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  • Alito orders Pennsylvania to respond in case asking Supreme Court to halt enforcement of stay-at-home order

    04/30/2020 2:01:52 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 30 2020 | Tyler Olson
    Justice Samuel Alito this week ordered the Pennsylvania government to respond to arguments from a variety of Pennsylvanians asking the Supreme Court to halt enforcement of Gov. Tom Wolf's strict stay-at-home order, aimed at fighting the coronavirus, because they say it is unconstitutional. The Pennsylvanians behind the suit – called petitioners in Supreme Court parlance – are arguing that their rights under the First, Fifth and 14th Amendments have been violated through Wolf's order. The petition lays out a variety of grounds on which it says the order is unconstitutional. "[T]he Order violated the Petitioners rights not to be deprived...
  • New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. New York

    04/27/2020 7:26:35 AM PDT · by TexasGurl24 · 27 replies
    Supreme Court ^ | 04/27/2020 | Supreme Court
    In the District Court, petitioners challenged a New York City rule regarding the transport of firearms. Petitioners claimed that the rule violated the Second Amendment. Petitioners sought declaratory and injunctive relief against enforcement of the rule insofar as the rule prevented their transport of firearms to a second home or shooting range outside of the city. The District Court and the Court of Appeals rejected petitioners’ claim. See 883 F. 3d 45 (CA2 2018). We granted certiorari. 586 U. S. ___ (2019). After we granted certiorari, the State of New York amended its firearm licensing statute, and the City amended...
  • Supreme Court rules non-unanimous jury verdicts unconstitutional

    04/20/2020 8:25:21 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 20, 2020 | Harper Neidig
    The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that defendants in criminal trials can only be convicted by a unanimous jury, striking down a scheme that has been rejected by every state except one. The court said in a divided opinion that the Constitution requires agreement among all members of a jury in order to impose a guilty verdict. "Wherever we might look to determine what the term 'trial by an impartial jury trial' meant at the time of the Sixth Amendment’s adoption—whether it’s the common law, state practices in the founding era, or opinions and treatises written soon afterward—the answer is...
  • Alito Was Right

    03/06/2020 7:40:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | March 6, 2020 | Lathan Watts
    This term, as the Supreme Court wades into the troubled waters of perhaps the most controversial of social issues, abortion, a look back at recent history may provide guidance and a warning to leave policy to the policymaking branches of government. Before the Supreme Court of the United States’ ruling in Obergefell v Hodges attempted to summarily end the cultural debate on the issue of same sex marriage, eleven states had already redefined marriage to include same sex couples. The remaining 39 states’ resistance ranged from voter-rejected propositions to include same sex relationships in their state's marriage law(s) to state constitutional...
  • Harvard Law Student, Others Trash Antonin Scalia

    01/29/2020 3:11:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 51 replies
    The Floridian ^ | Javier Manjarres
    It’s a new year, but nothing much has changed since 2019 as far as how dumb and ignorant some college kids can be. Yeah, you can chalk it up as kids just being young and dumb, but when a graduate student and some other college kids from several of America’s most prestigious law schools and colleges decide to express their deep disdain for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, well, some of us take notice. Daniel Espo, who according to his Facebook profile is studying or had studied at Harvard Law School, expressed his distaste for the late Justice...
  • Roberts Thwarted Trump, but Liberals Helped Undercut the Bureaucratic State

    07/13/2019 4:13:17 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 44 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 11, 2019 | John Yoo and James Phillips
    Chief Justice Roberts, joined by the four liberal justices (Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor), declared that “the evidence tells a story that does not match the explanation the Secretary gave for his decision.” The “sole stated reason” for adding the citizenship question to the census, he observed, “seems to have been contrived.” Federal agencies must “offer genuine justifications for important decisions, reasons that can be scrutinized by courts and the interested public.” Otherwise, judicial review becomes “an empty ritual.” In dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, correctly called the...
  • Grassley Has Trump’s Back On Roberts Rebuke — ‘I Don’t Recall The Chief Attacking Obama’

