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Anthony Kennedy Drops A Big Hint About Potential Retirement in 2018

Justice Anthony Kennedy

Justice Kennedy is telling prospective law clerks for the term that beings in October 2018 that he is considering retiring at the end of the term that begins this October.

Supreme Court Declines To Accept Yet Another Second Amendment Case

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The Supreme Court has once again declined to hear an appeal in a Second Amendment case.

Another Supreme Court Vacancy This Summer?

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The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is hinting at a new Supreme Court vacancy this summer.

Senate Invokes ‘Nuclear Option’ As Gorsuch Nomination Heads To Final Vote

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As expected, Senate Republicans invoked the so-called ‘nuclear option’ to move the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch forward to a final vote on Friday.

Senate Committee Advances Gorsuch Nomination As ‘Nuclear Option’ Becomes Inevitable

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The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch even as it became inevitable that Republicans would be forced to invoke the ‘nuclear option’ to confirm him to the Supreme Court.

Senate Headed For ‘Nuclear Option’ Showdown Over Gorsuch Nomination

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Next week’s big news is likely to be the Senate’s vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, which could mean invocation of the so-called ‘nuclear option’ by Senate Republicans.

Senate Democrats Split On Strategy For Gorsuch Nomination

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Senate Democrats are divided on how to approach the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, making it likely that he’ll be confirmed.

Would Trump Nominate Ted Cruz To Fill Scalia’s Supreme Court Seat?

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Future Supreme Court Justice?

Republicans Starting To Cave On “No Hearings, No Votes” For Merrick Garland?

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Comments from one Republican Senator are raising the possibility we could see hearings and a vote on Merrick Garland during the post-election lame duck session of Congress.

Even If Clinton Wins, Don’t Expect Supreme Court Justices To Start Retiring Immediately

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Early indications are the Ruth Bader Ginsburg and other older Justices don’t plan on leaving any time soon.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Attacks Donald Trump, Raising Judicial Ethics Questions

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ginsburg made some recent comments about the election that have, to say the least, raised some eyebrows.

The Beginning Of The End Of The ‘Conservative’ Supreme Court

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Depending on the outcome of the election, the Supreme Court’s just concluded term will most likely be remembered as the point at which the Court’s rightward tilt that began at the end of the Warren Court Era came to an end.

Once Again, The Supreme Court Stabs At The Heart Of The Fourth Amendment

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The Supreme Court has once again issued a ruling that further chips away at the protections of the Fourth Amendment.

Time For The Senate GOP To Give In On Merrick Garland Nomination?

Merrick Garland Supreme Court Nomination

With Donald Trump now confirmed as the GOP nominee, some conservatives are suggesting that the Senate GOP should just give in on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Voters Don’t Seem To Care About The Political Fight Over Vacant Supreme Court Seat

Supreme Court Issues Multiple Rulings

It may be the talk of Washington, but the political fight over Justice Scalia’s vacant Supreme Court seat does not seem to be something voters care very much about.

Sharply Divided Supreme Court Hears Argument In Challenge To Obama’s Deportation Relief Plan

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The Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case challenging the President’s deportation relief plan, but it’s unlikely we’ll see a ruling on the merits.

Yes, We Would Benefit From A More Diverse Supreme Court

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Justice Sotomayor argued last week that we ought to look somewhere other than just the Courts of Appeal, the Ivy League, and the Northeast for Supreme Court Justices. She’s right.

Two Republicans Backtrack On Support For Hearings For SCOTUS Nominee

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Two Republicans who broke with their party to support hearings for Judge Merrick Garland have changed their minds and gotten back in line with the Senate GOP Caucus.

Supreme Court Looking For Way To Work Around 4-4 Tie In Obamacare Birth Control Cases

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The Supreme Court appears to be looking for a way to resolve an issue that has been mired in controversy for six years now.

Public Employee Unions Dodge A Bullet Thanks To 4-4 Supreme Court Tie

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Thanks to an equally divided Supreme Court, public employee unions won a case they most likely would have lost had Justice Scalia lived.

Conservatives Keep Up Pressure On Senate GOP To Hold The Line On SCOTUS Nominee

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Conservatives are doing all they can to make sure Merrick Garland does not get either a hearing or a vote in the Senate, and it’s working.

Another Senator Defects On “No Hearings, No Votes” As Public Opposition Rises

Merrick Garland Supreme Court Nomination

Another Republican Senator has broken ranks and called for hearings on the nomination of Merrick Garland, as another poll shows most Americans support hearings as well.

Justices Sharply Divided In Latest Obamacare Birth Control Mandate Case

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The Supreme Court appeared deadlocked during oral argument in the latest case dealing with the PPACA’s contraceptive coverage mandates.

Most Americans Oppose GOP’s “No Hearings, No Votes” Position On Garland Nomination

Merrick Garland Supreme Court Nomination

It increasingly appears that the GOP is on the losing side of the argument over whether to hold hearings and a vote on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Republican Senator Calls For Hearings And A Vote On Merrick Garland Nomination

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A crack in the wall.

Political War Over Supreme Court Getting Ready To Go Nuclear

Scalia Seat SCOTUS

The coming political battle over President Obama’s effort to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia will likely be unlike anything we’ve seen before.

