New SCOTUS Term Starts Quietly, but That Could Change

The term is so far short on high-profile cases, but perhaps not for long
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 5, 2020 11:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Supreme Court began its new term Monday with a remembrance of "a dear friend and a treasured colleague," the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Chief Justice John Roberts paid tribute to Ginsburg as the court resumed its work via telephone because of the coronavirus pandemic. Roberts said the justices would hold a fuller memorial service for Ginsburg once they return to the courtroom. The term is so far short on high-profile cases, but that could change quickly because of the prospect of court involvement in lawsuits related to the election. The cases being argued over the next two weeks all had been scheduled for last spring but were postponed when the virus forced the court to shut down for a time. Details from the AP on what was decided on Monday and what's coming down the pike:

  • The high court said Monday it wouldn't take the case involving Kim Davis, the former clerk of Rowan County, Ky., and two same-sex couples who'd sued her. Soon after the 2015 Supreme Court decision in which same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide, Davis, a Christian who has a religious objection to same-sex marriage, stopped issuing all marriage licenses. That led to lawsuits against her. Davis had argued that a legal doctrine called qualified immunity protected her from being sued for damages by couple David Ermold and David Moore, as well as James Yates and Will Smith. Their case will now move forward, reports the AP.

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