A federal judge has ruled that a 1989-era California ban on so-called “assault weapons” violates the Second Amendment. “Under no level of heightened scrutiny can the law survive,” U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez, a George W. Bush nominee, wrote in his 94-page ruling.
The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously for a Rhode Island man after police responding to a domestic disturbance took guns from his home without a warrant — a violation of the man’s Fourth Amendment rights, the justices ruled.
The United States Supreme court has agreed to take up a major Mississippi abortion case that could directly challenge Roe v. Wade. The court announced Monday that it will hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization beginning in October.
In three lawsuits currently in process, plaintiff parents ask that public funds follow their children to the school of their choice. The impetus for those suits was the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the landmark case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, announced last June.
But last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear New York State Rifle & Pistol v. Corlett, a case that could have much broader implications for the future of strict gun control than its mooted predecessor. This case is about the right to carry firearms in public.
The plaintiffs allege that the defendants are guilty of constitutional overreach and of misrepresenting the medical facts about the coronavirus. The purpose of the hearing is to provide testimony as to whether or not the case against the defendants shall go forward or be dismissed.
President Joe Biden has created a 36-member commission to cope with the explosive question of packing the Supreme Court with additional justices in order to create a compliant 7-6 liberal majority to support his proposals.
A group of powerful congressional Democrats recently unveiled legislation that would expand the Supreme Court from nine to 13 justices. Rep. Jerry Nadler laughingly described the court-packing scheme in distinctly Orwellian terms: “We are not packing the Supreme Court, we are unpacking it.”
The bill aims to add four seats to the Supreme Court. Republicans currently hold six seats on the court while Democrats hold only three. During the contentious confirmation process of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Democrats threatened that “nothing is off the table” if Republicans confirmed Barrett.
President Joe Biden is creating a commission to study the impact of expanding the Supreme Court. During the 2020 presidential election, Biden refused to address whether he would pack the court, insisting that he would not provide such an answer until at least 180 days after he became president.
Six Vermonters are awaiting a judge’s decision on their lawsuit against Gov. Phil Scott, Attorney General TJ Donovan and Health Commissioner Mark Levine for what they say is an egregious abuse of power to control people’s lives during the coronavirus pandemic.
Eighteen states filed a brief with the Supreme Court, asking the court to overtime an appeals court decision that allows a lawsuit filed by San Francisco and Oakland to remain in state court. The cities sued to hold several major fossil fuel companies liable for the costs of global climate change.