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Lawmakers consider nudging Supreme Court toward more transparency on the shadow docket

SCOTUS NEWS By James Romoser on Feb 18, 2021 at 9:26 pm Democrats and Republicans on a House panel agreed Thursday that the Supreme Court should be more transparent when it issues significant rulings on its so-called shadow docket, and some lawmakers floated the possibility of legislation to force the justices to disclose their votes […]

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Debate over court packing continues

EVENT By Kalvis Golde on Feb 8, 2021 at 6:46 pm Packing the Supreme Court, or increasing the number of justices on its bench, has been rare in American history. Certainly the majority party has traditionally viewed it as risky: Change the size of the court now, only to have members of the opposing party […]

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Trump’s legal positions will test Biden’s acting solicitor general

SCOTUS Focus By Kalvis Golde and James Romoser on Jan 28, 2021 at 4:32 pm Elizabeth Prelogar, who will lead the Office of the Solicitor General under the Biden administration, argued cases before the court during her previous role in the office (Art Lien) “We didn’t change position in a single case. Not one.” That […]

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With Democrats in control, Supreme Court reform proposals reclaim center stage

Event By Kalvis Golde on Jan 26, 2021 at 1:33 pm Senate control has some Democrats calling for reform (Kalvis Golde) In the immediate aftermath of the nomination of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court last October, then-presidential candidate Joe Biden promised, if elected, to create a bipartisan commission to study court reform […]

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Roberts will not preside over impeachment trial

SCOTUS NEWS By Amy Howe on Jan 25, 2021 at 7:15 pm When the Senate’s impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump begins next month, one familiar face from Trump’s first impeachment won’t be there: Chief Justice John Roberts. Instead, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who serves as the president pro tempore of the Senate, will […]

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Justices are “in the process” of getting COVID vaccines; some have received both doses

Posted Wed, January 13th, 2021 9:17 pm by James Romoser Some Supreme Court justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts, have received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine, and the court says plans are in place for all nine justices to become fully vaccinated. Kathy Arberg, a spokesperson for the court, declined to say how many […]

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In year-end report, Roberts praises “unsung heroes” of the pandemic

Posted Thu, December 31st, 2020 6:00 pm by Amy Howe Chief Justice John Roberts issued his annual year-end report on Thursday, and the theme – perhaps unsurprisingly – was the coronavirus pandemic. Roberts paid tribute to everyone in the federal court system and the federal government who allowed the courts to carry out their work […]

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, feminist pioneer and progressive icon, dies at 87

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a trailblazer who fought for gender equality as a lawyer and became a beloved hero of the progressive movement as a justice, died on Friday of complications from pancreatic cancer. When she was confirmed to the Supreme Court in 1993, Ginsburg was a reserved and relatively unknown court of appeals judge, but […]

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Gorsuch, speaking to students on Constitution Day, honors Ginsburg

Posted Thu, September 17th, 2020 4:45 pm by Kalvis Golde Justice Neil Gorsuch praised Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s four decades of service as a judge, telling schoolchildren across America on Thursday to “think about the sacrifices she’s made on our behalf. We owe her a very great deal.” Gorsuch’s comments came during a “Virtual Student […]

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Justices release December calendar

Posted Wed, September 16th, 2020 4:05 pm by Amy Howe The Supreme Court on Wednesday released the calendar for the December argument session, which will include the clash between the Department of Justice and the House Judiciary Committee over the committee’s efforts to obtain secret materials from the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Over […]