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Court Stays Order to Redraw North Carolina Voting Maps

The U.S. Supreme Court stayed a controversial lower court order that would have required North Carolina to rework congressional voting districts.

As a result, the Republican-dominated districts will likely stay the same for at least another election. For opponents, the stay was justice delayed.

They also say it is troubling because the lower court concluded that North Carolina discriminated against voters.

Study: Scalia in the Casebooks

Antonin Scalia has been historically recognized for his influence on the law, and now two researches have quantified it.

In a treatise, the authors show how often Scalia's ideas are explored in casebooks on constitutional law. They say he ranks among the highest of Supreme Court justices who are referenced in the cases.

However, the study also reveals Scalia did "not tower over" other jurists. It may have something to do with the justices who had power to assign opinions.

Roberts Promises Evaluation of the Judiciary's Sexual Misconduct Policies

Chief Justice John Roberts released an annual report on the federal judiciary, but one thing caught the attention of the media more than anything else -- the judiciary's sexual misconduct policies.

Most of the report dealt with how the judicial system responds to natural disasters, such as the recent California wildfires that caused court personnel to evacuate buildings. However, it was another disaster in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal that caused one celebrated judge to leave the building.

"Events in recent months have illuminated the depth of the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace, and events in the past few weeks have made clear that the judicial branch is not immune," Roberts said.

This past year has been filled with SCOTUS decisions, like nearly every year before it, that have resolved some pretty big issues. One big notable change at the Court this year includes the introduction of electronic filing.

The High Court was mobilized on several occasions to review the Executive Order travel bans. And let both anti-gun and gun rights activists down by refusing to hear significant Second Amendment cases.

Below, you can reminisce and remind yourself about some of the other more notable decisions of 2017.

Have you ever dreamed of eating like a Supreme Court justice? Well, now's your chance! A newly released SCOTUS cookbook has found its way into the United States Supreme Court Historical Society's gift shop.

Table for 9 includes over 40 recipes and plenty of curious information about the justices of the High Court throughout history, including the most recent justice, Neil Gorsuch's recipe for English Marmalade. The book also releases some never-before seen photographs including one of the justices preparing to eat a 28 pound salmon that Justice Breyer caught and served to his fellow justices.

Despite there being no vacancies on the United States Supreme Court, and no plans to expand the High Court, President Donald Trump has announced five more potential candidates to his already long and distinguished "shortlist" of nominees, should another vacancy arise.

SCOTUS to Hear Challenge to Political Apparel Law

In the shadow of the U.S. Supreme Court, millions of Americans have marched on Washington to express political opinions on everything from abortion to war.

But in the one place that their vote actually counts -- the polling place -- several states have declared political speech off-limits. Federal appeals courts have upheld such "speech-free zones" in various states.

In Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, it seems the U.S. Supreme Court may have something to say about that.

Marijuana Dispensary Case Makes It to the Supreme Court

While many states are legalizing marijuana, cannabis lawyers are quick to advise that federal laws trump state laws when it comes to controlled substances.

Federal prosecutors have come and gone, but one thing is certain. The Internal Revenue Service is not going to leave the marijuana industry alone.

In the course of auditing tax filings, the IRS found that a Colorado marijuana business was criminally culpable under federal drug laws. The company, in The Green Solution Retail, Inc. v. United States of America, is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the agency exceeded its power.

Supreme Children's Book Author: Sotomayor Has 3 New Kids Books

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor usually writes for a sophisticated audience.

Some of her most notable decisions have involved children, such as a custody dispute between parents in New York and Hong Kong. But her newest writings are intended for children to read.

Sotomayor is working on books for young people. One is a picture book that she hopes will show "happy endings are possible" even for struggling families.

Justices Debate Semantics in Death Penalty Case

If your life were in the balance, it could be disconcerting to hear a debate over semantics.

Like doctors arguing in surgery about whether robots will take their place in the operating room, the debate might be interesting, but not when you're bleeding out.

So it was interesting to court watchers that U.S. Supreme Court Justices were arguing about whether two phrases meant the same thing. It was a death penalty case.