Justices side with doctors convicted in pain pill schemes
Supreme Court A bicyclist rides past police vehicles parked outside the U.S. Supreme Court building, Monday, June 27, 2022, in Washington. But the justices did not throw out the convictions of two doctors whose appeal was heard in February. The court ruled on appeals from Xiulu Ruan of Mobile, Alabama, and Shakeel Kahn, who practiced medicine in Ft. Mohave, Arizona, and Casper, Wyoming. Ruan is serving a 21-year federal prison term. Kahn was convicted of conspiracy to unlawfully distribute and dispense controlled substances resulting in death, including oxycodone, an opioid pain reliever, and fentanyl, a synthetic opioid.wftv.com
Supreme Court justices' past abortion views, in their own words and votes
More than a month ago, a stunning leak of a draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito indicated that the Supreme Court was prepared to take the momentous step of overruling the Roe v. Wade decision from 1973 and stripping away women's constitutional protections for abortion.cbsnews.com
Supreme Court conservatives flex muscle in sweeping rulings
Supreme Court Conservative Muscle FILE - Members of the Supreme Court pose for a group photo at the Supreme Court in Washington, April 23, 2021. Seated from left are Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Standing from left are Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch and Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File) (Erin Schaff)WASHINGTON — (AP) — The Supreme Court's sweeping rulings on guns and abortion sent an unmistakable message. They also showcased the enormous influence wielded by two stalwarts of the right, Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. ___For AP’s full coverage of the Supreme Court ruling on abortion, go to https://apnews.com/hub/abortionCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Roe V Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court — KnightNews.com
Today after a 6-3 majority vote, Roe V Wade will be overturned after 50 years, and the decision will be left in control of each individual state. Conservative Justice Samuel Alito said he believes that ‘Roe V Wade’ was a bad decision and needed to be overturned due to years of damaging results of unborn deathsAdvertisement“Roe V Wade was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito said. “We are overfilled with joy as life begins to be sanctified,” UCF GOP wrote in a statement. We will continue to pray for the unborn and fight to protect life,” UCF GOP wrote in a statement. “College Democrats at UCF stands with the millions of Americans who oppose the overturning of Roe V Wade,” the College Liberal group wrote in a statement.knightnews.com
Terrified law clerks at the Supreme Court are lawyering up as the investigation into the leaked draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade fuels hostility: report
A source told NPR clerks act as diplomats for justices, but the fear that their professional lives are under threat is straining the Supreme Court.news.yahoo.com
Supreme Court rules against Boston in Christian flag case
WASHINGTON — (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that Boston violated the free speech rights of a conservative activist when it refused his request to fly a Christian flag on a flagpole outside City Hall. Occasionally, the city takes down its own pennant and temporarily hoists another flag. Shurtleff and his Camp Constitution wanted to fly a white banner with a red cross on a blue background in the upper left corner, called the Christian flag. Breyer said the case hinged on whether the flag-flying is an act of the government, in which case Boston can do whatever it wants, or private parties like Shurtleff. The case is Shurtleff v. Boston, 20-1800.wftv.com
Justices limit discrimination claims for emotional distress
Supreme Court Water Rule FILE - Visitors walk outside the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 21, 2022. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in dissent that people who suffer discrimination often feel humiliation or embarrassment. Breyer noted in his opinion that some anti-bias laws, including against workplace discrimination, allow for damages for emotional distress. But Premier Rehab said Cummings could “communicate with the therapist using written notes, lip reading, or gesturing,” Roberts wrote. She went elsewhere, but then sued the business, asking for a court order against Premier Rehab and damages for emotional distress.wftv.com
Justices limit discrimination claims for emotional distress
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a discrimination lawsuit filed by a deaf, legally blind woman against a physical therapy business that wouldn't provide an American Sign Language interpreter for her appointments. In a 6-3 ruling with conservatives in the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that businesses that receive federal health care money can't be sued for discrimination under the Affordable Care Act when the harm alleged is emotional, not financial. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in dissent that people who suffer discrimination often feel humiliation or embarrassment.news.yahoo.com
SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Breyer's last chance to hypothesize
Supreme Court Breyer Last Hypothetical FILE - Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer speaks during an event at the Library of Congress for the 2022 Supreme Court Fellows Program hosted by the Law Library of Congress, Feb. 17, 2022, in Washington. The case is about Oklahoma's authority to prosecute people accused of crimes on Native American lands, following a 2020 Supreme Court decision. “I mean, we could stay here a long time, which we won’t, listing things I don’t know,” he said in court last week. On the bench, Breyer's questions will sometimes elicit a laugh from Clarence Thomas or a grin from Brett Kavanaugh. The lone exception was Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a diabetic since childhood, who has consistently worn a mask in court.wftv.com
