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Divided court blocks Texas from enforcing social media law

EMERGENCY DOCKET By Amy Howe on May 31, 2022 at 7:18 pm Texas Gov. Greg Abbott believes the state’s new social media law will prevent companies like Twitter from censoring conservatives. (Wikimedia Commons) The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with the technology industry and blocked a controversial Texas law that bars large social media platforms […]

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Justices decline to block Biden policy on social costs of greenhouse gases

EMERGENCY DOCKET By Amy Howe on May 26, 2022 at 2:59 pm The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a plea from Louisiana and nine other states to bar federal agencies from considering the social costs of greenhouse gases as part of their decision-making process. In a brief, unsigned order, the justices declined to reinstate a […]

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Tech industry asks court to block Texas law that targets social media companies

EMERGENCY DOCKET By Amy Howe on May 14, 2022 at 8:34 pm Two technology trade groups came to the Supreme Court on Friday night, asking the justices to block a controversial Texas law that bars large social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter from moderating speech based on the viewpoints of their users. Describing the […]

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Justices decline to block execution of Arizona man with schizophrenia

CAPITAL CASE By James Romoser on May 11, 2022 at 8:47 pm The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed Arizona to execute a man who suffered from severe mental illness and, according to his lawyers, did not understand why the state wanted to put him to death. No justices indicated dissent from the court’s brief order […]

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Court rejects bid to block Tennessee execution, but inmate gets reprieve when state discovers last-minute “oversight”

CAPITAL CASE By Amy Howe on Apr 21, 2022 at 8:34 pm The Supreme Court on Thursday declined to block the execution of Tennessee inmate Oscar Smith, who had been scheduled to die at 8 p.m. EDT. However, shortly after the justices turned down Smith’s appeal, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee called off the execution, citing […]

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With three conservatives dissenting, court declines to intervene on behalf of Air Force officer who won’t get vaccinated

EMERGENCY DOCKET By Amy Howe on Apr 18, 2022 at 6:32 pm The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a plea from a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve to block the Air Force from disciplining him because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19. Three justices – Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch […]

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Five-justice majority restores Trump-era policy on water pollution, provoking more criticism of emergency docket

EMERGENCY DOCKET By James Romoser on Apr 6, 2022 at 7:21 pm A Trump-era regulation restricted the ability of states to block new pipelines and other projects that could cause water pollution. (Leonid Ikan via Shutterstock) A divided Supreme Court on Wednesday reinstated a Trump-era environmental policy that makes it harder for states to block […]

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Court allows Department of Defense to reassign unvaccinated Navy SEALs

EMERGENCY DOCKET By Amy Howe on Mar 25, 2022 at 6:20 pm The Supreme Court on Friday gave the Pentagon the go-ahead to consider whether some members of the elite Navy SEALs are vaccinated against COVID-19 when making operational decisions. With three justices noting dissents, the court temporarily blocked an order by a federal trial […]

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Justices decline to reinstate GOP-backed congressional voting maps in North Carolina, Pennsylvania

EMERGENCY DOCKET By Amy Howe on Mar 7, 2022 at 9:42 pm The Supreme Court on Monday refused to block orders by courts in North Carolina and Pennsylvania that threw out the congressional maps enacted by the states’ Republican legislatures and replaced them with maps drawn by the trial courts. The justices’ rulings mean that […]

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In 5-4 vote, justices reinstate Alabama voting map despite lower court’s ruling that it dilutes Black votes

EMERGENCY DOCKET By Amy Howe on Feb 7, 2022 at 8:43 pm The Supreme Court on Monday allowed Alabama to implement a redistricting plan that is being challenged as illegal racial gerrymandering. A lower court ruled last month that the state’s new congressional map likely violates the Voting Rights Act, and it ordered the state […]