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In a 7-2 opinion in California v. Texas, the Supreme Court held that neither the individual nor the state plaintiffs had standing to challenge as unconstitutional the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to obtain health insurance following Congress setting the penalty at $0 in 2017. 

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Gorsuch Rejects Broad Challenge to Colorado COVID-19 Restrictions

Acting alone, Justice Neil Gorsuch refused to rule on an emergency petition challenging Colorado’s disaster emergency statute, meaning the statute remains in place.

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In United States v. Cooley the U.S. Supreme Court held unanimously that an Indian tribe police officer may temporarily detain and search a non-Indian on a public right-of-way that runs through an Indian reservation, based on a suspected violation of state or federal law.

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San Antonio Loses Supreme Court Appellate Costs Case

In City of San Antonio, Texas v. Hotels.com the U.S. Supreme Court held unanimously that federal district courts may not alter a court of appeals’ allocation of appellate costs.

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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Roe v. Wade

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case challenging whether a woman has a constitutional right to an abortion before a fetus becomes viable. The court’s prior rulings in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey have affirmed that right.

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In New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Corlett the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether states may prevent persons from obtaining a concealed-carry license for self-defense if they lack “proper cause.”

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In Houston Community College System v. Wilson the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the First Amendment restricts the authority of an elected body to issue a censure resolution in response to a member’s speech.

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SCOTUS Clarifies Sentencing Juvenile Homicide Offenders to Life in Prison Without Parole

In Jones v. Mississippi the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-3 that sentencing a juvenile convicted of homicide to life without parole doesn’t require a separate factual finding of permanent incorrigibility or an on-the-record explanation with an implicit finding of permanent incorrigibility.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Another COVID Restriction Affecting Religion

In Tandon v. Newsom the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the 9th Circuit should have preliminarily struck down California’s and Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 rule permitting only three families to gather in homes at a time. The Supreme Court reasoned that this rule likely violates the First Amendment because at-home religious exercise is treated less favorably than comparable secular activities.

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SCOTUS to Decide When State Attorneys General May Intervene in Appellate Litigation

In Cameron v. EMW Women’s Surgical Center the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether an attorney general should be permitted to intervene in a lawsuit after a federal court of appeals invalidates a state statute when no other state actor will defend the law. 

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