SCOTUS & the US courts January 2024-

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Major Supreme Court cases we’re watching in 2024
Rulings are coming in cases involving former president Donald Trump, abortion pills, social media, guns and more
(WaPo) In a Supreme Court term that coincides with the 2024 presidential primary season, the justices are at the center of many of the nation’s most politically sensitive debates. At the top of the list is former president Donald Trump’s eligibility to return to the White House and a challenge to a key element of the criminal charges against him related to his efforts to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.
Also this term, abortion is back at the court, with one case involving access to the medication mifepristone, widely used to terminate pregnancies, and another focused on emergency abortion care at hospitals. Gun rights and state laws restricting social media companies from removing certain political posts or accounts are in the mix as well.
A trio of cases challenge the power of federal agencies, long a target of conservatives concerned about what they consider unaccountable government bureaucrats.

25-26 February
Supreme Court casts doubt on GOP-led states’ efforts to regulate social media platforms
(AP) — The Supreme Court cast doubt Monday on state laws that could affect how Facebook, TikTok, X, YouTube and other social media platforms regulate content posted by their users. The cases are among several this term in which the justices could set standards for free speech in the digital age.
In nearly four hours of arguments, several justices questioned aspects of laws adopted by Republican-dominated legislatures and signed by Republican governors in Florida and Texas in 2021. But they seemed wary of a broad ruling, with Justice Amy Coney Barrett warning of “land mines” she and her colleagues need to avoid in resolving the two cases.
Supreme Court to decide if states can control fate of social media
(WaPo) As a “splinternet” emerges in the United States, the high court will decide if the First Amendment blocks a pair of laws that tackle conservatives’ allegations of Big Tech censorship
The cases will determine whether state governments or tech companies have the power to set the rules for what posts can appear on popular social networks.

11 February
Right-wing judges flaunting their bias and conflicts threaten democracy
(WaPo) The mere presence of Justice Clarence Thomas — never mind his chutzpah in asking the first question — at the oral argument in four-times indicted former president Donald Trump’s appeal of the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling disqualifying him from the ballot represented a new low for the Supreme Court. It constituted one more assault on the rule of law and the credibility of the court, already at low ebb in public support. After all, Thomas’s wife worked to overturn the 2020 election (sending multiple messages to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, egging on fake electors, using her relationships with former Thomas clerks).

8 February
Five key takeaways from US supreme court’s hearing on removing Trump from the ballot
Both conservative and liberal justices aggressively questioned argument that Colorado was right in barring Trump
(The Guardian) The US supreme court heard oral arguments on whether former president Donald Trump should be removed from the ballot on Thursday – and most justices sounded deeply skeptical of the effort.
Even the liberal justices seemed skeptical of Colorado’s arguments
Liberal justice Elena Kagan told Jason Murray, the attorney representing the Coloradans who had sued to remove Trump from their state’s ballot, that disqualifying a president for insurrection “sounds awfully national to me”, and said that the idea that one state could disqualify a candidate and possibly tip a national election was “extraordinary”.
Supreme Court arguments begin in landmark case seeking to kick Trump off ballot over Capitol attack
The Supreme Court weighs arguments over whether former President Donald Trump is disqualified from reclaiming the White House because of his efforts to undo his loss in the 2020 election, ending with the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

6 February
Trump is not immune from prosecution in his 2020 election interference case, US appeals court says
(AP) — A federal appeals panel ruled Tuesday that Donald Trump can face trial on charges that he plotted to overturn the results of the 2020 election, sharply rejecting the former president’s claims that he is immune from prosecution while setting the stage for additional challenges that could further delay the case.
The ruling is significant not only for its stark repudiation of Trump’s novel immunity claims but also because it breathes life back into a landmark prosecution that had been effectively frozen for weeks as the court considered the appeal. Yet the one-month gap between when the court heard arguments and issued its ruling has already created uncertainty about the timing of a trial in a calendar-jammed election year, with the judge overseeing the case last week canceling the initial March 4 date.
Trump’s team vowed to appeal, which could postpone the case by weeks or months — particularly if the Supreme Court agrees to take it up. The appeals panel, which included two appointees by President Joe Biden and one Republican-appointed judge, gave Trump a week to ask the Supreme Court to get involved.

All eyes are on the Supreme Court ahead of [Thursday’s] hearing on whether Colorado is justified in banning former President DONALD TRUMP from the 2024 ballot over his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection — which, the plaintiffs argue, disqualifies him from the presidency under the 14th Amendment.
Legal experts have “implored the justices to definitively decide the key question of whether Trump is disqualified,” and settle the issue for other states where similar 14th amendment cases are making their way through the courts, WaPo’s Ann Marimow reports. But “[w]hatever the court decides is likely to polarize voters just as the court’s decision in Bush v. Gore split the country 24 years ago. … [R]eaching a decision that avoids the court’s 6-3 ideological split may be difficult.”
Will Trump stay on the ballot? What to expect at the Supreme Court Thursday
In a deeply polarized America, a divided Supreme Court weighs whether to disqualify Donald Trump from office because he participated in insurrection.

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