Supreme Court goes against public opinion in rulings on abortion, guns
Until recently, the Court hewed closely to shifting public views on key social issues like same-sex marriage, private sexual conduct, workplace protections for transgender people and popular support for laws and executive orders on immigration and health care.washingtonpost.com
Court hears case over deputy who didn't read Miranda rights
Everyone knows police aren't supposed to question suspects without reading them their Miranda rights. The Supreme Court on Wednesday wrestled with whether a sheriff's deputy can be sued for money damages for violating the rights of a hospital employee who was accused of sexually assaulting a patient. At issue is whether the familiar Miranda warning, which the court recognized in its Miranda v. Arizona decision in 1966 and reaffirmed 34 years later, is a constitutional right or has a lesser and less-defined status.news.yahoo.com
Barrett cites 'Ginsburg rule' that Ginsburg didn't follow
FILE - In this Aug. 10, 1993, file photo, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg takes the court oath from Chief Justice William Rehnquist, right, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The Supreme Court says Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander, File)WASHINGTON – Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett invoked Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at her Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday in refusing to discuss her view of gay rights and the Constitution. “Justice Ginsburg with her characteristic pithiness used this to describe how a nominee should comport herself at a hearing. But everybody calls it the Ginsburg rule because she stated it so concisely,” Barrett said of the woman whose seat she would take if confirmed.
Ginsburg's empathy born of Jewish history and discrimination
The flag-draped casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, carried by Supreme Court police officers, arrives in the Great Hall at the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. During a 2017 Rosh Hashana visit to a historic synagogue in Washington, Ginsburg told worshippers she believed being Jewish helped her empathize with other minority groups. “The Jewish religion is an ethical religion. The demand for justice, for peace, for enlightenment runs through the entirety of Jewish history and Jewish tradition,” she said at the award ceremony. Ginsburg understood what it meant for people to be excluded and “othered” and fought against that, said Sheila Katz, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women.
Not so hush-hush search: Trump airs thinking on court seat
WASHINGTON – Barack Obama spent hours reading legal briefs as he mulled candidates for the Supreme Court. President Donald Trump has a style all his own for selecting a nominee for the high court. He's flying by the seat of his pants with his frequent public deliberations on replacing Ginsburg, a process that’s moving at warp speed. Trump is holding little back, readily airing his thinking on the state of the deliberations. He settled on someone he knew well: Harriet Miers, a Texan who worked for Bush when he was governor and then as White House counsel.
Supreme Court expected to rule on Trump tax records
WASHINGTON The Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether Congress and the Manhattan district attorney can see President Donald Trump's taxes and other financial records that the president has fought hard to keep private. Trump has so far lost at every step, but the records have not been turned over pending a final court ruling. In those cases, three Nixon appointees and two Clinton appointees, respectively, voted against the president who chose them for the high court. There are two Trump appointees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, on the court. Instead, House committees want records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One, as well as the Mazars USA accounting firm.
Supreme Court expected to rule on Trump tax records Thursday
WASHINGTON The Supreme Court is expected to rule Thursday on whether Congress and the Manhattan district attorney can see President Donald Trump's taxes and other financial records that the president has fought hard to keep private. The high-stakes dispute tests the balance of power between the White House and Congress, as well as Trump's claim that he can't be investigated while he holds office. Trump has so far lost at every step, but the records have not been turned over pending a final court ruling. There are two Trump appointees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, on the court. Instead, House committees want records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One, as well as the Mazars USA accounting firm.
How the last chief justice handled an impeachment trial
Two decades ago, Chief Justice William Rehnquist captured unprecedented attention as he presided over the Senate trial of a president, a role that would fall to Chief Justice John Roberts if the US House were to impeach President Donald TrumpWASHINGTON, D.C. - Two decades ago, Chief Justice William Rehnquist captured unprecedented attention as he presided over the Senate trial of a president, a role that would fall to Chief Justice John Roberts if the US House were to impeach President Donald Trump and a Senate trial were launched. Finding the chief justice in such a public setting offered a sea change from his usual place in the secretive third branch of government. The magnitude of an impeachment trial for a US president -- only two have been held in US history -- is underscored by the Constitution's specific mention that the chief justice presides. Under Senate rules, Rehnquist's specific impeachment files are closed to the public along with other Senate trial materials. "I will certainly consider donating to the Smithsonian the robe I wore during the Senate impeachment trial," Rehnquist told the secretary of the Smithsonian in March.