Supreme Court Justice Thomas suggests suing media for defamation should be less difficult: His comments came as high court refused to hear appeal in which church group sued Southern Poverty Law Center for defaming it as a ‘hate group’

It should be easier to sue media organizations for defamation, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said on June 27 as he dissented from the court’s decision not to take up a defamation case. Former President Donald Trump has also said the legal … Continue reading Supreme Court Justice Thomas suggests suing media for defamation should be less difficult: His comments came as high court refused to hear appeal in which church group sued Southern Poverty Law Center for defaming it as a ‘hate group’

Supreme Court rules in favor of high school football coach fired for post-game prayers: Decision overturns the oft-reversed 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on June 27 that a school district in Washington state violated First Amendment religious freedom protections when it fired high school football coach Joseph Kennedy for leading personal prayers at the 50-yard line after games. The decision is regarded … Continue reading Supreme Court rules in favor of high school football coach fired for post-game prayers: Decision overturns the oft-reversed 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

After Supreme Court win, Christian students accept monetary settlement from college that violated their free speech rights

Two Christian former college students whose Supreme Court victory allowed them to pursue nominal damages after their right to share their faith on campus was infringed settled their lawsuit in exchange for a payment of more than $800,000 by the … Continue reading After Supreme Court win, Christian students accept monetary settlement from college that violated their free speech rights

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan

SCOTUS upholds HHS’s Medicare reimbursement formula for hospitals serving the poor

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against a hospital system that serves low-income people in Washington state, finding that the formula the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) uses to calculate Medicare reimbursements is correct. The ruling is a victory for the … Continue reading SCOTUS upholds HHS’s Medicare reimbursement formula for hospitals serving the poor

Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. Wade abortion precedent: The announcement follows the unprecedented leak of the draft opinion

By a vote of 6–3 on June 24, the Supreme Court formally overturned Roe v. Wade, the seminal 1973 precedent which struck down a swath of federal and state laws restricting abortion and largely legalized the procedure nationwide. The 116-page ruling also reversed the … Continue reading Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. Wade abortion precedent: The announcement follows the unprecedented leak of the draft opinion

SCOTUS: Failure to read Miranda rights not independent ground to sue police: The 6–3 decision reverses a ruling by the controversial 9th Circuit

The Supreme Court ruled 6–3 on June 23 that police can’t be sued for failing to read an accused person his Miranda rights before moving forward with questioning. The court’s landmark 1966 ruling in Miranda v. Arizona generally prevents criminal … Continue reading SCOTUS: Failure to read Miranda rights not independent ground to sue police: The 6–3 decision reverses a ruling by the controversial 9th Circuit

Supreme Court allows GOP legal defense of North Carolina’s embattled voter ID law

The Supreme Court ruled 8–1 on June 23 that North Carolina’s Republican-controlled Legislature must be allowed to step in to advocate for a heavily litigated voter ID law in court because Josh Stein, the state’s Democratic attorney general, allegedly isn’t doing enough to … Continue reading Supreme Court allows GOP legal defense of North Carolina’s embattled voter ID law

Supreme Court rules New York’s concealed carry gun law is unconstitutional, recognizes right to carry in public: Justice Thomas: Law violates Constitution by preventing law-abiding citizens from defending themselves in public

The Supreme Court voted 6–3 on June 23 to strike down New York state’s draconian concealed carry gun permitting system on constitutional grounds, recognizing for the first time a constitutional right to carry firearms in public for self-defense. The ruling … Continue reading Supreme Court rules New York’s concealed carry gun law is unconstitutional, recognizes right to carry in public: Justice Thomas: Law violates Constitution by preventing law-abiding citizens from defending themselves in public

Supreme Court defies tax-hungry Biden administration, agrees to hear appeal against massive IRS fines

The Supreme Court agreed on June 21 to hear an appeal from a Romanian-American businessman who was fined $50,000 for failing to file tax forms on time, but whose penalty ballooned to $2.72 million when an appeals court ruled the … Continue reading Supreme Court defies tax-hungry Biden administration, agrees to hear appeal against massive IRS fines

Supreme Court agrees to hear New York’s case opposing New Jersey leaving Waterfront Commission

The Supreme Court agreed on June 21 to hear New York’s lawsuit seeking to prevent New Jersey from unilaterally withdrawing from the interstate compact that created the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor to combat corruption. The storied Port of New York and New Jersey’s … Continue reading Supreme Court agrees to hear New York’s case opposing New Jersey leaving Waterfront Commission

Supreme Court strikes down Maine’s ban on funding for religious schools: Decision a loss for the Biden administration

The Supreme Court voted 6–3 to strike down as unconstitutional a Maine law that excludes families from a student aid program if they choose to send their children to religious schools, in a decision released June 21. The ruling is a defeat … Continue reading Supreme Court strikes down Maine’s ban on funding for religious schools: Decision a loss for the Biden administration

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

Supreme Court invalidates Washington state workers’ comp law affecting federal nuclear cleanup site: High court reverses 9th Circuit decision

The Supreme Court struck down a Washington state law that extended workers’ compensation benefits to employees at a decommissioned federal nuclear production facility where employees suffered exposure to radioactive waste, finding the statute discriminates against the federal government. The ruling in United … Continue reading Supreme Court invalidates Washington state workers’ comp law affecting federal nuclear cleanup site: High court reverses 9th Circuit decision

Mississippi Supreme Court confirms man’s life sentence for marijuana possession

A divided Supreme Court of Mississippi upheld a prisoner’s sentence of life imprisonment for possession of marijuana under the state’s violent habitual offender law. The affirmation of the sentence comes as laws regarding marijuana are being loosened nationwide. A Buffalo Law Review … Continue reading Mississippi Supreme Court confirms man’s life sentence for marijuana possession

SCOTUS seems likely to take up case that could recognize states’ power to regulate elections: The ‘independent state legislature doctrine’ is a longtime favorite of conservative legal thinkers

The Supreme Court seems likely to accept a new election law case that Republicans hope will recognize what they say is the preeminent constitutional authority of state legislatures to set the rules for redistricting and congressional and presidential elections, as well … Continue reading SCOTUS seems likely to take up case that could recognize states’ power to regulate elections: The ‘independent state legislature doctrine’ is a longtime favorite of conservative legal thinkers

Supreme Court finds HHS violated drug reimbursement rules for low-income patients

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) illegally reduced prescription drug reimbursements to hospitals by $1.6 billion per year in a program aimed at helping poor patients. The decision, a win for hospitals serving low-income … Continue reading Supreme Court finds HHS violated drug reimbursement rules for low-income patients

UPDATE: TO BE RESCHEDULED: I’ll be on Wayne Allyn Root this Wed., June 22, 6:30 p.m. Eastern

UPDATED June 22, 2022, 6:40 p.m. Wayne Allyn Root’s show is having technical problems. They’ll reschedule me. -Matthew I’m scheduled to appear on the top-rated Wayne Allyn Root Show this Wednesday, June 22, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time. Live streaming … Continue reading UPDATE: TO BE RESCHEDULED: I’ll be on Wayne Allyn Root this Wed., June 22, 6:30 p.m. Eastern

Reversing 2018 ruling, Iowa Supreme Court finds state constitution does not protect abortion rights

The Supreme Court of Iowa on June 17 overturned a four-year-old decision it made holding that the Iowa Constitution guarantees the right to abortion, and determined the state constitution does not in fact provide any such guarantee. The move allows the Republican-controlled Iowa … Continue reading Reversing 2018 ruling, Iowa Supreme Court finds state constitution does not protect abortion rights