Tag Archives: SCOTUS

Supreme Court Strikes Down Anti-Gay Arkansas Birth Certificate Law, Neil Gorsuch Among Dissenting Votes

The Associated Press reports: The Supreme Court has ruled for same-sex couples who complained an Arkansas birth certificate law discriminated against them. The justices on Monday issued an unsigned opinion reversing an Arkansas high court ruling that upheld the law. Under the law, married lesbian couples had to get a court order to have both spouses listed as parents on ...

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SCOTUS Agrees To Hear Anti-Gay Colorado Baker Case

The Washington Examiner reports: The Supreme Court decided Monday to hear a case involving a Colorado baker’s refusal to design and make a cake for a same-sex marriage. The baker, Jake Phillips, declined to make the custom cake and said it conflicted with his religious beliefs. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission decided that Phillips’ actions amounted to sexual orientation discrimination ...

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Conway Refuses To Say If Trump Knows Whether SCOTUS Justice Anthony Kennedy Is Retiring [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: Amid speculation that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy may announce his retirement, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway declined to say whether President Trump or the White House has heard from the justice about his plans. “I will never reveal a conversation between a sitting justice and the president or the White House,” Conway told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos ...

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Supreme Court To Hear Potential Landmark Case On Whether Partisan Gerrymandering Is Constitutional

The Washington Post reports: The Supreme Court declared Monday that it will consider whether gerrymandered election maps favoring one political party over another violate the Constitution, a potentially fundamental change in the way American elections are conducted. The justices regularly are called to invalidate state electoral maps that have been illegally drawn to reduce the influence of racial minorities by ...

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Sean Spicer: Trump’s Tweets Are “Official Statements”

NOTED, thinks the Supreme Court. Via Raw Story: During Tuesday’s White House press briefing, Spicer was asked if the White House considered Trump’s tweets to be “official statements.” “The president is the president of the United States so they are considered official statements by the president of the United States,” Spicer insisted. The press secretary also suggested that Trump was ...

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SCOTUS Rejects Military “Religious Freedom” Case

Military.com reports: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a former Marine who was court-martialed in part for expressing her Christian faith in the workplace. Lower courts had concluded orders from her military superiors did not constitute a “substantial burden” on her First Amendment rights. The justices on Monday upheld her court-martial without comment. At issue was the ...

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Supreme Court To Decide Whether Police Need Warrants To Track Suspects Using Their Cell Phone Records

Roll Call reports: The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide a major privacy rights case about whether police must get a warrant to obtain historical cellphone records to track someone’s location and movements. The case centers on the increasingly detailed information that companies keep on texts and calls to and from a cellphone, as well as the relatively precise location ...

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Trump Appeals Block On Muslim Ban To SCOTUS

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court late Thursday to revive its revised ban that limits travelers visiting the United States from six mostly Muslim countries. The move sets the stage for a constitutional showdown over the president’s authority to make national security judgments in the name of protecting Americans from terrorism. Last week, a ...

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Jeff Sessions Vows To Take Travel Ban To SCOTUS

ABC News reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Justice Department will ask the Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling that blocked President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled 10-3 against the travel ban. The decision bars the administration from suspending new visas for visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, ...

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Supreme Court Upholds Ruling That North Carolina’s US House District Maps Were Drawn With Racial Bias

The Raleigh News & Observer reports: The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that North Carolina lawmakers relied too heavily on race when drawing congressional districts in 2011, affirming a lower-court ruling that forced legislators to create new maps last year. The racial gerrymanders that left Republicans representing 10 of 13 North Carolina congressional districts were meant to dilute the power ...

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SCOTUS Rejects North Carolina’s Racist Voter ID Law

Bloomberg reports: The U.S. Supreme Court dealt an unexpected blow to the voter-identification movement, refusing to reinstate North Carolina ballot restrictions that a lower court said target blacks “with almost surgical precision.” Turning away the appeal by state Republican leaders, the justices left intact a ruling that said the provisions were racially discriminatory in violation of federal voting-rights law. In ...

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Republicans Pitch Merrick Garland For FBI Director

The Washington Examiner reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s former chief of staff, Josh Holmes, on Sunday declared his old boss’s strong support for the potential nomination of Merrick Garland as FBI director. “I think the Senate majority leader thinks that’s a fantastic idea,” Holmes said during a panel discussion on “Fox News Sunday.” He was reacting to Sen. Mike ...

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For Second Time SCOTUS Refuses To Hear Appeal Of California’s Landmark 2012 Ban On Ex-Gay Torture

Bloomberg reports: The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a California law that bans licensed therapists from working with children to change their sexual orientation from gay to straight, rejecting an appeal that said the measure violates religious rights. The rebuff leaves intact a federal appeals court decision upholding California’s 2012 first-of-its-kind law. The measure prohibits the form of counseling known ...

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Trump On Neil Gorsuch: “Every 5-To-4 Decision Is Because Of Me And That Could Go On For 40 Years”

The Washington Examiner today published a lengthy interview with Trump. An excerpt: He promises, as he did during the campaign, to get rid “of tremendous regulations,” to help American companies compete more easily in the world market and to put more of America’s citizens back to work. That leads, naturally, to an assessment of his own work in his first ...

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Trump To Have “Highly Unusual” Dinner With SCOTUS

Law Newz reports: The White House announced Sunday that President Donald Trump will have dinner Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court. “That evening, the President will have dinner with the Justices of the Supreme Court, including his successfully confirmed nominee Justice Neil Gorsuch,” the announcement read. Judging by the wording, it seems like all nine are expected show up, though ...

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Brian Brown: Another SCOTUS Vacancy Is Coming And I Need Money To Make Sure The Nominee Is Anti-Gay

Via press release from hate group leader Brian Brown: I wish I didn’t have to write you about this, but I don’t know who else to turn to for help. NOM is in the midst of a critically-important Matching Fund Drive that began on Monday. We need to raise $100,000 to avoid making drastic budget cuts, and we’re way behind. ...

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Retirement For SCOTUS Justice Anthony Kennedy?

Last night Bloomberg published speculation that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy may be planning to retire at the end of the term. From the article: Kennedy, 80, has been the court’s primary pivot point since 2006, generally aligning with the four conservatives on campaign finance and voting rights and with the four liberals on gay rights. By selecting Kennedy’s successor, ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Neil Gorsuch Swearing In Ceremony

Starting now. ABC News reports: Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s pick to the fill the Supreme Court slot left open after the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia, was sworn in this morning, becoming the 113th person to serve on the Supreme Court. Gorsuch was sworn in behind closed doors at the Supreme Court building, the first of two oaths ...

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Senate Confirms Neil Gorsuch To Supreme Court

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed Friday after Republicans tore up the Senate’s voting rules over furious Democratic objections. The Senate voted to place Gorsuch on the nation’s highest court, a position that has been vacant since the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016. Democrats denounced the GOP’s use of what ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Final Senate Vote On Neil Gorsuch

CNBC reports: The Senate will continue debating the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch as a Supreme Court justice Friday morning. A vote is expected around 11:30 a.m. ET. Gorsuch only needs a simple majority approval to receive confirmation. The chamber moved toward making him the ninth Supreme Court justice Thursday by voting 52-48, along party lines, to take the “nuclear option,” ...

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