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SCOTUS: Obama Immigration Executive Orders Remain Blocked

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 11:05am 6/23/2016 at 11:05am
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In a much-anticipated decision, the Supreme Court issued a tied decision Thursday in United States v. Texas, which dealt with the constitutionality of the executive orders President Barack Obama issued regarding parents who were illegal immigrants but whose children were citizens or legal residents (commonly known as DAPA).

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SCOTUS Upholds Use of Race in U. Texas Admissions

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 10:52am 6/23/2016 at 10:52am
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Yet another exciting day for SCOTUS watchers. Thursday morning, the Court released its opinion in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, holding in a 4-3 decision (Justice Elena Kagan did not participate) that the use of race in adm...

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SCOTUS Continues Broad Interpretation of Commerce Clause in Drug Dealer Robbery Case

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 20, 2016 at 5:00pm 6/20/2016 at 5:00pm
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Happy SCOTUS Opinion Day, Legal Insurrection readers! We’ve got several opinions coming out today. Still waiting for some of the most controversial ones — three Texas cases dealing with abortion, affirmative action, and immigration — but this morning’s opinions cover some serious constitutional rights.

In day’s first opinion, Taylor v. United States, the...

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SCOTUS: It’s OK If the Police Unlawfully Stop You If There Was a Warrant Out for Your Arrest

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 20, 2016 at 2:00pm 6/20/2016 at 2:00pm
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Monday, the Supreme Court issued a 5-3 ruling in Utah v. Streiff that’s raising eyebrows for its implications for Fourth Amendment protections.

In Streiff, the defendant was stopped and questioned by a police officer in a parking lot near a house that an anonymous tipster had claimed was being used to sell drugs....

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Ted Cruz Endorses Anti-establishment Insurgent Colorado Senate Candidate

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 6:00pm 6/19/2016 at 6:00pm
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Last month, I wrote about Harry Reid’s statement that he is “fairly certain” the Democrats will retake the Senate this year, and as I noted, it is a very real possibility given a number of factors.  The Democrats need win only five seats to retake...

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Momentum Builds for Convention of States

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 7:30pm 6/2/2016 at 7:30pm
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Last week, Louisiana passed a resolution calling for a Convention of States as described in Article V of the U.S. Constitution. The resolution passed on May 25 with a vote of 62-36, making Louisiana the eighth state to call for a meeting of the states for the purpose of proposing constitutional amendments...

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SCOTUS Passes on Constitutional Challenge to Death Penalty

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 5:00pm 5/31/2016 at 5:00pm
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The death penalty will not get its day in court this year (at least not in the highest court in all of Americaland).

Only two of the court’s eight justices (Breyer and Ginsburg) showed interest in hearing the appeal of a Louisiana man convicted of killing his pregnant former girlfriend.

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Best of (Future SCOTUS?) Justice Don Willett’s Twitter Feed

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 7:15pm 5/18/2016 at 7:15pm
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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, released a short-list of potential SCOTUS nominees Wednesday.

Senate Republicans have thus far, made good on their promise to block President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland. Should that hold, the task of replacing the late Justice Scalia will fall to the next Oval Office...

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SCOTUS: In drawing voting Districts, states can count non-voters

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:15pm 4/4/2016 at 5:15pm
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On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a unanimous ruling in Evenwel v. Abbott, a voting rights case that dealt with how districts are drawn.

The opinion was written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito concurring. With the unanimous ruling, Justice Antonin Scalia’s death...

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Mandatory union dues survive as SCOTUS deadlocks without Scalia

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 8:30pm 3/29/2016 at 8:30pm
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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States, stuck in a 4-4 deadlock, affirmed the lower court’s decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a labor union dues case.

The one sentence decision offered no explanation and simply stated, “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court.”

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Supreme Court: 2nd Amendment applies to Stun Guns

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, March 21, 2016 at 7:30pm 3/21/2016 at 7:30pm
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The Supreme Court of the United States ruled today that Second Amendment does include stun guns, in a ruling issued on Monday.

In the short per curiam (“by the Court”) opinion in Caetano v. Massachusetts, the Court set aside a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, rejecting the arguments offered for allowing the...

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Meet Obama’s SCOTUS Nominee: Merrick Garland

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 10:34am 3/16/2016 at 10:34am
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Numerous news reports indicate that at 11 a.m. this morning Obama will hold a press appearance to introduce Merrick Garland, currently Chief Judge of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, as his nominee to fill the vacancy created by the death of Antonin Scalia.

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Florida Passes Abortion Law Similar to Texas Law Challenged at SCOTUS

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, March 11, 2016 at 6:01pm 3/11/2016 at 6:01pm
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On Thursday, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that would cut off state funding to abortion provider Planned Parenthood and increases the safety requirements for abortion clinics. The bill was cheered  by pro-life activists across the country and also brings added importance to a case pending before the United States...

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Justice Scalia, “guardian of the Jewish heritage within the Supreme Court”

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, March 7, 2016 at 2:30pm 3/7/2016 at 2:30pm
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A reader sent me a post from a Chabad publication which sheds light on an aspect of Justice Antonin Scalia’s career I did not previously know. But it doesn’t surprise me.

I’m a big fan of Chabad, as I’ve previously mentioned:

Chabad, the Lubavitch Orthodox Jewish organization, has emissaries...

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Life and Death Take Center Stage as SCOTUS Hears Texas Abortion Law Case

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 1:00pm 3/3/2016 at 1:00pm
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The Supreme Court of the United States has resumed hearing oral arguments since the death of conservative stalwart Justice Antonin Scalia. His seat remains empty, leaving the Court’s already-tenuous balance even shakier as they address one of the most important abortion cases during recent years.

Wednesday, the Court heard oral arguments in ...

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Justice Thomas Asks Questions at Oral Argument for 1st Time in 10 Years

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 29, 2016 at 5:30pm 2/29/2016 at 5:30pm
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(UPDATED: This post has been updated with the transcript of the oral arguments, at the bottom of this post. h/t Shall Not Be Questioned blog.)

In a turn of events sure to shock those who follow the US Supreme Court, Justice Clarence Thomas has broken with his 10-year-long record of declining to...

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Video: Dems disagree with Joe Biden on SCOTUS nominations

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 8:30am 2/25/2016 at 8:30am
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Democrats are pushing hard for the senate to lay down and approve an Obama nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court even after Chuck Schumer was

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