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  • SCOTUS and the Spy in Your Pocket

    12/14/2017 6:25:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    American ^ | December 14, 2017 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    For many of us, the information we carry around on a smart phone is the Rosetta Stone to decipher our lives. Our appointments, personal and business contacts, notes, favorite tunes, photographs, and many more windows into the inner recesses of our lives and livelihoods can be found there. Besides the incredibly personal and valuable information inside our smart phones, our cell phone service providers have plenty of our valuable information, such as with whom we have spoken and even a record of our locations. And under present law, police and prosecutors don’t need a warrant issued after probable cause to...
  • Doug Jones’ Victory May Give Trump A Second Supreme Court Pick

    12/13/2017 11:42:01 AM PST · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 58 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/13/2017 | Kevin Daley
    In a political environment as volatile as this, his power as the Court’s swing vote is at its maximum. It seems counter intuitive that he would retire as his influence reaches its apex. What’s more, Kennedy has a high opinion of the Court’s capacity to bear moral clarity for a restless nation, making his continued service a matter of duty. However true this may be, the justice is 81 and he is, after all, a Republican. Given his age and political inclinations, it is reasonable to assume he would like to retire and would prefer to do so under a...
  • Mostly White and Male: Diversity Still Lags Among SCOTUS Law Clerks (Notorious RBG is a RACIST!!!)

    12/11/2017 2:10:31 PM PST · by Az Joe · 32 replies
    The Naitonal Law Journal ^ | 12.11.2017 | Tony Mauro
    "...Ginsburg has hired only one African-American clerk since she joined the high court in 1993..."
  • Supreme Court rejects discrimination case based on sexual orientation

    12/11/2017 7:49:19 AM PST · by GonzoII · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dec 11, 2017 | Ryan Lovelace
    The Supreme Court on Monday rejected Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, a case about a Georgia security guard who said she was harassed at work because she is a lesbian. Attorneys representing Jameka Evans, the security guard, wanted the high court to overturn an 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling and decide that sexual orientation discrimination violates the Civil Rights Act.
  • Sadly, Trump Is Winning (HuffPo Schadenfreude!)

    12/09/2017 8:56:02 PM PST · by bigbob · 60 replies
    Huffington (Puffington) Post ^ | 12-8-17 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson
    This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to write and admit: Trump is winning. In the brief space of a week, he won a brief court fight to shove Mick Mulvaney to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Mulvaney wasted no time in unhinging a spate of consumer protection rulings, regulations, and personnel hires made during the Obama years. His SCOTUS pick, Neil Gorsuch, eagerly cast a vote to impose the Muslim travel ban. His EPA head, Scott Pruitt, delivered a couple million acres of public monument land in the West to oil, gas, and coal industry...
  • New Supreme Court Ruling A Boon To Trump’s Bid To Defend DACA Cancellation

    12/09/2017 6:05:05 PM PST · by x1stcav · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/8/17 | Kevin Daley
    A closely divided Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump to shield documents relating to the cancellation of DACA, an Obama-era amnesty initiative that extended temporary legal status to foreign nationals who illegally entered the country as children. The Court divided five to four along ideological lines in a late Friday ruling that temporarily permits the administration to conceal records relating to the program. Justice Stephen Breyer dissented from the decision, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. The ruling is likely a boon to Trump’s efforts to defend DACA’s termination. “The Department of Justice is pleased...

    12/09/2017 6:40:02 AM PST · by DIRTYSECRET · 46 replies
    We all know Roberts is tainted. Let's say GOP picks up several seats as expected(hoped). Ted Cruz leads the impeachment charge. If successful guess who Trump picks to take the seat? Trump was having fun last night. No reason why we can't do the same.
  • Supreme Court says Trump administration can withhold DACA docs for now

    12/08/2017 5:59:38 PM PST · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 8, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    In a 5-4 decision Friday, the Supreme Court granted the Trump administration’s request to withhold documents pertaining to its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. A federal court in California had ordered the government to turn over the documents in October, but the Trump administration requested a stay.
  • The Supreme Court Is Likely To Rule For Jack Phillips While Dodging The Religious Liberty Question

    12/08/2017 8:03:40 AM PST · by x1stcav · 49 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/8/17 | Margot Cleveland
    While there is always a risk of reading too much into Supreme Court justices’ questions during oral argument, there is often much to be gleaned. If Tuesday’s oral argument is any indication, the year-long anticipation for the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court showdown will result in a narrow opinion that provides little clarity in the continuing conflict between culture and religious liberty. By now the basics are well-known: When a homosexual couple asked Jack Phillips, the owner of the Colorado-based Masterpiece Cakeshop, to design a wedding cake for them, Phillips informed the pair that he could not, in conscience, create a...
  • In Masterpiece, the Supreme Court Grapples With a Problem of Its Own Making

    12/07/2017 6:57:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | December 6, 2017 | Travis Weber
    At Tuesday’s oral argument in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission—which will decide whether baker Jack Phillips can be forced by the state to design and create a cake celebrating a same sex wedding—it became apparent quite early on that the Court was grappling not merely with Jack’s case, but with a number of potential conflicts between religious freedom and same-sex marriage on its hands.Recognizing that the issues Jack faces in this case are sure to arise again, the justices struggled with where to draw the line for a constitutional rule which will protect First Amendment rights in light...
  • Trump administration asks Supreme Court to overrule precedent helping unions

    12/06/2017 7:02:05 PM PST · by mdittmar · 152 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 6,2017 | Robert Barnes
    The Trump administration on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to overrule a 40-year-old precedent that allows states to require public employees to pay fees to unions that represent them, an important tool for the American labor movement.

