US Supreme Court

Denounced as Going ‘Too Far’ When Sanders Said It—American Bar Association Backs Full Voting Rights for Incarcerated People

Bolstering a proposal which was denounced by centrists and conservatives as going “too far” in the fight for voting rights when Sen. Bernie Sanders backed it during the Democratic presidential primary, the American Bar Association won applause from rights advocates on Thursday regarding its support for full enfranchisement for current and former prison inmates. At its annual meeting earlier …

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As Prisons Across US Report Surge in Covid-19 Cases, Supreme Court Rules Jail Does Not Have to Provide Basic Protections to Inmates

As prisons and jails across the country continue to report Covid-19 outbreaks among inmates and staff, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that a county jail in California does not have to provide its population with basic sanitary and protective equipment or test symptomatic inmates. Responding to an emergency application by officials at Orange …

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US Supreme Court Upholds ‘Pay-to-Vote Scheme,’ Allowing Florida to Impose Poll Tax on Those With Felony Convictions

The voting rights of hundreds of thousands of former felons in Florida were called into question Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a lower court ruling to stand, permitting the state to bar former inmates from voting if they owe court fees or fines.  The decision relates to Amendment 4, a law that overwhelmingly passed …

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In Dead-of-Night Ruling, Supreme Court’s Right-Wing Majority OKs First Federal Execution in 17 Years

The Trump administration carried out the first execution of a federal death row inmate since 2003 on Tuesday morning, killing Daniel Lewis Lee by lethal injection just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court’s right-wing majority issued an overnight, unsigned decision vacating a lower court’s order temporarily halting his execution due to concerns about the government’s …

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Holding US Government to Its Treaty Promises ‘For Once,’ Supreme Court Rules Nearly Half of Oklahoma Still Native American Territory

Indigenous leaders on Thursday hailed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in McGirt vs. Oklahoma as a victory for tribal sovereignty for affirming that the U.S. government’s treaty with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation must still be recognized by Congress and that nearly half of what is known as the U.S. state of Oklahoma is actually Native American land.  In the 5-4 decision, Justice …

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Sanders, Khanna Say SCOTUS Ruling on Contraceptives Just One More Reason to Demand Medicare for All

Healthcare advocates Wednesday charged that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on birth control access is just the latest evidence that the federal government must expand Medicare coverage to all Americans, eliminating the for-profit system in which employment is tied to people’s ability to obtain medical care. Shortly after the 7-2 ruling in Trump vs. Pennsylvania declared the Trump …

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Supreme Court Ruling Denounced as ‘Dangerous and Serious’ Attack on Women’s Right to Contraceptive Care

Reproductive rights advocates vowed to continue their fight to protect women’s access to contraceptives in the U.S. on Wednesday after the Supreme Court ruled that employers can refuse to provide birth control coverage for workers on religious or moral grounds. The 7-2 decision in Trump vs. Pennsylvania—in which Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sonia Sotomayor …

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300+ Law Professors Agree: Congress Should ‘Pass a Bill Tomorrow’ to End Qualified Immunity for Police

More than 300 legal scholars from law schools across the U.S. on Thursday signed a letter imploring congressional leaders to pass legislation to fully abolish qualified immunity for police officers and hold local governments accountable when a person’s constitutional rights are violated. A provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1871, known as Section 1983, …

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‘Attacking the Very Foundations’ of Church-State Separation, SCOTUS Delivers ‘Seismic Shock’ Ruling on Religious Schools

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a ruling civil liberties advocates warned could make taxpayers “underwrite religious education”—opening a massive crack in the bedrock principle of church and state separation. The decision in the case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, was 5-4, with the court’s conservatives in the majority. As NBC News put …

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Victory for “Wall Street’s Army of Lawyers and Lobbyists” as Supreme Court Puts CFPB Chief Under Trump’s Control

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau statute shielding the agency’s director from being fired by the president without cause, a decision that critics warned threatens the bureau’s ability to protect the public from corporate abuses without political interference. The high court’s conservative majority ruled that the CFPB provision …

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Betraying ‘Bedrock Principle’ of Due Process, Supreme Court Allows Fast-Tracked Deportations

The ACLU warned Thursday that people’s lives could be “in grave danger” following the Supreme Court’s ruling allowing for fast-tracked deportations of certain asylum seekers. The ruling was 7-2, with Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissenting. CNN reported: Currently, undocumented immigrants who are caught within 100 miles of a land border and within 14 …

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Progressive Group Denounces Roberts’ Refusal to Investigate Federal Judge’s Retirement

In what the advocacy group Demand Justice called a “Friday news dump,” U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said he would not direct a federal court to conduct an ethics inquiry into the retirement of Judge Thomas Griffith from the second-highest court in the country. Demand Justice had called for the investigation into Griffith’s decision …

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‘A Day That Will Live in Infamy’: This Is What It Looked Like When Wisconsin Forced In-Person Voting During a Pandemic

As footage of Wisconsin’s crowded polling stations flooded the internet Tuesday, public health officials and civil rights advocates condemned the state’s Supreme Court and Republican legislative leaders for allowing in-person voting during the coronavirus pandemic and thwarting Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ last-minute efforts to address voter safety concerns. “These are dangerous times for democracy.”—Aquene Freechild, …

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