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Jackson Has Day 1 Questions
Jackson Has Day 1 Questions

Jackson Has Day 1 Questions

Newest justice follows line of thought similar to Kagan and Sotomayor in wetlands case

(Newser) - Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson was not just seated on the Supreme Court on Monday, she was a full participant in the business at hand. Jackson asked several questions during almost two hours of arguments on Monday, at the beginning of her first day on the job as an associate justice,...

SCOTUS Won't Block Defamation Suit Against Lindell

MyPillow CEO is being sued by Dominion Voting Systems

(Newser) - In February 2021, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell said he was "very happy" to be sued by Dominion Voting Systems over his claims that the company rigged its machines to deliver an election victory for President Biden in 2020. The $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit is proceeding, but Lindell is...

SCOTUS Has Docket Full of 'Hot-Button Issues'
As SCOTUS Returns,
'Get Ready for a Lot of 6-3s'

As SCOTUS Returns, 'Get Ready for a Lot of 6-3s'

Court has chosen to take on numerous 'hot-button issues'

(Newser) - Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson has replaced Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court, but the 6-3 split between conservative and liberal justices is unchanged—and analysts say the divide will be very apparent this term. The conservative supermajority that overturned Roe v. Wade and issued numerous other controversial rulings earlier...

Supreme Court Returns With Historically Low Approval Rating

Expect 'a lot of 6-3s,' one analyst says

(Newser) - Supreme Court justices never have to run for reelection, or even reconfirmation, which works out for them—especially these days: Public approval of the court has plunged to historic lows, a new poll shows. The share of Americans who say they have at least a "fair amount" of trust...

7 Big Issues on New Supreme Court Docket

Term begins on Monday

(Newser) - The Supreme Court opens its new term Monday, hearing arguments for the first time after a summer break and with new Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. Already the court has said it will decide cases on a range of major issues including affirmative action, voting rights, and the rights of LGBTQ...

Jackson Officially Takes Her Seat on SCOTUS Bench

Chief Justice John Roberts wished 52-year-old a 'long and happy career in our common calling'

(Newser) - Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson made her first appearance on the Supreme Court bench in a brief courtroom ceremony Friday, three days before the start of the high court's new term. President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and their spouses attended the invitation-only ceremonial investiture for Jackson, the first Black...

What Did NPR Reporter's Friendship With RBG Cost Us?

Politico essay examines journalist Nina Totenberg's longtime relationship with Supreme Court justice

(Newser) - Nina Totenberg, a longtime correspondent for NPR, has a new memoir out, and it delves into her storied 40-year relationship with the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Dinners With Ruth examines Totenberg's conflict as she watched her old friend's health decline in 2020, and on the complexities of being...

John Roberts Defends His Court
John Roberts
His Court

John Roberts Defends His Court

Chief justice say critics questioning Supreme Court's legitimacy are making a mistake

(Newser) - Chief Justice John Roberts defended the authority of the Supreme Court to interpret the Constitution, saying its role should not be called into question just because people disagree with its decisions. When asked to reflect on the last year at the court in his first public appearance since the Supreme...

Supreme Court to Weigh Beltway Sniper's Sentence
Maryland Court
Wants Sniper

Maryland Court Wants Sniper Resentenced

Judges say juvenile protections have changed since Lee Boyd Malvo was convicted

(Newser) - Updated: While saying it has no expectation that he'll ever be freed, Maryland's highest court ordered resentencing for Lee Boyd Malvo in several slayings. The court's reasoning, announced Friday, is that constitutional protections for juveniles have been enhanced since his conviction; Malvo was 17 at the time...

Walmart Broadens Abortion Coverage for Employees

Retailer also expands benefits for fertility services, in vitro fertilization, adoptions

(Newser) - Walmart, the nation's largest employer, is expanding its abortion coverage for employees after staying largely mum on the issue following the Supreme Court ruling that scrapped a nationwide right to abortion. In a memo sent to employees on Friday, the AP reports, the company said its health care plans...

