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Roe v. Wade leak: Uphill battle to find and punish leakers

Chief Justice John Roberts ordered the court marshal to investigate the breach of security that led to the publication of the draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. But true to course, Roberts offered no details about the workings of the investigation, the legality of the leak or possible punishments for the leaker or leakers. (The New York Times, May 4, 2022, by Michael D. Shear and Zolan Kanno-Youngs with contributions by Glenn Thrush) While conservatives

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Roe v. Wade leak: U.S. Supreme Court secrecy questioned

With many lamenting the damage done to the U.S. Supreme Court by Politico’s publication of a draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, Jack Shafer, Politico, May 3, 2022, argues that since Congress has punted decision-making on the legality of abortion to the courts, the Supreme Court is in effect passing law, a process that should be open to the public. Shafer writes, “…the POLITICO scoop is less an intrusion into the Supreme Court’s sanctified domain

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Supreme Court rules for Boston Christian flag in free speech case

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that once Boston establishes a public forum, in this case a flagpole, and allows groups and individuals to fly flags in concert with an event, it could not forbid a citizen from flying a Christian flag. (Courthouse News Service, May 2, 2022, by Thomas F Harrison) The court rejected Boston’s contention that it was necessary to ban the Christian Flag to refrain from endorsing a religion under the separation

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New federal law requires transparency for federal judge’s financial dealings

The U.S. Congress showed rare bipartisanship in passing a law to subject Supreme Court justices and federal judges to more stringent disclosure of their holdings and stock transactions. The law will enable the public to see for themselves if judges have a conflict of interest in cases before them. (Reuters, April 27, 2022, by Nate Raymond and Moira Warburton) The law requires judges to report stock transactions of stocks and securities over $1000 within 45

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Supreme Court rejects appeal of ruling against Kansas ag-gag law

The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that a Kansas law was unconstitutional that made it a crime to enter an animal facility to take photos under false pretenses and without the owner’s consent. The 10th circuit said that Kansas could not discriminate based on whether the intent was to help or harm the facility. (Free Speech Center, April 25, 2022, by The Associated Press) The

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