U.S. Supreme Court

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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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The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an emergency appeal to halt the required use of photo ID’s by voters in Texas, but the court said it could revisit the issue as the November elections approach.

The requirement has remained in effect though a trial judge struck down the legislative requirement in 2014 and an appellate judge last year said the requirement discriminates against minority voters.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is scheduled to hear the case in May.

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