in damages for using patent licensing firm VirnetX Inc's..
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The vote was 5 to 4, with the Supreme Court’s conservatives in the majority.
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Ukrainian lawmakers exceeded their authority when they voted to scrap the country's old Supreme Court in 2016 as part of sweeping judicial reform, the country's..
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A 27-year-old woman from southern Arkansas waited nervously at the Hope Medical Group for Women after traveling two hours for a medical procedure that is..
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