WASHINGTON — It's been another taxing term for reporters who try to forecast the outcome of high-profile Supreme Court cases. Many of us wrote that based on arguments in late April, the court's five conservative justices would allow the Trump administration to go forward with a controversial citizenship question on the 2020 census. That turned out not to be true when Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the court's four liberals, in a decision announced last week, to keep citizenship off the census questionnaire, at least for the time being. The administration said Tuesday it would drop its effort to put its question on the form. But perhaps we did not focus enough on a hint dropped by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in early June. In a speech to lawyers and judges in New York, Ginsburg described those predicting the administration would win the case as "speculators." The Merriam-Webster dictionary says a speculator may take something "to be true on the basis of insufficient … [Read more...] about SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Is Ginsburg using words carefully?
Controversial supreme court cases
Robert Barnes, The Washington Post Published 3:02 pm PDT, Tuesday, October 23, 2018 To a far greater degree than its predecessors, the Trump administration has sought to bypass adverse lower-court rulings on some of its signature issues by seeking extraordinary relief from a refortified conservative Supreme Court. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Solicitor General Noel Francisco have repeatedly gone outside the usual appellate process to get issues such as the travel ban, immigration and greater authority for top officials before the justices. They were rewarded Monday night when the court, in an unsigned opinion, put a hold on a planned deposition of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Ross had been ordered to submit to questioning because of shifting versions he has given about why he wanted to add a question to the 2020 Census regarding a respondent's citizenship. Besides the controversy over Ross, Department of Justice lawyers have petitioned the court to lift a stay … [Read more...] about Trump officials aggressively bypass appeals, seek relief from Supreme Court
Paul Waldman, The Washington Post Published 12:50 pm PDT, Tuesday, October 23, 2018 The Trump administration's census scandal might not be the jazziest or most lurid of the many controversies that swirl about this presidency, since no adult-film actresses or Russian spies are involved, at least as far as we know. But it's critically important, not just because of the lies that surround it but also because of what it represents: This administration trying to politicize absolutely everything, even the most foundational systems and institutions of democracy, in order to give the Republican Party an advantage. And now the Supreme Court is involved, in what might be an attempt by the court's conservative majority to shield one of the most corrupt members of the Trump Cabinet from scrutiny. We'll get to the latest development in a moment, but first let's review the basic facts. When the Trump administration took office, it moved to add a citizenship question to the 2020 … [Read more...] about Is the Supreme Court helping the GOP put yet another thumb on the political scale?
SECTIONS Search E-edition Customer Service Advertise Newsletters News News Local Crime Databases Education Election Politics Nation/World Special Reports Carolina College Bound Corrections Columnists Retro Charlotte Your Schools All Blogs & Columns Sports Sports Carolina Panthers Charlotte Hornets That's Racin' High Schools College Sports Charlotte Knights/MLB Other Sports Blogs & Columnists Inside the Panthers Inside the NBA Prep Insiders Scott Fowler Tom Sorensen All Blogs & Columns Politics Politics Elections The North Carolina Influencer Series RNC 2020 Business Business Banking Stocks Center Top Workplaces National Business What's in Store Development All Blogs & Columns Living Living Religion Food & Drink Health & Family Home & Garden CLT … [Read more...] about Democrats think they can flip a key seat on the NC Supreme Court. Here are the candidates.
By Bob Egelko Updated 2:41 pm PDT, Wednesday, October 17, 2018 FILE-- Visitors explore the shoreline of Hetch Hetchy reservoir in Yosemite National Park, California, on Thurs. July 28, 2016. The California Supreme Court rejected a conservation group’s lawsuit Wednesday seeking to drain Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, a source of water for San Francisco and surrounding Bay Area communities. less FILE-- Visitors explore the shoreline of Hetch Hetchy reservoir in Yosemite National Park, California, on Thurs. July 28, 2016. The California Supreme Court rejected a conservation group’s lawsuit Wednesday ... more Photo: Michael Macor / The Chronicle Buy photo FILE-- An overall view of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir can be seen in Yosemite National Park on October 4, 2013. The California Supreme Court rejected a conservation group’s lawsuit Wednesday seeking to drain … [Read more...] about State Supreme Court rejects Berkeley group’s suit to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir