Posts Tagged ‘Supreme Court’
Balance, Politics, or Legacies: Which is the Deciding Factor for the Court?
By Katherine Wahl There is a misconception that the Supreme Court is supposed to be politically “balanced,” made up of even numbers of liberals and conservatives. Several 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls proposed increasing the size of the Court or imposing judicial term limits to balance the bench. Despite these general impressions and proposals to change…Read More
Disregarding the First Amendment or Protecting People from Threats of Violence?
By Britteny Leyva “You never thought that hip-hop would take it this far[.]” On August 21, 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed Jamal Knox’s two count conviction—one for terroristic threats and the other for witness intimidation—for his creation and participation in a song titled “F—k the Police.” Looking to Supreme Court First Amendment precedent, Pennsylvania’s highest…Read More
Although Moving Forward for Now, Juliana Still Has a Long Way to Go
By Hunter Grolman In 2015, several young plaintiffs filed a unique suit against the United States government in federal district court. The complaint in Juliana v. United States alleges that the United States’ policies toward climate change have led to violations of the plaintiffs’ rights to life, liberty, and property under the Constitution. Because the…Read More
What Could a Justice Kavanaugh Mean For the Affordable Care Act?
By Samantha Schram On July 9, 2018, President Donald Trump nominated D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy left when Justice Anthony Kennedy retired from serving on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in June. The nomination has fueled discussions on the potential influence Kavanaugh might have on the high court.…Read More
Are We Returning to a New Lochner Era?
By Britteny Leyva On July 9, 2018, President Donald Trump nominated Justice Brett Kavanaugh of the United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court. In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision in Epic Systems Corporation v. Lewis, this appointment could quite possibly launch a…Read More