Tag: Appeals Courts (US)

California Can’t Keep Semiautomatic Guns From Young Adults, Court Rules

An appeals court panel ruled on Wednesday that California’s ban on the sale of semiautomatic weapons to adults under the age of 21 violated the right to bear arms found in the Second Amendment of the Constitution. Judge Ryan Nelson, writing for a two-to-one majority in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, […]

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Supreme Court Leans Toward Coach in Case on School Prayer

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s conservative majority seemed to be searching on Monday for a narrow way to rule in favor of a former high school football coach who lost his job for praying at the 50-yard line after his team’s games. The task was complicated by factual disputes over the conduct of the coach, […]

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Will the End of the Mask Mandate Hobble Our Response to the Next Pandemic?

In reality, the C.D.C. claims no power that Congress had not explicitly given it. An agency tasked with slowing the interstate spread of a highly infectious virus would regulate interstate travel, which occurs because “diverse places” like airplanes and train stations are often crowded, and passengers are confined for long periods of time. Under Judge […]

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Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Federal Workers Is Upheld By Appeals Court

A federal appeals court on Thursday reversed a decision that had blocked the White House from requiring federal workers to be vaccinated against Covid-19. In September, President Biden said that the vast majority of federal workers had to be vaccinated or they would face disciplinary measures. But a preliminary injunction, instated in January by a […]

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Supreme Court Rules Against Police in Malicious Prosecution Case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Monday in favor of a Brooklyn man who said he had been falsely accused by police officers of resisting arrest, saying he could sue for malicious prosecution under a federal civil rights law. The vote was 6 to 3, with the majority deciding only the narrow question of […]

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Critics of Jackson’s Child Sex Abuse Sentences Backed Judges With Similar Records

WASHINGTON — Several Republican senators repeatedly and misleadingly suggested during this week’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson had given uncommonly lenient sentences to felons convicted of child sex abuse crimes. But all of the Republican critics had previously voted to confirm judges who had given out prison terms below prosecutor recommendations, […]

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Fact Checking Judge Jackson’s Record on Child Sexual Abuse

In his Twitter thread, Mr. Hawley also highlighted remarks Judge Jackson had made during a commission hearing about “less serious” offenders and those who collect material of child sexual abuse to “find status in their participation in the community.” These remarks, Mr. Hawley suggested, showcased her “troubling views.” But these quotations came from follow-up questions […]

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U.S. Can’t Use Health Rule to Expel Migrant Families Facing Persecution, Court Says

WASHINGTON — A public health rule that has kept many undocumented migrants from entering the country during the pandemic suffered a blow on Friday, when a federal appeals court said it could no longer be used to expel families to countries where they would face persecution or torture. The ruling, issued by a panel of […]

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What Can Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Rulings Tell Us About Her Legal Outlook?

Legal scholars caution against reading too much into district court decisions. Tracey E. George, a law professor at Vanderbilt University, said, “The idea that you could look to those things to determine if someone is liberal or conservative — that’s just not been my experience.” In her time on the district court, Judge Jackson seemed […]

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Supreme Court to Review ‘Remain in Mexico’ Asylum Policy

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed on Friday to decide whether the Biden administration can end a Trump-era immigration program that forces asylum seekers arriving at the southwestern border to await approval in Mexico. The court put the case on a fast track, scheduling arguments for April. A decision will probably arrive by the end […]

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Biden Expected to Nominate a Black Woman to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — President Biden and his legal team have spent a year preparing for this moment: the chance to make good on his pledge to name the first Black woman to the Supreme Court at a time of continuing racial reckoning for the country. The decision by Justice Stephen G. Breyer to retire will give […]

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Who Is Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson? A Leading Candidate to Succeed Justice Breyer

Attention quickly turned on Wednesday to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as one of a small number of likely options who could fulfill President Biden’s pledge to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court, after the disclosure that Justice Stephen G. Breyer has decided to retire. Judge Jackson, 51, already successfully went through the […]

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Supreme Court Lets Texas Abortion Law Stay in Effect, for Now

The Texas law has novel features. Usually, a lawsuit seeking to block a law because it is unconstitutional would name state officials as defendants. However, the Texas law, which makes no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from incest or rape, bars most state officials from enforcing it and instead deputizes private individuals to sue anyone who […]

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