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Biden Will Reportedly Endorse Major SCOTUS Reform

Though it seems unlikely administration could get the necessary congressional approval

(Newser) - President Biden has long resisted the idea of pushing for big changes to the Supreme Court, but sources say that has now changed. In the wake of ethics scandals related to Clarence Thomas and other justices, plus controversial high court decisions on presidential immunity and abortion, among other things, Biden...

SCOTUS Puts Brakes on EPA's 'Good Neighbor' Pollution Plan

5-4 ruling goes against Biden administration, blue states' attempt to rein in upwind air pollution

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is putting the Environmental Protection Agency's air pollution-fighting "good neighbor" plan on hold while legal challenges continue, the conservative-led court's latest blow to federal regulations. The justices in a 5-4 vote on Thursday rejected arguments by the Biden administration and Democratic-controlled states that the...

Supreme Court Tosses Controversial Opioid Settlement

5-4 ruling blocks nationwide deal with Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a nationwide settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma that would have shielded members of the Sackler family who own the company from civil lawsuits over the toll of opioids but also would have provided billions of dollars to combat the opioid epidemic. After deliberating...

SCOTUS Unveils Code of Conduct
SCOTUS Unveils
Code of Conduct

SCOTUS Unveils Code of Conduct

But it doesn't include any means of enforcement

(Newser) - The Supreme Court released a code of conduct for justices Monday to address what it described as a "misunderstanding" about ethics. A statement signed by all nine justices said that the rules and principle are not new, "for the most part," because the court "has long...

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

Man in Prison for Stealing Syrup Now Told to Pay Millions

Richard Vallieres was part of massive scheme that lifted one of country's hottest commodities

(Newser) - In what may be the most Canadian of crimes yet—and the "stickiest," per the BBC —the nation's high court this week ruled that a "major player" in a scheme to steal a massive amount of maple syrup must pay a $7.2 million fine....

Sources: Trump Has Settled On a Name for His 3rd Justice

Amy Coney Barrett reportedly will be nominated to fill RBG's Supreme Court seat

(Newser) - It appears that President Trump has his new Supreme Court nominee. The Washington Post , Politico , the New York Times , and Axios all report that sources are pointing to federal appeals court judge Amy Coney Barrett as Trump's pick to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a move that would significantly push...

New Bill Limits SCOTUS Terms to 18 Years

Democrats plan to introduce it next week

(Newser) - Under a bill House Democrats are preparing, Ruth Bader Ginsburg would have had to retire in 2011—and William O. Douglas, the longest-serving justice in Supreme Court history, would have stepped down in 1957 instead of 1975. The bill, which Democrats plan to introduce next week, limits the terms of...

Trump Pays Respects to RBG, and Critics Boo Loudly

Chants of 'vote him out!' could be heard

(Newser) - President Trump and first lady Melania paid their respects at the casket of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Thursday at the Supreme Court, and the president's critics made their feelings about him clear during the moment. Loud boos and chants of "vote him out!" and "honor her...

Trump: Election 'Scam' Will End Up in Supreme Court

'Having a 4/4 situation is not a good situation'

(Newser) - President Trump made the stakes in the Supreme Court struggle very clear Wednesday, predicting that the presidential election will end up being settled by the nation's highest court. "I think this will end up in the Supreme Court. And I think it's very important that we have...

Obama Has a Message for Republican Senators on RBG

Dems remind GOP of their remarks in 2016 on filling an empty SCOTUS seat during election year

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell vowed late Friday that a vote will be held on President Trump's nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, who died Friday at 87. But prominent Democrats, including Barack Obama, are pushing back, digging up the remarks of McConnell and other GOP senators from...

SCOTUS Splits 5-4 on 2nd Execution This Week

Court clears way for execution of Wesley Purkey

(Newser) - The Supreme Court early Thursday cleared the way for a second federal execution this week. The vote to allow the execution of Wesley Ira Purkey to go forward was 5-4, with the court's four liberal members dissenting, the AP reports. Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that “proceeding with Purkey’...

Ginsburg Hospitalized With Possible Infection

Supreme Court says 87-year-old justice is 'resting comfortably'

(Newser) - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being treated for a possible infection and is expected to stay in the hospital for a few days following a medical procedure, the Supreme Court said in a statement Tuesday. The court said that the 87-year-old Ginsburg went to a hospital in Washington on Monday...

SCOTUS Refuses to Block Transgender Inmate's Surgery

Idaho asked court to halt preparations for sex reassignment surgery

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has rejected a request from Idaho prison officials to block sex reassignment surgery for transgender inmate Adree Edmo. The ruling means preparations for the court-ordered surgery can continue, and while the state has asked the court to take up the case for review, the surgery may take...

Supreme Court Hangs Up After 'Faithless Electors' Case

Over 6 days, justices heard 10 cases by phone

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has hung up the phone. The justices on Wednesday heard their last scheduled cases in that manner, having heard arguments in 10 cases by telephone over six days as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Audio of the arguments was broadcast live, a first for the court....

Supreme Court Divided Over Trump Tax Returns

Court may reject his claim that he's immune from investigation while in office

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared likely to reject President Trump's claim that he is immune from criminal investigation while in office. But the court seemed less clear about exactly how to handle subpoenas from Congress and the Manhattan district attorney for Trump's tax, bank, and financial records,...

'Remain in Mexico' Policy Will Continue

SCOTUS allows controversial policy to stay in place for now

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would allow the Trump administration to continue enforcing a policy that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for US court hearings, despite lower court rulings that the policy probably is illegal, the AP reports. The justices' order, over a dissenting vote by Justice Sonia...

With 2 Trump Appointees, a Big SCOTUS First

Supreme Court will hear first major abortion case with Gorsuch, Kavanaugh on the bench

(Newser) - In 2016, the Supreme Court struck down a Texas law that required abortion providers have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. On Wednesday, arguments on a similar law out of Louisiana will be heard by the high court, but with one "major difference," per NBC News : This time...

Trail vs. Pipeline: A Big Case Reaches Supreme Court
Big Case for Famous Trail
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Big Case for Famous Trail Hits the Supreme Court

Justices to rule on whether an oil pipeline can cross the Appalachian Trail in Virginia

(Newser) - Arguments in a big environmental case were being heard at the Supreme Court on Monday, a dispute that pits builders of an oil pipeline versus supporters of the Appalachian Trail. We won't get a decision for months, but the ruling has the potential to snarl not just the construction...

Nation Can 'Breathe Freely' After Ruling on Escalator Case

Canada's Supreme Court says cops overstepped in 2009 in detaining woman who wouldn't hold rail

(Newser) - When Bela Kosoian rode the escalator in a Montreal-area subway station in 2009, she probably never expected to become embroiled in a legal battle that would last for a decade. Kosoian was arrested in the Quebec city of Laval then after police officer Fabio Camacho advised her to hold onto...

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