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Recent Decisions

Department of Commerce v. New York (June 27, 2019)
Supreme Court rejects the citizenship question proposed for the 2020 census.

Rucho v. Common Cause (June 27, 2019)
Supreme Court declines to address partisan gerrymandering claims, characterizing them as present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts.

Mitchell v. Wisconsin (June 27, 2019)
Supreme Court plurality concludes that when a drunk-driving suspect is unconscious and cannot take a breath test, the exigent-circumstances doctrine generally permits a blood test without a warrant.

United States v. Haymond (June 26, 2019)
The application of 18 U.S.C. 3583(k) to sentence a defendant to an additional mandatory minimum prison term, based on a judge's preponderance of the evidence findings, violated the defendant's right to trial by jury.

Kisor v. Wilkie (June 26, 2019)
Restricting its 1997 decision in Auer v. Robbins, the Supreme Court holds that when the reasons for the presumption in favor of deference to an agency's interpretation of its own ambiguous regulation do not hold up, or when countervailing reasons outweigh them, courts should not give deference to an agency’s reading.

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Latest Supreme Court News

Don’t Kill the Filibuster
The New York Times,
Democracy isn’t just about majority rule.

Press Release Regarding Justice Ginsburg
Supreme Court of the United States,
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg today completed a three-week course of stereotactic ablative radiation therapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. The focused radiation treatment began on August 5 and was administered on an outpatient basis to treat a tumor on her pancreas. The abnormality was first detected after a routine blood test in early July, and a biopsy performed on July 31 at Sloan Kettering confirmed a localized malignant tumor. As part of her treatment, a...

Out Trumping Trump: Democrats Join the Attack on Courts but the United States Won’t Be Better for It
Justia's Verdict,
Guest columnist Austin Sarat—Associate Provost, Associate Dean of the Faculty and William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College—expresses concern that Democrats are joining President Trump in undermining the public’s trust in the judiciary. Sarat specifically discusses an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court by five Democratic senators in which the senators criticize the bias and partisanship of the Court’s conservative justices.

Trump Has Right to End DACA, Justice Dept. Tells Supreme Court
The New York Times,
The government’s brief in the case, about the fate of the program that shields the young immigrants known as Dreamers, is the first salvo in a legal test of the president’s immigration agenda.

A Push to Let the U.S. Charge Foreign Officials With Bribery
The New York Times,
A new bill in Congress seeks to expand a prohibition that covers Americans who pay bribes but not the foreigners who accept them.

Trump administration ends effort to include citizenship question on 2020 census
SCOTUSblog,
This afternoon President Donald Trump announced that his administration will end its battle to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 census. The news came two weeks after the Supreme Court blocked the government from including the question, with the court’s four liberal justices joining Chief Justice John Roberts in ruling that the reason…

Current Supreme Court Justices

John G. Roberts, Jr.
John G. Roberts, Jr.
Chief Justice of the United States
Clarence Thomas
Clarence Thomas
Associate Justice
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Associate Justice
Stephen G. Breyer
Stephen G. Breyer
Associate Justice
Samuel A. Alito, Jr.
Samuel A. Alito, Jr.
Associate Justice
Sonia Sotomayor
Sonia Sotomayor
Associate Justice
Elena Kagan
Elena Kagan
Associate Justice
Neil M. Gorsuch
Neil M. Gorsuch
Associate Justice
Brett M. Kavanaugh
Brett M. Kavanaugh
Associate Justice

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