Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch presented himself to a sharply divided Senate Judiciary Committee on March 20, 2017, as a consensus-minded judge, devoted . . .
Supreme Court nominations have been rife with partisan contention throughout history, and Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing is shaping up to be no dif . . .
In the lead-up to Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings, speculation will no doubt fly as to what influence he would have on a number of hot-button topic . . .
Former associate justice Antonin Scalia took great care in choosing his words and phrases carefully when writing his opinions. Scalia’s writing went wel . . .
In his latest Court Report, legal scholar and journalist Kenneth Jost examines one scholar’s proposal to limit the number of Supreme Court justices to eight. In analyzing the effects . . .
In his latest Court Report, legal scholar and journalist Kenneth Jost examines the impact of Antonin Scalia’s death on the Court’s 2015 term. With the Court reduced to eight ju . . .
The death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016 resulted in a bitter political battle over a potential successor and raised uncertainty about how the eight–member Court would ru . . .
Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland continues to make the rounds on Capitol Hill, while Senate Republican leadership remains resolute not to hold a confirmation hearing. As the impasse c . . .
With a vacancy now on the Supreme Court and speculation flying about who might fill it (and when), Court reporter Kenneth Jost analyzes the geographic roots of justices thr . . .
Shortly after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Senator Charles Grassley cited a decades-old precedent in asserting that no replacement should be considere . . .
In this report by legal analyst Kenneth Jost, he explores the evolution of the chief justice’s role as administrative head of the federal judiciary. . . .
The number and significance of dissenting opinions have waxed and waned over the Court’s history. Some justices have seen them as detrimental to the Cou . . .
Deliberations between justices on cases before the Court are notoriously secretive. In this report, Kenneth Jost analyzes the role of the Conference in the Co . . .
While one might assume that all Supreme Court justices have ruled from the bench prior to their confirmation, history tells us otherwise. Currently, Elena Kag . . .
In this month’s Court Report, legal expert Kenneth Jost examines the Court’s role in deciding whether or not to issue stays of lower court rulings. He looks at recent . . .
While Supreme Court rules permit only attorneys to argue a case before the justices, anyone can submit a plea. While the number of so-called pro se petitions is difficult to . . .
Supreme Court justices are appointed for life; nearly half have died in office, but retirements are the rule these days. Supreme Court reporter Kenneth Jost analyzes how and wh . . .
The Supreme Court justices are not perfect. While the Court’s opinions often make headlines, corrections to their opinions almost never do. However, a growing call for mo . . .
In the 2013 Term, the Roberts Court handed down a record number of unanimous rulings. While notable, landmark cases dividing along ideological lines are hardly a thing of the p . . .
It may surprise many that 2014 marks the first time that the Supreme Court justices have been videotaped while in session. Although the video was taken as part of a campaign finance protest, it has on . . .
Supreme Court justices are perhaps best known for the opinions they write. However, a number of justices have penned books outside of their official capacity on the Court. This month, Supreme Court re . . .
Although today’s Court is often portrayed as highly divided, unanimous rulings are not that uncommon. In this report Kenneth Jost looks at the frequency and significance of unanimous ru . . .
Legal precedent is a foundational concept in the U.S. justice system. Supreme Court reporter Kenneth Jost examines the ways in which the justices invoke, and on occasion, ove . . .
The Supreme Court's opinions have wide-reaching impacts. Not surprisingly, outside groups have a vested interest in making their voices heard in Court deliberations. Reporter . . .
Thousands of petitions reach the Supreme Court each year, but the justices hear only a very small percentage of them. Court reporter Kenneth Jost examines the factors that influence the s . . .
Kenneth Jost has covered legal affairs as a reporter, editor, or columnist since 1970 and has contributed to a variety of legal publications. He is the author of the Supreme Court Yearbook . . .