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In First Solo Dissent, Roberts Warns About 'Fighting Over Farthings'
In First Solo Dissent,
Roberts Warns About
'Fighting Over Farthings'
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In First Solo Dissent, Roberts Warns About 'Fighting Over Farthings'

He says his colleagues are 'turning judges into advice columnists'

(Newser) - Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts raised eyebrows Monday with his first-ever solo dissent, in which he warned against encouraging litigants to "fight over farthings." Roberts disagreed with the other eight justices, who ruled in favor of reviving a case that had been declared moot by lower courts...

Court Decides Policy Change Didn't Make $1 Lawsuit Moot

Student stopped from handing out religious material on campus has graduated

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is reviving a lawsuit brought by a Georgia college student who sued school officials after being prevented from distributing Christian literature on campus. The high court sided 8-1 with the student, Chike Uzuegbunam, and against Georgia Gwinnett College. Uzuegbunam has since graduated, and the public school in...

Senator to Stand In for Roberts in Trump's Trial

Chief justice isn't obligated to preside over Senate trials of non-presidents

(Newser) - Promising to "not waver from my constitutional and sworn obligations to administer the trial with fairness, in accordance with the Constitution and the laws," Sen. Patrick Leahy confirmed Monday that he'll preside over the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. The Vermont Democrat is the majority party's...

Pence Publicly Swipes at John Roberts

It's the first time he or the president have called out the chief justice by name

(Newser) - Mike Pence called out Chief Justice John Roberts by name in a TV interview set to air Thursday, and it wasn't to compliment him. "We have great respect for the institution of the Supreme Court of the United States but Chief Justice Roberts has been a disappointment to...

Where Is John Roberts Leading the Court?
One Trait Helps Define
John Roberts' Court
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One Trait Helps Define John Roberts' Court

Chief justice is an 'institutionalist'

(Newser) - The Supreme Court's unusual term has come to an end, and Chief Justice John Roberts managed to anger President Trump on multiple occasions, including on DACA , gay rights , abortion , and the privacy of Trump's own financial records . So what's going on with Roberts, a 65-year-old lifelong conservative?...

Chief Justice Fell in June, Was Hospitalized

Supreme Court rep says injury was not serious

(Newser) - John Roberts fell while walking near his home on June 21 and was briefly hospitalized, a spokesperson for the US Supreme Court's chief justice said Tuesday. "The Chief Justice was treated at a local hospital on June 21 for an injury to his forehead sustained in a fall...

Supreme Court Gives Victory to Conservatives on Schools

Upholds Montana program that aids religious schools

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it easier for religious schools to obtain public funds, upholding a Montana scholarship program that allows state tax credits for private schooling, per the AP . The court's 5-4 ruling, with conservatives in the majority, came in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program...

Big Win for Abortion Opponents? Not So Fast
Victory for Abortion Rights
Might Be Short-Lived
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Victory for Abortion Rights Might Be Short-Lived

Analyses point out that John Roberts had a very narrow rationale in Louisiana case

(Newser) - On the surface, Monday's Supreme Court decision on abortion seems like a major victory for the pro-choice movement, especially with John Roberts siding with the court's four more liberal members. The 5-4 decision struck down a strict Louisiana law regarding doctors' admitting privileges that would have effectively shut...

John Roberts Joins Liberals in Big Abortion Ruling

Supreme Court strikes down restrictive law in Louisiana

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights over fierce opposition from dissenting conservative justices in the first big abortion case of the Trump era, per the AP . Chief Justice John Roberts joined with his four more liberal colleagues...

Supreme Court Hands Trump a Big Loss

Justices reject attempt to end protections for young immigrants

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected President Trump's effort to end legal protections for 650,000 young immigrants, a rebuke to the president in the midst of his reelection campaign, per the AP . For now, those immigrants retain their protection from deportation and their authorization to work in the...

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...

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...

Schumer Accused of Threatening Justices

Remarks were condemned in a rare statement from Chief Justice John Roberts

(Newser) - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer "must pay a severe price" for saying two Supreme Court justice "will pay the price" if they decide to uphold restrictions on abortion, President Trump tweeted Wednesday. In a rare statement, Chief Justice John Roberts also criticized the Democrat, who said Trump appointees...

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...

Pelosi Says McConnell Humiliated Roberts

After witness vote, speaker says seeing chief justice preside made it 'a sad day for America'

(Newser) - The Senate vote Friday against permitting more testimony or documents in the impeachment trial did more than put President Trump on the fast track to acquittal, Nancy Pelosi says; it forced John Roberts into a bad place. "It is a sad day for America to see Senator McConnell humiliate...

One Big Wildcard Looms in Debate Over Witnesses

Would John Roberts break a tie vote in the Senate?

(Newser) - The Senate is expected to vote Friday on whether to call witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial. The big focus is on whether Democrats can get the necessary four votes from Republicans to make that happen. But what if they get only three, resulting in a 50-50 tie? At...

Impeachment Day 1 Includes Scolding From Roberts
Impeachment Day 1
Includes Scolding From Roberts
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Impeachment Day 1 Includes Scolding From Roberts

Oral arguments set to begin later Wednesday

(Newser) - The Senate approved the rules for President Trump's impeachment trial along party lines early Wednesday, setting the stage for oral arguments that could begin later in the day. After a long, tense hearing, the resolution to approve Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's trial plan passed by 53 votes...

Roberts Makes a Federal Case of 'OK, Boomer'

Chief justice used the phrase in a question during arguments

(Newser) - In case you're wondering whether the phrase "OK, boomer" is over yet, the chief justice of the United States has used it in a sentence. John Roberts worked it into oral arguments in an age discrimination case at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Vice reports. "Let's...

Roberts Warns of Disinformation Spreading Online

Chief justice said lack of civics education is a problem

(Newser) - As false information and rumor spread instantly online, John Roberts said, it's even more important that Americans understand how their government works. But civics education has "fallen by the wayside," the chief justice said in his annual report on the federal judiciary, and Americans "have come...

Supreme Court Blocks Citizenship Question, for Now
John Roberts Joins Liberals
in Big Census Ruling
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John Roberts Joins Liberals in Big Census Ruling

Justices say Trump administration's explanation isn't good enough

(Newser) - If the Trump administration wants to add a controversial US citizenship question to the 2020 census, it will have to hustle. The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the current bid to add the question, saying the administration's explanation for why it's necessary just isn't good enough, reports...

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