Tag Archives: Supreme Court

Thomas Agrees To Hear Challenge To NYC Vax Mandate

Politico reports: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an NYPD detective’s challenge to New York City’s vaccine requirement for municipal workers after all. Last month, liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected a request by Det. Anthony Marciano to take up his legal challenge. But Marciano resubmitted the exact same request to conservative Justice Clarence Thomas, and the high court’s press office …

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SCOTUS Likely To Rule On Social Media “Censorship”

The Washington Post reports: Governments that say conservative voices are the ones most often eliminated by the decisions of tech companies scored a major victory Friday, when a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upheld a Texas law barring companies from removing posts based political ideology. But a unanimous panel of the U.S. Court …

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SCOTUS Rules For LGBTQ Students Against Yeshiva U

CNN reports: The Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote declined on Wednesday a request from Yeshiva University to block a lower court order that requires the New York university to recognize a “Pride Alliance” LGBTQ student club. In an unsigned order, the Supreme Court noted that the New York state courts had yet to issue a final order in the …

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Pence Calls Threat To Marriage Equality A “Distraction”

Real Clear Politics reports: Justice Clarence Thomas who wrote that the high court “should reconsider” past rulings that relied on a legal doctrine known as “substantive due process” to codify rights to contraception and same-sex marriage. When RealClearPolitics asked if the Supreme Court should revisit those cases, Griswold and Obergefell in particular, Pence parted company with Thomas. “I have enormous …

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SCOTUS Temporarily Blocks Ruling For LGBTQ Students

NBC News reports: The Supreme Court on Friday temporarily allowed an Orthodox Jewish university in New York to deny official recognition to an LGBTQ student group, the latest in a series of decisions in favor of religious rights. Justice Sonia Sotomayor in a brief order granted an emergency request made by Yeshiva University, which claims that recognizing the group would …

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QAnon Ginni Linked To Dozens Of Roe Amicus Briefs

The Guardian reports: The Dobbs case attracted an almost unprecedented 130 amicus briefs from both sides of the legal argument. Of those, 74 were filed in favour of overturning the right to an abortion, enshrined in 1973 in Roe v Wade. In turn, the new analysis shows that 38 of the 74 anti-abortion amicus briefs – 51% – were produced …

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Gorsuch: Report Coming On Leak Of Roe Draft Opinion

The Wall Street Journal reports: Justice Neil Gorsuch said Thursday that the Supreme Court’s investigation of the May leak of the draft opinion overruling Roe v. Wade was continuing, and that a report on the incident is coming. “The chief justice appointed an internal committee to oversee the investigation,” Justice Gorsuch told the 10th Circuit Bench and Bar Conference here …

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POLL: 70% Want Abortion Rights On Their State Ballot

USA Today reports: Americans overwhelmingly would like to be able to vote on an abortion measure on their state ballot, an exclusive USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll finds. And if they had the chance, they would oppose efforts to ban the procedure by almost 2-1. The survey, taken in the aftermath of the stunning defeat in Kansas last week of a proposal …

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House Maps Ruled Illegal Will Be Used In Four States

The New York Times reports: Since January, judges in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Ohio have found that Republican legislators illegally drew those states’ congressional maps along racial or partisan lines, or that a trial very likely would conclude that they did. But a shift in election law philosophy at the Supreme Court, combined with a new aggressiveness among Republicans who …

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Big Tech To SCOTUS: Uphold Affirmative Action

Courthouse News reports: American companies have come to find that diversifying their workforce is not only socially responsible but financially beneficial. However, they are worried they may soon find a roadblock to diversity at the nation’s highest court. Over 60 major American businesses are asking the Supreme Court not to thwart their success by nixing affirmative action policies used by …

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Dem Approval Of SCOTUS Falls To Record Low 13%

Gallup reports: After several prominent rulings at the end of its term in June, most of which were decided in favor of conservatives’ positions on the issues, the U.S. Supreme Court’s overall job approval rating is 43%, statistically unchanged from last year’s 40% reading. However, the stability in the overall reading masks big swings among partisans, with Republicans’ approval rating …

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Abortion Rights Supporters Less Certain They’ll Vote

The Washington Post reports: Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the end of Roe v. Wade represents a “major loss of rights” for women, a Washington Post-Schar School poll finds, but those who support abortion access are less certain they will vote this fall — a sign of the challenges facing Democrats who hope the issue will motivate their base in …

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Justice Samuel Alito Rips Foreign Critics Of Roe Ruling

The Washington Post reports: Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. in a speech in Rome dismissed criticism from foreign officials who he said “lambasted” his opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that provided a constitutional right to abortion. “I had the honor this term of writing I think the only Supreme Court decision in the history of that …

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Thomas Suddenly Unavailable To Teach At Law School

Law & Crime reports: Clarence Thomas, 74, has co-taught a Constitutional Law seminar at GW Law since 2011 with his former clerk, Judge Gregory Maggs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Now, Thomas is no longer listed as an instructor on the school’s online course catalog. According to the law school’s online publication the GW Hatchet, …

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Democrats Introduce Supreme Court Term Limits Bill

Via press release: In an effort to restore legitimacy and independence to the nation’s highest court, today Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) introduced the Supreme Court Tenure Establishment and Retirement Modernization (TERM) Act, which would establish term limits for Supreme Court justices while preserving constitutional protections for judicial independence in decision making. Under the TERM Act, a new justice would take …

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SCOTUS Leak Thwarted Roberts’ Bid To Save Roe

CNN reports: Chief Justice John Roberts privately lobbied fellow conservatives to save the constitutional right to abortion down to the bitter end, but May’s unprecedented leak of a draft opinion reversing Roe v. Wade made the effort all but impossible, multiple sources familiar with negotiations told CNN. Multiple sources told CNN that Roberts’ overtures this spring, particularly to Kavanaugh, raised …

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90% Of Companies Silent On Abortion After Roe Ruling

Axios reports: Only 10% of companies have made, or plan to make, a public statement about abortion in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade, according to a survey of approximately 300 public, private and nonprofit entities released Tuesday by the Conference Board. In recent years, businesses have increasingly taken stands on social issues — particularly …

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IN Petitions SCOTUS On Parental Notice Abortion Law

CNN reports: Indiana asked the Supreme Court Thursday to move quickly to officially transmit its opinion overturning Roe v. Wade to a federal appeals court so that the state can attempt to put its strict parental notification law into effect. The Indiana law was enjoined by a district court in 2017 as a violation of Supreme Court precedent. But last …

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Gavin Newsom Opposes Expanding Supreme Court

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: On Thursday, Newsom separated himself from the more progressive faction of his party when he said he didn’t support expanding the U.S. Supreme Court from nine justices to 13, a position that’s become more talked about since the court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last month. Newsom told a reporter from The Hill that …

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Brett Kavanaugh Ducks Protesters At DC Steakhouse

Playbook reports: On Wednesday night, D.C. protesters targeting the conservative Supreme Court justices who signed onto the Dobbs decision overturning the constitutional right to abortion got a tip that Justice Brett Kavanaugh was dining at Morton’s downtown D.C. location. Protesters soon showed up out front, called the manager to tell him to kick Kavanaugh out and later tweeted that the …

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