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On Roe v. Wade, Federal Judge Sees a 'Loophole'

Judge in criminal case says 13th Amendment could provide a national right to abortion

(Newser) - In a pending criminal case against anti-abortion activists, a federal judge on Monday raised what CNBC is calling an "eyebrow-raising hypothetical" on the issue of a constitutional right to abortion. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said that when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade with its ruling last year in...

Kavanaugh on SCOTUS: Divide Is Overplayed in Media

'We work well together,' he says

(Newser) - You might think things are contentious on the Supreme Court, given the apparent division along party lines of the nine justices. But, speaking at an event for Notre Dame's law school this week, Justice Brett Kavanaugh insisted that's not the case, NBC News and CNN report. "There...

Supreme Court: We Can't Find the Leaker

Investigation turns up no leads about who gave the media draft opinion on abortion ruling

(Newser) - Someone is likely breathing a sigh of relief. The Supreme Court said Thursday that it can't figure out who leaked the bombshell draft opinion of the ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade. "It is not possible to determine the identity of any individual who may have disclosed the...

Colleges Expect Court Ruling to Have Sweeping Effects

Changes in student bodies will show up next year and be lasting, experts say

(Newser) - In oral arguments in October, the Supreme Court gave colleges every indication that their admission policies are about to change. Republican-appointed justices, who hold the majority, indicated skepticism about what opponents call race-conscious admissions practices. "I've heard the word diversity quite a few times, and I don't...

Alito Sends Message to Gun Law Opponents

Court lets New York restrictions stand for now

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to block New York state restrictions on carrying concealed firearms, though two justices encouraged the law's opponents to not give up their fight. The law is being challenged, with the case now before the federal appeals court in New York, and the justices...

In Year-End Report, Chief Justice Focuses on Judicial Security

John Roberts wrote about events in 1957 but didn't mention present-day controversies

(Newser) - In his annual report on the federal judiciary, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts' main focus was events in 1957, not any of the controversies in a tumultuous year for the nation's top court. Roberts' year-end report looked at the events surrounding US District Judge Ronald N. Davies' efforts...

SCOTUS Leaves Border Policy in Place Indefinitely

Court extends pandemic-era limits

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is keeping pandemic-era limits on immigration in place indefinitely, dashing hopes of immigration advocates who had been anticipating their end this week. In a ruling Tuesday, the Supreme Court extended a temporary stay that Chief Justice John Roberts issued last week. Under the court’s order, the...

This Bust Is About to Get Booted From US Capitol

House passes legislation to remove head of SCOTUS justice who wrote Dred Scott ruling

(Newser) - The House passed legislation Wednesday that calls for removing from the Capitol a bust of the US Supreme Court justice who wrote the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision that held African Americans weren't citizens. The bust of Roger B. Taney, the nation's fifth chief justice, sits inside the...

SCOTUS Hears Case That Could Reshape Elections
SCOTUS Hears Case That
Could Reshape Elections

SCOTUS Hears Case That Could Reshape Elections

NC legislators argue that courts can't interfere with election rules set by legislatures

(Newser) - The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a high-stakes case that analysts say could radically change the way elections are conducted in America. The Moore v. Harper case, brought by Republican legislative leaders in North Carolina, cites the controversial "independent state legislature doctrine," the Charlotte Observer reports. The...

Justices Question Effect if They Back Designer on Gay Weddings

Colorado business owner only wants to build websites for heterosexual couples

(Newser) - Supreme Court justices who appeared supportive of a graphic designer seeking to refuse to create websites in celebration of same-sex weddings nevertheless had questions Monday about how anti-discrimination laws might be affected. The case involves a Colorado design company owner who says she serves gay customers, the New York Times...

On Supreme Court Docket This Week: Big Elections Case

Decision on congressional maps in North Carolina could be wide-reaching

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is about to confront a new elections case, a Republican-led challenge asking the justices for a novel ruling that could significantly increase the power of state lawmakers over elections for Congress and the presidency. The court is set to hear arguments Wednesday in a case from North...

Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Student Debt Relief

Justices keep pause on Biden's debt-canceling plan in place now

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Thursday said the Biden administration program to cancel student loans will remain blocked for now, but the justices agreed to take up the case in late winter. The court's decision to hear arguments relatively quickly means it is likely to determine whether the widespread loan...

Trump Blasts SCOTUS Over Tax Returns Ruling

Court is 'nothing more than a political body,' complains man who appointed 3 justices

(Newser) - Former President Donald Trump picked one-third of the current Supreme Court justices, giving the nation's top court a conservative supermajority—but he doesn't sound happy with them. In posts on his Truth Social network Wednesday, Trump slammed the court for rejecting his request to block the release of...

Lindsey Graham Testifies Before Special Grand Jury

Republican senator took fight against testifying in Georgia all the way to the Supreme Court

(Newser) - Sen. Lindsey Graham testified Tuesday before a special grand jury that's investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and others illegally meddled in the 2020 election in Georgia. The South Carolina Republican's appearance before the panel came after a drawn-out legal fight that went all the way to the Supreme...

SCOTUS: Congress Can Have Trump's Tax Returns

Court refuses to block release of records to House committee

(Newser) - The Supreme Court—without comment or noted dissent—has rejected Donald Trump's request to block the release of his tax records to the House Ways and Means Committee, ending a three-year legal fight. The release was on hold after an emergency appeal from the former president. The Tuesday order...

Jack Daniel's Asks SCOTUS to Squelch Parody Dog Toy

Maker says the whiskey brand can't take a joke

(Newser) - The company that makes Jack Daniel's is not pleased with a squeaking dog toy that parodies the whiskey's signature bottle—and it wants the Supreme Court to weigh in. Jack Daniel's has asked the justices to hear its case against the manufacturer of the plastic Bad Spaniels...

Supreme Court Rules Against GOP Figure in Records Fight

Ruling allows House committee to access phone records of Arizona's Kelli Ward

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has cleared the way for the House committee investigating the Capitol riot to get phone records belonging to the leader of the Arizona Republican Party. The high court on Monday rejected GOP state chair Kelli Ward's request to halt the turnover of records while a lawsuit...

Alito Receives Standing Ovation for Abortion Ruling

Barrett jokes about Dobbs demonstrations at her home

(Newser) - Four members of the US Supreme Court attended a Federalist Society black-tie gala last week, and all received applause. But the most rapturous reaction, which included a standing ovation, was for Justice Samuel Alito's work in overturning Roe v. Wade, Politico reports. Alito didn't mention the June decision...

Jackson Dissents in First Opinion
Dissents in
First Opinion

Jackson Dissents in First Opinion

Sotomayor joins newest justice on death row case

(Newser) - A month into her lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson issued her first opinion on Monday, objecting to her colleagues' decision to not take up an appeal from a death row inmate in Ohio. The fact that the case was declined means that fewer than four...

Protesters Interrupt Supreme Court Arguments

That hasn't happened since 2015

(Newser) - Protesters opposed to the Supreme Court's decision overturning abortion rights briefly interrupted arguments at the court Wednesday and urged women to vote in next week's elections. It was the first courtroom disruption since the court’s decision in June that stripped away women’s constitutional protections for abortion...

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