'The Outsider' by Anthony Franze is a satisfying mystery

"The Outsider" (Minotaur), by Anthony Franze A law student seeking employment after graduation lands in a conspiracy inside the U.S. Supreme Court in "The Outsider," Anthony Franze's latest legal thriller. Grayson Hernandez gets a job with the court, but it's in the mailroom. He listens to the various clerks discuss the cases and dreams of one day being in their company as an equal.

The Latest: High court weighs deportation case

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the Supreme Court arguments in a deportation case tied to bad legal advice (all times local): 11:40 a.m. The Supreme Court is trying to figure out whether immigrants should get a second chance in court when bad legal advice leads to a guilty plea and certain deportation.

McConnell confident Dems won't keep Gorsuch off high court

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A showdown loomed over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Tuesday as the number of Democrats opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch grew to more than 25. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged Gorsuch would be confirmed next week regardless of the Democratic opposition. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, was joined Tuesday by more than half-a-dozen other senators who announced their intention to vote against Gorsuch.

Supreme Court rules for Texas death row inmate

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with a Texas death row inmate who claims he should not be executed because he is intellectually disabled. The justices, by a 5-3 vote, reversed a Texas appeals court ruling that said inmate Bobby James Moore was not intellectually disabled.

Supreme Court considers bad legal advice in immigrant's plea

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court tried to figure out Tuesday whether immigrants should get a second chance in court when bad legal advice leads to a guilty plea and certain deportation. The justices seemed divided during an argument about what to do in cases in which the evidence against criminal defendants is strong and the chances of acquittal by a jury are remote.

High court struggles over hospital pension dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court seemed to struggle on Monday over whether some of the nation's largest hospitals should be allowed to sidestep federal laws protecting pension benefits for workers. Justices considered the cases of three church-affiliated nonprofit hospital systems being sued for underfunding pension plans covering about 100,000 employees. But the outcome ultimately could affect the retirement benefits of roughly a million employees around the country.

Supreme Court won't restore $7.25B swipe fees settlement

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court will not restore a $7.25 billion settlement between merchants and Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. over credit card transaction fees. The justices did not comment Monday in leaving place a ruling by the federal appeals court in New York that tossed out the settlement in a lawsuit that began in 2005.

Justices won't hear appeal in music copyright dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from record companies that want to pursue copyright infringement claims against music site Vimeo for hosting unauthorized recordings from the Beatles, Elvis Presley and other classic artists. The justice on Monday left in place a federal appeals court ruling that said websites are protected from liability even for older music recorded before 1972.

Dems force 1-week delay on panel vote on Supreme Court pick

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats on Monday forced a one-week delay in a committee vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, who remains on track for confirmation with solid Republican backing. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, announced that, as expected, Democrats have requested a postponement. The committee vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch now will be held April 3.

Ahoy, justices! Floating home case winner back to high court

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Four years ago, Fane Lozman won an improbable longshot victory when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with him that his floating home was a house, not a vessel subject to seizure by a Florida city. The justices set a new national legal standard: Not everything that floats is a boat.

Gorsuch hearings show him as careful, folksy, testy at times

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nominees appearing before the Senate all have one goal in mind: Win confirmation. And when one party controls the Senate and the White House, the strategy of saying as little as possible doesn't vary much. But because Supreme Court nominees spend several long days in televised hearings, they still manage to reveal a few things about themselves, professionally and personally.

The Latest: Law professor: Gorsuch won't be 'robotic vote'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on nomination hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch (all times local): 2:30 p.m. A law professor says Judge Neil Gorsuch may be conservative, but he's predicting that President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court won't be "a robotic vote for the right of the court.

Democrats threaten delay on Supreme Court nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats vowed Thursday to impede Judge Neil Gorsuch's path to the Supreme Court, setting up a political showdown with implications for future openings on the high court. Still irate that Republicans blocked President Barack Obama's nominee, Democrats consider Gorsuch a threat to a wide range of civil rights and think he was too evasive during 20 hours of questioning.

Rights of learning-disabled students bolstered by high court

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A unanimous Supreme Court has bolstered the rights of millions of learning-disabled students in a ruling that requires public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards. The court struck down a lower standard endorsed by President Donald Trump's nominee to the high court. Chief Justice John Roberts said that it is not enough for school districts to get by with minimal instruction for special needs children.

Parents empowered by Supreme Court ruling in special ed case

Parents of learning disabled students say a unanimous Supreme Court ruling will make it easier for them to insist on appropriate services for their children, and harder for the schools to say no. The court on Wednesday said that it is not enough for school districts to get by with minimal instruction for special needs children.

What led to the Supreme Court's student disabilities ruling?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday bolstered the rights of millions of learning-disabled students, requiring public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards. Here is a look at the main issues and challenges surrounding the case: IDEA The court ruling centers around the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, a landmark piece of legislation initially passed by Congress in 1975.

The Latest: Court reviews practice of prayers at meetings

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Latest on a case in front of a federal appeals court examining a North Carolina county commission's practice of opening meetings with Christian prayer (all times local): 1 p.m. A federal appeals court is wrestling with whether it matters if a prayer opening a government meeting is led by local clergy or an elected official. The full 15-judge bench of the 4th U.S.

The Latest: Cruz needles Democrats over criticism of judges

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch: (all times EDT): 2:40 p.m. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says "it's a little rich" that Democrats are criticizing President Donald Trump's comments attacking the federal judiciary while also criticizing Neil Gorsuch. The Supreme Court nominee is a judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

High Court bolsters rights of learning-disabled students

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A unanimous Supreme Court on Wednesday bolstered the rights of millions of learning-disabled students in a ruling that requires public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards. The court struck down a lower standard endorsed by President Donald Trump's nominee to the high court. Chief Justice John Roberts said that it is not enough for school districts to get by with minimal instruction for special needs children.

Justices side with leading cheerleading uniform maker

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with the leading maker of cheerleading uniforms in a copyright dispute with a smaller rival, ruling that uniform designs can be protected under copyright law. The justices ruled 6-2 on Wednesday to uphold a lower court ruling in favor of Varsity Brands in its copyright infringement lawsuit against Star Athletica.