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When Clarence Thomas Speaks

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas did something extraordinary on Wednesday. He spoke. Appearing before the Supreme Court is rather like meeting your spouse’s family for the first time — the questions are relentless, probing, and impolite. One hundred questions over the course of an hour-long argument is typical. Attorneys arguing cases can expect an interruption from a justice just moments ...

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Brett Kavanaugh To Spend Summer Teaching Overseas

Justice Brett Kavanaugh has joined the faculty of George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, where he will co-teach a summer course in the United Kingdom on the origins of the Constitution. Kavanaugh, who has evaded public attention following his bitter confirmation in October 2018, will remain in England for nearly six weeks while the Court is on its summer ...

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He’s Been Tried Six Times For The Same Quadruple Murder. Now The Supreme Court Is Involved

Curtis Flowers, a death row inmate, has been tried six times in connection with a brutal quadruple homicide in Mississippi.  Each trial has ended in either a hung jury or a conviction reversed on appeal due to prosecutorial misconduct. The Supreme Court will decide what evidence Flowers can use to argue that the prosecution skewed a jury along racial lines ...

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2A Groups Stunned After Court Allows Sandy Hook Families To Sue Gun Makers

Second Amendment advocacy groups are denouncing a state court decision allowing families of several Sandy Hook victims to sue a gun manufacturer. The manufacturer, Bushmaster Firearms, produced and marketed the XM15, which shooter Adam Lanza used to kill over 20 people.  The Connecticut Supreme Court said the plaintiffs can try and convince a jury that Bushmaster’s marketing campaign for the ...

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Supreme Court Backs Trump Power To Detain Migrants Who Commit Crimes

A deeply divided Supreme Court ruled that immigration authorities can detain noncitizens for possible deportation long after they serve prison sentences for criminal convictions. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had argued that federal law imposes a strict time limit on when government officials can detain aliens for deportation after they are released from jail. Thousands of noncitizens could be ...

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Court-Packing Emerges As Litmus Test In 2020 Democratic Primary

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A growing number of Democratic presidential candidates are entertaining a push to add seats to the Supreme Court, as Republican success at filling the courts with judicial conservatives has infuriated progressive voters. Democratic presidential candidates Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, and Kirsten Gillibrand have expressed willingness to consider proposals for expanding the composition of the Supreme ...

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Supremes To Decide If States Can Prosecute Illegal Immigrants For Identity Theft

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The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the states can prosecute illegal aliens for using fraudulent information to obtain employment, the justices announced Monday. The case, which arose in Kansas, could feature prominently on the Court’s docket next term, as it touches illegal immigration and will likely be heard as ballots are cast in the Democratic presidential primary. “I am ...

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The Supreme Court May Soon Decide On Transgender Bathrooms In Public Schools

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A group of Pennsylvania high school students are challenging a school district policy that permits transgender students to use the locker room and bathroom facilities corresponding to their stated gender identity.  The students say that the policy violates federal and state law, including their constitutional right to privacy. The district says they have an important interest in anti-discrimination, and have ...

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Beto Says He’s Open To Packing The Supreme Court

Democratic presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke said he is open to adding seats on the Supreme Court during a Thursday campaign stop. Speaking at a coffee shop in Burlington, Iowa, O’Rourke said adding six seats to the high court could curb political dysfunction. “What if there were five justices selected by Democrats, five justices selected by Republicans, and those ten ...

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Is Chief Justice John Roberts Tacking Left?

Chief Justice John Roberts has voted with the liberal justices in recent months on cases touching abortion, asylum and the death penalty. Those votes may not reflect a meaningful change to the chief justice’s legal views. Rather, they could reflect Roberts’s desire to keep the Supreme Court away from division, or an incremental approach to a conservative revival.  Chief Justice ...

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Schiff Acknowledges Mueller May Never Get Trump To Testify

Democratic U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff of California said special counsel Robert Mueller should seek President Donald Trump’s sworn testimony Sunday, but seemed to acknowledge that outcome was unlikely. Speaking Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, said it would be a mistake for Mueller to conclude his investigation without interviewing Trump in person and ...

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Clarence Thomas Clerks Dominate Trump’s Judicial Appointments

President Donald Trump has tapped seven of Justice Clarence Thomas’s former clerks for appeals court nominations since taking office. An eighth former Thomas clerk, Neomi Rao, will likely be confirmed in the near future. The justice actively mentors his closely knit network of acolytes.  One credential, in particular, has been a boon to candidates President Donald Trump considers for judicial ...

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Supreme Court Justices Discuss Ethics Code, Televised Cases In Rare Congressional Testimony

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Chief Justice John Roberts is considering whether the Supreme Court should adopt its own ethics code. The justices in practice follow a set of rules, but there is no institutionalized process that bind the Court.  The justices also discussed televising their proceedings and President Donald Trump’s quarrelsome relationship with the judiciary. Chief Justice John Roberts is considering whether the Supreme ...

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Masterpiece Cakeshop, Colorado Call Truce In Harassment, Discrimination Dispute

Christian baker Jack Phillips and the Colorado Civil Rights Commission (CCRC) have resolved a legal dispute that set Phillips’ religious beliefs against the state’s public accommodations law. The deal, announced Tuesday afternoon, provides that the Commission will close an ongoing anti-discrimination probe of Phillips’ Masterpiece Cakeshop if Phillips withdraws a federal lawsuit alleging state officials were subjecting him to a ...

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Judiciary Chair Thinking About Impeachment, Says Trump Is Guilty Of Obstruction

House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler said he believes that President Donald Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice, though he stopped just short of calling for his impeachment. Speaking Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Nadler also revealed that the committee will transmit a deluge of document requests to over 60 different individuals and entities on Monday. Those summonses will ...

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