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Why can't the Supreme court overturn Texas abortion law if abortion during the first semester is a constitutional right?

Texas designed its law in a unique way to allow abortions to be banned without a court intervening, by authorizing any private citizen to sue doctors and clinics who perform abortions on women more ...
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Are children allowed to pray at goverment schools?

I was once told on the internet that there is no actual ban on religion at government schools in the US. The issue is actually that public school teachers are considered agents of the state and are ...
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Supreme Court of US, Roe v. Wade

Really confused by this Supreme Court decision: https://www.npr.org/2021/09/02/1033048958/supreme-court-upholds-new-texas-abortion-law-for-now Quote from the article. "It said the abortion ...
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Is litigation required for SCOTUS to judge the constitutionality of an issue?

I made an observation in another thread about mandating vaccines that it would probably be a good idea for those who are for the idea of mandating vaccines, that its constitutionality should first be ...
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Can the US Supreme Court's appellate jurisdiction over cases in which it has original jurisdiction be limited?

According to the US Constitution, the US Supreme Court has original jurisdiction in "all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party&...
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When an old Supreme Court ruling is overturned by a new one, how is this explained philosophically?

When a new SCOTUS ruling overturns an old one, what is the philosophical difference between the two rulings? It seems to me that there are two possible explanations; either the old ruling was a ...
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If the Supreme Court endorses the unitary executive theory, would it allow any President to commit obstruction of justice?

If the Supreme Court endorses the unitary executive theory, would it allow any President to commit obstruction of justice? Let's say a President decides to impede a Federal investigation to let ...
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Why does the US not exercise universal jurisdiction in cases of human rights violations?

In the recent supreme court case Nestlé USA Inc. v. Doe, the court ruled that Nestlé USA could not be sued for actions it took overseas--specifically, it could not be held liable for knowingly aiding ...
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How did Knight v. Trump become Biden v. Knight?

I've read Justice Thomas's opinion in Biden v. Knight First Amendment..., which seems to reverse Knight v. Trump. I'm trying to understand how this came about. I gather Donald Trump was unhappy ...
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Understanding "Statement of Justice Thomas respecting the denial of certiorari"

In the matter of "Standing Akimbo, LLC, et al., v. United States" (https://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/062821zor_6j37.pdf at around page 28), Justice Thomas attached a statement ...
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Question regarding Heller decision

I was perusing the SCOTUS Heller(thanks to poster in another question) decision and found this within PDF We therefore assume that petitioners’ issuance of a license will satisfy respondent’s ...
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How are machine guns basically illegal considering the findings of US v. Miller?

In US v. Miller, the Supreme Court found that the NFA was constitutional because short-barreled shotguns have no military uses. Assuming for the sake of argument that's true (it's not), how can the ...
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Why doesn't the US Supreme Court just forbid the "re-use, capture, re-editing or redistribution" of video footage like the UK Supreme Court?

First, I know that US and UK law differ. Here's one common argument against televising proceedings of the US Supreme Court as summarized by the dead Justice Antonin Scalia. Though Scalia said he was ...
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When did the US Supreme Court drop the 'Mr' before Justice?

Old US Supreme Court opinions—eg, here—follow the English and (some) Commonwealth practice of prefacing the title of the justice with 'Mr.'. When and why did this, and only this usage, cease (given ...
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Why did the Supreme Court vacate the ruling that Trump could not block Twitter users?

In 2019, an appeals court upheld a decision that President Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking users from his Twitter account. Two days ago, the Supreme Court declared the case "moot&...
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Why do United States Reports take so long to be published?

As an English-trained lawyer, I am used to seeing a decision of the UK Supreme Court (or formerly, the House of Lords) published within roughly a year in Appeal Cases (AC) (and sooner in the Weekly ...
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What happens to Donald Trump if he refuses to turn over his financial records?