Senate GOP Remains United On Denying Consideration To Obama SCOTUS Nominee

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The President could nominate someone to fill the vacancy created by Antonin Scalia’s death as soon a next week, but Republicans in the Senate remain firmly committed to their decision to deny the as yet unnamed nominee any consideration.

Majority Of Americans Want The Senate To Consider An Obama Nominee To SCOTUS

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Another poll shows that most Americans would prefer that the vacancy on the Supreme Court be filled by President Obama than that it be left open for the next President to fill, but other factors make it unlikely the Senate will act.

Senate Republicans Vow No Hearings On Supreme Court Nominee From President Obama

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Notwithstanding polling that indicates the American public disagrees with them, Senate Republicans emerged from a meeting today largely united on the idea of not giving any Supreme Court nominee named by President a hearing, or even the courtesy of a meeting.

Conservatives Double Down On ‘No Hearing, No Votes’ For SCOTUS Nominee

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Conservatives are sending a message to Senate Republicans about the vacancy on the Supreme Court, and it may require them to initiate a suicidal game plan.

Joe Biden In 1992: No Action On Supreme Court Nominations Until After An Election

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In 1992, Joe Biden said that no action should be taken on any potential Supreme Court nominations until after that year’s Presidential election. Sound familiar?

Americans Divided Over Who Should Name Scalia’s Replacement, Obama Or Next POTUS

Scalia Seat SCOTUS

Two new polls show that Americans are basically split equally on the question of who should appoint the Justice that will replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

Republicans Risk The Senate And The Presidency By Refusing To Consider Any SCOTUS Nominee

Supreme Court Issues Multiple Rulings

Republicans are putting much on the line in their refusal to consider any Supreme Court nomination from President Obama.

Supreme Court Appointments And Lame Duck Presidents: Yes, Both Sides Do It

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The politicization of Supreme Court appointments didn’t start with Republicans last night.

The Political Battle Over Justice Scalia’s Supreme Court Seat Has Begun

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It didn’t take long for the political battle over the seat held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia to become another part of the 2016 political battle.

How Justice Scalia’s Death Is Likely To Impact The Court’s Current Term

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In the short term, Justice Scalia’s death will have a significant impact on cases the Supreme Court has already heard, and cases it is scheduled to hear in the next two months.

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument On Meaning Of ‘One Person, One Vote’ In Redistricting

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The Supreme Court heard oral argument today in a case that could have big implications for redistricting, and the make-up of state legislatures and the House of Representatives.

Court Declines To Hear Case Involving Chicago Suburb’s Assault Weapons Ban

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The Supreme Court has declined to accept an appeal challenging a law barring certain types of so-called ‘assault weapons’ in a Chicago suburb.

SCOTUS Makes It More Likely Immigration Appeal Can Be Heard And Decided By June

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After requesting a 30 day extension to reply to the Federal Government’s request for appeal in the case challenging President Obama’s immigration executive action, the states get only eight days.

Obama Administration Appeals Fifth Circuit Immigration Ruling To Supreme Court

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The Obama Administration is asking the Supreme Court to review a ruling that kept a hold on last year’s immigration execution action in place.

The Supreme Court Begins A New Term With Several Politically Charged Cases

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The marriage equality issue is resolved, but that doesn’t mean the Supreme Court won’t have a lot of high profile cases on its docket over the next eight months.

Appeals Court Upholds Law Barring Protests On Supreme Court Building Property

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A Federal Appeals Court has upheld a 1949 law that bars protesters from the property around the Supreme Court building. This seems inconsistent with the Court’s recent First Amendment jurisprudence.

Same-Sex Marriage Gets Its Day At The Supreme Court

Gay marriage supporters hold a gay rights flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court before a hearing about gay marriage

A sharply divided Court heard argument today on an issue that has sharply divided the nation.

Supreme Court Limits Ability Of Police To Use Routine Traffic Stops To Search For Drugs

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In a 6-3 vote that defied traditional expectations, the Justices have limited the ability of police to detain people on the side of the road for long periods of time.

Previewing The Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Arguments

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On April 28th, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the four cases challenging state law bans on same-sex marriage. As we get closer to that date, there are likely to be many preview pieces about what is obviously the most important case the Court will hear this term. Over at SCOTUSBlog, Lyle Denniston […]

Supreme Court Appears Divided In Latest Obamacare Case

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Once again, the Supreme Court appears to be sharply divided on the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

The Supreme Court Sends More Signals That It’s Ready To Strike Down Same-Sex Marriage Bans

Same Sex Marriage Supreme Court

By refusing to stay the legalization of same-sex marriage in Alabama, the Supreme Court has sent the strongest signal yet that it is ready to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

Senate Republicans May Eliminate Filibuster For Supreme Court Nominees

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For some reason, Republicans want to change filibuster rules even though it’s unclear that they’ll still hold the Senate after 2016.

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases

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The two decade long argument over same-sex marriage appears headed for its final legal showdown.

Supreme Court To Consider Whether To Accept 6th Circuit Marriage Appeals On January 9th

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Shortly after the new year, we could know whether or not the Supreme Court will issue a definitive ruling on same-sex marriage by the end of June.

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