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 News of the Day 

U.S. Supreme Court  Revoked a Lower-Court Order That Required a California Jail to Implement Stricter Health and Safety Measures in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Intervene in Florida Voting Dispute

U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5 to 4 Decision, Allows the Federal Government to Resume Executing Death Row Inmates

U.S. Supreme Court Decisions for 7/09/20-

U.S. Supreme Court Upheld a Federal Rule Exempting Employers With Religious or Moral Objection From Providing Contraceptive Coverage to Employees Under the A.C.A.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Employment Discrimination Suits Filed by Female Teachers Fired by Catholic Elementary Schools are Barred by the First Amendment’s, "Ministerial Exception"

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That a State May Force an Elector’s Pledge to Support Their Parties’ Nominee, and the State Voter’s Choice for President, in the Electoral College.


U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Montana’s Exclusion of Religious Schools from a State-Funded Scholarship for Private Schools Violates the First Amendment

U.S. Supreme Court Struck Down a Louisiana Law Requiring Doctors Who Perform Abortions to Have the Right to Admit Patients at Nearby Hospitals

U.S. Supreme Court Decisions for 6/29/20-

•    In United States Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, the justices held that the enforcement of a law requiring foreign affiliates of domestic groups receiving funds to fight HIV/AIDS to have a policy opposing prostitution and sex trafficking does not violate the First Amendment.

•    In June Medical Services v. Russo, the justices struck down a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have the right to admit patients at nearby hospitals.

•    In Seila Law v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the justices held that the CFPB’s leadership by a single director removable only for inefficiency, neglect or malfeasance violates the separation of powers.

Previous Decisions 

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That DHS’s Decision to Rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) Was Arbitrary and Capricious Under the Administrative Procedures Act

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Federal Employment Discrimination Law Protects Gay and Transgender Employees

U.S. Supreme Court Justices to Ask Questions By Seniority During First-Ever Teleconference Arguments


U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Congress Bilked ACA Insurers

U.S. Supreme Court Rethinks Stare Decisis While Declaring Non-Unanimous Jury Convictions Unconstitutional  

Judge Helen Whitener Appointed to Washington State Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments by Telephone and Provide Audio Feed to News Media Due to Covid-19

Gov. Inslee Appoints Judge Susan Adams to Pierce County Superior Court