The possibility of Justice Stephen Breyer Stephen Breyer Senate hears from Biden's high-profile judicial nominees for first time Acting FTC chair urges Congress to revive agency authority after Supreme Court decision Schumer waiting for recommendation on Supreme Court expansion MORE ’s imminent retirement is hanging over the Supreme Court as the current term enters its final weeks and Democrats cling to the slimmest of Senate majorities. With the death of liberal stalwart Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ruth Bader Ginsburg Five hot-button issues Biden didn't mention in his address to Congress Schumer waiting for recommendation on Supreme Court expansion Get woke, go broke: Pious, political Oscars crashes, loses tens of millions of viewers MORE still resonant, a number of court watchers expect that Breyer, 82, will announce his departure this summer, clearing the way for President Biden Joe Biden Americans for Prosperity launches … [Read more...] about Court watchers buzz about Breyer’s possible retirement
The U.S. Supreme Court heard a case Wednesday involving a student at Mahanoy Area High School in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, who was kicked off the school’s cheerleading team after taking to Snapchat to call out the school with profanities for allegedly telling her she needed to spend a year on the junior varsity (JV) team before making it to varsity — while an incoming freshman student made it on the varsity team, skipping JV. The student, known as “B.L.,” made the JV cheerleading team as a freshman, and was hoping to make varsity as a sophomore, only to be disappointed to again be placed in JV. Meanwhile, an incoming freshman made the varsity team, skipping JV entirely. The next day, B.L. texted the cheerleading coach, asking, “do you have to d[o] a year of jv before you could make varsity?” and when the coach responded, “No,” B.L. replied, “That’s stupid[,] [b]ut okay[.] [My mom] was just wondering how [the freshman] made varsity.” That following Saturday — while off campus … [Read more...] about Supreme Court Hears Case Involving High School Cheerleader Punished Over Snapchat Posts
The Supreme Court on Tuesday weighed whether certain low-level crack cocaine offenders are eligible for reduced prison sentences under federal law. In oral argument heard by teleconference, the justices scrutinized a pair of criminal justice reform measures that Congress passed in part to address the disproportionately harsh penalties given to some Black drug offenders. Although many larger-scale crack offenders have qualified for sentence reductions, courts are split over whether Congress meant for the same leniency to apply to those convicted of possessing only small amounts of the drug. ADVERTISEMENT How the Supreme Court resolves the divide could affect the sentences of hundreds of low-level offenders, according to an estimate from the Justice Department. Some justices on Tuesday took issue with harsh sentences being served out for minor drug offenses, but struggled to give a broad reading to the legislative text. “I mean, I think they were much too high. I understand … [Read more...] about Supreme Court weighs leniency for crack cocaine sentences
The U.S. Supreme Court held, on Thursday, the way immigration law currently is written, whether an alien is eligible to be spared deportation depends on if authorities gave him a single document with certain information starting the deportation process, versus spreading that information across multiple documents. According to U.S. immigration law, “resident aliens” ordered removed from the country can legally remain by establishing continued residence for at least ten years. This case turned on the question: at what point does the clock stop, so to speak, on the period of residence? The stop-time rule was established by congressional statute in 2004. This rule provides that the period of continuous presence “shall be deemed to end when the alien is served a notice to appear” in a removal proceeding. The Supreme Court delivered a 6-3 decision in this case. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion of the Court, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, … [Read more...] about Supreme Court Decides Case on Removal of ‘Resident Aliens’ from the Country
What he does in the shadows. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images Less voluble, less gaffe-prone, more focused: In many ways, President Biden has been a very different political figure than the Joe Biden America has been familiar with for decades. I spoke with national correspondent Gabriel Debenedetti about Biden’s so-far successful communications strategy, and whether it can last. Ben : Our colleague Jonathan Chait wrote this of Joe Biden recently: “Biden’s advantage is that he’s not just nice; he’s also tedious. He is relentlessly enacting an ambitious domestic agenda … while arousing hardly any controversy. There’s nothing in Biden’s vanilla-ice-cream bromides for his critics to hook on to. Republicans can’t stop Biden because he is boring them to death.” This is true. It’s also true that, right now, many Republicans don’t even seem interested in going after Biden, or his policies. Instead, they’re focused on shoehorning whatever grievances they have … [Read more...] about Can Biden’s Low-Key Strategy Work Forever?