The U.S. federal courts are being forced to apply 1976 law to modern digital innovations. With respect to two new digital services, judges took two different paths, ruling one was compliant with federal copyright law, while another was not.
A report from the Pew Center on the States documented how the U.S. voter registration system, with all its faults and failings, cost 2 million votes in 2008. It's also light years behind many other democracies, in terms of enabling eligible voters to vote.
Justice David Souter has reportedly told the White House that he will retire from the Supreme Court. Adam Liptak, the Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times, joins The Takeaway to discuss Souter's role and his potential replacements.
Several administration officials say President Obama has settled on his pick for the Supreme Court. The name that's being floated is Sonia Sotomayor. Joining us to discuss her background and her record as a judge is the New York Times' Adam Liptak.
For a look at the tricky process of electing judges, The Takeaway talks to Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent for The New York Times, and to Tom Phillips, a lawyer with Baker Botts in Austin, Texas.
Many American inmates write to the Supreme Court begging for intercession on their cases. While the justices usually ignore these pleas, they intervened in the death row case of Troy Davis. Adam Liptak of The New York Times joins The Takeaway with more.
A relatively innocuous (albeit negative) documentary on Hillary Clinton released during the 2008 election may lead to something bigger than itself. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will return from its summer vacation to hear a case instigated by the film.
This week, the Supreme Court will hear three very different cases, from a corporate trial, to gun control laws, to international torture laws. New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak previews each case.
Justice John Paul Stevens announced on Friday that he will retire this June, after 35 years on the bench. Democrats say they want to move quickly into the nomination process in order to have the next justice confirmed by the end of the summer.