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Jackson Officially Takes Her Seat on SCOTUS Bench

Chief Justice John Roberts wished 52-year-old a 'long and happy career in our common calling'

(Newser) - Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson made her first appearance on the Supreme Court bench in a brief courtroom ceremony Friday, three days before the start of the high court's new term. President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and their spouses attended the invitation-only ceremonial investiture for Jackson, the first Black...

What Did NPR Reporter's Friendship With RBG Cost Us?

Politico essay examines journalist Nina Totenberg's longtime relationship with Supreme Court justice

(Newser) - Nina Totenberg, a longtime correspondent for NPR, has a new memoir out, and it delves into her storied 40-year relationship with the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Dinners With Ruth examines Totenberg's conflict as she watched her old friend's health decline in 2020, and on the complexities of being...

John Roberts Defends His Court
John Roberts
His Court

John Roberts Defends His Court

Chief justice say critics questioning Supreme Court's legitimacy are making a mistake

(Newser) - Chief Justice John Roberts defended the authority of the Supreme Court to interpret the Constitution, saying its role should not be called into question just because people disagree with its decisions. When asked to reflect on the last year at the court in his first public appearance since the Supreme...

Supreme Court to Weigh Beltway Sniper's Sentence
Maryland Court
Wants Sniper

Maryland Court Wants Sniper Resentenced

Judges say juvenile protections have changed since Lee Boyd Malvo was convicted

(Newser) - Updated: While saying it has no expectation that he'll ever be freed, Maryland's highest court ordered resentencing for Lee Boyd Malvo in several slayings. The court's reasoning, announced Friday, is that constitutional protections for juveniles have been enhanced since his conviction; Malvo was 17 at the time...

Walmart Broadens Abortion Coverage for Employees

Retailer also expands benefits for fertility services, in vitro fertilization, adoptions

(Newser) - Walmart, the nation's largest employer, is expanding its abortion coverage for employees after staying largely mum on the issue following the Supreme Court ruling that scrapped a nationwide right to abortion. In a memo sent to employees on Friday, the AP reports, the company said its health care plans...

Stephen Breyer Explains Why He Still Has Hope
SCOTUS' Breyer:
I Still Have Hope

SCOTUS' Breyer: I Still Have Hope

America has always had ups and downs, former Supreme Court justice says

(Newser) - In his first appearance since retiring from the Supreme Court, former justice Stephen Breyer says that even though America occasionally makes missteps, he still has faith in the country's future. "America's a system that has adjusted—with its drawbacks and its going-the-wrong way from time to time...

Alito Mocks Prince Harry Over Roe Criticism

Supreme Court justice also takes shot at Boris Johnson, other overseas critics

(Newser) - Samuel Alito wrote the Supreme Court opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade, and he's not much interested in hearing what foreign critics have to say about it. In a speech on religious liberty in Rome hosted by Notre Dame Law School, Alito mocked Prince Harry and outgoing British Prime...

Poll: Most Americans Want to Yank SCOTUS' Job for Life

Poll finds 2 in 3 favor mandatory retirement age, and/or term limits

(Newser) - About 2 in 3 Americans say they favor term limits or a mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court justices, according to a new poll that finds a sharp increase in the percentage of Americans saying they have “hardly any” confidence in the court, the AP reports. The poll from...

Ted Cruz: Supreme Court Wrong on Gay Marriage

Texas senator says justices should have left decision up to the states

(Newser) - Sen. Ted Cruz has grabbed headlines and sparked a backlash over his opinion about the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision legalizing same-sex marriage . “I think that decision was clearly wrong when it was decided," Cruz said on his “Verdict with Ted Cruz” podcast Sunday, per USA Today ...

Also Not in Constitution: Court Having Final Say

Sotomayor pointed out that the justices grabbed onto the power of judicial review, Joshua Zeitz writes

(Newser) - When the Supreme Court was holding oral arguments last December in the case that brought about the end of Roe v. Wade, Justice Sonia Sotomayor addressed the familiar argument that the Constitution doesn't mention a right to privacy. That fact was a central argument in the court's majority...

