When President Gerald R. Ford appointed John Paul Stevens to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1975, it was hailed as a victory for conservatism: Stevens replaced Justice William O. Douglas, an unapologetically liberal Franklin Delano Roosevelt nominee who had been on the High Court since 1939. Yet even though Stevens was a conservative and Democrats controlled the U.S. Senate in 1975, Stevens was confirmed unanimously; not one Democratic senator voted against Stevens’ confirmation. And the 99-year-old Stevens, who retired in 2010 and was replaced by Barack Obama appointee Elena Kagan, reflected on the current state of the Supreme Court and U.S. politics in an interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Jess Bravin.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts denies request for same-day audio release of oral arguments in census citizenship case
Chief Justice John Roberts on Wednesday denied a request from multiple news outlets to release same-day audio of oral arguments in a case involving the Trump administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 government census, CNN reports.
On Thursday evening, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court blocked Louisiana's harsh abortion restrictions from taking effect. The Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, already on hold since 2014, is basically identical to the Texas law requiring abortion clinics obtain admitting privileges from nearby hospitals — which was struck down in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt as an undue burden on women seeking abortion in 2016. Chief Justice John Roberts, who dissented from Whole Woman's Health, nevertheless was unwilling to underhandedly blow up Supreme Court precedent on an emergency appeal just two years after that precedent was set, and so sided with the liberal justices.
QAnon folks and Trump allies have a new ridiculous conspiracy theory that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is secretly dead
Conspiracy theories have proliferated on the right wing under President Donald Trump, himself a prominent promoter of fictitious and disprovable partisan myths. In recent weeks, a new and grotesque claim is gathering steam in the darker corners of the political conservatism that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is suffering from secret health problems or is even clandestinely dead.
The Supreme Court just obliterated Trump's 'compromise' shutdown deal hours after the GOP released it
President Donald Trump's latest offer to temporarily extend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and temporary protected status (TPS) for Central American refugees in return for his $5.7 billion border wall was always dead on arrival. It didn't include Democrats' input and ignored their key demand to open the government before negotiations. It did nothing for Democrats except temporarily extend two programs Trump killed by executive decree in the first place. And the current version of the bill, introduced on Monday evening, essentially destroys the system of applying for legal asylum in the United States.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court declined to block fines against a mysterious foreign country that refused to comply with a subpoena in a grand jury proceeding at a federal court in Washington last year:
Despite claims to be in favor of 'law and order,' the Trump administration has been essentially trying to change American asylum law by fiat. But on Friday, the Supreme Court blocked the administration's attempt to jumpstart its cruel policies, which were previously blocked by a federal judge in California.
On Monday, BuzzFeed News reported that a group of longtime Republican legal officials filed an amicus brief advising the Supreme Court that President Donald Trump's efforts to shut down the border to asylum seekers are illegal, and that "the government's position is simply wrong."
Terance Martez Gamble was convicted of second-degree robbery, a felony, in 2008. As a result, he was barred under both state and federal law from possessing a firearm. Nevertheless, he was caught with a gun during a traffic stop in 2015. He was successfully prosecuted for that offense—first by Alabama and then by the federal government. The state conviction earned him just a year in prison, which he completed in May 2017, while the federal conviction resulted in a sentence almost four times as long. As a result, Gamble isn’t due to be released from prison until February 2020.
On Monday, the Supreme Court denied appeal of two lower court rulings against state laws terminating Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood — leaving intact decisions that protected the provider in a victory for health care and reproductive rights activists.
Trump begins a petty feud with Chief Justice John Roberts and tells him to 'study' the judiciary more
President Donald Trump lashed out at the chief justice of the United States Wednesday in a move unprecedented in modern times after John Robert publicly criticized the president's notion that judges are inherently partisan.