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Justices grant FDA request to block mail delivery of abortion pills

The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a request from the Food and Drug Administration to reinstate a federal requirement that a pill used to induce abortion in the early stages of pregnancy be picked up in person from a health care provider. A federal district judge had suspended that requirement last summer because of the […]

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On the Supreme Court’s shadow docket, the steady volume of pandemic cases continues

As the Supreme Court winds down for the holiday break, one thing that has not slowed is the flow of litigation arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. In November and December, the court handled seven emergency requests for relief related to COVID-19, six involving challenges by religious institutions to state crowd-restriction orders and one involving exposure […]

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Citing imminent expiration, justices reject Christian school’s request for exemption from Kentucky’s in-person school closures

The Supreme Court on Thursday turned down a request from a Christian school in Kentucky and the state’s attorney general to allow in-person classes at faith-based schools, stressing that most schools in Kentucky will close for the winter holidays on Friday, Dec. 18, and are slated to reopen on Jan. 4. The justices left open […]

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Justices revive religious groups’ attempts to block COVID-related restrictions in Colorado, New Jersey

Posted Tue, December 15th, 2020 3:21 pm by Amy Howe The Supreme Court on Tuesday tossed out a pair of lower-court rulings that had permitted states to enforce COVID-related restrictions at worship services. The two brief orders from the justices instruct the lower courts to take another look at religious groups’ challenges to restrictions in […]

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Justices tell lower court to take another look at California COVID-19 restrictions on indoor worship

Posted Thu, December 3rd, 2020 12:53 pm by Amy Howe Last week the Supreme Court granted requests from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and two Orthodox Jewish synagogues to lift New York’s coronavirus-related attendance limits on worship services. The broader impact of that ruling became even more apparent on Thursday morning, when the justices ordered a […]

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Justices lift New York’s COVID-related attendance limits on worship services

The Supreme Court late Wednesday night granted requests from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and two Orthodox Jewish synagogues to block enforcement of a New York executive order restricting attendance at houses of worship. Both the diocese and the synagogues claimed that the executive order violated the right to the free exercise of religion […]

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New York tells justices not to intervene in conflict over attendance limits at worship services

Posted Fri, November 20th, 2020 5:48 pm by Amy Howe New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged the Supreme Court on Friday to stay out of the state’s battle with two Orthodox Jewish synagogues in New York City over an executive order that limits attendance at houses of worship as part of an effort to combat […]

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Court issues new circuit assignments

Posted Fri, November 20th, 2020 12:06 pm by Amy Howe A little less than a month after the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, the Supreme Court on Friday issued a new set of circuit justice assignments, which take effect immediately. Barrett was assigned to the 7th Circuit, where she served as a judge for […]

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Brooklyn Catholic diocese asks justices to block limits on attendance at church services

Posted Thu, November 12th, 2020 6:46 pm by Amy Howe The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to block limits imposed on in-person church attendance because of the coronavirus pandemic. The plea renews a dispute over restrictions on worship services while some secular businesses remain open. The Supreme Court rebuffed […]

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Court won’t block extended deadline for North Carolina mail-in ballots

Posted Wed, October 28th, 2020 9:04 pm by Amy Howe The Supreme Court on Wednesday night rejected a request by the Trump campaign and North Carolina Republicans to intervene in a dispute over the deadline for mail-in ballots in North Carolina. With three justices dissenting, the court left in place an extension of the deadline […]