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Ocasio-Cortez says Breyer should retire from Supreme Court

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Sunday said she thinks liberal Justice Stephen Breyer should retire at the end of the court's term, which could allow President Biden to nominate his successor and a Democratic Senate to confirm a nominee. Pressed by Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union” on...
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Supreme Court confounding its partisan critics

The Supreme Court this week continued to disappoint congressional Democrats and activists with a long line of embarrassingly unanimous, non-ideological rulings. After all, the court is supposedly (to use President Biden ’s words) “out of whack” due to its irreconcilable ideological divisions. Indeed, the court is allegedly so dysfunctionally divided that many, including Democratic leaders, have called for sweeping changes — from packing the court with new justices, to changing its voting rules, or even creating an alternative court.
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AOC agrees liberal Supreme Court justice Stephen Bryer should retire from bench

New York Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said that she’s inclined to agree with calls for liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to step down in the near future to allow President Joe Biden to choose Justice Breyer’s replacement. “You know, it’s something I think about, but I would probably lean towards yes," Ms Ocasio-Cortez told CNN on Sunday when asked if Justice Breyer should retire at the end of this Supreme Court term. “I would give more thought to it, but I’m inclined to say yes.”At least one other Democratic House member has called for Justice Breyer to retire....
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Eva Marcille Shares Important News About The Supreme Court

Eva Marcille shared important news about the Supreme Court. Check out the post that she shared on her social media account here. 'In our very imperfect nation, 1 of the GREAT things is that ordinary people can be catalysts for changes in the law. Thank you Mildred and Richard Loving... #lovingday#rp @comiclonilove,' Eva captioned her post.
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22 U.S. states urge Supreme Court to uphold CDC eviction ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The state attorneys general of 22 U.S. states on Friday urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to end the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID-19 residential eviction moratorium. Last week, a group of landlords asked the high court to issue an order that would effectively...
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Texas AG Ken Paxton's Supreme Court lawsuit to overturn Biden's win could get him disbarred

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) has been under indictment on state felony fraud charges for nearly six years, he's under investigation by the FBI for allegedly accepting bribes from a real estate developer, and his bid for a third term is under threat from Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, who is basing his primary challenge partly on Paxton's legal troubles. Now, The Associated Press reports, Paxton is facing a disciplinary investigation by the Texas bar association.
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Speaker Wentworth on the Supreme Court order

Speaker of the House Jason Wentworth today released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s order to certify petition signatures:. “The Supreme Court rightfully decided in 2020 that the governor’s use of this outdated law to shut down the state was always unconstitutional. Michigan workers never should have been laid off. Children never should have had their education stolen from them. And critical state services never should have been cut off. Today’s ruling finally gives us the opportunity to do the right thing and take this law off the books so no one can ever abuse it again. The House will act as soon we receive the petitions to get this done and uphold the will of the people we serve.
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Supreme Court asked to keep eviction pause in place

The Biden administration, backed by nearly two dozen Democratic state attorneys general, asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to leave intact a temporary nationwide pause on evictions. The request comes after a group of landlords asked the court last week to effectively end the eviction moratorium put in place by...
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Vanderbilt researcher finds that Supreme Court ban on race-conscious college admissions would restrict the pipeline of future leaders

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to decide whether to hear a case challenging the use of race-conscious college admissions, Vanderbilt scholar Joni Hersch says a ban on affirmative action would substantially narrow the pipeline of minorities coming into professional occupations. In a forthcoming article in the Tulane Law Review,...
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Supreme Court Update: Borden v. United States (No. 19-5410), Van Buren v. United States (No. 19-783), Sanchez v. Mayorkas (No. 20-315)

This morning, the Court continued its march toward the end of the OT2020 term, issuing its decision in Borden v. United States (No. 19-5410). There, a five-justice majority held that a criminal offense with a mens rea of recklessness does not satisfy the Armed Career Criminal Act’s elements clause. That leaves 20 outstanding cases (a few less if you count consolidations) before the Court’s term wraps up at the end of June. We’ll talk more about Borden in a future issue, but for now we have summaries of last Thursday’s decision in Van Buren v. United States (No. 19-783) and Monday’s Sanchez v. Mayorkas (No. 20-315).
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New Jersey Supreme Court says attorney general has authority to publish reports about police officer misconduct

New Jersey law enforcement agencies must begin publishing annual reports identifying officers who faced major disciplinary action and describing the nature of their misconduct, according to a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling. The state Supreme Court’s ruling, issued on June 7, unanimously affirmed an appeals court decision holding that the...
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Supreme Court Resolves Circuit Split Over CFAA

In Van Buren v. United States, No. 19-783 (U.S. June 3, 2021), the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion drastically limiting the application of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) (18 U.S.C. § 1030 et seq.), holding that the “exceeds authorized access” clause of the Act applies only to those who obtain information from particular areas in the computer—such as files, folders, or databases—to which the individual is not authorized to access under any circumstances. However, the Supreme Court excluded application of the clause to individuals who misuse their access to obtain information otherwise available to them for an unauthorized purpose.