Challenge to New York revoking religious exemptions for school vaccinations reaches Supreme Court

Parents of schoolchildren in New York state have filed a challenge with the Supreme Court contesting the state’s 2019 repeal of a law that exempted those with sincere religious objections from having to accept the vaccinations that children are normally required to receive in order to attend school. The petition comes as courts across the country, including the Supreme Court, are considering the separate, more specific issue of mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations and becoming increasingly receptive to arguments that governments are overstepping their lawful, constitutional authority in combating the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The case is F.F. v. State of New York, Supreme Court … Continue reading Challenge to New York revoking religious exemptions for school vaccinations reaches Supreme Court

California’s diversity psychosis: Even the state’s corporate quota law isn’t tethered to reality

A new California law known as AB 979 now forces the more than 600 publicly held corporations headquartered in the state to appoint board members based solely on their race and sexual orientation, whether real or imagined. This law takes … Continue reading California’s diversity psychosis: Even the state’s corporate quota law isn’t tethered to reality

Sen. Fred Thompson’s widow sues TN governor over pandemic overreach

A U.S. senator’s widow is suing the Republican governor of Tennessee in state court, claiming that his various COVID-19-related emergency policies restrict personal freedom, violate state law, and trample on constitutional rights. The petitioner is former conservative talk radio host and activist Jeri … Continue reading Sen. Fred Thompson’s widow sues TN governor over pandemic overreach

New Virginia attorney general urges Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade

Virginia’s new Republican attorney general is urging the Supreme Court to overturn its 49-year-old ruling in Roe v. Wade and return the regulation of abortion to the states, as observers await the court’s imminent decision in a challenge to a Mississippi abortion law. Against this backdrop, the Supreme Court has denied requests to stay the Texas “heartbeat” law which bans abortions after six weeks of gestation and crowdsources enforcement to members of the public. Litigation is continuing in the case involving Whole Woman’s Health, which runs abortion clinics in Texas and five other states. Whole Woman’s Health sued to overturn the new Texas law, … Continue reading New Virginia attorney general urges Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenge to controversial EPA wetlands rule

The Supreme Court agreed on Jan. 24 to hear a challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s long-controversial claim that the presence of surface water on private property makes it a protected wetland subject to federal regulations. The National Association of Home Builders and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had urged the court to take up the case. A ruling against the EPA could limit the reach of the Clean Water Act and allow Americans to relieve pressure on the red-hot housing market by building more new houses without becoming entangled in federal bureaucracy. The high court agreed in an unsigned order … Continue reading Supreme Court agrees to hear challenge to controversial EPA wetlands rule

Supreme Court’s Gorsuch scorches Virginia city for denying church’s tax exemption

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch upbraided Fredericksburg, Virginia, for denying a tax exemption to two church leaders living in a church-owned house, after the city determined that the church’s own governing documents undermined its claim that the leaders were entitled to a tax … Continue reading Supreme Court’s Gorsuch scorches Virginia city for denying church’s tax exemption

Supreme Court agrees to consider If states can prosecute non-Indians for crimes on Indian land

The Supreme Court announced Jan. 21 that it would consider whether its 2020 decision expanding tribal authority in Oklahoma should cancel out a non-Indian man’s conviction for abusing his part-Indian stepchild. The high court will consider whether states may prosecute non-Indians for crimes against Indians on Indian reservations but specifically refused to reconsider its 2020 ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma, which stripped Oklahoma courts of the ability to hear criminal cases against Native Americans for crimes taking place on Indian lands. The case, an appeal from the Court of Criminal Appeals of Oklahoma, is Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta, court file 21-429. The Jan. 21 … Continue reading Supreme Court agrees to consider If states can prosecute non-Indians for crimes on Indian land

Taxpayer-funded lawyers for illegals: So-called “deportation defense” is the next big thing in radical causes

Leftists like to keep criminals, rioters, and illegal aliens out on the streets where they can do damage to American society instead of behind bars where they belong. Leftist groups like the Kamala Harris-endorsed Minnesota Freedom Fund, National Lawyers Guild, and … Continue reading Taxpayer-funded lawyers for illegals: So-called “deportation defense” is the next big thing in radical causes

Supreme Court overturns New York man’s murder conviction, strengthens defendants’ rights

The Supreme Court has overturned the murder conviction of Darrell Hemphill, a New York man, on Sixth Amendment grounds after state prosecutors cut corners and used the transcript of a witness’s testimony from another trial against him instead of having the witness testify in person. The new ruling strengthens the right of criminal defendants to cross-examine prosecution witnesses. The relevant language in the Sixth Amendment, which became part of the U.S. Constitution in 1791, states, “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right … to be confronted with the witnesses against him.” The vote in the high court’s ruling (pdf) in Hemphill … Continue reading Supreme Court overturns New York man’s murder conviction, strengthens defendants’ rights

Supreme Court appears receptive to Ted Cruz’s lawsuit against campaign finance rule

The Supreme Court was skeptical of Biden administration arguments that striking down a campaign finance rule regulating the repayment of loans by a candidate to his own campaign would open the door to bribery in elections. The case arose after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) lent his campaign committee money and the committee deliberately failed to categorize the unrepaid part of the loan as a campaign contribution in order to launch a First Amendment-based challenge to the rule. The appeal to the Supreme Court was brought by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) after a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia unanimously … Continue reading Supreme Court appears receptive to Ted Cruz’s lawsuit against campaign finance rule

Boston flew Communist Chinese flag, but refused Christian flag—case now before Supreme Court

