The image above is a taster of the major Reuters interactive graphic that is tracking how President Donald Trump is transforming the influential appeals courts with his appointments. You can see it in full here. See also the accompanying story I wrote about how Trump is getting close to flipping two appeals courts to Republican-appointed majorities.
It’s been a strange few months, with the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy and the contentious confirmation of his replacement, Justice Brett Kavanaugh dominating what is usually a quiet couple of months for all-things court-related. As the picture above shows, even though Kavanaugh is on the court and the justices are returning to something like business as usual, the scars remain.
As we reported around the time of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the justices talk a lot about how friendly they are with each other, but contentious confirmations and divisive cases can certainly put a strain on those relationships.
A case currently before the Supreme Court concerning a Christian baker who refused to make a cake for a gay couple has certainly provoked plenty of debate. After the oral argument on Dec. 5 it appeared to close to call, as I (and others) reported. Here’s the Reuters coverage of that argument. The prediction that the case is likely to come down to Justice Kennedy seems likely to be correct. A ruling is due by the end of June.
For a little preview of what’s ahead in the Supreme Court’s 2017 term, see this segment on C-SPAN:
I now have a professional page on Facebook where I post my stories and other material more regularly than I have been doing here.
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A knight randomly appeared outside the Supreme Court on the day of the abortion ruling. He said he was promoting Magna Carta.
President Barack Obama’s administration was on the winning side in a couple of big cases in the Supreme Court term that just ended, namely affirmative action and abortion. But also had a couple of big setbacks on immigration and climate change policy. Read on.