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A new normal at the Supreme Court

October 18, 2021 - In many ways, the October 2021 Term has begun with aspirations of business as usual. The Court is back to in-person arguments (for the first time since February 2020), with a docket full of headline-grabbing cases. And unlike four of the last five Terms, the Court isn't starting its work with a vacancy or a new Justice. But with a new oral argument structure, a potential three-Justice bloc of swing voters, and brooding controversy over the Court's process for emergency applications, a new kind of "normal" is afoot. This Term promises to help shape it.
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The separation of powers is a basic civics lesson taught starting in elementary school. An absolute monarch might be able to both make and enforce the laws, but our Constitution divides power into the legislative, executive and judicial branches. Each branch holds the others accountable, ensuring no one branch holds too much power.
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Correction officers in vax mandate showdown

BOSTON — With Gov. Charlie Baker’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for executive branch employees in effect Monday, hundreds of correction officers could violate the policy following a decision by a federal court judge to deny their request to block the vaccine order. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Hillman on Friday denied...
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As Supreme Court's Dobbs case nears, pro-life groups make public education push highlighting abortion toll

Pro-life organizations are rolling out mass education efforts in an attempt to persuade the public before the Supreme Court hears a potentially game-changing abortion case. On Saturday, the group Live Action held a rally in Los Angeles, announcing it would highlight the daily death toll from abortion. More than 2,000 people attended, according to the group.
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Supreme Court grants officers legal protection in two excessive-force cases

WASHINGTON (TND) — The Supreme Court ruled in favor of police officers in two separate cases today, in which officers were accused of using excessive force against suspects. The Supreme Court struck down rulings from two lower courts that ruled in favor of moving forward with the prosecution of the accused officers. The high court did so by approving the officer’s requests for legal protection known as “qualified immunity,” which is a legal remedy that has been a hotly debated topic among police reform activists and their critics.
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Supreme Court sides with police officers in two qualified immunity cases

In two unsigned opinions Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of police officers seeking qualified immunity from allegations of excessive force. In both cases, the justices overturned lower court decisions that went against the officers. The rulings — and the fact that no justice publicly dissented — suggests that...
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Supreme Court Reinstates Qualified Immunity for Police Officers

In pair of cases, Supreme Court says officers protected from suit. In neither case was law so “clearly established” to allow litigation to move forward. The U.S. Supreme Court reversed the denial of qualified immunity in a pair of cases alleging excessive force, emphasizing that a constitutional violation must be “clearly established” before officers can be sued.
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