Tag Archives: Supreme Court

SCOTUS Backs Trump, Blocks Release Of Mueller Files

Bloomberg News reports: The U.S. Supreme Court blocked House Democrats for now from getting access to confidential materials from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, granting a request from President Donald Trump’s administration. The court put the case on a fast track, giving the Trump administration until June 1 to file its appeal. That suggests the court will say before …

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Analysis: Trump Seeking To “Slow Walk” SCOTUS Cases

From a USA Today opinion column: President Donald Trump likes to characterize himself as a counter-puncher. But on Tuesday before the Supreme Court, his lawyers seemed more interested in stalling. At issue before the court are three lawsuits filed by Trump to prevent his accounting firm and banks from complying with subpoenas seeking Trump’s financial records. These cases cover separation …

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SCOTUS Justices Appear Divided On Trump’s Financials

Unsurprisingly. Reuters reports: U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared divided as they weighed President Donald Trump’s bid to prevent Democratic-led congressional panels from getting his financial records, with its conservative majority appearing to be concerned about improper harassment of the president by lawmakers. In a major showdown over presidential powers, justices asked tough questions of an attorney for Trump …

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LIVE AUDIO: SCOTUS Hears Case On Trump’s Financials

The New York Times reports: It seems that every 23 years, or about once in a generation, the Supreme Court considers whether presidents must abide by the rules that govern other citizens. In 1974, it unanimously required President Richard M. Nixon to turn over tapes of conversations in the Oval Office. Twenty-three years later, in 1997, it unanimously required President …

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Tomorrow: SCOTUS Hears Case On Trump’s Financials

Roll Call reports: Trump’s personal lawyers and the DOJ have warned the justices that Congress needs to be stopped. They say lower court rulings that allow the House to demand Trump’s personal and business financial information from an auditing firm and two banks will open up a new political weapon for Congress to harass a president and keep him from …

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RBG Released From Hospital, Is “Resting Comfortably”

NBC News reports: The Notorious R.B.G. appears to be A-OK. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital late on Wednesday after being treated for gallstones, the court said in a statement. Ginsburg underwent nonsurgical treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Tuesday for a benign gallbladder condition that was causing an infection. The condition was …

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RBG Hospitalized With Infection Caused By Gallstone

The Associated Press reports: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Tuesday with an infection caused by a gallstone, but plans to take part in the court’s arguments by telephone Wednesday, the Supreme Court said. The 87-year-old justice underwent non-surgical treatment for what the court described as acute cholecystitis, a benign gall bladder condition, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. …

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LIVE AUDIO: Supreme Court’s First Ever Livestream

Bloomberg Law reports: For the first time in history, people outside the U.S. Supreme Court’s walls will be able to hear arguments as they happen. It may not be baseball, but plenty of court watchers and casual fans alike are excited for the action. The institution rejects cameras in the courtroom or even same-day audio, but the coronavirus threw it …

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Supreme Court’s First Ever Livestream Set For Monday

ABC News reports: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will embark on an extraordinary experiment in judicial transparency, livestreaming its first-ever telephonic oral argument, a high-stakes endeavor prompted by the historic disruption to court operations during the coronavirus pandemic. Millions of homebound Americans will for the first time be able to experience the nine justices together at work — a …

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Supreme Court Dismisses NRA-Backed Gun Rights Case

USA Today reports: The Supreme Court sidestepped its first major case on the Second Amendment in nearly a decade Monday by ruling that New York City’s repeal of a restriction on gun owners rendered the case closed. The vote appeared to be 6-3, although it was an unsigned, two-page opinion. Three conservative justices dissented in a 31-page rebuttal. The high …

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SCOTUS To Hear Oral Arguments By Teleconference

Bloomberg News reports: The U.S Supreme Court will hear arguments by telephone for the first time in its history, bowing to the coronavirus outbreak by rescheduling special sessions in May for 10 cases, including ones involving clashes over subpoenas for President Donald Trump’s financial records. It’s an extraordinary step for the tradition-bound court, whose arguments are normally steeped in ritual …

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SCOTUS: No Religious Ads On DC’s Metro System

The Washington Post reports: The Supreme Court will not take up a lower court’s decision that Washington’s Metro system did not violate the First Amendment by banning religious advertising. The court on Monday passed on reviewing a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that upheld the ban on religious messages on buses and trains and …

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SCOTUS Scraps Oral Arguments For Remainder Of Term

NBC News reports: The U.S. Supreme Court Friday said it will scrap the oral argument schedule for the rest of the term amid the coronavirus pandemic but left open the possibility that it might hear a few cases before the term ends in late June. Nine cases were to be argued during the two-week session beginning April 20, including one …

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Supreme Court Rules States Can Bar Insanity Defense

The Associated Press reports: The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can prevent criminal defendants from pleading insanity without violating their constitutional rights. The decision could prompt states across the country to toughen standards for defendants who wish to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. The justices’ 6-3 decision came in a case from Kansas, where James Kraig Kahler …

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Trump Gets Break As SCOTUS Delays Oral Arguments

NBC News reports: The Supreme Court said Monday that it will delay oral arguments in light of the coronavirus outbreak. That means the justices will not be in the courtroom when they were to resume hearing oral arguments next week. Among the high-profile cases on the schedule was the March 31 argument on President Donald Trump’s efforts to shield his …

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BREAKING: Supreme Court To Hear Obamacare Appeal

The New York Times reports: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a third major case on the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s health care law, granting petitions from Democratic state officials and the House of Representatives in a case with the potential to wipe out the entire law. The court did not say when it would hear …

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SCOTUS Wife Helping Compile Trump’s Enemy List

From the conservative Washington Examiner: The wife of conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is spearheading an effort to remove officials suspected of undermining President Trump. A network of conservative activists led by Ginni Thomas is helping compile detailed memos of disloyal government officials they want fired. Trump’s distrust of people inside the White House and the federal government has …

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SCOTUS Denies Bid To Fast-Track Obamacare Appeal

Reuters reports: The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a bid by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and 20 Democratic-led states to fast-track consideration of their appeal seeking a definitive ruling that the Obamacare healthcare law does not violate the U.S. Constitution. The brief order means that the court, even if decides to take up the case at a later …

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SCOTUS To Hear Two Cases On Electoral College

CNBC News reports: The Supreme Court will decide whether Electoral College voters have a constitutional right to cast ballots for candidates who didn’t win their state’s popular vote, the justices announced in an order on Friday. The justices said they will hear two cases brought by Electoral College voters in Washington state and Colorado who refused to vote for Hillary …

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Sanders: Supreme Court Shortlist “Not A Bad Idea”

Politico reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders is not ruling out releasing a shortlist of his potential Supreme Court nominees, seemingly following in the precedent-breaking footsteps of President Donald Trump during his 2016 run. Sanders agreed last month in a lengthy interview with The New York Times editorial board that releasing a list of potential nominees even before securing the Democratic nomination …

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