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Supreme Court Upholds Double Jeopardy Rule That Might Weaken Reach Of Trump’s Pardons

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The Supreme Court left undisturbed Monday a legal rule that allows state and federal governments to prosecute individuals for the same conduct despite the Constitution’s ban on double jeopardy. The case was closely watched because of its possible ramifications for President Donald Trump, given continued speculation that he could pardon confidants facing criminal convictions like Paul Manafort. The pardon power ...

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The Supreme Court Won’t Decide If The Second Amendment Covers ‘Silencers’

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The Supreme Court rejected two cases challenging federal regulation of gun suppressors Monday, just days after one such accessory was used in a massacre that left 12 dead in a Virginia Beach municipal building. Suppressors, which are commonly referred to as “silencers,” are tightly regulated under the 1937 National Firearms Act (NFA). Both cases arose from the same transaction in ...

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Justice Clarence Thomas Has ‘No Idea’ Where Retirement Rumors Are Coming From”

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Monday he has no idea why rumors about his retirement have circulated in recent months. Speaking with private equity tycoon David Rubenstein before the Supreme Court Historical Society, Thomas seemed to say that speculation as to his possible departure is meritless. Some court-watchers have wondered if Thomas, 70, might like to retire under President ...

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Supreme Court Turns Down Trump Administration Bid To Accelerate DACA Appeal

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The Supreme Court rejected a request Monday to expedite its consideration of the Trump administration’s bid to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA is an Obama-era amnesty initiative that extends temporary legal status to 700,000 non-citizens who arrived in the U.S. as children. There were no noted dissents from Monday’s decision. As is typical of orders ...

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Supreme Court Declines Review Of Transgender Bathroom Case

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The United States Supreme Court declined to review a case Tuesday involving a Pennsylvania school district opening up bathrooms to students of the opposite sex without informing students or parents. The Supreme Court declined to take up Doe v. Boyertown Area School District, a lawsuit that alleges that the school violated students’ fundamental right to bodily privacy. The Alliance Defending ...

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Trump Backs Bid To Strike Down New York City Gun Laws At Supreme Court

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The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to strike down a New York City ordinance strictly regulating the transportation of firearms. The ordinance at issue prohibits licensed gun owners from transporting weapons to any location, save one of seven authorized gun ranges. License holders are not permitted to take their firearms beyond city limits. “To confine a weapon to ...

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Democratic Efforts To Pack The Supreme Court Hit A Big Wall: Public Opinion

A majority of Americans oppose expanding the Supreme Court, according to survey data which comes as Democratic presidential candidates float proposal to change the Court’s composition. Though opposition to court-expansion is high, voters are quite receptive to less aggressive reform measures like term limits. A Rasmussen telephone and online survey of 1,000 likely voters found 51 percent of respondents opposed ...

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New Gerrymandering Ruling Will Have Big Effects For GOP In 2020

A federal three-judge panel ruled Thursday that 34 state and federal district lines in Michigan are unconstitutionally gerrymandered to the benefit of Republicans. The decision comes as the Supreme Court contemplates a pair of cases from Maryland and North Carolina, which ask whether and how the federal courts should police partisan line-drawing. “Federal courts must not abdicate their responsibility to ...

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One Supreme Court Justice Thinks Term Limits Aren’t Such A Bad Idea

Justice Stephen Breyer shared mixed reactions to recent reform proposals for the Supreme Court, saying term limits might be desirable while an expanded Court would not be. The remarks, delivered Monday in Washington, D.C., come as a growing number of Democratic presidential candidates have entertained proposals to remake the nation’s highest judicial tribunal. “I think it would be fine to ...

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Supreme Court Hands Win To Business, Over Pointed Dissent From Liberals

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The Supreme Court’s conservative majority put additional limits on class-wide arbitration Wednesday, handing business interests a victory over a vigorous dissent from the four liberal justices. The decision is the latest in a sequence of pro-arbitration decisions from the Supreme Court, which the liberal bloc believes have seriously undermined the rights of workers. “The Court, paradoxically reciting the mantra that ...

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Trump’s Census Citizenship Question Faces Supreme Court Scrutiny

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday over the Trump administration’s bid to append a citizenship question to the 2020 census questionnaire. Democratic states and city governments are challenging the citizenship question, fearing that diminished noncitizen participation will deprive them of federal funding and seats in Congress. The Justice Department, on the other hand, says citizenship questions have regularly appeared ...

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Supreme Court To Decide If Workplace Discrimination Law Covers Gay, Trans People

The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will decide whether a federal law banning discrimination in the workplace covers LGBT employees. The justices granted review of three petitions arising from Georgia, New York, and Michigan. The first two cases pertain to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The Michigan appeal concerns bias against transgender workers in employment practices. Title ...

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Chief Justice Rejects Bid For Same-Day Audio In Census Citizenship Case

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Chief Justice John Roberts rebuffed a bipartisan request to provide same-day audio for next week’s arguments in a much-watched dispute over the Trump administration’s bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. A bipartisan coalition of congressmen sent a letter to the chief justice April 12, urging him to make audio of the argument available on the same ...

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