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On Day 1 of Travel Ban Case at SCOTUS, Things Look Good for Trump

Roberts, Kennedy signal support for the policy

(Newser) - President Donald Trump appears likely to win his travel ban case at the Supreme Court, the AP reports. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy both signaled support for the travel policy in arguments Wednesday at the high court. The ban's challengers almost certainly need one of those... More »

One of Most Unpopular SCOTUS Rulings Now a Movie

Susette Kelo's story turned into a movie starring Catherine Keener

(Newser) - Susette Kelo's Supreme Court case now has a Hollywood ending, just not the one she hoped for. Kelo wasn't looking for a fight when she bought her house overlooking the Thames River in New London, Connecticut, in 1997 and had it painted Odessa Rose pink. Shortly after she... More »

Gorsuch Sides With Liberal Judges in Immigration Case

Trump appointee agrees law is too vague to justify deportation of immigrant

(Newser) - The Supreme Court said Tuesday that part of a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants who have been convicted of crimes is too vague to be enforced. The court's 5-4 decision—an unusual alignment in which new Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the four liberal justices—concerns... More »

A Repeal of 2nd Amendment? Trump Weighs In

'NEVER,' president tweets after suggestion from retired Supreme Court justice

(Newser) - President Trump tweeted Wednesday there's no chance the Second Amendment will ever be repealed and called on voters to elect more Republicans in this fall's congressional elections so the GOP can retain control of the Supreme Court. Trump's statements came a day after retired Supreme Court Justice... More »

Linda Brown Dies 64 Years After Case That Made History

Decision led to school desegregation

(Newser) - Linda Brown lived to be 75 years old, but she had secured her place in history by the time she was 9. Brown, who died in her hometown of Topeka, Kan., this week, was at the center of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case that caused school segregation... More »

Court Decision Makes Dem House Takeover More Likely

The US Supreme Court and a federal panel rejected challenges to a new Pennsylvania congressional map

(Newser) - Boosting Democrats' chances of retaking control of Congress in this fall's midterm elections, the US Supreme Court and a federal panel on Monday rejected GOP challenges to a newly redrawn congressional map imposed on Pennsylvania by the state's high court. The courts dismissed requests to throw out or... More »

Vulnerable GOP Senator Predicts SCOTUS Retirement

Dean Heller says Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire 'sometime early summer'

(Newser) - Dean Heller doesn't exactly have the safest seat in the US Senate, and he might not even make it to the midterms if he doesn't beat GOPer Danny Tarkanian in the Nevada primaries in June, per the Hill . But in audio obtained by Politico from a Las Vegas... More »

On Big Supreme Court Case, the Key Voice Is Silent

Neil Gorsuch asks no questions during arguments on public unions

(Newser) - The Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in one of the biggest cases of the term, one that could prove devastating to public-sector unions. The issue revolves around an employee for the state of Illinois who objects to having $45 a month taken out of his paycheck to support the American... More »

Supreme Court Rejects Trump Request on Dreamers

Justices won't intervene quickly, suggesting program may continue after deadline

(Newser) - Some good news for "Dreamers," though it could prove temporary: The Supreme Court has rejected the Trump administration's highly unusual bid to get the justices to intervene in the controversy over protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants. The justices on Monday refused to take up... More »

Supreme Court Gave Him a Shot. He's Still Waiting

2 years after ruling, Henry Montgomery still waiting for parole hearing

(Newser) - A landmark ruling by the nation's highest court gave Henry Montgomery his first chance at freedom after nearly a half-century behind bars. Two years later, the 71-year-old Louisiana man is still waiting for a parole hearing that could set him free. The AP reports Thursday marks the two-year anniversary... More »

Supreme Court to Decide on Trump's Travel Ban

Justices will hear arguments in April

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has agreed to decide the legality of the latest version of President Trump's ban on travel to the United States by residents of six majority-Muslim countries. The justices plan to hear arguments in April and issue a final ruling by late June, per the AP . The... More »

Sessions Takes 'Rare Step' With Court Request on DACA

Attorney general wants the Supreme Court to review judge's decision

(Newser) - The Trump administration is apparently so sure that a federal court it deems to be liberal will rule against it on DACA that it's taking the unusual step of simultaneously appealing to the Supreme Court. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that the Justice Department will ask the high... More »

Lawyer in Death Row Case Defies Own Client—and Loses

Now the Supreme Court will weigh in on the fairness of that

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear arguments in a death row case, but this one has an unusual element. The case involves Robert McCoy, who is currently on Louisiana's death row after being convicted of a triple homicide back in 2011. McCoy has always maintained his innocence, but... More »

SCOTUS Sides With Inmate Over Juror's Use of N-Word

Supreme Court sends Keith Sharpe's case back to lower courts over juror's racist comments

(Newser) - The Supreme Court gave a death-row inmate a potentially life-saving reprieve on Monday because of racist comments made by one of his jurors. Keith Tharpe has been sentenced to death in Georgia for the rape and murder of his sister-in-law, but the court ordered a new look at his request... More »

Told Treehouse Must Go, Pair Appeals to Supreme Court

Florida couple takes fight with local authorities to a much higher power

(Newser) - Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen built a Florida beachfront treehouse that would be the envy of any child. It's got two levels, hammocks, and windows looking out on the Gulf of Mexico. But the hangout has cost the couple a handsome sum: about $30,000 to construct and probably... More »

Report: Trump Spoke of Dumping an Ungrateful Gorsuch

Was reportedly 'very upset' after hearing Supreme Court nominee had disparaged him

(Newser) - Was the bloom at one point off the Neil Gorsuch rose? When President Trump first tapped the Supreme Court justice for the job earlier this year, he praised Gorsuch as being the "best" candidate for the job, and by many accounts, Gorsuch has since made good at carrying out... More »

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 »

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