Supreme Court
  • The Supreme Court is meeting to decide whether to take on cases that claim the Constitution gives people the right to marry regardless of sexual orientation.

    FILE - This Dec. 17, 2010 file photo shows Karen Golinski, right, hugging her wife Amy Cunninghis as they pose for a photograph outside of a federal court building in San Francisco. The fight over gay marriage is shifting from the ballot box to the Supreme Court. Three weeks after voters in three states backed it, the justices meet Friday to decide whether they should deal sooner rather than later with the idea that the Constitution gives people the right to marry regardless of a couple's sexual orientation
    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 9:00 PM EST
  • A court in South Africa has ruled that a government minister "unreasonably delayed" a decision about whether to grant the Dalai Lama a visa for a 2011 trip.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 6:00 PM EST
  • A general view of Galway University Hospital, Ireland Wednesday Nov. 14, 2012 where Savita Halappanavar, a dentist aged 31, who was 17 weeks pregnant , died after suffering a miscarriage and septicaemia on on Sunday, Oct. 21.

    The debate over legalizing abortion in Ireland flared after an ill miscarrying woman was refused a quick termination of her pregnancy and died in an Irish hospital.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 12, 2012, 5:00 PM EST
  • The Supreme Court won't review a decision to throw out sanctions and a $600,000 award against Miami prosecutors in a witness-tampering investigation.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 12, 2012, 2:30 PM EST
  • COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — When Shirani Bandaranayake was appointed Sri Lanka's chief justice, rights campaigners assailed her as a puppet of a government that was steamrolling opponents and consolidating power. A year later, she is on the verge of becoming its latest victim.

    In the wake of court challenges to government authority, the ruling party submitted an impeachment complaint in Parliament accusing her of unexplained wealth and misuse of power. Opposition parties and independent analysts allege it is a naked attempt by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to cow the judiciary.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 12, 2012, 8:30 AM EST
  • High-profile appeals of class-action suits brought against major corporations likely to highlight Court's tremendous ideological split. 

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 12, 2012, 12:00 AM EST