Petition to Impeach Thomas Picks Up Steam

The online document has been around awhile, but it gained new attention after recent rulings

(Newser) - There is a movement afoot to impeach Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Per Newsweek, the petition on was created earlier this year after revelations that Thomas' wife, Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, pressured lawmakers and White House aides to overturn the 2020 election results. Meanwhile, Justice Thomas was the...

Two Words in Roberts' Ruling Signal a Big Fight
Two Words
in Roberts'
Ruling Signal
a Big Fight
in case you missed it

Two Words in Roberts' Ruling Signal a Big Fight

Conservatives happy about blow to 'administrative state' in EPA decision

(Newser) - The Supreme Court term that just ended will, of course, go down in history as the one that dismantled Roe v. Wade. But much attention is also being paid to Thursday's decision that weakens the EPA's ability to regulate plant emissions. The reason goes beyond the particulars of...

Supreme Court: Protests at Our Homes Must Stop

Court asks Virginia and Maryland to end the demonstrations

(Newser) - The marshal of the US Supreme Court has asked Maryland and Virginia officials to enforce laws she says prohibit picketing outside the homes of the justices who live in the two states. “For weeks on end, large groups of protesters chanting slogans, using bullhorns, and banging drums have picketed...

Cops: Ex-Boyfriend Killed Young Mom Pushing Stroller

NYPD says Isaac Argro is also father of baby who was in stroller when Azsia Johnson, 20, was shot

(Newser) - Update: Police have a suspect in custody after a 20-year-old mother pushing a stroller near a New York City playground was fatally shot at point-blank range. Per NBC News , 22-year-old Isaac Argro has been charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon following the Wednesday killing of the woman,...

Court Makes Biden's Goals for Climate Nearly Unreachable

President's legislation hasn't gone anywhere in Congress

(Newser) - President Biden has promised other nations, as well as his own, that the US would reduce its emission of greenhouse gases by half by the end of the decade. A Supreme Court ruling Thursday may have put that goal out of reach, the New York Times reports. Experts said achieving...

Supreme Court Puts a Big Case on Next Term's Docket

It could profoundly affect federal elections

(Newser) - The Supreme Court's monumental term is over, and the one that begins in October just had a potentially big case added to the docket. The New York Times and the Washington Post describe it in strikingly similar terms: The court "will consider what would be a radical change...

No. 116 Makes History
No. 116 Makes History

No. 116 Makes History

Ketanji Brown Jackson is sworn in, the first Black woman on the Supreme Court

(Newser) - Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in to the Supreme Court on Thursday, shattering a glass ceiling as the first Black woman on the nation’s highest court. The 51-year-old Jackson is the court’s 116th justice, and she took the place of the justice she once worked for, per the...

Supreme Court Gives Biden a Win on Immigration

5-4 vote allows administration to end Trump-era 'Remain in Mexico' policy

(Newser) - In its last major decision of a history-making term , the Supreme Court delivered a ruling the Biden administration will actually like. In a 5-4 vote, the court said President Biden can end a Trump-era immigration policy informally known as "Remain in Mexico," reports CNN . The Migrant Protection Protocols...

Supreme Court Hands Loss to Green Advocates

Justices limit EPA's ability to limit emissions from power plants

(Newser) - In a blow to the fight against climate change, the Supreme Court on Thursday limited how the nation's main anti-air pollution law can be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. By a 6-3 vote, with conservatives in the majority, the court said that the Clean Air...

University Pushes Back on Calls for Clarence Thomas Ouster

George Washington University says SCOTUS justice can still teach there after outcry on Roe v. Wade

(Newser) - Many students at George Washington University aren't happy at the overturning of Roe v. Wade , or at Clarence Thomas' concurring opinion that takes aim at contraception and same-sex marriage—and are articulating that since the Supreme Court justice holds a teaching position at the school. And so a petition...

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