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Scalia’s Son Weighs In On Packing The Court: ‘They Can’t Have Justices Appoint Their Colleagues’

Christopher Scalia, son of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, said packing the Supreme Court is partially unconstitutional and might be a Democratic ploy to intimidate the Supreme Court. “It’s pretty clear that one element of what some of the candidates are suggesting is just unconstitutional,” he told Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on Wednesday. Scalia was referencing 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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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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Eric Holder: Democrats Should Consider Packing SCOTUS

Former Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday said Democrats should consider packing the Supreme Court when they regain political power. Holder said he would “seriously consider” adding two seats to the court if he were president, as revenge for the two seats on the court that President Donald Trump has filled since taking office. Holder wants other Democrats to follow ...

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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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The Supreme Court Is Poised To Protect This 40-Foot Veteran’s Cross

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The Supreme Court seemed poised Wednesday to protect a 40-foot memorial cross on public land in Bladensburg, Maryland from a lawsuit that argues it violates the Constitution. Though the bottom-line outcome was never seriously in doubt, the justices appeared divided and confused during Wednesday’s argument as to why the monument should pass constitutional muster. The Court’s jurisprudence concerning religion in ...

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The Boys Of Peace Cross

Bladensburg WWI Veterans Memorial

A 40-foot Celtic cross sits in the center of a roundabout in Bladensburg, Maryland. On its pedestal are inscribed the names of 49 local boys killed in the First World War. That veterans memorial — known colloquially as the Peace Cross — is the subject of landmark litigation concerning religion in public life. The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday ...

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Supreme Court Reins In State Power To Seize Property And Collect Fines

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The Supreme Court sided with an Indiana man who lost his luxury car following his conviction on a minor drug offense. A unanimous Court said that the states must abide by the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines.  The decision is expected to curtail asset forfeitures, which both liberals and conservatives have criticized. The Supreme Court reigned in state power to ...

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Roberts Joins Liberals To Block Texas Execution Of Disabled Man

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The Supreme Court effectively ensured a Texas inmate named Bobby James Moore will not be executed Tuesday. A majority of the court concluded that Moore is mentally disabled. The court said executing the disabled is “cruel and unusual” in 2002. The Tuesday case was Moore’s second before the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court practically foreclosed the possibility that a Texas ...

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Justice Ginsburg Is Back At The Supreme Court, And She’s Sending A Message

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg took the bench at the Supreme Court Tuesday, the first time she has heard arguments since her treatment for lung cancer in December 2018. The justice’s presence at Tuesday’s arguments was expected — the high court’s public information office announced Friday that Ginsburg would participate in a private conference among the justices to discuss pending petitions. ...

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US Supreme Court Takes Up Clean Water Act Dispute

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The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether or not the Ninth Circuit appeals court erred in a Clean Water Act (CWA) case that petitioners say would dramatically expand the law’s reach. The case, County of Maui, Hawaii, v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund, centers around whether or not the CWA requires permits for “nonpoint” sources of pollution that travel through regulated waterways. ...

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Supreme Court To Decide On Citizenship Question In 2020 Census

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The Supreme Court will decide whether the Trump administration may include a citizenship question on the 2020 census questionnaire. The justices released a short order Friday granting the government’s appeal of a lower court order which struck the citizenship question from the census form. The high court will hear oral arguments on the matter in April and issue a decision ...

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