    11/22/2018 4:31:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 21, 2018 | Scott Morefield
    GOP Senator Chuck Grassley came to President Trump’s defense on Wednesday after Chief Justice John Roberts rebuked the president for criticizing the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “I think it’s a disgrace when every case gets filed in the 9th Circuit,” Trump said, responding to a California judge’s decision against his administration’s asylum rules. “That’s not law, that’s not what this country stands for. Every case that gets filed in the 9th Circuit, we get beaten and then we end up having to go to the Supreme Court, like the travel ban, and we won.” Roberts responded the next...
  • Sen. Chuck Grassley has some thoughts about Trump's attacks on federal judges

    11/21/2018 8:22:33 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 40 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 21 Nov 2018 | David Choi
    Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said he had reservations about Chief Justice John Roberts' response to President Donald Trump's controversial characterization of a federal judge and the 9th District court, and suggested it was a hypocritical move based on Roberts' previous interactions with Trump's predecessor. "Chief Justice Roberts rebuked Trump for a comment he made [about a] judge's decision on asylum," Grassley said in a tweet on Wednesday. "I don't recall the Chief attacking Obama when that Prez rebuked Alito during a State of the Union." Grassley, the Judiciary Committee Chairman, appeared to be referencing a State of the...
  • I respectfully disagree

    07/16/2018 10:26:53 PM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies
    Catholic Times ^ | 7/8/18 | Thomas Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield, Illinois
    My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: The United States Supreme Court on June 27 decided that public sector employees can no longer be required to pay mandatory fees to support unions to which they do not wish to belong. This landmark case, Janus v. AFSCME, involved Mark Janus, a child support specialist at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services in Springfield, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a public-sector union. Janus refused to join the union because he opposes many of its positions, including those taken in collective bargaining. Despite his opposition, for...
  • SCOTUS and Janus: the end of stare decisis? (preserving bad precedent as valid law)

    06/28/2018 9:14:33 AM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 36 replies
    self | 6/28/18 | NewJerseyJoe
    The Janus ruling was earth-shaking (in a hugely positive way). Way past time for out-of-control government unions (aka Democrat money-laundering machines) to be taken down at least one peg. But I thought the more important takeaway was SCOTUS putting in writing the idea that precedent is insufficient grounds for preserving bad law that conflicts with fundamental constitutional tenets. "Fundamental free speech rights are at stake...and [prior precedent] Abood [v. Detroit Bd of Ed.] was poorly reasoned." - Justice Alito It's really bad news for the lefties, who always scream about "settled law" and stare decisis. This ruling has huge implications...
  • Minnesota Voters Alliance vs. Joe Mansky (Justice Alito NAILS the Leftist Defender)

    03/07/2018 3:36:15 PM PST · by rlmorel · 24 replies
    Supreme Court Argument Transcript ^ | 2/28/2018 | Supreme Court Arguments
    (Disclaimer: Please excuse and correct any errors in terminology-I don't know legal processes well) There was a case argued on 2/28/2018 in front of the Supreme Court (Minnesota Voters Alliance vs. Joe Mansky) regarding the expression of political speech in polling areas. In the exchange below, Mr. Mansky is defending the Minnesota state statute prohibiting the wearing of political apparel at polling locations. Justice Alito is drilling down on just what "apparel" would be allowed or disallowed at a polling place: JUSTICE ALITO: How about a shirt with a rainbow flag? Would that be permitted? MR. ROGAN: A shirt with...
  • SCOTUS Grants Temporary Stay In Texas Redistricting Case

    08/29/2017 3:26:38 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 9 replies ^ | 08/28/2017 | Kevin Daley
    Justice Samuel Alito stayed a lower court order requiring the Texas state legislature to draw new legislative district lines in advance of the 2018 elections Monday. (snip) Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked the Supreme Court to stay the ruling Friday. “It is astonishing that the lower court ignored that the maps are the very same ones that the court itself adopted in 2012, and the Obama-era Department of Justice did not bring any claims against the maps,” he said in a statement. “We are confident that the Supreme Court will allow Texas to continue to use the maps used...
  • Certain Conditions May NOT Apply.

