The Supreme Court has moved into July for the first time since 1996.
The current session is one of the most consequential in decades with rulings on abortion rights and executive powers.
Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the Liberals on the court for two big cases this year.
President Trump’s administration has had big victories and disappointments this term.
(NewsReady.com) – The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is having a very busy term. They’ve ruled on a number of cases ranging from abortion to Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Here are some of the most important rulings from the last week.
June Medical Services LLC v. Russo
On June 29, the SCOTUS justices struck down a Louisiana abortion law requiring doctors to have admitting rights at local hospitals if they were terminating pregnancies. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the Liberals on the court and ruled 5-4 that the law was unconstitutional.
In the majority opinion, Roberts explained the court had ruled on a near-identical Texas law in 2016 in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The justices set a precedent then determining the admitting requirement “imposes an undue burden” on a woman’s right to obtain an abortion.
Seila Law LLC v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Another big ruling was in the case against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The court ruled 5-4 stating the structure of the bureau is unconstitutional because it’s headed by a single director who can only be removed for cause “violates the separation of powers.” The justices believe there’s too much power given to one person, however, they left the rest of the statute intact.
Here is the bottom line from Chief Justice Roberts' opinion in CFPB case: pic.twitter.com/GmE3TGd5hc
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 29, 2020
The president now has more control over the agency because he can remove the director “at will.”
Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue
The ruling in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue was a big win for the First Amendment. The high court struck down a Montana rule that prohibited tax dollars from going toward religious private schools.
#SCOTUS rules 5-4 that Montana’s exclusion of religious schools from state scholarship program funded by tax credits violates federal Constitution
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 30, 2020
According to the court, Montana lawmakers violated the free exercise clause by creating a mandate exempting religious schools because once the state began giving aid to schools, they couldn’t discriminate against the private ones.
As we reported earlier, the court also cleared a hurdle for President Trump’s border wall. Also, the justices secured voting rights for citizens of Alabama by blocking an emergency ruling that would’ve forced the state to expand mail-in voting.
Expect more big decisions next week.
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