Headlines for 2021 February 22 read "Supreme Court Approves Subpoena for Trump's Financial Records". Since the Supreme Court has now ruled on the matter, I am not aware of any other body to ...
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Does the U.S. Supreme Court have jurisdiction over the constitutionality of an impeachment?

A question arose on Politics SE asking why the constitutionality to continue an impeachment trial (whose prime purpose is, presumably, to remove an official from office) after the official has left ...
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Thompson v Louisiana 1984 - Murderer convicted?

I am reading about the case Thompson v Louisiana from 1984 when SCOTUS decided that evidence obtained during a search without a search warrant couldn't be used in the case. But besides the SCOTUS-case ...
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What does Ex parte Milligan, 71 U.S. 2 (1866) have to do with personal freedoms?

There is a post floating around on Facebook that "quotes" the Supreme Court's ruling in Ex parte Milligan, 71 U.S. 2 (1866): I'm certain that the author's interpretation of the ruling is ...
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Petitions for leave to file a complaint, in SCOTUS's original jurisdiction in suits by a state against a state

Denial of leave to file a complaint The U.S. Supreme Court has just denied the petition from the state of Texas for leave to file a complaint against the state of Wisconsin. Ten months ago they denied ...
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Known incorrect expert testimony to the SCOTUS, which may not deceive the common man. Is it illegal?

A sceptics answer discusses the misleading statistical analysis in the Texas vs. Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin lawsuit that lead to the claim that there is less than a one in a ...
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What standing does one state have to determine if another state(s)' implementation of their own constitution violates the federal constitution?

Background Various media outlets have been reporting on the notoriety and expansiveness of State of Texas vs. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, etc.. This lawsuit alleges the following: • Non-...
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Supreme Court Cases That Have Been Decided on Statistical Evidence---Are There Any?

Have there been any Supreme Court cases that have been decided based on statistical evidence? If so, which ones; and what was the evidence presented? In 1897, Oliver Wendell Holmes (before he became a ...
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How do the US Supreme Court justices decide to deny an application for injunctive relief?

On Dec 8 2020 the US Supreme Court denies Sen. Mike Lee's emergency application for injunctive relief to vacate the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision on Nov 25 2020. The US Supreme Court order to ...
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Why can the Supreme Court tell a state what to do with its ballots?

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito late Friday granted part of a request from Pennsylvania's state Republicans, who wanted an order regarding mail ballots that came in during the extended deadline. He ...
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Who has the final say in the choice of the electors?

In case of disputes related to the presidential election, who has the final say in the choice of the electors: state legislature, SCOTUS or the state's supreme court? It's my understanding that the US ...
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Has natural law ever been asked of a U.S. Supreme Court nominee in a confirmation hearing?

Has natural law ever been asked of U.S. Supreme Court nominee in a confirmation hearing? Whether or not a candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court believes there is natural law or what his thoughts of its ...
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Why was the Supreme Court of the United States set up to only hear cases en banc?

From the very beginning of the US Supreme Court, we've required a quorum of Justices to be present to hear a case. Unfortunately, seeing as we set up a co-equal judiciary rather than the parliamentary ...
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Compensation for gays charged under sodomy laws after Lawrence v Texas

I’m not an American or legally trained, but I’m wondering if there has ever been any compensation awarded to homosexuals fined under sodomy laws, after those laws were found to be unconstitutional. My ...
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Could the US Senate confirm a new supreme court justice during the lame-duck period?

The Republicans are currently trying to confirm their candidate for the Supreme Court before the election. Today it was announced that the senate will be on break for a few days due to several corona ...
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Has there been any case on which all justices of the US Supreme Court disagreed?

For cases decided by the US Supreme Court, one justice is tasked with writing the majority opinion, and if there is not unanimous support for the decision, then another justice is tasked with writing ...
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If Google wins Google v. Oracle America then would creating API compatible software clones be legal?

As of this writing, the Google v. Oracle America case over some of the Java APIs is set for argument on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 in the US Supreme court. If Google wins the case will that mean that ...
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Can an American sue their own state directly in the federal Supreme Court?

