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SCOTUS agrees to review ruling that struck down Affordable Care Act
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.
Supreme Court bars damages suit for border agent’s cross-border shooting that killed Mexican teen
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the family of a Mexican teen fatally shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent can’t sue for damages over the cross-border shooting.
Cop who left incoherent man at county border isn’t liable for death, 5th Circuit says in substitute opinion
The Louisiana-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has withdrawn a July opinion finding a Mississippi sheriffs' deputy could be liable for dropping a mentally disabled man at the county border, where he was later struck and killed by a car.
5th Circuit blocks Mississippi’s ban on abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected
For the second time in a little more than two months’ time, a federal appeals court has blocked a Mississippi law restricting abortion.
Recent changes in SCOTUS raise the stakes in upcoming abortion case

Every abortion case that reaches the U.S. Supreme Court has high stakes. The case that the justices will hear on March 4 is all the more momentous because of recent changes on the court.

5th Circuit withdraws opinion in which Trump appointee criticized lawyer for appeal to gay bias
An appeals court has withdrawn an opinion in which a Trump judicial appointee added a footnote criticizing a Mississippi lawyer for appearing to appeal to gay prejudice.
Trump judicial appointee’s footnote gets noticed for his stand against homophobic arguments
A Trump judicial appointee on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans is getting noticed for a footnote in which he took a stand against homophobic legal arguments.
Chemerinsky: Stakes are high as SCOTUS considers 2 major abortion cases

The abortion cases being heard March 4 are are the first to come before the court since Justices Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh have joined the bench. The decisions in these cases may signal the future of abortion rights in the United States.

5th Circuit denies transgender prisoner’s request to use female pronouns, change court records

A federal appeals court has refused to refer to a transgender inmate by her preferred female pronouns and rejected her request to change court records to reflect her new name.

Supreme Court rejects fast-track review of health care law, making review before election unlikely
The U.S. Supreme Court refused Tuesday to grant fast-track review to a new constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act, making it unlikely that the case will be decided before the 2020 presidential election.
Federal appeals court approves diversion of military funds to border wall construction
The Trump administration can now tap $3.6 billion in military construction funds to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
Over 200 federal lawmakers urge SCOTUS to reconsider Roe; DOJ takes narrower stance
More than 200 members of Congress filed an amicus brief Thursday that encouraged the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider and possibly overrule Roe v. Wade when it decides a case on a restrictive Louisiana abortion law.
SCOTUS goes into the new year with a loaded plate as impeachment trial looms

The U.S. Supreme Court has multiple high-profile cases on its docket this term, including cases to be argued in early 2020 on state aid to religion, abortion and President Donald Trump’s desire to shield his personal finances from government subpoenas.

5th Circuit overturns insurance mandate in health law, doesn’t decide if other provisions survive
A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate requiring Americans to maintain health insurance coverage.

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