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February 27th, 2014
09:09 PM ET

Supreme Court secretly recorded by protester

For the first time ever, video has been shot from inside the Supreme Court while the court was in session.

The video was taken as part of a planned protest by a group supporting campaign finance reform. It's unclear how the protesters got the camera inside the court.

Supreme Court secretly recorded on camera

No electronic devices have ever been permitted in the court's public sessions, and all spectators and members of the media are screened.

At the end of the video, a protester stands up, interrupts the court and is escorted out by security.

Supreme Court spectator interrupts justices

There are only two known pictures of the court in session. Both were taken by still cameras that were smuggled inside the chamber.

OutFront: CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.


Filed under: News • Supreme Court
September 2nd, 2013
10:10 PM ET

"Under God" from Pledge of Allegiance faces new scrutiny

This week, Massachusetts highest court is reportedly scheduled to hear arguments about whether the Pledge of Allegiance violates a student's rights.

At issue - the phrase "under God."

In this case, the people lodging the complaint are an atheist couple who claim the daily pledge violates the state's guarantee of equal protection.

But does their case add up?

OutFront: Reihan Salam and Dean Obeidallah.


Filed under: News • Supreme Court
June 26th, 2013
10:12 PM ET

Same-sex marriage supporters claim victory after historic Supreme Court ruling

What do the Supreme Court rulings mean to you? Share your thoughts on CNN iReport.

Two key rulings from the Supreme Court today on same-sex marriage.

The court decided that same-sex spouses are entitled to the same federal benefits as heterosexual spouses, and the court also dismissed California's Propostion 8 appeal, clear the way for same-sex marriages to resume in that state.

It wasn't an absolute victory for gay right advocates.

The high court also declined to make a sweeping statement on the broader issue of same-sex marriage rights nationwide.

Supporters were quick to applaud the court's decision.

"Today the United States Supreme Court in two important decisions brings us that much closer to true equality," Attorney for Prop 8 Plaintiffs, David Boies said.

What do these ruling really mean to the gay community?

OutFront tonight: Dustin Lance Black, who won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the movie MILK - the story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk. And Joel Burns, an openly gay member of the Fort Worth City Council, whose video speech to gay teens three years ago went viral and received millions of hits on the internet, making it one of the most-watched videos of the "It Gets Better" campaign.


Filed under: Gay Marriage • News • Supreme Court
June 25th, 2013
09:38 PM ET

Supreme Court strikes down key part of Voting Rights Act

"Our country has changed" and with those four words, Chief Justice John Roberts and the court's four other conservatives struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The law requires that nine states - mostly in the south and all with a history of discrimination at the polls get federal approval before changing their voting laws.

Today the court ruled that the formula used to determine which states are covered is outdated.

The Obama administration quickly expressed its disappointment with the ruling.

"I am deeply disappointed, deeply disappointed with the court's decision in this matter," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said. "This decision represents a serious setback for voting rights and has the potential to negatively affect millions of Americans across the country."

What does this ruling mean for the Civil Rights movement?

CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin is OutFront.


Filed under: News • Politics • Supreme Court
June 24th, 2013
04:58 PM ET

Supreme Court sends affirmative action to lower court

What do you think of the court's decision? Share your thoughts in a short video on CNN iReport.

Supreme Court punted on Texas affirmative action ruling?

In a 7 to 1 decision - the Supreme Court sends the case back to the lower courts for review. The asserted the use of race in the admissions process, but made it harder for institutions to use such policies to achieve diversity.

Read the decision (.PDF)

Abigail Noel Fisher  filed the lawsuit against Texas University for rejecting her application in 2008 when she was a a high school student in Sugar Land, Texas.

She claims it was because she is white and that she was being treated differently than some less-qualified minority students who were accepted.

In a statement after the ruling Fisher said, "I am grateful to the justices for moving the nation closer to the day when a student's race isn't used at all in college admissions."

A profile of ex-student who's challenging university's affirmative action policy

OutFront tonight: Reverend Jesse Jackson.

Tune to Erin Burnett OutFront at 7p ET on CNN.


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