According to Article III, Section 2 of the constitution, The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties ...
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Will SCOTUS be forced to rule on birthright citizenship soon?

John C. Eastman, professor of law, Chapman University, wrote this in Newsweek a few days ago: Indeed, the Supreme Court has never held that anyone born on U.S. soil, no matter the circumstances of ...
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What happens to businesses, properties, entire towns and counties after the US Supreme Court ruling on Tribal Lands?

A recent ruling by the Supreme Court basically just said that half of the State is Tribal Lands. Tribal Lands are not taxable from what I researched.There are entire towns, counties, homes, businesses ...
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SCOTUS Cases Concerning Men's Healthcare

As it says in the title, I am wondering if there have been any SCOTUS (or lower courts, if none at that level) cases concerning men's healthcare in the same way that cases like Roe v. Wade and the ...
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Will the supreme court ruling in favour of LGBTQIA+ protection from discrimination have effect on the 2018 ruling in favour of the bakery in Colorado?

There have been numerous debates about whether religion justifies a reason for refusing to provide service to a group of individuals, but last week, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld in a ...
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Assuming Oracle wins Google v. Oracle America, then would Google have to pay fewer damages if they dropped support for the contested APIs?

As of this writing, the Google v. Oracle America case is yet to be heard by the Supreme Court. Assuming that Oracle wins the case, if Google was to drop support for the contested APIs on the Android ...
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How to refer to Supreme Court cases by just one name

I'm writing a paper for my high school U.S. History class, and I want to refer to certain Supreme Court cases by just one name after my first naming of the case (for example, I want to refer to Rucho ...
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What does COVID-19 have to do with Live Audio at SCOTUS

The US Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments during Corona virus pandemic over teleconference. This is to comply with social distancing and prevent the spread of the disease. But why are they ...
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Does Justice Roberts Obamacare opinion contradict itself?

Chief Justice Roberts' opinion in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius upheld the ACA individual mandate as a tax. Disagreeing with the joint dissenters (Alito, Thomas, Kennedy, and ...
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Under McCulloh vs Maryland can the Feds do anything?

Under McCulloh vs Maryland (The Bank of United States case) which held that the supremacy clause precludes state taxation of Federal functions; can States and localities enforce traffic rules against ...
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Is "I know it when I see it" an "exception that proves the rule"?

US Supreme Court Justice William T. Goldberg is quoted in Wikipedia's I know it when I see it as follows: The expression became one of the best-known phrases in the history of the Supreme Court. ...
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Has the United States Supreme Court ever heard an appeal directly from a state court of first instance?

I was inspired to ask this question after noticing that Robinson v. California was an appeal from a state appellate court directly to the Supreme Court. Thus the Supreme Court “skipped over” the ...
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Is there a legal path for overturning Nixon vs US (not to be confused with US v Nixon)?

Nixon v US established that impeachment is not justiciable. However, this provides a path for it to become a carte blanche unrestrained power of Congress. This is a far cry from its intended aim of ...
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Has the SC ever overturned a decision twice?

The nation's high court has overturned 236 rulings in its history, some of which marked sea changes in American society and rule of law. Well, has it ever overturned a decision which itself ...
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What Supreme Court cases, other than Nixon v. United States, have directly applied or interpreted U.S. Const. Art. I, Section 3, Clause 6?

Background Impeachment in the United States is mostly handled by the legislative branch alone. Hence the Courts have not typically applied restrictions or said much about impeachment other than Nixon ...
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If Marbury v Madison was overturned, would this eliminate Judicial Review in the United States?

Background Marbury V. Madison established the practice of Judicial review in the United States, though the principle existed before the case. This gave the Supreme Court power to invalidate laws, or ...
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What is the functional effect of overturning precedent?

Background On occasion, the Supreme Court overturns precedents in part or in whole. This means that a previous ruling (or part of a ruling) from the supreme court that once had stare decesis no ...