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Supreme Court releases five decisions Tuesday, nothing on Roe

The Supreme Court released five decisions Tuesday afternoon, with none of them having to do with Roe v. Wade or Donald Trump.  Roe stands for at least one more day.

  • Carson v. Makin:  Court ruled that parents can use school vouchers in Maine to enroll students in religious-based private schools.  It was a 6-3 decision with Bryer, Sotomayer and Kagan in dissent.
  • Marietta Memorial Hospital Employee Health Benefit Plan v. DaVita:  In 7-2 ruling with Kagan and Sotomayor dissenting, Court ruled that the self-funded employee benefit plan was not discriminating against patients with end-stage renal disease by paying less for dialysis treatment than they pay for other end-of-life treatments because they pay a consistent percentage for all dialysis patients.
  • Shoop v. Twyford:  A 5-4 decision with justices Breyer, Kagan, Sotomayor, and Gorsuch dissenting, the Court ruled that a prisoner does not necessarily get an opportunity to find evidence, in person, if that evidentiary search is in pursuit of a writ of habeas corpus to use in other court motions.
  • United States v. Taylor:  The Court ruled in a 7-2 decision (Thomas  and Alito dissenting) that a Hobbs Act offense like robbing a bank does not necessarily qualify “crime of violence” because no element of the offense requires proof that the defendant used, attempted to use, or threatened to use force.
  • United States v. Washington:  In a unanimous decision, the Court remanded to a lower court a case which had provided immunity to the federal government in a case of workers at a nuclear power plant attempting to sue the government over job conditions.
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