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The Big Questions SCOTUS Asked in Big Abortion Case

Fate of Roe v. Wade is in their hands, with decision likely in June

(Newser) - It's one of the biggest days for abortion rights in 50 years. On Wednesday, the most conservative Supreme Court in decades took up the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, which centers on a Mississippi law that prohibits abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, which violates Roe....

2 SCOTUS Justices Open to Challenge to Abortion Law

Brett Kavanaugh appears concerned about loophole

(Newser) - It looks like the Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the Texas’s restrictive new abortion law . The court’s three more liberal justices, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor, have already called the law unconstitutional, the Washington Post reports. It went into effect after a 5-4 Supreme...

Supreme Court Changes Format to Correct Slight to Female Justices

They were being interrupted more than their male colleagues

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is only days into its new term, but there's already been a marked change. As CNN reports, "even in contentious cases, the justices haven't cut each other off—something that often occurred in past terms." That's the result of a change to...

SCOTUS Seems to Lean Toward Death for Tsarnaev

The court heard oral arguments Wednesday

(Newser) - The Supreme Court sounded ready Wednesday to reinstate the death penalty for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. In more than 90 minutes of arguments, the court's six conservative justices seemed likely to embrace the Biden administration's argument that a federal appeals court mistakenly threw out Tsarnaev's...

One City May Punish Texas For Abortion Rule

Portland, Oregon city council will vote on ending trade and travel with the state

(Newser) - While the full impact of the SCOTUS ruling that protects a Texas law banning most abortions remains unclear, one large US city wants to cut ties with the state. Per Oregon Public Broadcasting , the City of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Friday that Portland City Council will vote this week...

Ruling Shields Texas Clinics From Abortion Suits, for Now

Judge handed down temporary restraining order Friday

(Newser) - A state judge has shielded, for now, Texas abortion clinics from lawsuits by an anti-abortion group under a new state abortion law in a narrow ruling handed down Friday. Per the AP , the temporary restraining order Friday by state District Judge Maya Guerra Gamble in Austin in response to the...

Republicans and Democrats Agree on This

They view the Supreme Court evenly, and not especially well

(Newser) - Just 49% of Americans approve of the performance of the Supreme Court, down from 58%—a 10-year high— a year ago . That's according to a Gallup poll conducted from July 6 to 21 and released Wednesday. It brings the court's first approval rating below 50% since 2017, per...

Stephen Breyer Names 2 Factors in Retirement Decision

'Health' and 'the court,' says justice, who tells CNN he still hasn't made up his mind on what to do

(Newser) - The Supreme Court session has ended, but Justice Stephen Breyer still doesn't know when he'll retire. The top liberal justice who will turn 83 in August tells CNN that he has yet to make a decision but acknowledges two issues are on his mind: "Primarily, of course,...

Supreme Court Dials Back Police Entry Without Warrant

Dissenters say the ruling gives 'no guidance at all'

(Newser) - Adding to the country's ongoing discussion of the extent of police powers, the Supreme Court on Wednesday put limits on when police officers pursuing a fleeing suspect can enter a home without a warrant. The high court ruled that when officers are pursuing someone suspected of a misdemeanor, a...

SCOTUS Sides With Religious Groups Over COVID Restrictions

High court rules against New York coronavirus restrictions

(Newser) - As coronavirus cases surge again nationwide the Supreme Court late Wednesday temporarily barred New York from enforcing certain attendance limits at houses of worship in areas designated as hard hit by the virus, the AP reports. The court’s action could push New York to reevaluate those restrictions. But the...

As New SCOTUS Term Opens, Here's What's Coming
New SCOTUS Term Starts
Quietly, but That Could Change
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New SCOTUS Term Starts Quietly, but That Could Change

The term is so far short on high-profile cases, but perhaps not for long

(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...

After SCOTUS Nom, GOP Sells 'Notorious ACB' Shirts

Republicans capitalize on RBG's nickname

(Newser) - Ruth Bader Ginsburg hasn't yet been laid to rest , but the GOP is already capitalizing on her nickname. Within minutes of President Trump nominating Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, the National Republican Senatorial Committee was already selling "Notorious ACB" shirts—a play on,...

RBG Is Out of the Hospital
RBG Home From Hospital

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...

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 “...

'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...

Schumer: I Shouldn't Have Used Those Words

He clarifies criticism of court justices after rebuke from John Roberts

(Newser) - Chuck Schumer isn't exactly apologizing, but he did acknowledge he used the wrong words in his strong speech about certain Supreme Court justices Wednesday. Schumer was hit with backlash from Republicans and a rare rebuke from the chief justice after saying that Trump-appointed justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch...

Trump Era's First Huge Abortion Case Comes Down to Roberts

The chief justice will likely cast the deciding vote

(Newser) - The Supreme Court appeared divided in its first major abortion case of the Trump era, leaving Chief Justice John Roberts as the likely deciding vote. Roberts did not say enough to tip his hand in an hour of spirited arguments Wednesday. The justices are weighing a Louisiana law requiring doctors...

Key SCOTUS Cases Could Hinge on Trump Nominees
SCOTUS Sharply Divided
Over the Meaning of 'Sex'
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SCOTUS Sharply Divided Over the Meaning of 'Sex'

Justices heard oral arguments in LGBT job discrimination cases

(Newser) - We won't know the outcome until summer 2020, and the hints that came out of the Supreme Court on Tuesday weren't very revealing ones. The major question it's weighing: Does the Civil Rights Act of 1964 cover LGBT people when it comes to discrimination in employment? The...

Supreme Court Takes Big Abortion Case

SCOTUS to consider law that could leave Louisiana with one abortion clinic

(Newser) - The Supreme Court will weigh in on abortion—specifically, a law that opponents say would effectively limit Louisiana to one abortion provider. The court said Friday that it would take up the law signed in 2014 requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30...

SCOTUS Agrees to Hear Case About a Pirate Ship

And not just any pirate: Blackbeard

(Newser) - A dispute involving the pirate Blackbeard's sunken ship is on deck for the Supreme Court's next term. The justices said Monday they will hear arguments in the fall in a copyright case involving the Queen Anne's Revenge, which was discovered off North Carolina's coast in 1996....

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