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Biden Will Reportedly Endorse Major SCOTUS Reform

Though it seems unlikely administration could get the necessary congressional approval

(Newser) - President Biden has long resisted the idea of pushing for big changes to the Supreme Court, but sources say that has now changed. In the wake of ethics scandals related to Clarence Thomas and other justices, plus controversial high court decisions on presidential immunity and abortion, among other things, Biden...

Thomas, Alito Face Articles of Impeachment

AOC cites gifts to justices, refusals to recuse

(Newser) - As promised , Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has introduced articles of impeachment in the House against Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas. The New York Democrat cited their failure to disclose gifts from people with matters before the court and their refusal to recuse themselves from cases "in...

Dem Senators Want Special Counsel for Clarence Thomas

Whitehouse, Wyden ask AG Garland to investigate Thomas' 'suspicious silence' over gifts

(Newser) - After a slew of jarring stories tying Clarence Thomas to multiple undisclosed gifts, loans, and other perks from ultra-wealthy friends, two Democratic senators are now trying to get to the bottom of it. The Hill reports that Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Ron Wyden of Oregon have requested...

Carjacker Shot Near Sotomayor's Home by Her Security

Suspect does not appear to have any connection to the Supreme Court justice

(Newser) - A member of the security detail for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor shot an armed man amid an attempted carjacking last week, according to sources and a recently unsealed charging document. US marshals, wearing shirts that identified them as such, were sitting in an unmarked car outside the justice's...

SCOTUS Sidesteps New Gun Cases
SCOTUS Sidesteps
New Gun Cases

SCOTUS Sidesteps New Gun Cases

Top court won't hear challenge to Illinois assault weapons ban

(Newser) - The Supreme Court sidestepped a new set of Second Amendment fights Tuesday, declining to hear a challenge to an assault weapons ban in Illinois and sending other gun cases back to lower courts, including a challenge to the law used to convict Hunter Biden. The moves came after the justices...

A 'King Above the Law:' 4 Takes on Immunity Ruling

Critics fear the court has turned the president into a king, but defenders say that's overblown

(Newser) - The Supreme Court's blockbuster ruling that presidents have immunity for "official" actions continues to resonate, with all kinds of analysis on what it does and doesn't mean.
  • Carte blanche: In the view of Elie Mystal at the Nation , the ruling means that a sitting president can go

Separate Thomas Opinion Has Big Implications

Justice questions authority of Jack Smith, who also is handling classified documents case

(Newser) - Clarence Thomas joined the Supreme Court's bombshell majority opinion on Monday in favor of Donald Trump on the question of presidential immunity . The opinion focused on allegations that Trump illegally tried to undo the results of the 2020 election, but Thomas wrote a separate concurring opinion that could help...

After Court Rulings, AOC Threatens Impeachment

Democrat doesn't say who she'd name in the articles

(Newser) - After a series of Supreme Court rulings that culminated Monday in a decision giving Donald Trump wide immunity from prosecution , Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced her plan to counter the justices' actions. "I intend on filing articles of impeachment," the New York Democrat posted on X . She said that...

Sotomayor Dissented 'With Fear for Our Democracy'

Trump hails SCOTUS ruling as 'big win for our constitution and democracy'

(Newser) - The Supreme Court delivered its historic ruling on presidential immunity Monday—and it was welcomed by Donald Trump, who is now immune from prosecution for "official acts" during his presidency. "Big win for our constitution and democracy," he wrote in an all-caps post on Truth Social. "...

Supreme Court Punts on Social Media Speech Rights

SCOTUS returns cases in Texas and Florida claiming that users were being censored

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday kept a hold on efforts in Texas and Florida to limit how Facebook, TikTok, X, YouTube, and other social media platforms regulate content posted by their users. The justices returned the cases to lower courts in challenges from trade associations for the companies, reports the...

Supreme Court Boots Trump's Immunity Case to Lower Court

Ruling dims prospect of a preelection trial

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday extended the delay in the Washington criminal case against Donald Trump on charges he plotted to overturn his 2020 presidential election loss, all but ending prospects the former president could be tried before the November election. In a historic 6-3 ruling, the justices said for...

Supreme Court Deals 3rd Blow to Federal Regulations

Ruling on North Dakota truck stop opens way for lawsuits years after the federal deadline

(Newser) - The Supreme Court opened the door Monday to new, broad challenges to regulations long after they take effect, the third blow in a week to federal agencies. The justices ruled 6-3 in favor of a truck stop in North Dakota that wants to sue over a regulation on debit card...

On Last Day of Supreme Court Term, a Ruling 'for the Ages'

SCOTUS will decide Monday on the Trump presidential immunity case

(Newser) - Monday's the day that the US Supreme Court wraps up its current term, and the cases are expected to start dropping at 10am ET, per NBC News . Likely set for last will be the blockbuster decision in the presidential immunity case, which will rule on whether Donald Trump can...

Advocates, Experts See Change After Fall of Chevron Doctrine

Congressional Republicans make plans, but power over environmental policy will go to judiciary

(Newser) - The Supreme Court's ruling overturning the Chevron doctrine , a decision that curbs agencies' power to impose regulations to achieve congressional goals, does not eliminate the EPA's overall responsibility to address pollution that's driving global warming, experts said. But the particular rules it uses, included in its efforts...

SCOTUS OKs Ban on Homeless People Sleeping Outdoors

In 6-3 ruling, Supreme Court justices find that such restrictions don't violate Eighth Amendment

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is wrapping up its current session with a deluge of high-profile cases , and on Friday, it added even more rulings to the mix. Among them: a 6-3 decision by the high court to allow US cities to enforce restrictions on homeless people sleeping outside, overturning a San...

SCOTUS: Obstruction Charges for Capitol Rioters Now Trickier

Court finds charge must come with proof of an effort to tamper with documents

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Friday made it harder to charge Capitol riot defendants with obstruction, a charge that also has been brought against former President Trump. The justices ruled that the charge of obstructing an official proceeding, enacted in 2002 in response to the financial scandal that brought down Enron...

SCOTUS Upends Chevron Ruling, a Win for Conservatives

Decision weakens power of federal regulators

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Friday upended a 40-year-old decision that made it easier for the federal government to regulate the environment, public health, workplace safety, and consumer protections, delivering a far-reaching and potentially lucrative victory to business interests, per the AP . The justices overturned the 1984 decision colloquially known as...

Jackson Reads Forceful Dissent From Bench, Rips Idaho Ruling

Justice slams colleagues for 'punting' on abortion case

(Newser) - The Supreme Court's newest member made her colleagues sit and listen to her dissent Thursday to their ruling that did not decide an Idaho abortion case . Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson said that although doctors in the state will be allowed to provide emergency abortions while the case is considered...

SCOTUS Puts Brakes on EPA's 'Good Neighbor' Pollution Plan

5-4 ruling goes against Biden administration, blue states' attempt to rein in upwind air pollution

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is putting the Environmental Protection Agency's air pollution-fighting "good neighbor" plan on hold while legal challenges continue, the conservative-led court's latest blow to federal regulations. The justices in a 5-4 vote on Thursday rejected arguments by the Biden administration and Democratic-controlled states that the...

Idaho Hospitals Must Provide Emergency Abortions, for Now

Supreme Court issues a procedural ruling and could get the case back again

(Newser) - Hospitals in Idaho must provide emergency abortions, at least for the time being, based on a Supreme Court ruling released Thursday. The ruling is a procedural one that doesn't address key questions in the case, meaning it could end up back before the court again in the not-too-distant future,...

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