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Supreme Court Blocks Lower Court Ruling Suspending Idaho Election Rules

Supreme Court Blocks Lower Court Ruling Suspending Idaho Election Rules

BY MATTHEW VADUM The Supreme Court temporarily blocked a judge’s order that relaxed election rules to give an Idaho activist group additional time to gather signatures for a ballot initiative amid the current pandemic. The vote on the unsigned order issued late in the day on July 30 was apparently 5 to 2. It is the […]

Supreme Court Rejects House Democrats’ Request To Expedite Trump’s Financial Docs

Supreme Court Rejects House Democrats’ Request To Expedite Trump’s Financial Docs

By Jake Dima  The Supreme Court denied a request by House Democrats Monday that sought to expedite the process of obtaining President Donald Trump’s financial documents. Chief Justice John Roberts denied the motion, according to a court document. The Supreme Court ruled earlier in July that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.’s subpoena that demanded access to […]

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Christian Student’s Case Against Restrictive Campus Speech Policy

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Christian Student’s Case Against Restrictive Campus Speech Policy

BY MATTHEW VADUM The Supreme Court agreed to review a First Amendment lawsuit in which a Georgia college belatedly expanded free speech on campus after a Christian student ran afoul of its constitutionally suspect campus “speech zone” policy. The court granted a petition for certiorari July 9 in a case known as Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski. According to its […]

Supreme Court Protects Religious Freedom in Labor Law and Contraception Rulings

Supreme Court Protects Religious Freedom in Labor Law and Contraception Rulings

BY MATTHEW VADUM The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 this morning that the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause exempts religious organizations from employment discrimination lawsuits and from a requirement to provide contraceptive coverage to their employees. Both rulings are victories for the Trump administration. The high court issued 7-2 decisions in two separate sets of cases, Our Lady of Guadalupe […]

Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds ‘Faithless Elector’ Laws

Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds ‘Faithless Elector’ Laws

BY MATTHEW VADUM The Supreme Court has unanimously affirmed the constitutionality of “faithless elector” laws that allow states to fine or remove Electoral College members who fail to vote for the presidential candidate they were pledged to support. While some states have laws that punish such electors for not voting for the candidate to which they pledged support, […]

Supreme Court Approves Trump Administration’s Use of Fast-Track Deportations

Supreme Court Approves Trump Administration’s Use of Fast-Track Deportations

BY MATTHEW VADUM The Supreme Court ruled June 25 that the federal government may continue deporting illegal aliens, including failed asylum-seekers, who are placed in the fast-track deportation queue, quickly after they lose their legal fights. The 7–2 ruling was a victory for President Donald Trump on immigration, his signature political issue. The Trump administration decided to rely on […]

Trump Says He Is Seeking Legal Solution on DACA Following Supreme Court Ruling

Trump Says He Is Seeking Legal Solution on DACA Following Supreme Court Ruling

BY JANITA KAN President Donald Trump decried the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reject his bid to end an Obama-era program that provided legal protections and work authorizations to illegal immigrants who were brought into the United States as children, saying they have to “start this process all over again” for a legal solution. On Thursday morning, the Supreme […]

Supreme Court Refuses to Allow DACA Program to be Rescinded

Supreme Court Refuses to Allow DACA Program to be Rescinded

BY MATTHEW VADUM The Supreme Court has ruled this morning that President Donald Trump failed to follow the law when he tried to rescind DACA, former President Barack Obama’s program that temporarily shielded young people who came to the United States illegally from being deported. There are close to 800,000 or more individuals eligible under the program known as […]

Supreme Court Denies to Review Trump Admin’s Request to Strike California’s Sanctuary Law

Supreme Court Denies to Review Trump Admin’s Request to Strike California’s Sanctuary Law

BY JANITA KAN The Supreme Court on June 15 rejected to hear the Trump administration’s request to strike down several provisions of a California “sanctuary” law that limits the cooperation between state and local law enforcement and federal immigration agents. The Trump administration appealed to the high court after lower courts refused to enjoin several provisions of the California Values Act, or Senate […]

Supreme Court Denies to Hear Challenges to Legal Doctrine Shielding Police From Misconduct Lawsuits

Supreme Court Denies to Hear Challenges to Legal Doctrine Shielding Police From Misconduct Lawsuits

BY JANITA KAN The Supreme Court on Monday has declined to revisit a widely debated legal doctrine—known as “qualified immunity”—that insulates police officers from civil liability over their conduct. The top court denied eight major cases (pdf) that presented opportunities for the justices to reconsider its qualified immunity doctrine, which shields government officials from liability for damages claims […]

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