Tag Archives: Supreme Court

BREAKING: Supreme Court To Hear TX Abortion Case

Bloomberg News reports: The U.S. Supreme Court said it will hear arguments over Texas’s sharp restrictions on abortion, leaving the law in place for now while raising the stakes in what will be a transformational term for reproductive rights. The decision to let the law stay in effect came over the dissent of Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The measure bans abortion …

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Breyer Rejects Religious Challenge To Maine Mandate

Reuters reports: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on Tuesday night turned away a religious challenge to a requirement that healthcare workers in Maine be vaccinated against COVID-19, the latest such bid rejected by the nation’s top judicial body. In a brief order, Breyer wrote that the challengers – unnamed plaintiffs who said they are healthcare workers and object to …

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DOJ Petitions Supreme Court On Texas Abortion Ban

USA Today reports: Texas’ ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy returned to the Supreme Court on Monday after the Biden administration sought emergency review of a lower court’s ruling that allowed the controversial law to remain in place. The appeal gives the high court a chance to temporarily block enforcement of the most restrictive abortion law in the …

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DOJ To Petition Supreme Court On Texas Abortion Ban

The Washington Post reports: The Department of Justice said Friday that it will go back to the Supreme Court to request that it put on hold Texas’s restrictive abortion law while legal battles continue. In a different case, the Supreme Court last month allowed the law to go into effect on a divisive 5 to 4 vote. The DOJ has …

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SCOTUS Rejects Suit About Insurrectionist Lawyer

Reuters reports: The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a California Republican club’s challenge to a private organization’s cancellation of a 2017 event at a city-owned property in Pasadena that was to have featured a conservative lawyer later aligned with former President Donald Trump. The justices turned away the Pasadena Republican Club’s appeal of a lower court ruling …

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Man In “Suspicious Vehicle” Arrested At Supreme Court

CNN reports: US Capitol Police on Tuesday took into custody a suspect from a “suspicious vehicle” parked near the Supreme Court after giving the person commands and using a flash bang device. They said in a news conference Tuesday afternoon they don’t know what motivated the man who they identified as Dale Paul Melvin, 55, from Kimball, Michigan. Deputy Chief …

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Sotomayor Rejects Petition By Anti-Vax NYC Teachers

New York City’s ABC News affiliate reports: The deadline has passed for unvaccinated New York City public school employees to get their first dose of the COVID-19 shot or face suspension and possible termination, after Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor declined to provide a last minute reprieve Friday. Sotomayor denied the request by a group of teachers for an emergency …

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Justice Brett Kavanaugh Tests Positive For COVID

Via press release from the US Supreme Court: On Thursday, per the Court’s regular testing protocols, Justice Kavanaugh had a routine Covid test ahead of Justice Barrett’s investiture on Friday. On Thursday evening, Justice Kavanaugh was informed that he had tested positive for Covid-19. He has no symptoms and has been fully vaccinated since January. Per current Court testing protocols, …

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SCOTUS To Hear Ted Cruz’s Campaign Finance Suit

Roll Call reports: The Supreme Court announced Thursday it will decide a challenge to an obscure section of a campaign finance law from Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz — one that includes whether it matters if he “self-inflicted” a $10,000 harm during his 2018 run for Senate just so that he could file a lawsuit. The Federal Election Commission asked …

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SCOTUS To Hear Mississippi Abortion Case On Dec 1st

CNN reports: The Supreme Court will hear a case concerning a Mississippi abortion law on December 1, the court announced on Monday, teeing up one of the most substantial cases of the term in which the justices are being asked to overturn Roe v. Wade. Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act, passed in 2018 but blocked by two federal courts, allows abortion …

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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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Stephen Breyer: “I Don’t Intend To Die On The Court”

Mother Jones reports: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has been on something of a media blitz this past week, giving a series of well-publicized interviews about his new book, The Authority of the Court and the Peril of Politics. Today, he appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, where he once again disappointed Democrats by refusing to say when …

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Justice Breyer Warns Against Expanding SCOTUS

NPR reports: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has a warning to those who want to remake the court: Be careful what you wish for. In his new book, The Authority of the Court and the Peril of Politics, Breyer argues that over time, public acceptance of Supreme Court opinions, even those you may disagree with, has become a habit …

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SCOTUS Halts Execution, Will Hear Plea Of TX Man Who Wants Pastor To “Lay Hands” On Him While He’s Dying

USA Today reports: The Supreme Court halted the execution of a Texas death row inmate Wednesday who asked that his pastor be permitted to lay hands on him and pray while he dies. John Ramirez, convicted of a 2004 murder at a Corpus Christi convenience store, asserted that a Texas policy prohibiting his pastor from placing his hands on him …

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Nationwide Marches To Protest Texas Abortion Ruling

Axios reports: The Women’s March will convene nationwide mass mobilization events next month to protest a controversial new abortion law in Texas, the group announced Friday. Women’s March and over 90 other organizations are organizing a national call to mobilize on Oct. 2 and “defend our reproductive rights.” They will hold marches in “every single state” ahead of the Supreme …

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Texas Anti-Abortion Snitch Line Already Getting Tips

The Washington Post reports: Texas Right to Life, which helped pass the law, has set up an online portal to collect anonymous information about possible ban violations and is encouraging individuals to pursue lawsuits. Legislative director John Seago said the group has received some tips but none that lead them to think clinics are performing illegal abortions. “As far as …

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Collins Very Concerned About SCOTUS Abortion Ruling

The Bangor Daily News reports: U.S. Sen. Susan Collins called a new Texas law severely restricting abortion “extreme” and criticized the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to leave it in place amid outcry from abortion-rights activists who decried the senator’s 2018 vote to confirm a conservative justice. It is likely not the final word on the Texas law, but the ruling …

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SCOTUS Upholds Texas Abortion Ban For Now

NPR reports: The U.S. Supreme Court late Wednesday night refused to block a Texas law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. The vote was 5-to-4, with three Trump-appointed justices joining two other conservative justices. Dissenting were conservative Chief Justice John Roberts, and the court’s three liberal justices. The decision left open the option for abortion providers to challenge the …

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Justice Breyer Says He’s Considering Retirement

The New York Times reports: Justice Stephen G. Breyer says he is struggling to decide when to retire from the Supreme Court and is taking account of a host of factors, including who will name his successor. “There are many things that go into a retirement decision,” he said. He recalled approvingly something Justice Antonin Scalia had told him. “He …

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