Category: Supreme Court

Joy Reid says Alito is a ‘Fox host on the court’ amid ethics controversy

MSNBC host Joy Reid slammed Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito as a clear conservative in a takedown on Monday, as the justice faces multiple ethics controversies over potential bias and political affiliation. “We know Alito is essentially a Fox host on the court,” Reid said of the justice, adding that he is barely attempting to hide his political ideology. “He doesn’t care who knows that…

Trump urges Supreme Court to act before his sentencing

Former President Trump on Sunday called on the Supreme Court to act ahead of his July sentencing after he was found guilty on 34 felony counts in his New York City hush money trial. Trump, in a post on Truth Social, complained that his sentencing in the New York case is scheduled for days before the start of Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wis., where…

Former Obama aide warns of potential Trump victory’s impact on Supreme Court  

Dan Pfeiffer, a former Obama adviser, on Tuesday warned the U.S. Supreme Court could be left with a “MAGA majority” should former President Trump win reelection in November. Pfeiffer predicted Trump will “almost certainly” get to appoint two more Supreme Court justices in addition to the three he already appointed during his first term — Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh. “By the…

Dozens of House Democrats urge Alito to recuse himself from Jan. 6 cases

A group of House Democrats on Tuesday called on Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito to recuse himself from all future cases related to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol or the 2020 presidential election. In a letter addressed to the conservative justice, 45 Democrats pointed to recent New York Times reporting of a photograph — taken less than two weeks after the Capitol attack…

Farah Griffin: If Sotomayor flew upside-down flag GOP would call for her resignation

Former White House communications director Alyssa Farah Griffin said Sunday that Republicans would be demanding resignations from liberal justices if they were reported to have displayed upside-down flags on their lawns after former President Trump was elected in 2016. New reporting from the New York Times revealed an upside-down flag had been on display outside Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s house briefly on Jan. 17,…

Jeffries calls on Alito to apologize for ‘disrespecting’ American flag

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) called on Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Friday to apologize for “disrespecting” the American flag. “Samuel Alito should apologize immediately for disrespecting the American flag and sympathizing with right-wing violent insurrectionists,” Jeffries said in a statement in a press release Friday.  “He must recuse himself from cases involving the 2020 election and [former President Trump,]” the New York Democrat…

Alito warns of ‘declining’ support for free speech on college campuses

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito said there is “declining” support for free speech on college campuses as pro-Palestine protests take place at universities across the country. As part of a commencement address he gave at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, a Catholic Ohio college, Alito said support for the freedom of speech is “declining dangerously.” “Right now in the world outside this beautiful campus, troubled…

Thomas condemns ‘nastiness and lies’ he and wife have faced

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas condemned the “nastiness” and lies” he and his wife, Ginni, have faced in the last few years.  Thomas has faced scrutiny over accepting lavish, undisclosed gifts from billionaire friends while his wife, Ginni, has faced criticism over trying to overturn the 2020 general election results.  The revelation about failing to disclose gifts came after an investigation by ProPublica revealed the…

Kavanaugh on rebuilding trust in judicial system: ‘Consistency builds respect’: Reports

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh said Friday that “consistency builds respect” when it comes to trust in the U.S. judicial system Friday, according to The Washington Post. “Individual decisions don’t have to be popular. … The losing party has to respect the decision,” Kavanaugh said at a judicial conference Friday, the Post reported. “Consistency builds respect,” Kavanaugh continued. “It’s showing up every day in the…

Civil rights leaders blast Supreme Court at their doorstep

Civil rights leaders from around the nation gathered in D.C. on Friday to protest book bans and rising attacks on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), saying limitations on education were hurting teachers, students and democracy as a whole.  Protestors with the Freedom To Learn rally marched from the Library of Congress to the Supreme Court. In addition to concerns on book bans and DEI, the…

CNN anchor presses Trump lawyer on Kagan military coup questioning

CNN anchor Kaitlan Collins pressed an attorney for former President Trump on a line of questioning by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan in the former president’s presidential immunity case at the Supreme Court Thursday. “What are the circumstances where ordering a military coup is an official act of the presidency?” Collins said, referring to a back-and-forth between Kagan and Trump lawyer D. John Sauer in…

Supreme Court justices skeptical of sweeping immunity claims by Trump

Justices on the Supreme Court voiced skepticism Thursday to assertions from former President Trump’s attorneys that presidential immunity could extend to an attempted coup or the assassination of a political rival, even as they seemed ready to offer some protections from criminal prosecution. Such a ruling could create a new cycle of legal battles that in turn could delay Trump’s federal election subversion trial — and his other trials — past the…

Not even AOC is calling for Sonia Sotomayor to retire

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t joining progressive calls for Sotomayor to step aside, saying she hasn’t “delved into that conversation much.” Kevin Dietsch and Alex Wong/Getty Images Some progressives want Sonia Sotomayor to consider retiring from the Supreme Court. They argue that it’s important to avoid a repeat of what happened with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. But so far, not one elected Democrat in Congress — including…

Breyer predicts Supreme Court will see ‘more and more and more’ abortion-related cases

Former Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer predicted Wednesday that the high court will see a jump in abortion-related cases in the future. Breyer told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that the “harmful” decision in 2022 that overturned Roe v. Wade — ending the federal right to abortion access — would not reduce the number of abortion-related cases brought before the high court. He added that he and other liberal…

13 activists arrested ahead of Supreme Court abortion pill hearing

Thirteen activists were arrested Tuesday morning outside the Supreme Court, ahead of oral arguments in a case that could dramatically limit access to mifepristone, a widely used abortion pill. At approximately 8:45 a.m. EDT, U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) arrested 13 people who, a police spokesperson said in a statement, were “illegally blocking roads and then a walkway.” The spokesperson added that USCP officers warned the…