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Court rebuffs Trump’s bid to block release of documents related to Jan. 6 riot

EMERGENCY DOCKET By Amy Howe on Jan 19, 2022 at 8:26 pm Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Pennsylvania in 2018. (Evan El-Amin via Shutterstock) In a major victory for the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court turned down a request by former […]

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Trump asks justices to block the release of documents related to Jan. 6 riot

SCOTUS NEWS By Amy Howe on Dec 23, 2021 at 3:34 pm Former President Donald Trump’s supporters storm the Capitol building on January 6, 2020. (Thomas Hengge via Shutterstock) Former President Donald Trump came to the Supreme Court on Thursday, asking the justices to block the release of White House records to the congressional committee […]

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Justices will hear arguments on Jan. 7 in challenges to Biden vaccine policies

SCOTUS NEWS By Amy Howe on Dec 22, 2021 at 8:55 pm President Joe Biden attends a White House meeting in September. (Naresh111 via Shutterstock) With COVID-19 cases surging across the country, the Supreme Court fast-tracked two disputes over the Biden administration’s efforts to expand vaccinations. In an unusual move, the justices announced on Wednesday […]

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Justices field emergency requests on federal vaccine policies for workplaces, health care facilities

EMERGENCY DOCKET By Amy Howe on Dec 18, 2021 at 8:03 pm President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the state of COVID-19 vaccinations in April 2021. (Redhood Studios via Shutterstock) As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third year and the omicron variant causes a spike in cases, challenges to efforts by policymakers to respond to […]

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Arizona asks court to reinstate law banning abortions on basis of genetic abnormalities

EMERGENCY DOCKET By Amy Howe on Dec 14, 2021 at 8:30 pm Less than two weeks after the Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case urging the justices to overturn their landmark rulings in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the state of Arizona asked the court to allow it to enforce […]

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Court rejects religious challenge to New York’s vaccine mandate for health care workers

EMERGENCY DOCKET By Amy Howe on Dec 13, 2021 at 8:59 pm A man receives a COVID-19 vaccine at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. (Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit via Flickr) The Supreme Court on Monday turned down two requests to block New York’s vaccine mandate for health care workers. […]

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Court turns away religious challenge to Maine’s vaccine mandate for health care workers

EMERGENCY DOCKET By James Romoser on Oct 29, 2021 at 9:23 pm The Supreme Court on Friday allowed a vaccine mandate for Maine health care workers to remain in effect, rejecting an emergency request from workers who argued that they should receive religious exemptions. The brief order was a rare instance of the court deferring […]

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Court won’t block Texas abortion ban but fast-tracks cases for argument on Nov. 1

SCOTUS NEWS By Amy Howe on Oct 22, 2021 at 3:22 pm Activists on both sides of the abortion debate protest outside the Supreme Court in 2016. (Rena Schild via Shutterstock) The Supreme Court will hear oral argument on Nov. 1 in a pair of cases challenging the Texas law that bans nearly all abortions […]

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Sotomayor turns down plea to block New York City vaccine mandate

EMERGENCY DOCKET By Amy Howe on Oct 1, 2021 at 7:10 pm Without referring the case to the full court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected a request to block New York City’s vaccine mandate. (Art Lien) The Supreme Court refused on Friday to block New York City’s requirement that all public-school employees be vaccinated for COVID-19. […]

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Court rejects request to postpone Texas execution

CAPITAL CASE By Amy Howe on Sep 28, 2021 at 8:27 pm The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to block the execution of Rick Rhoades, a Texas inmate who was sentenced to death for the 1991 stabbing death of two brothers during a robbery. There were no public dissents from the court’s one-sentence order. Shortly […]