US Supreme Court kicks off a new term with controversial cases – and a new justice
Supreme Court starts new term in political spotlight, tilted right
An empowered conservative majority of the Supreme Court begins a new term next week replete with cases that could reshape how the country considers social issues such as race in elections and higher education, after decisions from the last term brought the justices to the forefront of the nation’s politics. The justices will hear arguments […] The post Supreme Court starts new term in political spotlight, tilted right appeared first on Roll Call.
WASHINGTON – Thewith a courtroom reopened to the public, a on the far end of the bench and little sign of the it set off only three months ago.
After more than two years of hearing oral arguments remotely or in a mostly empty courtroom because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nine justices faced a packed crowd as they took their tall, black chairs – most of them shifting seats based on seniority to accommodate the arrival of.
Before the justices emerged,, the court announced they had added nine cases to a docket already full of contentious issues such as race-conscious college admissions and LGBTQ rights. Among the new cases was a challenge to thefirms like Twitter from lawsuits over user-generated content – a protection that has drawn bipartisan criticism.
Abortion ruling intensifies fight over state supreme courts
Surrounded by states with abortion bans that took effect after Roe v. Wade fell, Illinois is one of the few places where the procedure remains legal in the Midwest. Abortion-rights supporters are worried that might not last. Their concern is shared in at least a half-dozen states, and this year it's not just about state legislatures. In Illinois, Democrats hold a supermajority, and the governor, a Democrat, is expected to win reelection. Instead, Republicans could be on the verge of winning control of the Illinois Supreme Court, where Democrats currently hold a 4-3 majority.
Yet the court declined to take up a number of other controversies. It, a prominent supporter of former President Donald Trump and the founder of MyPillow, who is fighting a $1.3 billion defamation suit over false allegations about the 2020 election. And it declined to review , a device that lets a shooter fire a semi-automatic rifle more rapidly.
Supreme Court to revisit whether Alabama legislature violated Voting Rights Act
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Merrill v. Milligan on Tuesday, a case over whether Alabama's 2021 congressional redistricting map violates the Voting Rights Act. A federal judge in January ordered the state to draw a new map that includes two majority-black districts, holding that the state's original plan, which only held one such district out of the state's seven, was likely in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which disallows voting practices or procedures that discriminate on the basis of race.
As usual, the court offered no explanation for why it took or denied the cases it did.
Other than tighter-than-normal security, there was little sign of the tension that gripped the nation over the summer following– an outcome that polls show resulted in a nosedive in the court's approval rating and led to a over how the public perceives their work. Anger about the decision prompted critics on the left .
Only 47% of Americans said they had a "great deal" or "fair amount" of trust in the high court, a 20-percentage point drop from 2020 and a 7-percentage point drop from the previous year,.
Though the Supreme Court will hear a number of culture war cases this term, the arguments Monday focused on a more technical question of environmental law.
Supreme Court welcomes the public again, and a new justice
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is beginning its new term, welcoming the public back to the courtroom and hearing arguments for the first time since issuing a landmark ruling stripping away women’s constitutional protections for abortion. Monday's session also is the first time new Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the court's first Black female justice, will participate in arguments. And the public is back for the first time since the court closed in March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The court’s overturning of the nearly 50-year-old Roe v.
For nearly two hours the justices debated the scope of the Clean Water Act, the 1972 law that gives the Environmental Protection Agencybut that left the definition of that term somewhat ambiguous. For years courts have wrestled with how far the EPA's oversight extends and the latest case deals with a wetland in Idaho that is near Priest Lake in the state's panhandle.
Several members oftossed cold water on the standard the EPA uses to determine if such a wetland is subject to federal permitting requirements and oversight. Chief Justice John Roberts summed up the challenge facing the court by noting that water often flows in ways that are difficult to predict or measure: "Water goes everywhere, eventually."
Jackson, thein its history, technically joined her colleagues in June but she took part in her first oral argument Monday. Though she is the least senior justice, she the family that is seeking to develop the property purchased more than a decade ago.
Supreme Court opens new term with murky wetlands dispute and Justice Jackson on the bench
The Supreme Court, with Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson on board as its newest member, opens its nine-month term on Monday by hearing a conservative challenge to the federal government’s authority to regulate wetlands under a landmark environmental protection law. © Provided by NBC News The case marks the debut Supreme Court oral argument for Jackson, the first Black woman to serve on the court. Nominated by President Joe Biden, Jackson was sworn into office over the summer. The oral argument also marks the first time in history that four women justices will sit together on the bench.
"Why is it that your conception of this does not relate in any way to Congress' primary objective?" Jackson asked at one point. "Congress cared about making sure that the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the nation's waters was protected."
Damien Schiff, arguing for the family that is fighting the EPA, responded by noting that "no statute pursues its purpose or its objective at all costs."
Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, on the other hand, pressed the government for answers about how a property owner is supposed to know that their land might be covered by the EPA's regulations – absent some clear rule, such as a set distance from a navigable river or lake. Gorsuch suggested he wasn't particularly satisfied with the EPA's answer.
"If the federal government doesn't know, how is a person subject to criminal time in federal prison supposed to know?" Gorsuch asked.
Among the other major issues the court will deal with term: A challenge to theat Harvard College and the University of North Carolina; a case that questions how much and a free speech challenge to a Colorado law that .
'Tu stultus es.' The Onion wades into Supreme Court case with legal argument crafted as parody
The Onion filed an unusual 23-page brief at the Supreme Court this week that captured the attention of court watchers on the opening day of the term.But then again, The Onion is a special kind of amicus curiae.
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