Stephen Breyer Explains Why He Still Has Hope
SCOTUS' Breyer:
I Still Have Hope

SCOTUS' Breyer: I Still Have Hope

America has always had ups and downs, former Supreme Court justice says

(Newser) - In his first appearance since retiring from the Supreme Court, former justice Stephen Breyer says that even though America occasionally makes missteps, he still has faith in the country's future. "America's a system that has adjusted—with its drawbacks and its going-the-wrong way from time to time...

Alito Mocks Prince Harry Over Roe Criticism

Supreme Court justice also takes shot at Boris Johnson, other overseas critics

(Newser) - Samuel Alito wrote the Supreme Court opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade, and he's not much interested in hearing what foreign critics have to say about it. In a speech on religious liberty in Rome hosted by Notre Dame Law School, Alito mocked Prince Harry and outgoing British Prime...

Poll: Most Americans Want to Yank SCOTUS' Job for Life

Poll finds 2 in 3 favor mandatory retirement age, and/or term limits

(Newser) - About 2 in 3 Americans say they favor term limits or a mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court justices, according to a new poll that finds a sharp increase in the percentage of Americans saying they have “hardly any” confidence in the court, the AP reports. The poll from...

Ted Cruz: Supreme Court Wrong on Gay Marriage

Texas senator says justices should have left decision up to the states

(Newser) - Sen. Ted Cruz has grabbed headlines and sparked a backlash over his opinion about the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision legalizing same-sex marriage . “I think that decision was clearly wrong when it was decided," Cruz said on his “Verdict with Ted Cruz” podcast Sunday, per USA Today ...

Also Not in Constitution: Court Having Final Say

Sotomayor pointed out that the justices grabbed onto the power of judicial review, Joshua Zeitz writes

(Newser) - When the Supreme Court was holding oral arguments last December in the case that brought about the end of Roe v. Wade, Justice Sonia Sotomayor addressed the familiar argument that the Constitution doesn't mention a right to privacy. That fact was a central argument in the court's majority...

Petition to Impeach Thomas Picks Up Steam

The online document has been around awhile, but it gained new attention after recent rulings

(Newser) - There is a movement afoot to impeach Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Per Newsweek, the petition on was created earlier this year after revelations that Thomas' wife, Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, pressured lawmakers and White House aides to overturn the 2020 election results. Meanwhile, Justice Thomas was the...

Two Words in Roberts' Ruling Signal a Big Fight
Two Words
in Roberts'
Ruling Signal
a Big Fight
in case you missed it

Two Words in Roberts' Ruling Signal a Big Fight

Conservatives happy about blow to 'administrative state' in EPA decision

(Newser) - The Supreme Court term that just ended will, of course, go down in history as the one that dismantled Roe v. Wade. But much attention is also being paid to Thursday's decision that weakens the EPA's ability to regulate plant emissions. The reason goes beyond the particulars of...

Supreme Court: Protests at Our Homes Must Stop

Court asks Virginia and Maryland to end the demonstrations

(Newser) - The marshal of the US Supreme Court has asked Maryland and Virginia officials to enforce laws she says prohibit picketing outside the homes of the justices who live in the two states. “For weeks on end, large groups of protesters chanting slogans, using bullhorns, and banging drums have picketed...

Cops: Ex-Boyfriend Killed Young Mom Pushing Stroller

NYPD says Isaac Argro is also father of baby who was in stroller when Azsia Johnson, 20, was shot

(Newser) - Update: Police have a suspect in custody after a 20-year-old mother pushing a stroller near a New York City playground was fatally shot at point-blank range. Per NBC News , 22-year-old Isaac Argro has been charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon following the Wednesday killing of the woman,...

Court Makes Biden's Goals for Climate Nearly Unreachable

President's legislation hasn't gone anywhere in Congress

(Newser) - President Biden has promised other nations, as well as his own, that the US would reduce its emission of greenhouse gases by half by the end of the decade. A Supreme Court ruling Thursday may have put that goal out of reach, the New York Times reports. Experts said achieving...

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