Sonia Sotomayor

Julia Conley, staff writer
"Free religious exercise is one of our most treasured and jealously guarded constitutional rights," Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in her dissent. "But those principles are not at stake today."
Common Dreams staff
 Reversing decisions by lower courts that forced the administration to keep counting until October 31, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesady granted an emergency stay requested by Trump's Department of Justice. There was no explanation for the decision, which required the assent of at least five of the court's eight justices. (Photo: @CensusCounts/Twitter)
Justice Sonya Sotomayor issued a dissent warning the "harms caused by rushing...
Eoin Higgins, staff writer
"Asylum seekers face grave danger and irreversible harm every day this depraved policy remains in effect."
"Claiming one emergency after another, the government has recently sought stays...


In a relatively benign case involving the alleged sale of bald eagle feathers, a court has again raised pretty scary concerns about limits on technology-abetted government surveillance by ruling police can secretly videotape a home without a warrant. Given several similar recent cases, critics argue we shouldn't have to "live under a rock in the wilderness somewhere" to avoid pervasive monitoring. At what point are we making too available "a substantial quantum of intimate information about any...