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He Shot Boy Across Mexico Border; Case Heads to SCOTUS

Can foreigners have their day in American courts?

(Newser) - Sixty feet and the US-Mexico border separated the unarmed, 15-year-old Mexican boy and the US Border Patrol agent who killed him with a gunshot to the head in 2010. US officials chose not to prosecute Agent Jesus Mesa Jr., and the Obama administration refused to extradite him so that he... More »

Trump Tells McConnell: 'Go Nuclear' If You Must

Tells Senate majority leader to use nuclear option if Democrats filibuster Neil Gorsuch

(Newser) - "Go nuclear." That's the official word from President Trump when it comes to signals that the Democrats will filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Trump revealed his advice for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should that happen: "If we end up with... More »

Liberals, Don't Fight Trump's SCOTUS Pick

Neil Gorsuch will bring 'fairness,' 'decency': 'NYT'

(Newser) - Let the Supreme Court justice vetting begin—and may liberals let nominee Neil Gorsuch sail onto the bench. That's Neal Katyal's "give him a chance" opinion for the New York Times , in which he admits he's struggled to find a single thing President Trump "has... More »

Democrats Vow to Block Gorsuch From 'Stolen Seat'

The battle could drag on for months

(Newser) - President Trump unveiled Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court nominee Tuesday night, and if the process goes very smoothly, the court could finally be back to nine members as soon as April—but you won't find many people willing to bet on the process going smoothly. The Washington Post... More »

Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court Justice

He's a 'reliably conservative figure'

(Newser) - It's official. As predicted by many, President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court justice on Tuesday, the New York Times reports. Gorsuch is a "reliably conservative figure" with a similar philosophy to the late Antonin Scalia. If Gorsuch is confirmed, Justice Kennedy would once again be the... More »

Supreme Court Announcement Gets Reality Show Feel

Trump said to be building suspense, inviting both 'finalists'

(Newser) - President Trump's announcement of his Supreme Court nominee—scheduled for 8pm Eastern—could have the feel of a reality show to it. CNN reports leading contenders Neil Gorsuch and Thomas Hardiman were both brought to Washington DC ahead of the announcement. Furthermore, an inside source says both "finalists"... More »

Trump's SCOTUS Announcement Goes Prime Time

President will name his choice live on TV Tuesday at 8pm

(Newser) - Donald Trump is returning to prime time. The president on Monday morning announced via Twitter that he'd be naming his pick for the Supreme Court live on TV. The 8pm Tuesday announcement speeds up the original plan, which the New York Times reports had Antonin Scalia's replacement being... More »

Trump's SCOTUS Pick Coming Next Week

William Pryor, Neil Gorsuch among possibilities

(Newser) - President Trump's pick to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court next week, report the AP and the Wall Street Journal . "We have outstanding candidates and we'll pick a truly great Supreme Court nominee," Trump says. He's expected to discuss the nomination Tuesday with Senate... More »

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 »

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