U.S. Supreme Court

The country sits at a turning point. An President of one party makes several appointments to the Supreme Court and many of the opposing party are concerned about the political makeup and a legal departure from the Court of the past. 

 

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The Supreme Court voted 4-4 Thursday to block President Obama’s plan to shield as many as four million undocumented immigrants from deportation. While some say it’s a win for law-abiding citizens, others fear it may tear families apart.

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The U.S. Supreme Court this morning upheld a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier decision that the University of Texas at Austin can use affirmative action when considering student admissions.

In a 4-3 decision, the high court rejected Abigail Fisher’s claim that she was discriminated against because she is white in her application to UT. She was denied admission in 2008, but filed a lawsuit arguing that black and Hispanic students who were less qualified got in instead of her.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg said this week, “Eight, as you know, is not a good number for a multi-member court.”

The likely presidential nominee for the Republican Party adds one of his chief Texas critics as his possible pick to replace the late Supreme Court-Justice Antonin Scalia.

If elected president, Donald Trump announced on Wednesday he would consider appointing Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett to the bench.   It’s a campaign strategy that Gov. Greg Abbott applauded following his latest book signing in Austin.  Abbott said it is essential that voters know who each presidential candidate would consider for a lifetime appointment to the high court.

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