Tag: Roberts, John G Jr

Just Ideology? A Study Finds Another Predictor of Supreme Court Decisions

WASHINGTON — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has said he sometimes misses the old days, when “the sole practitioner with the battered briefcase” would arrive in Washington from the hinterlands to argue a once-in-a-career case at the Supreme Court. These days, that lawyer has usually been replaced by one specializing in Supreme Court advocacy. […]

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If the Supreme Court Won’t Prevent Gerrymandering, Who Will?

Progressives have long looked to federal courts to guard the rights of racial minorities and dissenters. But that protection is weakening. Faced with the enormous injustice of partisan gerrymandering, the Supreme Court last month permitted politicians drawing election district maps to discriminate by party and even potentially mask their racial “packing” and “cracking” as mere […]

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Trump Considering an Executive Order to Allow Citizenship Question on Census

President Trump on Friday said he is “thinking of” issuing an executive order to allow for a citizenship question on the 2020 census, as his administration faced a midafternoon court deadline to say how it planned to move forward. Mr. Trump made the remarks to reporters on the south lawn of the White House, as […]

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How to Fight Gerrymandering Now

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. John Roberts and the four other Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices last month gave their approval to extreme gerrymandering, which means that federal courts will no longer be able to reject political maps drawn for partisan reasons. That’s […]

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A Supreme Court Term Marked by Shifting Alliances and Surprise Votes

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court term that ended on Thursday was expected to be a blood bath for its four-member liberal wing. Instead, shifting alliances produced a series of surprising liberal victories. Some were minor, and some were tentative. But in the end, the court’s liberals prevailed in fully half of the 14 rulings decided […]

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The Court Mitch McConnell Built

Mitch McConnell openly celebrated the Supreme Court’s landmark 5-to-4 ruling on Thursday that declared the court had no power to interfere in excessively partisan gerrymandering. He had earned his victory lap. After all, Mr. McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and Senate majority leader, created the current court to deliver precisely that sort of outcome. His audacious […]

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After 14 Years, Chief Justice Roberts Takes Charge

WASHINGTON — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has sat in the center seat on the Supreme Court bench since his arrival in 2005. But only this term did he assume true leadership of the court. He made clear his influence in a pair of stunning decisions on Thursday, joining the court’s liberal wing in […]

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The Supreme Court Isn’t as Naïve as Trump Hoped

The Supreme Court affirmed a basic rule of the operation of government on Thursday: Federal agencies have to give believable reasons for the actions they take. The justices applied that rule to stop the Trump administration, at least for now, from wrecking the 2020 census. The decision in Department of Commerce v. New York shouldn’t […]

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Politicians Can Pick Their Voters, Thanks to the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to serve as an arbiter for what counts as extreme partisan gerrymandering, opening the door for politicians of both parties essentially to pick their voters, disfavoring parties that are not in power. The decision is anathema to America’s democratic ideals. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in a majority decision […]

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In the Census Case, a Rebuke of Bad-Faith Government

In a win for good government, the Supreme Court on Thursday refused to give its full imprimatur to the Trump administration’s irresponsible decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census form. The nuanced ruling written by Chief Justice John Roberts noted that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to add the citizenship question “was […]

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Supreme Court Says Constitution Does Not Bar Partisan Gerrymandering

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against the challengers opposed to partisan gerrymandering, the practice in which the party that controls the state legislature draws voting maps to help elect its candidates. The vote in two cases was 5 to 4, with the court’s more conservative members in the majority. The court appeared […]

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Barring Vulgar Trademarks

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law barring the registration of “immoral” or “scandalous” trademarks, saying it ran afoul of the First Amendment. The court also made it harder for news organizations and the public to obtain commercial information under the Freedom of Information Act. The trademark case concerned a […]

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