    06/20/2017 4:08:19 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 6-20-17 | MOTUS
    What part of “Free Speech” do you not understand? “(The idea that the government may restrict) speech expressing ideas that offend … strikes at the heart of the First Amendment,” wrote Justice Alito in his opinion. “Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express ‘the thought that we hate.'”“A law found to discriminate based on viewpoint is an ‘egregious form of content discrimination,’ which is ‘presumptively unconstitutional,'” Justice Kennedy wrote in...
  • Alito: SCOTUS conservatives have lots of opportunities once we get Scalia’s replacement

    11/19/2016 11:31:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Hot ^ | November 19, 2016 | ED MORRISEY
    Now that the election has settled the question of who will appoint the next Supreme Court justice, we have spent a considerable amount of time analyzing who might get Donald Trump’s appointment. Perhaps a better way to look at that question will be to recall the context in which it gets made. Earlier this week, Justice Samuel Alito laid out the potential agenda for a court in which an originalist replaces the late Antonin Scalia — and reminded the Federalist Society of the bullet conservatives dodged in the election: Justice Samuel Alito on Thursday laid out a possible agenda for...
  • Supreme Court Justice Alito: 'Those Who Value Religious Freedom Have Cause for Great Concern'

    06/29/2016 1:50:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Stream ^ | 6/29/16 | Kelsey Harkness
    The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear a case challenging a Washington state law that forces a family-owned pharmacy to dispense emergency contraceptives is an “ominous sign” for those who value religious freedom, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said. “If this is a sign of how religious liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern,” Alito said Tuesday in a critical dissent. Alito was joined in his dissent by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Clarence Thomas, falling one justice short of the four needed for the...
  • Justice Alito: ‘Those Who Value Religious Freedom Have Cause for Great Concern’

    06/29/2016 3:54:33 AM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | June 28, 2016 | Kelsey Harkness
    The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear a case challenging a Washington state law that forces a family-owned pharmacy to dispense emergency contraceptives is an “ominous sign” for those who value religious freedom, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said. “If this is a sign of how religious liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern,” Alito said Tuesday in a critical dissent. Alito was joined in his dissent by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Clarence Thomas, falling one justice short of the four needed for the...
  • Donald Trump Falsely Claims Justice Samuel Alito Supported His Sister

    02/26/2016 5:45:41 AM PST · by agrarianlady · 161 replies
    Life News ^ | 2/26/2016 | Steven Ertelt
    "Apart from the fact that judges do not sign bills into law, pro-life attorney Matt Bowman of Alliance Defending Freedom indicates Trump is wrong on the point and that Justice Alito, when he was a lower court justice, not only did not agree with Judge Maryanne Trump Barry on opposing a bill to ban partial-birth abortions he went out of his way to indicate how he disagreed with her. While some pro-life voters were shocked that Trump continued to defend Planned Parenthood others are shocked that Trump would defend his sister's support for partial-birth abortions by falsely maligning a pro-life...
  • Sen. Obama shows the GOP how to stop President Obama's SCOTUS nomination

    02/18/2016 9:46:07 AM PST · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-17-16 | DrJohn
    The tragic loss of Antonin Scalia set off a political firestorm vis-a-vis his potential replacement. Mitch McConnell said there would be no replacement while Obama was President and the left went berserk. Big mistake, opines WaPo. The non-American British citizen John Oliver castigated the GOP for its position: "Well, that does not bode well because Mitch McConnell is actually pretty good at delaying things for people—whether it's legislation, court appointments, or orgasms," joked Oliver. "Believe me, if you ever need to 'delay, delay, delay' [an orgasm], just picture [McConnell's] face and I guarantee you nothing will happen possibly for the...
  • White House: Obama Now 'Regrets' Filibustering Alito [That was then, this is now]

    02/18/2016 8:17:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/18/2016 | Debra Heine
    After President Barack Obama scolded Republicans for vowing to block whomever he nominates to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, some Republicans called him out for being a hypocrite because he tried to filibuster Justice Samuel Alito's nomination in 2006. Now the White House is saying that the president "regrets" that decision, but still maintains that the Republican opposition is somehow different and unprecedented. Via The Hill: “That is an approach the president regrets,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.Obama and the Democratic senators who joined him in filibustering...
  • White House: Obama 'regrets' decision to filibuster Supreme Court Justice Alito

    02/18/2016 7:54:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 18, 2016
    The top White House spokesman said Wednesday that President Obama "regrets" his 2006 decision to filibuster the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court -- after being accused of hypocrisy for blasting "obstructionist" Republicans now vowing to block his next high court nominee. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was pressed on Obama's 2006 vote, as a U.S. senator, at the daily briefing. "Looking back on it, the president believes that he should have just followed his own advice and made a strong public case on the merits about his opposition to the nomination that President Bush had put...