Cheers for Jackson who declares: 'We've made it, all of us'
“It has taken 232 years and 115 prior appointments for a Black woman to be selected to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States,” Jackson said. Jackson will be the high court’s first former public defender — with the elite legal background of other justices as well. The White House said all current and former justices of the Supreme Court were invited, but none attended. "History doesn’t happen by accident — it’s made,” said White House chief of staff Ron Klain. A White House official said Jackson will remain on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit until then but will continue to recuse herself from cases.wftv.com
Cheers for Jackson as Biden declares "moment of real change'
The crowd on the White House lawn included Jackson’s family, members of Biden’s Cabinet, some of the Democratic senators who backed her nomination, as well as Democratic representatives and allies. The White House said all current and former justices of the Supreme Court were invited, but none attended. "History doesn’t happen by accident — it’s made,” said White House chief of staff Ron Klain. Biden took part in confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominees Sandra Day O’Connor in 1981 and Antonin Scalia in 1986, both nominated by President Ronald Reagan. A White House official said Jackson will remain on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit until then but will continue to recuse herself from cases.wftv.com
Jackson confirmation takes Biden political story full circle
Biden President Joe Biden goes to hug Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as they watch the Senate vote on her confirmation from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 7, 2022. President Joe Biden on Friday will celebrate the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black woman to reach the Supreme Court, marking the pinnacle of her legal career and bringing his political story full circle. The move helped resurrect his flailing campaign and preserved his pathway to the White House. "History doesn’t happen by accident — it’s made,” said White House chief of staff Ron Klain. Biden took part in confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominees Sandra Day O’Connor in 1981 and Antonin Scalia in 1986, both nominated by President Ronald Reagan.wftv.com
Jackson will join more diverse and conservative high court
Supreme Court Jackson Confirmation FILE - Members of the Supreme Court pose for a group photo at the Supreme Court in Washington, April 23, 2021. Seated from left are Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Standing from left are Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch and Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will join a Supreme Court that is both more diverse than ever and more conservative than it's been since the 1930s. Jackson, 51, is the first Black woman confirmed to the Supreme Court following Thursday’s 53-47 vote by the Senate. Jackson could spend time arranging for her clerks and other staff for the Supreme Court, and closing down her current office.wftv.com
Jackson confirmed as first Black female high court justice
Supreme Court Nomination Biden President Joe Biden holds hands with Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as they watch the Senate vote on her confirmation from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON — (AP) — The Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court on Thursday, shattering a historic barrier by securing her place as the first Black female justice and giving President Joe Biden a bipartisan endorsement for his effort to diversify the court. Jackson will take her seat when Justice Stephen Breyer retires this summer, solidifying the liberal wing of the 6-3 conservative-dominated court. Jackson will be just the third Black justice, after Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas, and the sixth woman. While Jackson won't change the balance, she will secure a legacy on the court for Biden and fulfill his 2020 campaign pledge to nominate the first Black female justice.wftv.com
Senate poised to confirm Jackson to Supreme Court
Supreme Court Nomination FILE - Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is sworn in for her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee March 21, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) (Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON — (AP) — The Senate is expected to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson on Thursday, securing her place as the first Black woman on the high court and giving President Joe Biden a bipartisan endorsement for his historic pick. “Joyous for the senate, joyous for the Supreme Court, joyous for America.”Jackson, a 51 year-old federal appeals court judge, would be just the third Black justice, after Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas, and the sixth woman. After a bruising hearing in which Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee aggressively interrogated Jackson on her sentencing record, three GOP senators came out and said they would support her. It was an attempted reset from three brutal Supreme Court battles during President Donald Trump’s presidency, when Democrats vociferously opposed the nominees, and from the end of President Barack Obama’s, when Republicans blocked Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland from getting a vote.wftv.com
Senate confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court
The Senate has confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, shattering a historic barrier by securing her place as the first Black female justice and giving President Joe Biden a bipartisan endorsement for his effort to diversify the court.
