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Supreme Court Weighs In on Church's Shutdown Bid

In 5-4 ruling, court rejects California church's attempt to block restrictions on public gatherings

(Newser) - Chief Justice John Roberts joined the Supreme Court's liberal judges Friday to reject a California church's appeal to block restrictions on public gatherings. Per the New York Times , the 5-4 ruling found that the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, Calif., as well as other houses... More »

SCOTUS Refuses to Block Transgender Inmate's Surgery

Idaho asked court to halt preparations for sex reassignment surgery

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has rejected a request from Idaho prison officials to block sex reassignment surgery for transgender inmate Adree Edmo. The ruling means preparations for the court-ordered surgery can continue, and while the state has asked the court to take up the case for review, the surgery may take... More »

Supreme Court Hangs Up After 'Faithless Electors' Case

Over 6 days, justices heard 10 cases by phone

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has hung up the phone. The justices on Wednesday heard their last scheduled cases in that manner, having heard arguments in 10 cases by telephone over six days as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Audio of the arguments was broadcast live, a first for the court.... More »

She's at Center of Case Before SCOTUS, Died Before Ruling

Aimee Stephens was at center of transgender rights case

(Newser) - A Detroit-area woman who was fired by a funeral home after she no longer wanted to be recognized as a man died Tuesday before the US Supreme Court could rule on whether federal civil rights law protects transgender people. Aimee Stephens' death was announced by the American Civil Liberties Union,... More »

Supreme Court Divided Over Trump Tax Returns

Court may reject his claim that he's immune from investigation while in office

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared likely to reject President Trump's claim that he is immune from criminal investigation while in office. But the court seemed less clear about exactly how to handle subpoenas from Congress and the Manhattan district attorney for Trump's tax, bank, and financial records,... More »

Supreme Court Tosses 'Bridgegate' Convictions

Traffic jam concocted as political revenge in New Jersey wasn't a federal crime, say justices

(Newser) - Remember " Bridgegate "? That was the New Jersey scandal back in 2013 in which allies of Gov. Chris Christie created an epic traffic jam as political revenge. It's back in the news Thursday because the Supreme Court unanimously tossed the convictions of two Christie aides behind the... More »

RBG Home From Hospital

Ruth Bader Ginsburg released after nonsurgical treatment

(Newser) - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is glad to be home after being discharged Wednesday from a Baltimore hospital, the court said. Ginsburg, 87, spent one night at the Johns Hopkins Hospital to receive nonsurgical treatment for an infection caused by a gallstone, the AP reports. She participated in court... More »

SCOTUS Justice Kicked Off Line During Robocall Hearing

Breyer says an incoming call cut him off

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has wrapped up its first week of arguments by telephone, with live audio available also for the first time . The three days of hearings were remarkably smooth, even as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participated from her hospital room and Justice Stephen Breyer was briefly kicked off the... More »

RBG Hospitalized, 'Resting Comfortably'

Ruth Bader Ginsburg got treatment for a benign condition, will be out soon

(Newser) - Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in the hospital, but never fear. The Supreme Court justice appears to be doing just fine, and should be released soon, CNBC reports. After participating in oral arguments by phone Monday , she was tested and diagnosed with acute cholecystitis, a benign gall bladder condition, which was... More »

You Can Listen to SCOTUS History on Monday Morning

Supreme Court hearing cases by audio, and public can listen for first time

(Newser) - Anyone stuck at home and bored Monday morning can take part in a little history. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments by teleconference because of COVID-19, and the public can listen in to live arguments for the first time , reports CNN . Monday's case begins at 10am Eastern, and the... More »

Health Insurers Score Big Payday at Supreme Court

They're entitled to collect $12B from government in ObamaCare losses

(Newser) - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that insurance companies can collect $12 billion from the federal government to cover their losses in the early years of the health care law championed by President Obama, per the AP . Insurers are entitled to the money under a provision of ObamaCare that promised the... More »

Supreme Court Dismisses Closely Watched Gun Case

Move is a relief to gun control advocates

(Newser) - The Supreme Court sidestepped a major decision on gun rights Monday in a dispute over New York City's former ban on transporting guns, per the AP . The justices threw out a challenge from gun rights groups, ruling that because the city already has rescinded the controversial law in question,... More »

Supreme Court: Guilty Verdicts Must Be Unanimous

2 states have allowed convictions with divided votes

(Newser) - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that juries in state criminal trials must be unanimous to convict a defendant, settling a quirk of constitutional law that had allowed divided votes to result in convictions in Louisiana and Oregon, per the AP . Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote for the court that the practice... More »

Virus Prompts Unusual First for Supreme Court

Arguments in May will be heard by phone conference

(Newser) - Lawyers dreaming of arguing before the Supreme Court surely never pictured it quite like this: Next month, justices will hear arguments by telephone, reports CNBC . The court announced the first-of-its-kind move Monday as a coronavirus safety measure, saying that 10 cases will be heard by "telephone conference." There... More »

Texas Clinics Take Pandemic Abortion Ban to SCOTUS

State has banned non-essential medical procedures

(Newser) - Abortion clinics in Texas on Saturday asked the Supreme Court to step in to allow certain abortions to continue during the coronavirus pandemic, reports the AP . The clinics filed an emergency motion asking the justices to overturn a lower-court order and allow abortions when they can be performed using medication.... More »

Supreme Court Sides With Police in Traffic Stops

Justices say police acted lawfully in pulling over car because of suspended license

(Newser) - Police can pull over a car when they know only that its owner's license is invalid, even if they don't know who's behind the wheel, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The court said in an 8-1 decision that unless there's reason to believe otherwise, it's... More »

SCOTUS Holds Firm on One of Nation's Toughest Laws

High court says states are free to block insanity defense

(Newser) - Facing a challenge from a man sentenced to death for killing four people, the US Supreme Court responded Monday by upholding one of the country's strictest laws on insanity pleas. James Kahler—who claimed he was suffering from depression when he killed his two daughters, their mother, and their... More »

SCOTUS Settles Case Involving the Queen Anne's Revenge

North Carolina comes out on top in case related to Blackbeard's ship

(Newser) - The Supreme Court sided unanimously Monday with North Carolina in a copyright fight with a company that has documented the salvage of the pirate Blackbeard's ship off the state's coast. Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court that the company's copyright infringement lawsuit, which she called “... More »

Supreme Court, Packed With Seniors, Takes Rare Step

All upcoming arguments have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak

(Newser) - The Supreme Court announced Monday that it's postponing arguments for late March and early April because of the coronavirus, including fights over subpoenas for President Trump’s financial records , per the AP . Other business will go on as planned, including the justices' private conference on Friday and the release... More »

'Remain in Mexico' Policy Will Continue

SCOTUS allows controversial policy to stay in place for now

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would allow the Trump administration to continue enforcing a policy that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for US court hearings, despite lower court rulings that the policy probably is illegal, the AP reports. The justices' order, over a dissenting vote by Justice Sonia... More »

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