    12/05/2017 7:37:48 PM PST · by Liberty7732 · 17 replies
    Power Line ^ | 12/5/17
    The Supreme Court heard oral argument today in the Colorado cake maker case. The issue is whether Colorado can coerce a baker, Jack Phillips, into making a custom cake for a gay wedding when he objects to gay marriage on religious grounds. It quickly became apparent that, to no one’s surprise, Justice Kennedy’s vote will likely decide the case. The questions Kennedy asked created some discomfort for both sides, but more for the gay couple.
  • Argument analysis: Conservative majority leaning toward ruling for Colorado baker

    12/05/2017 10:38:12 AM PST · by TexasGurl24 · 25 replies
    SCOTUS Blog ^ | 12/05/2017 | Amy Howe
    Lines began forming outside the Supreme Court last week for one of the biggest oral arguments of the year, in the case of a Colorado man who says that requiring him to create custom cakes for same-sex weddings would violate his religious beliefs. At the end of over an hour of debate, it became clear that, at least in one respect, the case is just like so many others: It is likely to hinge on the vote of Justice Anthony Kennedy, who initially seemed sympathetic to the same-sex couple but later expressed real concern that Colorado had not been sufficiently...
  • Supreme Court lets stand Texas ruling on gay spouse benefits

    12/05/2017 6:15:01 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies ^ | December 4, 2017 | Will Weissert
    AUSTIN, Texas – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a Texas ruling that gay spouses may not be entitled to government-subsidized workplace benefits – a potential victory for social conservatives hoping to chip away at 2015’s legalization of same-sex marriage. In June, the Texas Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s decision favoring spousal benefits for gay city employees in Houston, ordering the issue back to trial. That was a major reversal for the all-Republican state high court, which previously refused to even consider the benefits case after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges...
  • Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban

    12/04/2017 2:12:08 PM PST · by billorites · 88 replies
    AP News ^ | December 2017 | Mark Sherman
    The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries. The justices, with two dissenting votes, said Monday that the policy can take full effect even as legal challenges against it make their way through the courts. The action suggests the high court could uphold the latest version of the ban that Trump announced in September. The ban applies to travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Lower courts had said people from those nations with a claim of a “bona fide”...
  • Supreme Court allows President Trump's travel ban to go fully into effect

    12/04/2017 1:23:34 PM PST · by abb · 152 replies ^ | December 4, 2017 | staff
    The Supreme Court is allowing President Donald Trump's latest travel ban on six Muslim-majority nations to go into effect. Two of the nine justices dissented
  • Supreme Court to hear blockbuster cellphone privacy case

    11/29/2017 12:07:41 PM PST · by Coronal · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 29, 2017 | Ryan Lovelace
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday morning will hear arguments in a major privacy controversy about police tracking people through their cellphones that may bring about permanent changes to how the courts interpret the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment. At issue in Carpenter v. United States is the constitutionality of police's warrantless search and seizure of a cellphone user’s records to uncover that person’s location and movements. The government obtained location data in 2011 on Timothy Carpenter, a suspected criminal in Detroit, without getting a warrant. Carpenter appealed to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that the government did not need...
  • Drawing a Line in the ‘Gay Wedding Cake’ Case (NYT alert)

    11/28/2017 4:51:59 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 27, 2017 | John Corvino
    At first glance, the Masterpiece Cakeshop case — for which the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments on Dec. 5 — looks easy. In 2012 Charlie Craig and David Mullins attempted to buy a wedding cake at Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo. The owner, an evangelical Christian named Jack Phillips, refused to sell them one. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission found Phillips liable for sexual-orientation discrimination, which is prohibited by the state’s public accommodations law. State courts have upheld the commission’s decision. The reason the nation’s high court is giving the case a second glance is Phillips’s First Amendment...
  • Why Roy Moore Matters

    11/27/2017 10:03:35 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 22 replies ^ | Nov 28, 2017 | Pat Buchanan
    Why would Christian conservatives in good conscience go to the polls Dec. 12 and vote for Judge Roy Moore, despite the charges of sexual misconduct with teenagers leveled against him? Answer: That Alabama Senate race could determine whether Roe v. Wade is overturned. The lives of millions of unborn may be the stakes. Republicans now hold 52 Senate seats. If Democrats pick up the Alabama seat, they need only two more to recapture the Senate, and with it the power to kill any conservative court nominee, as they killed Robert Bork. Today, the GOP, holding Congress and the White House,...
  • The Supreme Court doesn’t have any good news for Westboro Baptist

    11/27/2017 6:35:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Hot ^ | November 27, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    The Supremes haven’t begun releasing new decisions yet, but they’re still managing to make news. In this case, it’s not so much what they did as what they opted not to do. A court case out of Nebraska was challenging a law regarding restrictions on protests which interrupt funerals. It takes little imagination to guess that this was aimed directly at Westboro Baptist Church. The church had challenged the law on constitutional grounds but lost their bid in the lower courts. Rather than taking up the task yet again, the Supreme Court declined to hear it and allowed the lower...