The court’s majority dismissed a challenge to a former New York City law banning the transport of guns outside city limits after the city changed the law. Three justices protested that the court was being “manipulated,” and Justice Brett Kavanaugh said the court should take up another gun-rights case “soon.”
“In keeping with public health guidance in response to COVID-19, the justices and counsel will all participate remotely,” the Court said. Upcoming cases include President Donald Trump’s legal battle to keep congressional committees and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance from obtaining his financial records.
The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that it is reasonable for a police officer to pull over a vehicle registered to someone with a revoked driver’s license, even if officers don’t know for sure who is driving. Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday limited the rights of criminal defendants, declaring that states can bar them from using the insanity defense. The opinion by liberal justice Elena Kagan joined by five conservatives involved a Kansas man sentenced to death for killing four members of his family.
Chief Justice John Roberts said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made “inappropriate” and “dangerous” remarks about Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh while the court was hearing a Louisiana abortion case. Schumer said on Thursday, “I shouldn’t have used the words I did.”
June Medical Services v. Russo will be the first abortion case heard by the Court since Brett Kavanaugh replaced Justice Anthony Kennedy – tipping the court’s scales in favor of the pro-life movement. It could criminalize abortions performed by doctors without hospital admitting privileges.
A divided Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday that slain 15-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernández Guereca lacked constitutional protection against the use of excessive force by U.S. Border Patrol agents because he was in Mexico.
In his annual report, U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts said a “strong and independent judiciary” is critical to fostering public confidence in the justice system, and called on judges to turn their courthouses into “forums for civic education.”
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said the Constitution does not allow prosecuting people for sleeping outdoors if there is no shelter available. The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of the ruling striking down laws in Boise, ID.