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Biden administration defends racially discriminatory adoption law at Supreme Court

A federal law aimed at preventing non-Indian families from adopting Native American children is discriminatory and unconstitutional and should be struck down, parents told the Supreme Court on Nov. 9. The Biden administration supported the federal law at the court … Continue reading Biden administration defends racially discriminatory adoption law at Supreme Court

Indiana tells Supreme Court that nursing home patient on Medicaid had no right to sue over mistreatment

The Supreme Court seemed skeptical Nov. 8 of an Indiana-based government health care provider’s argument that the family of a Medicaid-eligible nursing home patient was barred by federal law from suing to enforce the man’s legal rights. Some legal commentators say … Continue reading Indiana tells Supreme Court that nursing home patient on Medicaid had no right to sue over mistreatment

Supreme Court receptive to pitch to allow court challenges to administrative state powers: Litigants say they should be able to challenge Federal Trade Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission tribunals

A security technology company and an accountant claiming unfair treatment at the hands of federal agencies’ in-house administrative tribunals urged a seemingly receptive Supreme Court on Nov. 7 to make it easier to challenge their structure. The Supreme Court could … Continue reading Supreme Court receptive to pitch to allow court challenges to administrative state powers: Litigants say they should be able to challenge Federal Trade Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission tribunals

Supreme Court refuses to hear challenge to 8-person juries in criminal trials: Conservative Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh say they would have heard the Arizona case

Over the dissent of two conservative justices, the Supreme Court refused on Nov. 7 to take up the case of a man who claimed that it was unconstitutional for Arizona to convict him using a jury made up of just eight people … Continue reading Supreme Court refuses to hear challenge to 8-person juries in criminal trials: Conservative Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh say they would have heard the Arizona case

Supreme Court agrees to hear Indian tribe’s bid to access water from the Colorado River: 9th Circuit previously sided with the Navajo Nation, allowing the lawsuit to proceed

The Supreme Court agreed Nov. 4 to hear a dispute about whether an Indian tribe has the right to draw water from the Colorado River. The case pits the Navajo Nation, a large Indian reservation occupying territory in Arizona, New … Continue reading Supreme Court agrees to hear Indian tribe’s bid to access water from the Colorado River: 9th Circuit previously sided with the Navajo Nation, allowing the lawsuit to proceed

NYC firefighters, police, teachers ask Supreme Court to halt vaccination mandate

New York City firefighters, police officers, and other government employees who were fired after the city refused their request to be exempted on religious grounds from the city’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate filed an emergency application with the Supreme Court late … Continue reading NYC firefighters, police, teachers ask Supreme Court to halt vaccination mandate

Supreme Court hears businessman’s appeal after IRS increases penalty for a paperwork mistake by 5,400%: Pro-abortion rights protesters who condemned reversal of Roe v. Wade disrupt the hearing

A businessman whose initial fine of $50,000 for violating an obscure tax-filing rule ballooned to $2.72 million at the insistence of the IRS urged the Supreme Court on Nov. 2 to reduce the fine. The case came as the Biden … Continue reading Supreme Court hears businessman’s appeal after IRS increases penalty for a paperwork mistake by 5,400%: Pro-abortion rights protesters who condemned reversal of Roe v. Wade disrupt the hearing

Racially discriminatory college admission policies receive rough ride at Supreme Court

Most Supreme Court justices seemed receptive on Oct. 31 to a student group’s argument that racially discriminatory admissions policies at U.S. colleges are unconstitutional and must be struck down. The Biden administration countered that such policies should be allowed to … Continue reading Racially discriminatory college admission policies receive rough ride at Supreme Court

Supreme Court refuses to toss out lawsuits against Turkey over injuries at US protest

The Supreme Court turned away a request by Ankara to throw out lawsuits filed by protesters who say they were injured by Turkish agents outside its ambassador’s home in Washington during a 2017 protest against visiting President Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey argued unsuccessfully … Continue reading Supreme Court refuses to toss out lawsuits against Turkey over injuries at US protest

Supreme Court asked to restore felon voting rights in Mississippi: Civil rights group claims voting bar is rooted in racism

A left-wing civil rights group is asking the Supreme Court to review the felon disfranchisement provision of the Mississippi Constitution that permanently prevents certain felons from voting, claiming the law is rooted in racial animus. The appeal is not expected to … Continue reading Supreme Court asked to restore felon voting rights in Mississippi: Civil rights group claims voting bar is rooted in racism

Biden DOJ urges Supreme Court not to take away judges’ power to intervene in federal elections: High court to hear case about Trump-backed ‘independent state legislature doctrine’ on Dec. 7

The Biden administration has urged the Supreme Court to reject a Republican bid to re-empower state legislatures to regulate congressional and presidential elections as they say the U.S. Constitution requires, including removing the judiciary’s power to weigh in on redistricting … Continue reading Biden DOJ urges Supreme Court not to take away judges’ power to intervene in federal elections: High court to hear case about Trump-backed ‘independent state legislature doctrine’ on Dec. 7

Justice Alito: Leak of Supreme Court’s abortion decision made conservative justices ‘targets for assassination’: Alito also took aim at campus cancel culture during wide-ranging talk at Heritage Foundation

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito says the leak earlier this year of a draft opinion reversing Roe v. Wade made conservative justices “targets for assassination” and changed the atmosphere at the court. Alito’s comments came during a moderated conversation at … Continue reading Justice Alito: Leak of Supreme Court’s abortion decision made conservative justices ‘targets for assassination’: Alito also took aim at campus cancel culture during wide-ranging talk at Heritage Foundation

Trump asks Supreme Court to take up Florida social media censorship case: The state’s law is needed to make ‘platforms state their censorship policies and apply them consistently,’ brief says

Former President Donald Trump is urging the Supreme Court to hear a case from Florida that asks the court to decide if states have the power to regulate how social media companies moderate content on their platforms. Last week, 16 states also … Continue reading Trump asks Supreme Court to take up Florida social media censorship case: The state’s law is needed to make ‘platforms state their censorship policies and apply them consistently,’ brief says

California judge refuses to force Christian baker to make wedding cake celebrating same-sex marriage

A Christian baker in California has prevailed in a lawsuit that a lesbian couple filed against her for refusing to bake a wedding cake to celebrate their marriage on religious grounds. The left has been targeting Christian bakers for years for political … Continue reading California judge refuses to force Christian baker to make wedding cake celebrating same-sex marriage

Louisiana Supreme Court denies retrial for nonunanimous jury convictions after practice ruled unconstitutional

A divided Supreme Court of Louisiana ruled that a ban on nonunanimous jury verdicts will not be applied retroactively, which means up to 1,500 inmates who were convicted by split juries will not get a new trial. The ruling (pdf) on Oct. … Continue reading Louisiana Supreme Court denies retrial for nonunanimous jury convictions after practice ruled unconstitutional

Federal judge rips down California college’s discriminatory poster policy

A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against a California college’s speech code that it used to justify censoring anti-communist posters generated by conservative students. The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) won the court order in its lawsuit against the school, … Continue reading Federal judge rips down California college’s discriminatory poster policy

Supreme Court won’t hear case about American Samoans being denied full citizenship

The Supreme Court on Oct. 17 refused to consider a challenge to an appeals court decision denying full U.S. citizenship to American Samoans. American Samoa, which is roughly 1,600 miles northeast of New Zealand and more than 2,000 miles southwest of Hawaii, … Continue reading Supreme Court won’t hear case about American Samoans being denied full citizenship