Supreme Court Rejects Limits on Life Terms for Youths

The court, which has for years been cutting back on harsh punishments for juvenile offenders, changed course in a 6-to-3 decision.

#eighth-amendment-us-constitution, #juvenile-delinquency, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #kennedy-anthony-m, #mandatory-sentencing, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sotomayor-sonia, #supreme-court-us

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Uncomfortable Timing for a Supreme Court Gun Fight

The justices contemplate expanding arms rights in the wake of mass shootings.

#alito-samuel-a-jr, #barrett-amy-coney, #bush-george-w, #clement-paul-d, #constitution-us, #firearms, #gorsuch-neil-m, #gun-control, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #mass-shootings, #national-rifle-assn, #new-jersey, #new-york-state, #rehnquist-william-h, #roberts-john-g-jr, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #thomas-clarence

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The Supreme Court’s Increasingly Dim View of the News Media

A comprehensive look at references to the press in justices’ opinions revealed “a marked and previously undocumented uptick in negative depictions.”

#freedom-of-the-press, #libel-and-slander, #news-and-news-media, #polls-and-public-opinion, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Supreme Court Commission to Scrutinize Reforms Beyond Expanding Justice Seats

President Biden’s new panel, which is set to meet on Friday, has ambitions to tackle many other proposals to overhaul the court.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #constitution-us, #law-and-legislation, #supreme-court-us, #term-limits-political-office, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Democrats’ Supreme Court Expansion Plan Draws Resistance

Lawmakers and activists say more justices are needed to rebalance the court, but a top Democrat said any action would have to await the work of a new presidential commission.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #senate, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Supreme Court Is Making New Law in the Shadows

The justices are defying their procedural rules to rewrite the Constitution.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #decisions-and-verdicts, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #religion-state-relations, #scalia-antonin, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j

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A Legal Winning Streak for Religion

A series of victories in the Supreme Court has fueled claims that the justices are giving preference to faith groups.

#california, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #religion-and-belief, #supreme-court-us

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Why the Anti-Abortion Side Will Lose, Even if It Wins

Ross Douthat and Michelle Goldberg return to the podcast to debate the future of abortion in America.

#abortion, #finnis-john-1940, #first-things-magazine, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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F.D.A. Will Allow Abortion Pills By Mail During the Pandemic

The agency said it would stop enforcing a rule requiring women to get the first of two pills in person at a medical clinic or hospital.

#abortion, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #supreme-court-us, #telemedicine, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-science

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By 5-4 Vote, Supreme Court Lifts Restrictions on Prayer Meetings in Homes

The court shifted direction in cases on Covid-related limits on religious services after Justice Amy Coney Barrett replaced Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

#appeals-courts-us, #barrett-amy-coney, #constitution-us, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #kagan-elena, #places-of-worship, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us

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Will Biden ‘Pack’ the Supreme Court?

The president has not explicitly endorsed calls to expand the court, but he just ordered a study exploring possible reforms.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Creating Commission to Study Expanding the Supreme Court

The commission will also examine other potential changes such as term limits for justices. Progressives are pushing President Biden to add seats to balance the court’s conservative majority.

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This Is What Judicial Activism Looks Like on the Supreme Court

In a dissent, two conservative justices invite a case to overturn a precedent on religion in the workplace that they dislike.

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The Authoritarian Plan for a National Abortion Ban

Some on the right want the Supreme Court to go beyond ending Roe.

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Supreme Court Backs Google in Copyright Fight With Oracle

The 6-to-2 ruling ended a decade-long battle over whether Google had improperly used Java code in its Android operating system.

#android-operating-system, #computers-and-the-internet, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #google-inc, #innovation, #oracle-corporation, #smartphones, #sun-microsystems-inc, #supreme-court-us

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An Extraordinary Winning Streak for Religion at the Supreme Court

More broadly, one new study found, “the politicization of religious freedom has infiltrated every level of the federal judiciary.”

#christians-and-christianity, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #epstein-lee, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #posner-eric-a, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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What Has the Pro-Life Movement Won?

Donald Trump gave us a Supreme Court that could overturn Roe v. Wade. But the fight against abortion may leave the current G.O.P. behind.

#abortion, #conservatism-us-politics, #constitutional-amendments, #first-things-magazine, #fourteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #law-and-legislation, #mississippi, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #republican-party, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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Supreme Court Lets F.C.C. Relax Limits on Media Ownership

The justices said the commission had adequately considered whether easing rules on cross-ownership of radio and TV stations and newspapers would hurt female and minority ownership of media outlets.

#cable-television, #federal-communications-commission, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #news-and-news-media, #news-media-alliance, #newspapers, #prometheus-radio-project, #radio, #supreme-court-us, #television, #thomas-clarence

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Supreme Court Arguments May Be Turning Point for N.C.A.A.

