Justice Stephen Breyer, widely known as one of the three liberal justices on the Supreme Court, warned against left-wing calls to pack America’s highest court with additional justices in order to weaken the conservative majority, explaining during a Tuesday Harvard Law School address that it would “diminish” confidence among the American people. Breyer delivered the remarks on Tuesday in an address in which he said he aimed to “make those whose initial instincts may favor important structural or other similar institutional changes, such as forms of ‘court-packing,’ think long and hard before embodying those changes in law.” The implications, the 82-year-old justice said, would be great and undermine the American people’s confidence in the courts and “in the rule of law itself.” “If the public sees judges as ‘politicians in robes,’ its confidence in the courts, and in the rule of law itself, can only diminish, diminishing the court’s power, including its power to act as a … [Read more...] about Left-Wing Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Warns Against Court-Packing: It Will ‘Diminish’ Confidence
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The American Medical Association (AMA) has joined with Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block a Trump administration rule that marks a clear boundary between abortion and family planning. The groups filed the petition Thursday following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and before Senate confirmation hearings begin for President Donald Trump’s nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, to fill the vacancy. The abortion rights groups are asking the Supreme Court to “correct” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s decision to uphold the Trump administration rule. According to the AMA: The petitioners argue that until the Ninth Circuit’s erroneous decision is corrected, the administration’s gag rule is harming patient care and causing physicians and other health care professionals to violate ethical obligations by preventing Title X clinics from providing full information to patients about all of their … [Read more...] about AMA Joins Planned Parenthood to Ask Supreme Court to Block Trump Rule Keeping Abortion Separate from Family Planning
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday took the side of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple because of his own religious objections to same-sex marriage. But the nature of the 7-2 ruling in favor of Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, left open the question of how much precedent the decision would have on future clashes between religion and civil rights — as a great deal of the carefully weighed decision focused on the actions of Colorado officials involved in the legal fight rather than an overarching ideological dispute. Writing for the majority , Justice Anthony Kennedy criticized the actions of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which in 2014 ruled as discriminatory Phillips’ refusal to create a custom wedding cake for fiancés Charlie Craig and David Mullins. The decision came with mandatory penalties. Kennedy — who raised similar concerns about the panel when the case was argued in December — wrote that … [Read more...] about U.S. Supreme Court hands victory to Colorado baker in landmark clash over religion, civil rights
The presumed 6-3 anti-abortion majority on the Supreme Court hasn’t made its move. Photo: Shawn Thew/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock This week’s Supreme Court orders list again featured a dog that noisily did not bark: abortion. There was no action on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization , which concerns whether a Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional. Mississippi petitioned for SCOTUS review last June, of course; the whole point of the state’s provocative law was to invite the Court to reverse or significantly modify Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey , the landmark decisions establishing and affirming a constitutional right to abortion. The Dobbs case has repeatedly been on the list for discussion at the Court’s conferences. In the meantime, a 5-4 majority of the Court struck down a Louisiana law aimed at shutting down abortion clinics, which was apparently too close for the comfort of Chief Justice John … [Read more...] about Why Is the Supreme Court Hesitating on Abortion?