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Trump Is About to Reshape the Federal Judiciary

He has more than 100 vacancies to fill

(Newser) - It's going to be a happy new year for busloads of conservative judges: Donald Trump has 103 vacancies in the federal courts to fill when he becomes president, meaning he has the chance to build the foundations of a legacy immediately on issues including gun control and abortion, the... More »

Obama's SCOTUS Pick Is Going Back to Work

But not at the job he'd hoped

(Newser) - Merrick Garland is ready to move on, 10 months after President Obama nominated him to the Supreme Court. After withdrawing from cases after his nomination in March, Garland will return to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit beginning Jan. 18, reports BuzzFeed . The move suggests Garland has... More »

GM to SCOTUS: Our Real Birthday is 2009, Not 1908

Automaker wants to be shielded from lawsuits from before bankruptcy

(Newser) - General Motors has been cruising along since 1908 , but the automaker recently decided it would rather celebrate another birthday: July 10, 2009, making it just a tad over seven years old instead of 108. And the reason GM picked that specific date: That was the day it was "born... More »

SCOTUS Will Let Ohio Execute This Man 'Again'

Supreme Court declined to hear Romell Broom's challenge

(Newser) - Ohio tried and failed once to execute Romell Broom, and the Supreme Court won't stand in the way of the state as it tries again. NBC News reports the justices on Monday declined to hear Broom's challenge, which came after the state's Supreme Court in March rejected... More »

In Apple v. Samsung, SCOTUS Makes $399M Decision

And it goes with Samsung in design patent case

(Newser) - Apple tried to hold onto the full $548 million in damages it recouped from Samsung in a lawsuit over smartphone design patents, but it looks like it may now have to settle for much less, based on a Tuesday Supreme Court decision, the Hill reports. The ruling noted that even... More »

Trump Wants Flag Burners to Lose Citizenship

But, uh, he supports the First Amendment

(Newser) - Donald Trump believes in free speech and that flag-burning should be illegal. In what the Washington Post is calling "Donald Trump v. the First Amendment, part five," the president-elect decried flag-burning in a tweet on Tuesday, noting those guilty of the practice should perhaps spend a year in... More »

GOP's Risky Move Over Supreme Court Pays Off

Trump could shape Court's direction for years to come

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell's controversial decision to put Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court on hold until the next president takes office is suddenly looking quite savvy, notes Politico . Conservative critics who were worried Hillary Clinton would win warned the move could backfire in allowing her to nominate someone... More »

'Nightmare' Election Scenario: 'Bush v. Gore With a Twist'

With 8-member Supreme Court, disputed results could be logistical disaster

(Newser) - What happens if America wakes up on Nov. 9 to another undecided, hotly disputed presidential election? We know what happened in 2000, when the Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote effectively settled the election in favor of George W. Bush. As controversial as that decision was, it was made by... More »

Supreme Court Will Hear Transgender Bathroom Case

17-year-old Gavin Grimm just wants to be able to use the men's room at school

(Newser) - Eight justices or no, the Supreme Court will tackle another major social issue after it announced Friday it will hear the case of a transgender teen who wants to use the men's restroom at his Virginia high school, the AP reports. In the Washington Post , 17-year-old Gavin Grimm says... More »

Last Time SCOTUS Heard a Case Like This, It Was 1885

Apple, Samsung battle has lasted years

(Newser) - The last time the Supreme Court heard a design patent case, it involved carpets—and there were only 38 states in the USA. The long-running Apple vs. Samsung battle over the latter company's alleged copying of iPhone design elements made it to the country's top court Tuesday, and... More »

RBG Isn't Retiring Anytime Soon

Bader Ginsburg says she'll keep going on Supreme Court until she can't do it 'full-steam'

(Newser) - As the Supreme Court starts its new term Monday and the gossip mill restarts on who will fill Antonin Scalia's empty seat, there's at least one other judge's chair that's not being willingly relinquished in the near future. Ruth Bader Ginsburg sat down for an interview... More »

SCOTUS Starts New Term in Scenario Not Seen for 50 Years

Future makeup of the court is now effectively in voters' hands

(Newser) - The US Supreme Court kicks off its new term Monday—one that Bloomberg anticipates will be quite "boring." But while most of the cases on its docket aren't huge headline-generators, the court is ramping back up in circumstances that haven't been seen for nearly 50 years,... More »

NC Governor Blasts '4 Liberal Justices' Over Voter ID Law

A divided Supreme Court blocked the state's law

(Newser) - A divided US Supreme Court refused Wednesday to reinstate North Carolina's voter identification requirement and keep just 10 days of early in-person voting. The decision—a victory for voting rights groups and President Obama's Justice Department—means voters won't have to show one of several qualifying photo... More »

'Dancing Baby' May Head to Supreme Court

High court may hear mom's case against 'abusive' infringement claim by Universal

(Newser) - Of all the YouTube videos that could pose legal problems, a 30-second clip of a dancing baby seems less than likely. But almost 10 years after Stephanie Lenz posted her young son bopping to Prince's "Let's Go Crazy," her video may now appear before the Supreme... More »

Supreme Court Blocks Trans Student From Using Boys Restroom

But that's likely to change in the next few months

(Newser) - Seventeen-year-old Gavin Grimm will start his senior year of high school once again banned from using the boys restroom, the AP reports. In a 5-3 decision on Wednesday, the US Supreme Court put a hold on the decision of a lower court that would have allowed Grimm, a transgender male,... More »

Obama's SCOTUS Pick Is About to Make History

Merrick Garland will have waited the longest without being confirmed

(Newser) - Merrick Garland is about to break a century-old record without breaking a sweat. As of Wednesday, President Obama's nominee to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court will have gone 126 days without being confirmed, besting the 125-day record America's first Jewish justice, Louis Brandeis, set in 1916,... More »

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Definitely Isn't a Trump Fan

And she has a prediction for the upcoming election

(Newser) - The AP sat down for an interview with the Supreme Court's elder stateswoman, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who had some thoughts on the upcoming presidential election. Or, more accurately, a lack of thoughts. "I don't want to think about that possibility," Ginsberg says regarding a President... More »

Texas Ruling Could Change Landscape of 'Abortion Desert'

Clinics could reopen, temporary blocks against abortion restrictions could become permanent

(Newser) - In Texas, just 19 abortion clinics remain (down from more than 40); in Mississippi, there's just one abortion clinic in the entire state. But abortion rights advocates are hoping that Monday's Supreme Court decision that Texas clinic laws are unconstitutional will help remedy the so-called "abortion desert"... More »

Ruling in Case That Broke Clarence Thomas' Silence

SCOTUS declines to open gun access for misdemeanor domestic violence

(Newser) - Clarence Thomas broke a decade of silence when the case was being heard, and now, a ruling: The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that even those convicted of reckless, rather than intentional, domestic abuse can be denied gun-ownership rights under a federal ban. The case involved two Maine men who... More »

It's Now Tougher to Go After Officials Accused of Bribery

SCOTUS unanimously overturns former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell's conviction

(Newser) - A reprieve for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, and, perhaps, for elected officials accused of corruption in general. A unanimous Supreme Court on Monday overturned the bribery conviction of McDonnell, who was in 2014 found guilty of taking more than $165,000 in gifts—including a $6,500 Rolex—and... More »

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