Former Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that the Supreme Court’s decision on gerrymandering “tears at the fabric of our democracy.” The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that judges do not have the authority to intervene in cases of partisan gerrymandering political districts. “We conclude that partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority decision, according to The New York Times. "With partisan gerrymandering decision (plus Citizens United/Shelby) Roberts Court has entered a new political Lochner era," Holder, the chair of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, tweeted on Thursday. "This decision tears at the fabric of our democracy and puts the interests of the established few above the many. History will not be kind in its assessment,” he added. "Let me be very clear. In spite of the troubling Supreme Court gerrymandering … [Read more...] about Holder Slams Supreme Court Decision of Gerrymandering
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Fox & Friends about the most recent Supreme Court decision on voting rights, Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano told host Steve Doocy that the decision “may very well lead us into the direction of people who are non-citizens voting.” Napolitiano was implying that non-citizens also known as undocumented residents or “illegal immigrants” could eventually gain the right to vote in the United States, based upon the legal precedent set forth by the case, Evenwel v. Abbott. But, we are going to have to call the Judge out on this claim. A close examination of the opinion reveals that’s not really what the decision said at all.“I’m not sure that is going to happen but its a step in that direction,” Napolitano was sure to add during the program. As my colleague Chris White reported yesterday, the Supreme Court on Monday unanimously (meaning 8 to 0) rejected a Texas conservative groups’ challenge to the longstanding practice … [Read more...] about Fox’s Judge Napolitano Claims Supreme Court Decision Will Lead to ‘Illegal Immigrants’ Voting
On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States resolved more than two years of litigation over one of the most hotly contested acts of Congress, definitively upholding virtually all of President Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Supreme Court concluded that the “individual mandate” requiring all Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty was within Congress’ taxing authorities, if not within its power under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. However, the Supreme Court also invalidated a provision empowering the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to withhold all federal Medicaid funds from states that choose not to expand Medicaid as prescribed under the law. You may access the full opinion at www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-393c3a2.pdf.This long-awaited decision has profound implications for the U.S. health care … [Read more...] about The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: The Supreme Court Decision
Every lawyer has his or her least-favorite U.S. Supreme Court decisions—and this may be especially true for Supreme Court justices themselves.Last week, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens testified at hearings on campaign finance law in the wake of McCutcheon vs. FEC, the Supreme Court’s ruling earlier this month which ended aggregate contribution limits for candidates and political parties. Stevens was a dissenter in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and has previously criticized it; in his remarks (PDF) at the hearing that “the central error in the court’s campaign finance jurisprudence is the holding in the 1976 case of Buckley v. Valeo that denies Congress the power to impose limitations on campaign expenditures.”Another Supreme Court decision that has been publicly criticized is Stevens’ own in Kelo v. City of New London, which Justice Antonin Scalia has publicly panned. In February, Scalia also spoke about another … [Read more...] about What are the worst Supreme Court decisions ever?
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court decision upholding states’ rights to offer sports betting was backed mostly by conservative justices, but it may also give a boost to California and other liberal states that are defying the Trump administration’s drive for stricter immigration enforcement.At issue on both fronts — sports betting and immigration — is whether Washington can require states to enforce a federal policy, or instead, whether they are free to go their own way.Monday’s Supreme Court opinion trumpeted the independence of the states.The court struck down a federal law on sports wagering based on the constitutional principle that the federal government may not “commandeer” states and force them to carry out federal directives. The law did not make sports betting a federal crime, but instead told states they may not authorize the practice under their laws.Under President Barack Obama and other Democratic presidents, conservatives … [Read more...] about Supreme Court’s embrace of states’ rights could aid California in its battle with the Trump administration