In 2016, the Court struck down a law nearly identical to the abortion law they will hear arguments for in March.
Oral arguments are open to the public, but seating is limited.
The justices have not announced April’s oral arguments schedule.
Court sessions end in late June or early July.
(NewsReady.com) — In January, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) resumed its current term and one look at the cases on the docket tells us it may be a historic one. Since the start of the term in October, the justices have heard a number of huge cases.
So far, they’ve heard cases about DREAMers and whether or not President Trump has the right to deport 700,000 undocumented immigrants. They also heard arguments about LGBT rights in workplaces and took up a Second Amendment case.
The rest of the term is going to be a nailbiter as well.
Arguments for June Medical Services LLC v. Gee will be argued on March 4. The case will be the first abortion case heard by the Court since both of President Trump’s appointees, Justice Neil Gorsuch and Justice Brett Kavanaugh, were seated.
The Louisiana law at the center of this case would require doctors who perform abortions to get admin rights at a local hospital. It’s nearly identical to the Texas law the court struck down with a 5-3 ruling in 2016. At that time, the majority opinion said the Texas law placed an “undue burden” on women who wanted an abortion. However, with Justice Anthony Kennedy, who voted with the court’s liberal justices, gone, many pro-life advocates think a new ruling may be in their favor.
There are a number of cases pertaining to religion in this session. First, the justices will hear oral arguments in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. They will need to decide whether or not Montana has a right to refuse to spend tax dollars on scholarships that benefit religious schools.
The second is not one case but rather a pair of cases: St. James School v. Darryl Biel and Our Lady Of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru. In these cases, SCOTUS will decide whether or not former teachers at two Catholic schools can sue for employment discrimination. The schools believe they are safe from lawsuits based on the “ministerial exception” in the First Amendment.
Separation of Powers
Finally, in March or early April, justices will hear oral arguments in a case that may have long-lasting implications on checks and balances within our government. The case involves whether or not Congress and New York State prosecutors have the right to see President Trump’s tax returns and financial records. The case will basically decide whether or not the president of the United States, of either party, is immune from state prosecutions and congressional oversight while serving.
A Wild Ride
In addition to these cases, New Jersey’s infamous Bridgegate case will be mentioned in the court when an appeal from former Governor Chris Christie’s deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly is heard. Google will be in front of the justices and the future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is at stake.
So, hold on to your seat, it’s going to be a wild ride.
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