Tag: Supreme Court (US)

Trump Again Asks Supreme Court to Bar Release of His Financial Records

WASHINGTON — President Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to hear a second case concerning a subpoena to his accounting firm for his financial records. The new petition, objecting to a subpoena from a House committee, follows a petition filed last month about a similar subpoena from Manhattan prosecutors. Both cases are moving fast, […]

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How Far Can Cities Go to Police the Homeless? Boise Tests the Limit

BOISE, Idaho — During a recent mayoral debate at a Boise homeless shelter, after disposing of icebreakers like the candidates’ favorite Metallica album, the moderator turned to something more contentious: a decade-old lawsuit, now a step away from the Supreme Court. The case, Boise v. Martin, is examining whether it’s a crime for someone to […]

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The Justices Should Drop This Case

In the more than 10 years since the Supreme Court ruled that Americans have a fundamental right to keep a handgun for self-defense in the home, countless laws regulating firearms and their use have survived constitutional scrutiny. Which is to say: The Supreme Court has been in no mood to expand or clarify the meaning […]

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Second Amendment Case May Fizzle Out at the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s first Second Amendment case in nearly a decade may not end up changing anything, judging from questioning at arguments on Monday that focused largely on whether the repeal of a New York City law made the case challenging it moot. “What’s left of this case?” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg asked. […]

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After Long Gap, Supreme Court Poised to Break Silence on Gun Rights

WASHINGTON — It has been almost 10 years since the Supreme Court last heard a Second Amendment case. On Monday, a transformed court will return to the subject and take stock of what has happened in the meantime. The nation has had a spike in gun violence. And lower courts have issued more than 1,000 […]

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Would Republicans Follow Their Garland Rule for the Court in 2020?

WASHINGTON — When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital last weekend after another in a string of health scares, blue America breathed a sigh of relief. Only one more month, many whispered, until the start of a presidential election year when filling a vacancy on the Supreme Court would be off limits […]

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Conservative Hypocrisy Makes Its Case at the Supreme Court

What a time to be a conservative movement lawyer. Emboldened by the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, lawyers on the right have asked the Supreme Court to push the law beyond existing boundaries on a range of issues. From immigration, abortion and the use of public funding on religious schools to gun rights and L.G.B.T. […]

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Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Disclosure of Trump’s Financial Records

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling that required President Trump’s accounting firm to turn over financial records to a House committee. The court’s brief order gave no reasons, and there were no noted dissents. The court’s stay was in one sense routine, maintaining the status quo while the […]

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Adnan Syed’s Case, of ‘Serial’ Fame, Is Declined by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear the case of Adnan Syed, whose murder conviction nearly 20 years ago formed the basis of the hit podcast “Serial.” Mr. Syed had petitioned for a new trial, arguing that his original lawyer failed to pursue an alibi witness. But the justices left in place a ruling […]

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Can Trump Challenge His Impeachment in the Supreme Court?

WASHINGTON — “If the partisan Dems ever tried to Impeach,” President Trump wrote on Twitter in the spring, “I would first head to the U.S. Supreme Court.” Now that impeachment seems virtually certain, it is time to assess Mr. Trump’s vow and ask whether the Supreme Court would entertain his challenge. The Constitution seems to […]

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Discharged From Hospital

WASHINGTON — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital on Sunday after treatment for chills and a fever, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said. “She is home and doing well,” said the spokeswoman, Kathleen Arberg. Justice Ginsburg’s symptoms abated after treatment with intravenous antibiotics and fluids, Ms. Arberg said. The justice had been admitted […]

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized

WASHINGTON — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Friday night after experiencing chills and fever earlier in the day, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said on Saturday. Justice Ginsburg was initially evaluated at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington before being transferred to Johns Hopkins for further evaluation and treatment […]

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Can the Supreme Court Save Itself?

I’m often asked these days whether there is anything the Supreme Court can do to extract itself from the partisan trap into which the rancid confirmation process and the court’s own behavior have driven it. It’s a hard question because, of course, individual justices have deeply held views that happen for the most part to […]

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The Left Shouldn’t Freak Out About Trump’s Judges (Yet)

Republicans are celebrating how they’ve packed the 12 regional federal appeals courts (excluding a specialized federal appellate court) with conservative judges. Earlier this month, President Trump hosted Senate Republicans at the White House to cheer their 45th confirmation. Stephen Bannon recently said, in praising Don McGahn, the former White House counsel who chose many of […]

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Barr Bridges the Reagan Revolution and Trump on Executive Power

WASHINGTON — The midst of a swelling impeachment inquiry over abuse-of-power allegations might seem like an odd moment for Attorney General William P. Barr to deliver a high-profile speech linking his lifelong vision of maximalist presidential power with a defense of President Trump’s use of executive authority. But a head-turning, at times partisan speech that […]

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Chief Justice Gives Trump Temporary Reprieve in Financial Records Case

WASHINGTON — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on Monday temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling that required President Trump to turn over financial records to a House committee. The brief order gave no reasons and served to maintain the status quo while the justices decided how to proceed. In a letter to the court […]

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Trump Again Asks Supreme Court to Block Release of His Financial Records

WASHINGTON — President Trump asked the Supreme Court on Friday to shield his financial records from disclosure to investigators for the second time in two days. His latest request asked the court temporarily to block the release of records held by his accounting firm to a House committee while the justices consider whether to hear […]

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The Supreme Court Should Tell Trump He Is Not Above the Law

Does President Trump have immunity from criminal investigation or prosecution, as his lawyer asserts? The answer is no, and now the Supreme Court has the opportunity to make that clear. Last month, a three-judge panel of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit held unanimously that any immunity President Trump may […]

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Kavanaugh Recalls His Confirmation at Conservative Legal Group’s Annual Gala

WASHINGTON — In his first major public appearance since his stormy confirmation hearings last year, Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh on Thursday night addressed some 2,000 members of the Federalist Society, the influential conservative legal group, at its glittering annual gala dinner. He was greeted by a thunderous standing ovation. Justice Kavanaugh’s remarks, by turns lighthearted […]

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Trump Asks Supreme Court to Bar Release of His Tax Returns

WASHINGTON — President Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to bar his accounting firm from turning over eight years of his tax returns to Manhattan prosecutors. The case, the first concerning Mr. Trump’s personal conduct and business dealings to reach the court, could yield a major ruling on the scope of presidential immunity from […]

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Supreme Court Hears Racial Discrimination Case Against Comcast

WASHINGTON — A cautious Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed to be looking for a narrow way to rule in a racial discrimination case against Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company, by a black entrepreneur who contends his race played a role in the company’s decision not to carry programming from his network. Civil rights groups […]

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Supreme Court Allows Sandy Hook Relatives to Sue Gun Maker

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it would not hear an appeal in a case seeking to pierce firearm manufacturers’ legal immunity in the aftermath of shootings, allowing relatives of victims from Sandy Hook Elementary School to sue Remington Arms Co., maker of the rifle used there, in Connecticut courts. The case, Remington […]

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What Is DACA? And How Did It End Up in the Supreme Court?

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on Tuesday in a case that will serve as an important test of the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration agenda, involving a small but politically powerful group of unauthorized immigrants known as Dreamers. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, offered the group temporary protection from deportation without […]

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