Posts Tagged: SCOTUS

If The Supreme Court Takes This Gun Control Case, Its Decision Will Be Huge

When the Supreme Court meets later today to discuss pending petitions for review, the justices’ conference calendar will include a pivotal Second Amendment case: Kolbe v. Hogan. In Kolbe v. Hogan, the full Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Maryland’s ban of semiautomatic rifles and detachable ammunition magazines that exceed ten rounds. In doing so,… Read more »

Federal Judge Rules In Favor Of Atheists Against A County’s Religious Flag

    A Pennsylvania county voted Wednesday to appeal a court ruling against the display of the Christian cross on the county’s flag and seal as unconstitutional. Lehigh County commissioners voted to appeal the ruling to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling initially concluded a lawsuit that four local members and the Freedom… Read more »

Supreme Court Tosses One Of Two Travel Ban Challenges

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out an appeals court ruling that struck down President Donald Trump’s previous temporary travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority nations countries that has now expired. In a one-page order, the court acted in one of two cases pending before the nine justices over Trump’s travel ban, a case from… Read more »

Trump Gives Employers Power Back Over Birth Control Mandate

President Donald Trump’s administration announced Friday that it will provide employers with religious or moral objections to providing birth control in their employee health insurance plans an exemption. The administration’s exemption includes “any non-profit organization that have a religious or moral objection to providing contraception,” a senior Health and Human Services (HHS) official told reporters Friday. The new… Read more »

Justice Thomas Finally Featured In National Museum Of African American History And Culture

A year after it opened, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is finally featured in the National Museum of African American History and Culture. He, along with Justice Thurgood Marshall, is highlighted in a new exhibit about the Supreme Court. Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice, was on the court from October 1967 until October… Read more »

SCOTUS Will No Longer Hear Trump Travel Ban Case

The Supreme Court has cancelled an oral argument hearing, scheduled for October 10, about President Trump’s travel ban issued by executive prder earlier this year.  The hearing was taken off the schedule after the President issued a new ban and restrictions Sunday night, adding additional countries and laying out specific national security requirements for entry… Read more »

AG’s From 21 States Ask Supreme Court To Hear Suit Against Maryland’s Assault Weapons Ban

‘Banning certain types of firearms steps on the Second Amendment’ A coalition of 21 state attorneys general filed a brief on Friday urging the Supreme Court to hear a case against Maryland’s assault weapons ban. The attorneys general for Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina,… Read more »

Trump Quietly Putting His Stamp On The Courts

President Trump has been quietly making lifetime appointments to fill more than 100 vacancies on federal courts across the country. With five judges confirmed, another 30 pending and 123 seats left to fill, according to one group tracking the numbers, Trump has the opportunity to revamp the judiciary branch and carve out a legacy for himself that could stand the… Read more »

Where Would We Stand Without Heller?

When the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down the District’s “good-reason” requirement for concealed carry, it begged the question once more: Where would we be without Heller? District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) was the seminal Supreme Court decision that reaffirmed that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual… Read more »

Supreme Court OKs Expanded List Of Relatives Exempt From Travel Ban

In its latest ruling on President Trump’s travel ban, the Supreme Court gave the green light to a broader list of close family members who can get visas to travel to the U.S. during the 90-day period the president’s executive order is in place. The move declined to put an end to a federal judge… Read more »