Tag Archives: SCOTUS

SCOTUS Rejects Challenge To Abortion/Ultrasound Law

The Associated Press reports: The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions. The justices did not comment in refusing to review an appeals court ruling that upheld the law. The American Civil Liberties Union had challenged the law on behalf of Kentucky’s lone remaining …

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Trump Makes Third Plea For SCOTUS To Hide Finances

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump on Friday asked the Supreme Court to temporarily halt subpoenas for his financial records sent to two banks by congressional Democrats, the latest in a string of court battles over the president’s personal financial dealings to make its way to the justices. A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that Deutsche Bank and Capital One …

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Trump Asks SCOTUS To Block Dems From His Financials

CNBC reports: Attorneys for President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court to hear arguments in a case over whether his longtime accounting firm will be required to turn over his financial records to Congress, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said. The request, which was made in a filing known as a petition, comes after the top court late last month halted …

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SCOTUS Continues Block On Trump’s Taxes, Financials

USA Today reports: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a continuing legal block on a powerful House committee’s access to years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns and financial records from his longtime accounting firm. Acting as presidential impeachment proceedings seemed to inch forward, the court blocked the effect of a recent federal appeals court ruling in favor of the …

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SCOTUS Okays Climate Scientist’s Defamation Suit

Reuters reports: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed a prominent climate scientist to pursue a defamation lawsuit against a conservative magazine and a think tank that compared him to a convicted child molester. The justices declined to hear appeals filed by National Review magazine and the Competitive Enterprise Institute seeking to overturn a lower court’s ruling that allowed the …

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BOOK: Justice Kennedy Told Trump To Pick Kavanaugh

The Washington Post reports: It was a historic moment in April 2017 when Supreme Court justice Anthony M. Kennedy presided over the ceremonial Rose Garden swearing-in for the court’s new member, Neil M. Gorsuch: the first time a sitting justice was joined on the nation’s highest court by one of his former law clerks. But a secret meeting moments later …

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SCOTUS Rejects Final Appeal From Pharma Douche

CBNC reports: The Supreme Court on Monday denied notorious “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli’s request to hear an appeal of his criminal conviction for securities fraud. The rejection means that Shkreli, 36, will have to serve out the remainder of his seven-year prison term, and forfeit more than $6.4 million. Shkrekli’s appellate lawyer, Mark Baker, told CNBC that “all [Supreme Court] …

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SCOTUS Temporarily Blocks US House Subpoena For Trump’s Financial Records Until New Filings Are Made

Bloomberg Law reports: U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts temporarily blocked a subpoena from a House panel for President Donald Trump’s financial records while the justices consider a request for a longer delay. The administrative stay comes after the House said in a letter it would accept a delay until the end of the month. The order from Roberts applies until …

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Trump Files Second SCOTUS Request: Hide My Taxes

CNN reports: Attorneys for President Donald Trump returned to the Supreme Court on Friday to ask the justices for the second day in a row to block a demand for his income tax returns — this one from House Democrats. On Thursday, Trump’s lawyers asked the Supreme Court to hear their appeal of a lower-court ruling that would allow the …

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Trump Appeals To SCOTUS: Keep My Financials Hidden

The New York Times reports: President Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to bar his accounting firm from turning over eight years of his tax returns to Manhattan prosecutors. The case, the first concerning Mr. Trump’s personal conduct and business dealings to reach the court, could yield a major ruling on the scope of presidential immunity from criminal investigations. …

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SCOTUS Okays Lawsuit Against Sandy Hook Gunmaker

Reuters reports: The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday dealt a blow to the firearms industry, rejecting Remington Arms Co’s bid to escape a lawsuit by families of victims aiming to hold the gun maker liable for its marketing of the assault-style rifle used in the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre that killed 20 children and six adults. The justices turned …

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Activist Group Asks Two SCOTUS Justices To Recuse On LGBT Rights Cases Over Photo With Hate Group Leader

Newsweek reports: The director of a judicial activist group has written U.S. Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Samuel Alito a letter demanding they recuse themselves from upcoming Supreme Court cases concerning LGBT rights, after the pair posed for pictures with the president of anti-gay group National Organization for Marriage (NOM). The liberal group Take Back the Court advocates adding …

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SCOTUS Justices Meet With Hate Group Leader

Above The Law reports: If the Supreme Court followed the basic rules of ethics applicable to every other court, Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanaugh would have to recuse themselves from the Bostock, Altitude Express, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes cases — the ones which seek to reinterpret Title VII to allow for bigotry against the …

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SCOTUS Sides With GOP On Michigan Gerrymandering

Reuters reports: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a challenge to Republican-drawn electoral districts in Michigan that Democrats said were illegally configured to dilute their voting power, an action taken in the aftermath of major rulings by the justices in June prohibiting federal courts from hearing such claims. The Supreme Court’s action voided an order in April by …

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Gorsuch Pegged As Possible Swing Vote After SCOTUS Hears Three LGBT Employment Discrimination Cases

Reuters reports: U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared divided over whether a landmark decades-old federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in the workplace protects gay and lesbian employees as they heard arguments in one of the biggest cases of their current term. Liberal justices signaled sympathy toward arguments that gay workers are covered under Title VII of the Civil Rights …

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Suspicious Package Sparks Alarm Outside Supreme Court Before Hearing On LGBT Employment Rights

The New York Daily News reports: Some streets in Washington, D.C., had to be evacuated after a “suspicious package” was found in the area surrounding the Supreme Court building, Capitol Park Police confirmed Tuesday morning. Pro- and anti-LGBTQ rights protesters are planning to stage demonstrations in the nation’s capital to mark what’s being called the most significant legal case in …

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Tomorrow: SCOTUS Hears LGBT Employment Cases

Roll Call reports: The Supreme Court confronts a major civil rights issue Tuesday over how broadly the justices should read the word “sex” in a 55-year-old anti-discrimination law — and a key aspect is Congress’ current push to clarify that the law covers LGBT individuals. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits private companies from discriminating against …

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Supreme Court To Hear Louisiana Abortion Case

NPR reports: The U.S. Supreme Court has jumped headlong back into the abortion wars. The court said Friday that it will hear arguments in a case from Louisiana that is nearly identical to a Texas case decided by the court three years ago. Like the Texas law that the court previously struck down, the Louisiana law requires any doctor performing …

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Apple Files SCOTUS Brief Blasting Trump On DACA

CNBC reports: Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a filing to the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the company disagrees with President Trump’s decision to terminate DACA, the Obama-era program that shields some immigrants without documentation from being deported. ″We are distressed at the prospect of ripping our DACA colleagues from the fabric of our company,” Cook and HR head …

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Anti-Gay Florist Again Petitions SCOTUS To Refuse Gays

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: After obtaining a perfunctory decision last year in her favor, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Washington State is back before the U.S. Supreme Court with a renewed call for a First Amendment ruling allowing her to refuse service to same-sex couples seeking floral arrangements for their weddings. In her 41-page petition for …

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