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Yahoo NewsJun 26, 2019
Supreme Court's Conservative Justices Weigh Scrapping Another Precedent
(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority may be ready to overturn a longstanding precedent for the third time in recent weeks -- perhaps foreshadowing the vulnerability of its rulings on abortion rights.The justices will rule as early as Wednesday on a business-backed bid to overturn decades-old decisions that give federal agencies broad power to say what their regulations mean.The case is one of eight rulings due before the justices' term ends this week. The court also plans to rule on gerrymandered voting maps and the Trump administration's bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.Another precedent-toppling ruling would extend a pattern that already has liberal justices sounding alarms. They've hinted that the five conservative justices may be eyeing the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized abortion nationwide."Today's decision can only cause one to wonder which cases the court will overrule next," dissenting Justice Stephen Breyer wrote last month when the court overruled a 1979 precedent to say that states are immune from private suits in another state's courts."Well, that didn't take long," Justice Elena Kagan wrote 39 days later when the court overturned part of a 1985 ruling and said people could go directly to federal court to claim that a government regulation unconstitutionally took private property without compensation. "Now one may wonder yet again."Both of those were 5-4 decisions, with Chief Justice John Roberts and the ot
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