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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Courts - SCOTUS to issue opinions at 10AM

There are only four cases yet to be decided. Opinions in all four could be handed down this morning, or more likely, some will be held over for Monday. Here are the cases remaining (thanks to SCOTUSblog):

Watch SCOTUSblog starting at 10 AM for the blow-by-blow, are continue to watch this post for updated highlights (refresh your browser periodically).

[Update] Recess appointments (Noel Canning opinion) is first opinion today. Upholds DC Court. The Recess appointments clause empowers the president to fill any existing vacancy during any recess (intra-session or inter-session) of sufficient length. The court says that a recess of more than three days but less than ten days is presumptively too short to fall within the clause. (per amy howe)

Here is the upshot of the decision. The President can make a recess appointment without Senate confirmation when the Senate says it is in recess. But either the House or the Senate can take the Senate out of recess and force it to hold a "pro forma session" that will block any recess appointment. So while the President's recess appointment power is broad in theory, if either house of Congress is in the hands of the other party, it can be blocked. (by tgoldstein)
ILB: And that would be the exact time the Prez might need to try a recess appt ....

[UPDATE] Long delay, caused by justices reading portions of opinion out loud.

McCullen v. Coakley
opinion is the second and final decision today, abortion clinic buffer zones. The Court holds that the Massachusetts law violates the First Amendment. This is a law that imposes a thirty-five-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics.
The opinion appears to be mainly focused on the fact that the buffer zone includes public ways and sidewalks. (by Amy Howe).

The two remaining opinions will be Monday.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 26, 2014 09:23 AM
Posted to Courts in general