Jackson confirmed as first Black female high court justice
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.
Sotomayor, Barrett discuss their lives in Supreme Court’s spotlight
As the Senate moved closer to confirming the Supreme Court’s first Black female justice, the court’s first Latina told a university audience that the spotlight at times is harsh. But she was asked several questions about diversity, and what role her Latina heritage and humble upbringing played in her decision-making on the Supreme Court. I have worked as a district court judge, a circuit court judge. The Supreme Court is still closed to the public because of the pandemic, but this week saw the justices venturing out. Justice Amy Coney Barrett was at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, where other justices have preceded her.washingtonpost.com
Supreme Court tosses Wisconsin legislative voting maps
The Supreme Court has thrown out Wisconsin state legislative maps that were preferred by the state’s Democratic governor and selected by Wisconsin’s top court, a win for Republicans that also makes it unclear what boundaries will be in place for the fall election.
With Roe in question, justices dig into private debate
After hours of public arguments, the Supreme Court's justices will now embark on a private debate over what to do about possibly drastic abortion limits for pregnant women in the U.S. The justices will talk it over this week and hold a preliminary vote.
What the Supreme Court justices have said about abortion and Roe v. Wade
On Dec. 1, the Supreme Court will consider a Mississippi law that could overturn Roe v. Wade — the 1973 ruling establishing a nationwide right to abortion. Here's what we know about where each justice stands on the issue.washingtonpost.com
Losing can 'get frustrating' says liberal Justice Sotomayor
Acknowledging the limits of her own influence on the law as a member of the Supreme Court's liberal minority, Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday encouraged citizens to work to change laws they may disagree with, like a recent Texas law that limits access to abortions. Already the court has on its calendar big cases, including ones involving guns and abortion, where Sotomayor might be expected to be in the minority of any decision.news.yahoo.com
Supreme Court rules against inmate in death penalty case
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against an Alabama inmate whose lawyers argued that his trial counsel should have done more to try to show he is intellectually disabled and therefore he should be spared a death sentence. In an unsigned 6-3 opinion, the conservative majority on Friday reversed an 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals finding and said that a state court had correctly rejected claims that Matthew Reeves had ineffective counsel at trial because they did not hire a neuropsychologist to present evidence he is intellectually disabled. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, joined by Justice Elena Kagan, said the majority’s decision continues a “troubling trend in which this Court strains to reverse summarily any grants of relief to those facing execution.”news.yahoo.com
High court: California can't collect charity top donor names
The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered California to stop collecting the names and addresses of top donors to charities. The justices voted 6-3 along ideological lines to side with two nonprofit groups, including one with links to billionaire Charles Koch. The groups argued that California's policy of collecting the information violates the First Amendment.news.yahoo.com