The justices will consider whether limits on payments to student-athletes violate antitrust laws.

#alston-shawne, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #appeals-courts-us, #football-college, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #student-athlete-compensation, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

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Republicans Have an Ambitious Agenda for the Supreme Court

Why the G.O.P. doesn’t need to try to pass mostly unpopular policies through the elected branches.

#regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #religion-state-relations, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Supreme Court Looks for Narrow Path in Investors’ Suit Against Goldman Sachs

Both sides agreed that generic statements about firms’ integrity and honesty can sometimes be the basis for securities fraud class-action suits.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #barrett-amy-coney, #breyer-stephen-g, #conflicts-of-interest, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #goldstein-thomas-c, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us

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He’s the Ideal College Athlete. So Why Did He Quit?

Hunter Woodhall made history in track and field, but N.C.A.A. restrictions on athletes’ earnings drove him out of college sports.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #basketball-college, #content-type-personal-profile, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #social-media, #supreme-court-us, #track-and-field, #university-of-arkansas, #woodhall-hunter-1999

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Stop the Executions, President Biden

Virginia’s move to end the death penalty was a welcome step. The administration can do more.

#capital-punishment, #death-penalty-information-center, #northam-ralph-s, #sentences-criminal, #supreme-court-us, #virginia

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Case on Police Violence Reveals Fault Lines at Supreme Court

In a sharp exchange, dissenting conservatives suggested that Chief Justice Roberts warped the law in response to public sentiment.

#appeals-courts-us, #constitution-us, #fourth-amendment-us-constitution, #gorsuch-neil-m, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #roberts-john-g-jr, #search-and-seizure, #supreme-court-us

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Testing Time at the Supreme Court

The outcome of a property rights case could foretell how much conservatives can expect from the justices.

#cedar-point-nursery, #eminent-domain, #fifth-amendment-us-constitution, #land-use-policies, #pacific-legal-foundation, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #trespassing

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Supreme Court Wary of Law Letting Union Organizers Onto Private Property

The justices considered a California regulation that allowed labor representatives to meet with farm workers at their worksites for up to three hours a day for as many as 120 days a year.

#babcockwilcox-co, #breyer-stephen-g, #cedar-point-nursery, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #national-labor-relations-board, #organized-labor, #pacific-legal-foundation, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #roberts-john-g-jr, #sotomayor-sonia, #supreme-court-us

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Supreme Court to Consider Death Sentence in Boston Marathon Bombing Case

The justices will review a decision from a federal appeals court that overturned the death sentence imposed on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the perpetrators of the attack.

#appeals-courts-us, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #boston-marathon-bombings-2013, #capital-punishment, #decisions-and-verdicts, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #tsarnaev-dzhokhar-a, #tsarnaev-tamerlan

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Does Requiring Only Men to Register for the Draft Violate the Constitution?

The Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether one of the last sex-based distinctions in federal law should survive now that women can serve in combat.

#discrimination, #draft-and-recruitment-military, #national-coalition-for-men, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights, #womens-rights-project

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Clash Between Union Campaigns and Private Property at Supreme Court

A California regulation lets labor organizers enter private property to meet with farmworkers. In a case the court will hear Monday, challengers say that amounts to a government taking of property.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #organized-labor, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #united-farm-workers-of-america

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Do We Have to Pay Businesses to Obey the Law?

A motel owner in 1964 sued over being forced to accommodate Black patrons. Now agribusinesses are borrowing his argument to bar union organizers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #atlanta-ga, #black-people, #california, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #constitution-us, #discrimination, #labor-and-jobs, #land-use-policies, #organized-labor, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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How to Tame the Presidency After Trump

Congress needs to find creative ways to engage the executive branch that favor cooperation over conflict.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #constitution-us, #consumer-financial-protection-bureau, #house-of-representatives, #inspectors-general, #kagan-elena, #law-and-legislation, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #war-and-emergency-powers-us

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Justice Breyer Should Retire Right Now

If he doesn’t, Democrats run the very real risk that they would be unable to replace him.

#breyer-stephen-g, #democratic-party, #elections-senate, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #senate, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Our Lonely Chief Justice

A recent solitary dissent by John Roberts points to his isolation from the court’s other conservatives.

#alliance-defending-freedom, #barrett-amy-coney, #federal-courts-us, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #roberts-john-g-jr, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #thomas-clarence, #united-states

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Supreme Court Backs Georgia Gwinnett College Student’s Free Speech Lawsuit

The 8-to-1 ruling said courts may hear suits seeking only nominal damages. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., dissenting, said the majority had turned judges into advice columnists.

#colleges-and-universities, #constitution-us, #federal-courts-us, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #georgia-gwinnett-college, #kagan-elena, #roberts-john-g-jr, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #swift-taylor, #thomas-clarence, #uzuegbunam-chike

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There’s a New Pregnancy Discrimination Bill in the House. This Time It Might Pass.

