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Roberts Rejects Senators' Request to Meet About Alito

Democratic lawmakers want the associate justice to recuse himself from Trump cases

(Newser) - Chief Justice John Roberts on Thursday declined an invitation to meet with Democratic senators to talk about Supreme Court ethics and the controversy over flags that flew outside homes owned by Justice Samuel Alito. Roberts' response came in a letter to the senators a day after Alito separately wrote them...

Trump Lawyer: Assassination 'Could Well Be' an Official Act

Key questions from the first hours of SCOTUS hearing

(Newser) - As Donald Trump sat in a different courtroom, the Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday on whether the former president is immune from prosecution for acts committed while in office. The AP reports that at least five justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts, appeared skeptical of Trump's claims of "...

Surprise SCOTUS Ruling Hands Victory to State's Black Voters

Decision orders creation of second Black-majority district in Alabama

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a surprising 5-4 ruling in favor of Black voters in a congressional redistricting case, ordering the creation of a second district with a large Black population, per the AP . Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined with the court's liberals in...

John Roberts 'Respectfully Declines' Senate Request to Testify

And ignores invitation to have another justice appear in his place

(Newser) - Chief Justice John Roberts has declined a request from the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify at a hearing next week on ethical standards at the court, instead providing the panel with a statement of ethics reaffirmed by the court's nine justices, the AP reports. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick...

In Year-End Report, Chief Justice Focuses on Judicial Security

John Roberts wrote about events in 1957 but didn't mention present-day controversies

(Newser) - In his annual report on the federal judiciary, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts' main focus was events in 1957, not any of the controversies in a tumultuous year for the nation's top court. Roberts' year-end report looked at the events surrounding US District Judge Ronald N. Davies' efforts...

Trump Wants Supreme Court to Keep Returns From House
Shields Trump
Tax Returns,
for Now

SCOTUS Shields Trump Tax Returns, for Now

Chief Justice John Roberts grants temporary stay; House committee must respond to concerns

(Newser) - Update: It's a temporary win for Donald Trump. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday put a temporary hold on the handover of the former president's federal income tax returns to a congressional committee, the AP reports. The order gives the House Ways and Means Committee until...

Supreme Court Returns With Historically Low Approval Rating

Expect 'a lot of 6-3s,' one analyst says

(Newser) - Supreme Court justices never have to run for reelection, or even reconfirmation, which works out for them—especially these days: Public approval of the court has plunged to historic lows, a new poll shows. The share of Americans who say they have at least a "fair amount" of trust...

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...

Two Words in Roberts' Ruling Signal a Big Fight
Two Words
in Roberts'
Ruling Signal
a Big Fight
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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...

Roberts: The Court Didn't Need to Do This

Chief justice says decision to overturn Roe was 'dramatic' and unnecessary

(Newser) - In the Mississippi abortion case that led to the overturning of Roe v. Wade , the Supreme Court voted 6-3 to side with the state. But the bigger-picture decision to overturn the 1973 law received the support of only five justices, notes the Wall Street Journal . That's because while Chief...

Will John Roberts Add a 'Twist' to Abortion Decision?

All eyes are on the chief justice, who favors narrow rulings over broad ones

(Newser) - Is this the week that Roe v. Wade falls? The Supreme Court is poised to release its decision on a Mississippi abortion case that could end the federal right to an abortion. As the world knows, a leaked draft opinion suggests the court's conservative majority is poised to do...

After Protests at Judges' Homes, Biden Speaks Out

They 'must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety'

(Newser) - President Biden on Monday expressed his support for judges after protesters converged on the private homes of two Supreme Court justices in the DC area over the weekend. "Judges perform an incredibly important function in our society, and they must be able to do their jobs without concern for...

Demonstrations Move to Homes of Justices

Roe supporters take issue to Roberts, Kavanaugh

(Newser) - Demonstrators met outside the Washington-area homes of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh over the weekend to voice their opposition to overturning Roe v. Wade. "You don’t get to take away my bodily autonomy and get enjoy your Saturday at home," one protester said. "...

John Roberts Speaks Out on Supreme Court Leak

Chief justice calls it 'absolutely appalling'

(Newser) - Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts went forward with an event Thursday as planned, despite the controversy swirling around the leaked draft opinion showing the high court plans to dismantle Roe v. Wade. Speaking at a meeting of lawyers and judges at the 11th Circuit Judicial Conference, in what was...

Roberts Launches Investigation Into SCOTUS Leaker

Chief justice confirms draft opinion is authentic but says it is not a final ruling

(Newser) - Who's the leaker? The Supreme Court is launching an investigation to figure that out after Monday's bombshell disclosure regarding a monumental abortion decision. "This was a singular and egregious breach of that trust that is an affront to the Court," said Chief Justice John Roberts in...

NPR's Nina Totenberg Fires Back at Public Editor
NPR's Supreme Court
Story Takes Another Turn
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NPR's Supreme Court Story Takes Another Turn

Reporter Nina Totenberg defends it, rejects public editor's clarification

(Newser) - The saga over an NPR report on the Supreme Court continues. Veteran reporter Nina Totenberg is dismissing criticism from her outlet's public editor about a story Totenberg wrote about justice Neil Gorsuch's decision to forgo a mask while on the bench. Here's how it has unfolded:
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Roberts: Courts Don't Need Ethics Help From Congress

Chief justice says judiciary needs to solve its problems on its own to stay independent

(Newser) - There have been ethical lapses by federal judges, Chief Justice John Roberts has conceded. And as a workplace, the court system has not been free of discrimination and harassment, the Washington Post reports. But he cited the principle of judicial independence in arguing that courts should be left alone to...

Only 3 Federal Officials Viewed Favorably by Most in US

John Roberts, the Fed's Jerome Powell, and Anthony Fauci

(Newser) - Gallup put the names of 11 federal officials in front of Americans in a new survey, and only three registered positive ratings from the majority of respondents. The clear No. 1 was Supreme Court Justice John Roberts (60%), followed by Fed chief Jerome Powell (53%) and Dr. Anthony Fauci...

Supreme Court Questions Limits of New York Gun Law

Roberts sounds open to overturning state restrictions

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed ready to strike down a restrictive New York gun permitting law, but the justices also seemed worried that a broad ruling could threaten gun restrictions on subways, bars, stadiums, and other gathering places. The court was hearing arguments in its biggest guns case in...

Supreme Court's Interesting New Math: 3-3-3
Supreme Court's Interesting
New Math: 3-3-3
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Supreme Court's Interesting New Math: 3-3-3

The 6-3 conservative majority isn't issuing decisions quite as expected, at least so far

(Newser) - When Amy Coney Barrett replaced Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court last year, it resulted in what is usually described as a 6-3 advantage for conservatives over liberals on the court. But two big decisions Thursday— one on ObamaCare and the other on a Catholic group that refuses to...

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