Tag Archives: SCOTUS

SCOTUS Justice Breyer To Officially Retire Tomorrow

ABC News reports: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, the most senior member of the U.S. Supreme Court’s liberal wing, said he will officially step down from the bench at noon on Thursday, relinquishing his duties as a justice and clearing the way for the swearing-in of the nation’s first Black female justice, Ketanji Brown Jackson. “It has been my great …

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Thomas Signals Interest In Making It Easier To Sue The Media As SCOTUS Rejects Suit From Florida Hate Group

The Hill reports: Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday expressed his desire to revisit a landmark 1964 ruling that makes it relatively difficult to bring successful lawsuits against media outlets for defamation. Thomas’s statement came in response to the court’s decision to turn away an appeal from a Christian nonprofit group who disputed their characterization by the civil rights watchdog group …

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Trump Fears Roe Ruling Will Spur Backlash Against GOP

The New York Times reports: The man most responsible for shaping a United States Supreme Court that delivered the conservative movement a long-sought victory has spent weeks saying he didn’t think it will be good for his party. Publicly, after a draft of the likely decision leaked in May, former President Donald J. Trump was remarkably tight-lipped for weeks about …

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NY Gov Blasts “Shocking” SCOTUS Ruling On Guns

Spectrum News has the transcript: Does everyone understand what a concealed weapon means? That you have no forewarning. That someone can hide a weapon on them and go into our subways, go into our grocery stores, like stores up in Buffalo, New York, where I’m from. Go into a school in Parkland or Uvalde, This could place millions of New …

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McConnell: “I Cannot And Will Not” Vote To Confirm

The Associated Press reports: Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday that he will vote against confirming Ketanji Brown Jackson, saying he “cannot and will not” support the groundbreaking nominee for a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court. While McConnell’s opposition was not unexpected and Jackson’s confirmation is still on track, his declaration coming only hours after the Senate Judiciary …

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Cornyn Attacks Same-Sex Marriage Ruling At SCOTUS Hearing: “Who Do These People Really Think They Are?”

Mother Jones reports: During the second day of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing Tuesday, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) took the occasion to attack marriage equality. His line of questioning comes as conservatives have continued to use state legislatures and the courts to roll back rights for LGBTQ people. While a majority of Americans support marriage equality, it …

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Blackburn: Biden’s SCOTUS Pick Is Ukraine Distraction

The Huffington Post reports: Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) objected to the timing of President Joe Biden’s announcement of a Supreme Court nominee on Friday, citing the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops. “President Biden’s announcement just days after an unprovoked full scale invasion by Russia is extremely inappropriate,” Blackburn said in a statement. “Once again, Biden is putting the …

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SCOTUS To Hear Mandate Challenge By NYC Teachers

The Hill reports: The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a request from New York City teachers to block a vaccine mandate over religious objections, despite Justice Sonia Sotomayor initially denying the request just last week. An application for the teachers’ request was submitted to Sotomayor last week, which she rejected. Sotomayor oversees cases in the Second Circuit and …

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Federalist Society Bans Press From Speech By Gorsuch

The Associated Press reports: Justice Neil Gorsuch is speaking this weekend to the conservative legal group that boosted his Supreme Court candidacy, in a session at a Florida resort that is closed to news coverage. Gorsuch is billed as the banquet speaker Friday at the Florida chapter of the Federalist Society’s annual meeting, which is being held at the Walt …

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DeSantis Attacks Justices Over Healthcare Mandate

The New York Post reports: In two decisions Thursday, the nation’s top court struck down the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for large businesses, but upheld its mandate for most healthcare workers. Roberts and Kavanaugh sided with the court’s liberal justices, upholding the the health care-worker vaccine mandate, five to four. “Honestly, Roberts and Kavanaugh did not have a backbone …

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Ministry Founded By Anti-Vax Pastor Who Died Of Something Petitions SCOTUS To Block OSHA Mandate

The Christian Post reports: Christian organizations have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the enforcement of the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate following an appeals court decision last Friday allowing the employer mandate to take effect. The First Liberty Institute filed an emergency application for stay with the nation’s high court on behalf of multiple faith-based organizations, arguing …

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Clarence Thomas Claims Supreme Court Isn’t Political

Axios reports: Justice Clarence Thomas on Thursday, during rare public remarks at the University of Notre Dame, warned against politicizing the Supreme Court. Thomas, 73, also criticized some of his colleagues, without naming names, for veering into the role of politicians, saying that “[w]hen we begin to venture into the legislative or executive branch lanes, those of us, particularly in …

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Amy Coney Barrett: Justices Are Not “Partisan Hacks”

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports: In the wake of a controversial decision on abortion rights, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett told a crowd of more than 100 here that she doesn’t believe the highest court in the land is politically driven. “My goal today is to convince you that this court is not comprised of a bunch of partisan …

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Trump Dodges On Texas Abortion Ruling By SCOTUS

The New York Post reports: Former President Donald Trump dodged a question on whether he agreed with the Supreme Court’s decision to not block Texas’s restrictive abortion law — calling the move “complex” but “probably temporary.” In a new TV interview, Trump was asked if his three nominees to the court made a difference when it came to the controversial …

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12 GOP Governors Sign Brief Seeking Overturn Of Roe

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Florida on to an effort to have two of the most important abortion cases in U.S. history overturned by the nation’s highest court. In a Thursday brief, DeSantis, along with eleven other Republican governors, argued the Supreme Court should reconsider past decisions on the 1973 case Roe v. Wade and the …

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SCOTUS Boots Wingnut Bid To Depose Hillary Clinton

Fox News reports: The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a lower court order that blocked the conservative group Judicial Watch from deposing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about her use of a private email account in a lawsuit related to the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. A federal appeals court ruled last August …

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Trump Pressures SCOTUS: 78% Know This Was Rigged

Raw Story reports: President Donald Trump is now bringing his pressure campaign to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election to the United States Supreme Court. In a tweet posted on Thursday morning, the president implored the Supreme Court to take up Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit aimed at nullifying election results in four key swing states. The …

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Trump Asked Cruz To Argue TX Case Before SCOTUS

CNN reports: President Donald Trump personally asked Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas if he would argue a long-shot election lawsuit seeking to overturrn the election results in four battleground states, should the Supreme Court agree to take it up, two sources told CNN on Wednesday. Trump inquired on Tuesday whether Cruz would argue the case, which was filed by …

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Trump Threatens Georgia AG: Don’t Oppose TX Suit

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: President Donald Trump warned Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr not to rally other Republican officials against a long-shot Texas lawsuit seeking to toss out the state’s election results, according to several people with direct knowledge of the conversation. The roughly 15-minute phone call late Tuesday came shortly before U.S. Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue issued …

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Supreme Court Blocks NY Limits On Religious Services

The New York Times reports: The Supreme Court late Wednesday night barred restrictions on religious services in New York that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had imposed to combat the coronavirus. The vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and the court’s three liberal members in dissent. The order was the first in which the court’s …

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