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Justices take on First Amendment challenge to state abortion disclosure laws: In Plain English
In 2015, California lawmakers enacted the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency Act. The law, known as the Reproductive FACT Act, responded to concerns that crisis pregnancy centers - nonprofit organizations, ofte...
Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) Blog
Monday, December 11, 2017

No new grants today
After adding seven new cases to their merits docket on Friday, the justices issued additional orders from last week's conference. They did not add any more new cases to their docket, but they did deny review in a high-profile case in which they had b...
Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) Blog
Monday, December 11, 2017

OT2017 #9: "Peak SG"
The exciting December sitting may be over, but we're still here to let you know what you missed. We catch you up on the oral argument inMasterpiece Cakeshop, everybody's favorite cake-flavored battle between religious liberty and gay rights. We'll a...
Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) Blog
Monday, December 11, 2017

This week at the court
We expect additional orders from the December 8 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m. The justices will meet next for their January 5 conference. The calendar for the January sitting, which begins on January 8, is available on the Supreme Court's website...
Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) Blog
Sunday, December 10, 2017

Court blocks DACA discovery orders - at least for now
Tonight a divided Supreme Court put on hold a set of lower-court orders that would require the federal government to turn over additional documents related to the Trump administration's decision to end the policy known as Deferred Action for Childhoo...
Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) Blog
Friday, December 8, 2017

Court adds seven new cases to merits docket
The Supreme Court issueda preliminary set of ordersfrom its conference today, adding seven new cases to its merits docket for the term. The new cases include a high-profile Maryland gerrymandering case, a dispute over federal sentencing laws and an...
Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) Blog
Friday, December 8, 2017

SCOTUS for law students: Splitting the free speech community
Tuesday's oral argument in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed that the justices are divided in their views on the conflict between the free-expression rights of a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-...
Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) Blog
Friday, December 8, 2017

Why justices attend the State of the Union: Two political scientists focus on positivity bias
Article II of the Constitution provides that the president "shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union." House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican of Wisconsin, has invited President Donald Trump to deliver his fir...
Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) Blog
Friday, December 8, 2017

Argument analysis: Is "cash only" enough for a tax law obstruction charge?
Marinello v. United States is a criminal tax case that presents a limiting-principle puzzle. It turns on the meaning of I.R.C. 7212(a), which makes "corrup[t]" "obstruction" of "the due administration of this Title" a felony. The language is "ungod...
Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) Blog
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Forgotten Founder: William Ewald on Justice James Wilson, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence
Despite signing both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and being one of six original justices appointed to the Supreme Court, James Wilson is not often thought of as a leading light among America's founders. One explanation for thi...
Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) Blog
Thursday, December 7, 2017

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