Tag Archives: SCOTUS

NYT To SCOTUS Justice Kennedy: Please Don’t Retire

From the editorial board of the New York Times: Dear Justice Kennedy, As you have no doubt heard, rumors of your impending retirement are, for the second year in a row, echoing around Washington and across America. While you and your colleagues on the Supreme Court were listening to the final oral arguments of the term in recent days, those ...

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SCOTUS Rejects Appeal Of Former Illinois Governor Imprisoned For Trying To Sell Obama’s Senate Seat

The Chicago Tribune reports: The U.S. Supreme Court has for the second time rejected an appeal by imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich of his convictions on corruption charges. The justices did not comment Monday in letting stand the convictions and 14-year prison term that Blagojevich is serving. He’s scheduled to be released in 2024. His convictions included trying to extort ...

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Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens: We Can Stop The NRA By Repealing Second Amendment

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens today penned a New York Times op-ed calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment. His conclusion: In 2008, the Supreme Court overturned Chief Justice Burger’s and others’ long-settled understanding of the Second Amendment’s limited reach by ruling, in District of Columbia v. Heller, that there was an individual right to bear arms. ...

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Colbert Works Out With “Super Diva” RBG [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: They don’t call her Notorious RBG for nothing. Stephen Colbert hilariously attempted to keep up with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at D.C.’s Watergate Hotel gym on Wednesday’s episode of The Late Show. While the funnyman gushed over the 85-year-old clad is a shirt that read “SUPER DIVA,” RBG seemed less impressed with Colbert. The thing ...

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SCOTUS Rejects Pennsylvania GOP Attempt To Block Redrawn US House Districts Map, Dem Pickups Likely

The Washington Post reports: The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a request from Pennsylvania Republican legislative leaders to block the implementation of a redrawn congressional map that creates more parity between the political parties in the state. The practical impact is the 2018 elections in the state are likely to be held with a map much more favorable to ...

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SCOTUS Swats Down Arizona’s DACA Challenge

Reuters reports:  The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday required Arizona to continue to provide driver’s licenses to the so-called Dreamers immigrants and refused to hear the state’s challenge to an Obama-era program that protects hundreds of thousands of young adults brought into the country illegally as children. The case centered on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created ...

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GOP Sen. Dean Heller Claims SCOTUS Justice Anthony Kennedy Will Retire “Sometime Early This Summer”

Politico reports: Dean Heller knows he’s the most vulnerable Republican senator in the country. But he thinks Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy might just help him hang on to his seat. “Kennedy is going to retire around sometime early summer,” Heller predicted in Las Vegas last week, according to audio of an event he spoke at that was obtained by ...

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Anti-Gay Oregon Bakers Appeal To State Supreme Court

Portland’s ABC affiliate reports: An appeal has been filed with the Oregon Supreme Court in hopes of overturning a $135,000 penalty given to the owners of a Gresham bakery who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple. The Oregon Court of Appeals upheld a decision by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries to penalize owners of Sweet ...

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Roy Moore’s Hate Group Files Supreme Court Brief In Defense Of Trump’s “Not Aimed At Muslims” Travel Ban

Published today by Christian Newswire: The Foundation for Moral Law, an Alabama nonprofit corporation dedicated to the defense of religious liberty and a strict interpretation of the Constitution in accordance with the intent of its Framers, filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court Monday supporting Proclamation 9645, President Trump’s travel ban. Proclamation 9645 prohibits travel to the United ...

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Civil Rights Group Issues “Funeral Home” Ad To Highlight LGBT Issues Before SCOTUS In Bakery Case

As we await the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, a sobering ad has been released in support of public accommodations rights for LGBT Americans. From the Movement Advancement Project: Inspired by a real legal case, Funeral Home, produced by MAP as part of the Open to All campaign, depicts a grieving widow who has just lost her ...

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SCOTUS Snubs Trump, Leaves DACA In Place For Now

USA Today reports: The Supreme Court refused Monday to review a federal judge’s order that the Trump administration continue a program protecting undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. The denial leaves in place the popular DACA program, which has protected some 690,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation and enabled them to get work permits. The program had faced ...

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Second Court Blocks Trump From Ending DACA

Reuters reports: A second U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump’s decision to end a program that protects immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children from deportation. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, cannot end in March as planned, a victory for state attorneys general ...

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Pennsylvania GOP Petitions SCOTUS On Gerrymandering

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: Republican legislative leaders have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s order that lawmakers redraw the state’s congressional district maps, arguing that the justices are intruding on their turf. “In short, the question in this case is whether the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is the Pennsylvania ‘Legislature’ under the federal Constitution, and the ...

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DOJ To Petition SCOTUS On Dismantling DACA

The Washington Post reports: The Justice Department on Tuesday said it would take the “rare step” of asking the Supreme Court to clear the way for the Trump administration to dismantle a federal program that provides work permits to undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States since childhood. The Department of Justice said it filed a notice of ...

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SCOTUS To Hear Texas Gerrymandering Case

The Austin Statesman reports: The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday that it will review lower-court rulings that ordered Texas to redraw 11 political districts found to be discriminatory. Texas officials appealed the rulings, which concluded that two congressional districts and nine Texas House districts were improperly drawn along racial lines in violation of the Voting Rights Act. Acting on the ...

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SRSLY: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Grants “Exclusive” Interview To His Wife At Right Wing Site

From the increasingly far-right Daily Caller: Justice Clarence Thomas is in his 27th term in the U.S. Supreme Court, and he agreed to become the 341st leader interviewed for my Daily Caller News Foundation series. Now at age 69, he is looking back on his life with gratitude and discernment with valuable lessons for others. People often want to define ...

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BOOK: Trump Wanted Rudy Giuliani For SCOTUS

Law & Crime reports: Neil Gorsuch‘s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court may be one of President Donald Trump‘s early victories during his first year in office, but according to the new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Trump originally had someone very different in mind for the job. While Gorsuch’s qualifications were acknowledged even by his ...

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REPORT: Trump Nearly Revoked Supreme Court Nomination Of Neil Gorsuch Over “Disloyal” Comments

The Washington Post reports: For nearly eight months, President Trump has boasted that appointing Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court ranks high among his signature achievements. But earlier this year, Trump talked about rescinding Gorsuch’s nomination, venting angrily to advisers after his Supreme Court pick was critical of the president’s escalating attacks on the federal judiciary in private meetings ...

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SPONSORED POST: 75 Organizations Join To Battle For LGBT Civil Rights As Supreme Court Hears Masterpiece

SPONSORED POST from Open To All: In the context of a nation rocked by racial discrimination at levels unseen in decades, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on December 5th in a case that could gut not only state nondiscrimination laws but also erode the Civil Rights Act—and turn back the clock to a time when businesses could tell ...

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Transcript Released From Masterpiece Oral Arguments

This morning the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop Vs Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case which has the potential to upend decades of public accommodation laws that offer business discrimination protections to numerous classes of American citizens. As noted in my earlier posts about today’s proceedings, all eyes will be on Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose questions ...

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