The "Travel Ban," wedding cake, sports betting, internet sales tax, union member dues, and the purging of voter lists -- these are just a handful of cases from the Court's docket during its 2017 Term.
Oh, and there was also an important partisan gerrymandering case, but the Court sidestepped it, by invoking a procedural escape-hatch, commonly referred to as the "lack of standing."
We'll also discuss the recent announcement of Justice Kennedy's retirement, and how this will impact the ideological makeup of the bench.
Well, it's that time of the year again -- as the Court wraps up its 2017 Term, a series of important decisions will be handed down in the waning days.
As always, we'll be discussing these cases from a prism of political or public policy lenses -- no prior legal experience, or a comprehensive understanding of the Constitution or the Supreme Court is required.
To that end, we'll discuss the following cases:
- Trump v. Hawaii
Issue: the constitutionality of Pres. Trump's Executive Order prohibiting an entry of certain foreign nationals. A full text of the Court's opinion can be accessed here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/17-965_h315.pdf
- Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights C'misson:
Issue: to bake or not bake? A full text of the Court's opinion can be accessed here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-111_j4el.pdf
-Murphy v. NCAA
Issue: are Federal laws banning state-level sports-betting laws unconstitutional? A full text of the Court's opinion can be accessed here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-476_dbfi.pdf
- South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.
Issue: in the current age of dominance of e-commerce, can sales tax for online purchases be permitted? A full text of the Court's opinion can be accessed here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/17-494_j4el.pdf
-Janus v. AFSCME
Issue: a requirement of public sector union fees to non-members a violation of First Amendment rights? A full text of the Court's opinion can be accessed here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-1466_2b3j.pdf
Previous Supreme Court Term in Review discussions:
- The 2014 Term (http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/222111121/)
- The 2015 Term (https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/231673271/?eventId=231673271)
- The 2016 Term (https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/241005317)