A look at high court’s top cases in new term starting Monday

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Abortion, guns and religion are at the top of the Supreme Court’s term beginning Monday. A look at those and some other notable cases:

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Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health (19–1992) is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, major Supreme Court decisions over the past half century that have ruled a woman’s right to an abortion nationwide. give a guarantee. Lower courts upheld Mississippi’s ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, but a more conservative Supreme Court has agreed to review those decisions. Abortion would be banned in a dozen states and severely banned in about a dozen others if judges overruled their earlier abortion rulings. The arguments are December 1.



New York State Rifle and Pistol Assn. v. Bruen (20-843) is a case that could expand gun rights in the United States and include the right to carry a firearm in public. This is the court’s first foray into gun rights, after Justice Amy Connie Barrett joined the High Court, forming a 6-3 conservative majority. This case involves New York’s restrictive gun permit law. New York State is one of six states that limit the right to bear arms in public. Arguments are November 3.

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state secret

United States v. Zubaydah (20–827) and FBI v. Fazaga (20–828) are two cases in which the government claims are “state secrets”, information that if disclosed would harm national security. The first case the court will hear involves the Guantanamo Bay detainee, who the lower court said was tortured in CIA custody. He is seeking information from two former CIA contractors. The arguments are October 6. The other state mystery case involved a group of Muslim residents of California who alleged that the FBI targeted them for surveillance because of their religion. The group’s claims were dismissed at an early stage after the government cited state secrets, but an appeals court revived the case. The arguments are November 8.

Taxpayer funding of religious schools

Carson v Makin (20-1088) is the court’s latest case on discrimination on the basis of religion. Parents in Maine are suing to exclude the state’s religious schools from tutoring programs for families who live in cities that don’t have public schools. The court has issued several rulings in recent years in favor of churches and families challenging the state’s restrictions on taxpayer money going to religious institutions. The arguments are December 8th.

Boston Marathon Bombing

United States v. Tsarnaev (20-443) The Biden administration attempts to restore the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Zhokhar Tsarnaev. An appeals court overruled but did not pass a sentence for Tsarnaev’s role in the 2013 bombing that killed three people near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Arguments are October 13th.

campaign finance

Ted Cruz for the Federal Election Commission v. Senate (21-12) is a challenge by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to rules regarding the limits on repaying a candidate for federal office who lends his campaign money. Is. Cruz apparently gave credit for his campaign above the $250,000 threshold to challenge the law. He won in the lower court. Arguments have not been determined.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Supreme Court

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