Allowing national flags and flags about historic events, causes, and organizations while refusing to raise a Christian flag outside a city hall is an unconstitutional example of government censorship, a seemingly sympathetic Supreme Court was told on Jan. 18. The hearing came as the high court has been becoming increasingly protective of religious freedoms since conservatives gained a 6–3 majority on the bench in October 2020, when Justice Amy Coney Barrett replaced the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The case, Shurtleff v. Boston, court file 20-1800, comes from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit. Petitioner Harold Shurtleff runs … Continue reading Boston flew Communist Chinese flag, but refused Christian flag—case now before Supreme Court

Virginia governor begins withdrawing state from 10-state cap-and-trade scheme

Virginia’s new Republican governor is moving to withdraw his state from a regional carbon emissions-trading exchange to which 10 coastal and New England states currently belong, a move that promises to be a major setback for the left-wing environmentalist agenda. On Jan. 15, the day he took office, Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed Executive Order 9, which directs state officials “to re-evaluate Virginia’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and immediately begin regulatory processes to end it.” Youngkin said last month he would take Virginia out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, as The Epoch Times previously reported. The RGGI—some pronounce the acronym as … Continue reading Virginia governor begins withdrawing state from 10-state cap-and-trade scheme

Michigan Supreme Court blesses a woke inquisition: Justice must take a back seat now to “diversity, equity, and inclusion”

Incorporating the depraved racial ideology of the woke Left into the fabric of state courts is abominable, a Michigan Supreme Court justice argued as his impassioned pleas against creating a modern judicial inquisition to enforce wokeness on the bench fell … Continue reading Michigan Supreme Court blesses a woke inquisition: Justice must take a back seat now to “diversity, equity, and inclusion”

California settles parents’ lawsuit, drops Aztec prayers from public school curriculum

California education authorities have agreed to drop a policy encouraging public school students to pray to Aztec gods after angry parents filed a lawsuit months ago. Among Aztec religious practices were the cutting out of human hearts and the flaying of victims and wearing of their skin. Paul Jonna, partner at LiMandri & Jonna LLP and special counsel for the Thomas More Society, a national public interest law firm, said the “Aztec prayers at issue—which seek blessings from and the intercession of these demonic forces—were not being taught as poetry or history.” Rather, the California State Board of Education’s nearly 900-page Ethnic … Continue reading California settles parents’ lawsuit, drops Aztec prayers from public school curriculum

Supreme Court’s split decision on mandates receives mixed reception from legal experts

The Supreme Court’s decision blocking the Biden administration’s private-sector vaccination regime was viewed positively by legal experts consulted by The Epoch Times but the other decision allowing the mandate requiring health care workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 received a … Continue reading Supreme Court’s split decision on mandates receives mixed reception from legal experts

Three leftist Supreme Court judges – and fear porn: Endangering American lives with mangled “facts” about COVID-19

The bewildering array of false statements offered by the three left-leaning Supreme Court justices at the special Jan. 7 hearing on President Joe Biden’s unprecedented vaccination diktats for private-sector and health care workers is now a matter of public record. … Continue reading Three leftist Supreme Court judges – and fear porn: Endangering American lives with mangled “facts” about COVID-19

Study: Illegal aliens getting free lawyers paid by local governments

All across the country, city and county governments are creating programs that provide free legal representation at taxpayer expense to illegal aliens contesting deportation orders, according to a new report by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI). “These programs are an insult … Continue reading Study: Illegal aliens getting free lawyers paid by local governments

Previously deported illegal aliens aren’t entitled to bond hearing after 6 months detention, Supreme Court hears

An illegal alien under a deportation order isn’t entitled to a bond hearing after six months of detention, the Biden administration told the Supreme Court during a Jan. 11 hearing. At issue is whether Zadvydas v. Davis, a 2001 Supreme Court ruling that found that federal law provides an implied time limit of six months for the immigration detention of noncitizens when their removal isn’t “reasonably foreseeable,” applies to detainees who have been ordered to be removed from the country. The case is Johnson v. Arteaga-Martinez, court file 19-896. Tae D. Johnson is the acting director of U.S. Immigration and … Continue reading Previously deported illegal aliens aren’t entitled to bond hearing after 6 months detention, Supreme Court hears

Supreme Court to review Washington State workers’ comp law for federal contractors at former nuclear site

The Supreme Court agreed to review a Washington state law that extended workers’ compensation benefits to workers at a decommissioned federal nuclear production facility where employees suffered exposure to radioactive waste and toxic fumes. The case could have expensive consequences for U.S. government contracts related to hazardous work conducted on federal property. The Biden administration argues that the state law impermissibly intrudes on federal authority. The decision to hear the case, United States v. Washington, court file 21-404, an appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, came Jan. 10. The high court didn’t provide reasons for its decision, … Continue reading Supreme Court to review Washington State workers’ comp law for federal contractors at former nuclear site

Incorporating ‘woke’ racial ideology in state courts is terrible Idea, 2 Michigan Supreme Court justices argue

Race shouldn’t be a consideration in the judicial process, two conservative Michigan Supreme Court justices indicated as they objected to the court’s creation of a “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” commission that will demand judges be loyal to the “woke” left’s race-based ideological agenda. They were reacting to Administrative Order No. 2022-1, which, on Jan. 5, “effective immediately” formed the commission “with the initial goal of exploring issues related to the demographics of the workforce that support our judiciary and training within the judicial branches.” The purpose of the 24-member Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Michigan Judiciary is “to … Continue reading Incorporating ‘woke’ racial ideology in state courts is terrible Idea, 2 Michigan Supreme Court justices argue