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Drag artist Vidalia Anne Gentry speaks during a news conference in Nashville, Tennessee
Jul 13, 2023

Commentary: Anti-LGBTQ laws not passing court muster

Here’s a summary of some of the most notable legal outcomes of anti-LGBTQ laws that have been challenged in court.

The Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.
Jul 12, 2023

Supreme Court ethics investigation

In a monthslong inquiry, which included reviewing tens of thousands of pages of documents from more than 100 public records requests, The Associated Press has examined what happens behind the scenes when Supreme Court justices travel to colleges and universities for lectures and other events.

Sonia Sotomayor speaks at an event while seated in a chair with her book displayed on a small table to the left
Jul 12, 2023

Sotomayor’s staff prodded colleges and libraries to buy her books

Sonia Sotomayor’s staff has often prodded public institutions that have hosted the justice to buy her memoir or children’s books, works that have earned her at least $3.7 million since she joined the court in 2009.

Printout of an email from 2018 with the syllabus about Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch teaching a law class in Italy
Jul 12, 2023

Justices’ teaching gigs can double as an all-expenses-paid trips

Documents obtained by The Associated Press through public records requests reveal that some all-expenses-paid trips — to Italy, Iceland and Hawaii, among others — are light on classroom instruction, with ample time carved out for the justices’ leisure.

Close-up of the face of Dick Durbin with a small sign in front of him with his name on it as he speaks during a hearing in Washington, D.C.
Jul 12, 2023

Senators call for Supreme Court to follow ethics code like other branches

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, responding to Associated Press investigative stories on the Supreme Court, said Tuesday it was time for the justices to bring their conduct in line with the ethical standards of other branches of government.

Members of the Supreme Court sit for a group portrait at the Supreme Court building in Washington on Oct. 7, 2022
Jul 12, 2023

Inside the AP’s investigation into the ethics practices of Supreme Court justices

Here’s a look at how the reporting was done on The Associated Press examination of the ethics practices of U.S. Supreme Court justices.

Close-up of the face of Laura Kelly
Jul 12, 2023

Kansas lawmakers botched anti-trans law, attorney says

Kansas legislators botched the drafting of a new law aimed at preventing transgender people from changing how their sex is listed on their driver’s licenses, a state agency’s lawyer argued in a court filing made public Tuesday.

Jul 11, 2023

Appeals court says Walz had authority to impose mask mandate

Gov. Tim Walz had the legal authority to mandate face masks when he declared a public health emergency in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

Jul 10, 2023

Judge dismisses lawsuit seeking reparations for Tulsa Race Massacre

Judge Caroline Wall on Friday dismissed with prejudice the lawsuit trying to force the city and others to make recompense for the destruction of the once-thriving Black district known as Greenwood.

Jul 10, 2023

Judge: Kansas must stop letting trans people change sex on licenses

Kansas must stop allowing transgender people to change the sex listed on their driver’s licenses, a state-court judge ordered Monday as part of a lawsuit filed by the state’s Republican attorney general.

Jul 10, 2023

Administration asks appeals court to block social media order

The Biden administration asked a federal appeals court to temporarily block a lower court’s order limiting executive branch discussions with social media companies about controversial online posts.

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Jul 10, 2023

Wisconsin district can’t restrict bathrooms for transgender student, judge says

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman said Thursday that the Mukwonago Area School District must allow a transgender student to use facilities that align with their gender identity.

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