After eight years of stops and starts, a new ‘common sense’ bill will provide pregnant women with clear protections at work.

#democratic-party, #discrimination, #equal-employment-opportunity-commission, #house-of-representatives, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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Justice Amy Coney Barrett Issues Her First Majority Opinion

The 7-to-2 ruling rejected an environmental group’s Freedom of Information Act request.

#appeals-courts-us, #barrett-amy-coney, #decisions-and-verdicts, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environmental-protection-agency, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #freedom-of-information-act, #national-marine-fisheries-service, #sierra-club, #supreme-court-us

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Supreme Court Case Could Limit Options to Fight Republican Voting Restrictions

The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments on an Arizona case that could further undermine the ability of the Voting Rights Act to protect access to the ballot.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #justice-department, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Absolutists Are Taking Over the Anti-Abortion Movement

Taking their cue from Trump, they are going all out to overturn Roe v. Wade.

#abortion, #alito-samuel-a-jr, #barrett-amy-coney, #law-and-legislation, #national-right-to-life-committee, #politics-and-government, #porter-janet-1962, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #roberts-john-g-jr, #south-carolina, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #thomas-clarence, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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Supreme Court Seems Ready to Sustain Arizona Voting Limits

The case was the court’s first on the key remaining provision of the Voting Rights Act in the context of voting restrictions.

#arizona, #barrett-amy-coney, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #brnovich-mark, #carvin-michael-a, #democratic-party, #kagan-elena, #minorities, #oscannlain-diarmuid-fionntain, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Will the Supreme Court Gut the Voting Rights Act?

The court is being asked how hard it should be for states to pass what might be voter-suppression laws.

#arizona, #georgia, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Two Americans Tied to Carlos Ghosn’s Escape Are Extradited to Japan

The father and son face trial on charges that they helped Mr. Ghosn, Nissan’s former chief, flee in a speaker box to Lebanon in 2019.

#extradition, #fugitives, #ghosn-carlos, #japan, #kelly-greg-nissan-executive, #nissan-motor-co, #renault-sa, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #taylor-michael-private-security-contractor, #taylor-peter-maxwell

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A Supreme Court Test for What’s Left of the Voting Rights Act

While state legislatures consider new voting restrictions to address claims of election fraud, the justices will hear arguments on what kind of legal scrutiny such laws should face.

#arizona, #brnovich-mark, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-and-voters, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Manhattan D.A. Now Has Trump’s Tax Returns

After an 18-month court battle, prosecutors in Manhattan investigating possible bank and tax fraud have seized former President Donald J. Trump’s tax records.

#manhattan-nyc, #supreme-court-us, #trump-organization, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j, #vance-cyrus-r-jr

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We Still Have to Worry About the Supreme Court and Elections

The justices are about to consider whether the Voting Rights Act applies to policies that restrict the vote.

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Supreme Court Weighs Limits of ‘Hot Pursuit’ by Police

The court has said that the police need no warrants to enter the homes of fleeing felons. Does that exception also apply to people suspected of minor crimes?

#alito-samuel-a-jr, #california, #drunken-and-reckless-driving, #fourth-amendment-us-constitution, #gorsuch-neil-m, #roberts-john-g-jr, #search-and-seizure, #supreme-court-us, #thomas-clarence

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Cherokee Nation Addresses Bias Against Descendants of Enslaved People

The tribe’s Supreme Court excised language from its constitution that limited the citizenship rights of descendants of Black people who had been enslaved by the tribe before the Civil War.

#black-people, #cherokee-indians, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #muscogee-creek-nation-okumlgee-okla, #native-americans, #oklahoma, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical, #supreme-court-us, #treaties

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Supreme Court Denies Trump’s Bid to Conceal Taxes and Financial Records

The former president’s accountants will give New York prosecutors the financial records he has spent years trying to shield.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #federal-taxes-us, #mazars-usa, #supreme-court-us, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vance-cyrus-r-jr

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Trump’s Tax Returns Are ‘One Piece of the Puzzle.’ Prosecutors Are Getting More.

For all that they reveal, tax returns have limitations. Other records from the former president’s accountants may help give a fuller picture of his finances.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #federal-taxes-us, #mazars-usa, #supreme-court-us, #trump-organization, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Supreme Court to Hear Cases on Abortion Referrals and Immigration

The cases, both challenges to Trump administration initiatives, may become moot if the Biden administration reverses course.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #green-cards-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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Supreme Court Won’t Hear Pennsylvania Election Case on Mailed Ballots

In dissent, three justices said the court should have used the case to provide guidance in future elections.

#absentee-voting, #alito-samuel-a-jr, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #gorsuch-neil-m, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supreme-court-us, #thomas-clarence, #united-states-politics-and-government

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