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Supreme Court Deals Blow to DACA Defenders

Document disclosure blocked for now

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Friday blocked for now a judge's order requiring the Trump administration to disclose all emails, letters, and other documents it considered in its decision to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation, the AP reports. By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court blocked an... More »

Analysts Parse Kennedy's Words in Gay Cake Case

He is expected to be the deciding vote, and he might be leaning toward the baker

(Newser) - So must a baker make a cake for a gay couple even if he opposes same-sex marriage? The answer, it seems, lies solely with Anthony Kennedy. That's the gist of coverage from Tuesday's closely watched arguments in the Supreme Court. The Washington Post reports that the four more... More »

Landmark Cakeshop Case Reaches Supreme Court

Baker argues he shouldn't be forced to make wedding cake for gay couple

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments Tuesday in the Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case—a divisive and complicated case with ramifications that go far beyond the world of baked goods. Lower courts found Colorado baker Jack Phillips guilty of violating anti-discrimination laws when he... More »

Supreme Court Allows Full Travel Ban

The president can implement his full ban on travelers from eight countries while legal challenges move forward

(Newser) - The Supreme Court handed Donald Trump a victory today, allowing his administration to enforce its full travel ban while challenges to the law work their way through lower courts. The Court's decision reverses the earlier rulings of two federal judges, both of whom determined the administration could only block... More »

Trump Adds 5 Names to His List of SCOTUS Possibilities

Even though there's no current opening

(Newser) - President Trump's Supreme Court shortlist just got a little longer. Should another vacancy on the high court arise, Trump on Friday added five new judges to his existing list of 20 possible replacements, Politico reports. "These additions, like those on the original list released more than a year... More »

SCOTUS OKs Execution of Man Who Can't Remember Crime

Vernon Madison understands he was convicted of murder, high court rules

(Newser) - In 1985, Vernon Madison shot and killed Mobile, Ala., police officer Julius Schulte after Schulte responded to a domestic call involving Madison; prosecutors say he crept up on the officer as he sat in his police car and shot him twice in the back of the head, the AP reports.... More »

Can Microsoft Defy Feds? Supreme Court to Weigh In

Company won't turn over emails held on server overseas

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is intervening in a digital-age privacy dispute between the Trump administration and Microsoft over emails stored abroad, per the AP . The justices said Monday they'll hear the administration's appeal of a lower court ruling in favor of Microsoft. The court held that the emails sought... More »

Kennedy May Be Leaning Left on Huge Political Case

In questioning on gerrymandering, he seems to side with Democratic challengers

(Newser) - Justice Anthony Kennedy may end up casting the deciding vote in one of the Supreme Court's biggest cases this term—and he appears to be leaning toward joining the court's more liberal justices when it comes to reining in gerrymandering. The court heard arguments Tuesday in a redistricting... More »

Here's the Lineup of Big Cases Headed to SCOTUS

Justices to take on worker rights, religious freedom, redistricting, sports betting cases

(Newser) - The Supreme Court term that, by law, begins on the first Monday in October includes several high-profile cases dealing with controversial social issues or with the potential to affect millions of Americans. The justices probably won't hear the dispute over President Trump's travel ban, originally scheduled for October,... More »

Unions Blast 'Blatantly Political' Suit Headed to SCOTUS

Supreme Court will look at whether all public employees have to pay 'fair share' fees

(Newser) - Teachers and other public employees are now eyeing the Supreme Court after it announced Thursday it will take on a case next summer that may have big repercussions for unions. The Los Angeles Times reports the high court will look at overruling the requirement that all public employees, not just... More »

Supreme Court Cancels Trump Travel Ban Arguments

After Trump rolls out new policy

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has canceled arguments set for Oct. 10 in the dispute over President Donald Trump's travel ban, after Trump rolled out a new policy Sunday. The unsigned order from the justices Monday asks both sides to weigh in by Oct. 5 about what to do with the... More »

SCOTUS: Texas' Disputed Voting Map Can Stay

At least until SCOTUS reviews case at a later date

(Newser) - Texas likely won't be forced to redraw electoral districts a court found were intentionally designed to weaken the influence of minority voters before the 2018 midterm elections. In a 5-4 decision along partisan lines Tuesday, the Supreme Court granted a request from Texas that it keep its congressional map,... More »

Supreme Court Blocks Ruling That Eased Refugee Ban

Order will affect 24K people

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to maintain its restrictive policy on refugees. The justices on Tuesday agreed to an administration request to block a lower court ruling that would have eased the refugee ban and allowed up to 24,000 refugees to enter the country before the... More »

SCOTUS on Trump Travel Ban: Reinstate Refugee Restrictions

Supreme Court overturns appellate court's ruling from last week, at least temporarily

(Newser) - The Trump administration went back to the Supreme Court Monday, asking the justices to continue to allow strict enforcement of a temporary ban on refugees from around the world. The Justice Department's high court filing Monday followed an appeals court ruling last week that would allow up to 24,... More »

Supreme Court Hands Trump a Travel Ban Loss —and Win

Grandparents are 'bona fide' relationships

(Newser) - The Trump administration must allow visitors from six Muslim-majority nations into the US if they already have a grandparent, cousin, or other relative in the country, according to a 6-3 ruling by the US Supreme Court on Wednesday. The Supreme Court stated in June that Trump's travel ban could... More »

Sheldon Silver's Corruption Conviction Tossed

Federal appeals court cites Supreme Court ruling on Bob McDonnell

(Newser) - The corruption conviction of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was overturned Thursday by a federal appeals court that cited a recent Supreme Court ruling that narrowed the definition of what it takes to convict a public official. The three-judge panel of the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals... More »

Carl Reiner to Justice Kennedy: It's Not Time to Retire

Entertainer explains why in public letter

(Newser) - Rumor has it Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy may be considering retirement , and in a piece in the New York Times , director/writer/producer/actor Carl Reiner asks him not to. Yes, Kennedy is almost 81, and Reiner—who is 95—says he understands "the problems that come" at a certain age.... More »

Story May Provide Clue About Kennedy's Plans

Supreme Court justice warns clerk applicants he's considering retirement

(Newser) - When the Supreme Court wrapped up its current term, all eyes were on Anthony Kennedy amid rumors that he'd announce his retirement. He did not do so , but the rumors are gaining steam once again thanks to an NPR story. The focus of the piece was on new Justice... More »

Iran Slams Travel Ban as 'Racist,' 'Unfair'

Minister calls for US to join 'real fight' against terror

(Newser) - Iran says the US Supreme Court's decision to reinstate parts of a travel ban applied to six Muslim-majority countries is "racist" and "unfair." Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi was quoted by state TV Wednesday as saying it is "regrettable" that Washington "closes its eyes... More »

Neil Gorsuch Is Paying Off for Trump

A look at what the media is saying about the newest Supreme Court justice

(Newser) - Two and a half months in, how is Neil Gorsuch doing on the Supreme Court? The consensus seems to be that he's making his mark already. A sample of the coverage as the court's term ended Monday:
  • CNN says Gorsuch is "no ordinary junior-most justice," noting
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