3 GOP senators will vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court
Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney say they will vote to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic nomination to the Supreme Court, giving President Joe Biden’s nominee a new burst of bipartisan support to become the first Black woman on the high court.
Murkowski, Romney to support Jackson for Supreme Court
Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney say they will vote to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s “historic nomination” to the Supreme Court, bolstering bipartisan support for the first Black woman to be nominated for the court. They join Sen. Susan Collins of Maine as Republicans who say they will support Jackson. Earlier Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee deadlocked, 11-11, on whether to send Jackson’s nomination to the Senate floor. There is an even party split on the panel, and all of the Republicans are opposing Jackson's nomination to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer. It is expected that all 50 Democrats will support Jackson, though one notable moderate Democrat, Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, hasn’t yet said how she will vote.wftv.com
Murkowski says she'll support Jackson for Supreme Court
WASHINGTON — (AP) — Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she will vote to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s “historic nomination” to the Supreme Court, bolstering bipartisan support for the first Black woman to be nominated for the court. Murkowski, who is up for reelection this year, joins Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine who has also said she will support Jackson. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee deadlocked, 11-11, Monday on whether to send Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination to the Senate floor. There is an even party split on the panel, and all of the Republicans are opposing Jackson's nomination to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer. It was the first time the committee has deadlocked on a Supreme Court nomination in three decades.wftv.com
Ketanji Brown Jackson: Committee to vote on Supreme Court nomination Monday
The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet Monday to vote on the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. If all 11 Democrats on the committee vote in favor of Jackson’s confirmation, and all 11 Republicans vote against the nomination, under Senate rules the nomination would still advance to a full Senate vote, though Democrats will have to spend additional hours on the Senate floor to “discharge” her nomination from committee. If a Democrat on the committee were to vote against her nomination, then the nomination would stall in committee. It takes a simple majority –— 51 votes –— to confirm a Supreme Court nominee. She would assume the seat on the Supreme Court when Breyer retires after the court’s term ends in June.wftv.com
Justices cast doubt on Texas immunity claim in vet's lawsuit
At the heart of the case is Congress' power to wage war and states' acknowledgments that they lacked similar authority, both laid out in the Constitution. A state appellate court dismissed it, and the justices stepped in. Fifteen other Republican-led states are calling on the court to side with Texas and rule out private lawsuits like Torres'. Congress first allowed returning service members to sue states to keep their jobs in 1974, recognizing discrimination because of opposition to the Vietnam War. “The Vietnam War is what made the statute necessary,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor said.wftv.com
Justices cast doubt on Texas immunity claim in vet's lawsuit
The Supreme Court on Tuesday cast doubt on Texas' claim that it can't be sued by a former state trooper who says he was forced out of his job when he returned from Army service in Iraq. The justices heard arguments in a dispute over a federal law that was enacted in 1991 in the wake of the Persian Gulf war to strengthen job protections for returning service members. Over 90 minutes, the justices discussed the Vietnam War, Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Alexander Hamilton and even Hamilton, the musical, as they tried to sort through whether states are shielded from lawsuits filed by veterans who complain that their jobs were not protected, in violation of the federal law.news.yahoo.com
Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson back for more hearings
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson faced down a barrage of Republican questioning about her sentencing of criminal defendants on Wednesday, as her history-making bid to join the Supreme Court veered from lofty constitutional questions to attacks on her motivations as a judge.
Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson faces initial round of questioning
Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson forcefully defended her record as a federal judge Tuesday, pushing back on Republican assertions that she would be soft on crime and declaring she would rule as an “independent jurist” if confirmed as the first Black woman on the high court.