Supreme Court hands down different decisions in hot-button abortion, transgender and cross-border cases

close tovideo Supreme court of justice confirmed the decision that blocks part of Indiana abortion law signed by then-Gov. Mike Pence

Court observers suggest that the verdict is a compromise, to abide by the Supreme court, from the larger fight over abortion — at least for now, Mike Emanuel reports.

So much for a predictable Supreme Court.

A flurry of decisions handed down by the nation’s high court on Tuesday left the room to cheers — and jeers — from the right and left, continue a trend of judicial independence that flies in the face of expectations that the justice Brett Kavanaugh appointment tip the scales of justice, fixed on the right side.


The latest batch of orders and opinions, including a likely to be celebrated by both sides of the abortion debate, others give promise to those with greater responsibility for the actions of the border patrol agent and others on the left in the place of an Obama-era policies in regard to transgender students.

The abortion case, two aspects of a law, that, first of all, President Mike Pence headed by Deputy when he was Governor of Indiana. A part of retained fetal, the separated surgical be disposed of by-products after an abortion, and the other banned abortion, if the decision was made on the basis of sex, race, or disability of the fetus.

Unsigned judgment of the Tribunal does not agree with the Seventh circuit, the decision block, a part of the law with the disposal of the remains. The court ruled that, because the law does not present any load against a woman the opportunity to get an abortion, it is only necessary to pass the low level of control, the calls that it is “rationally related to legitimate interests of the government.” The court noted that it remains to fulfill this requirement, it was in the interest of the “proper disposal of fetal.”


To the extent that the prohibition on race, gender or disability-based abortion, punted the court. To hear by refuse to the output, it remains in place the Seventh circuit, the decision against him, so that effectively such abortions to. At the same time, however, the court, a point made to say that it was your decision, just based on the fact that only a Circuit Court had ruled on the issue so far, and “expresses no opinion on the merits … as to whether Indiana can prohibit the knowing provision of gender-, race-, and disability-selective abortions by abortion providers.” This means that, in theory, the court could decide against such a law in the future.

Next, the case of Doe v. Boyertown Area School District, Pennsylvania, where the students were, as they corresponded to a school of politics, to use the participant, bathrooms and dressing rooms, is their gender identity instead of their gender at birth. The Supreme court refused to hear the case, leaving the policy.

The Boyertown Area School District implemented the policy to decide after the Obama administration has a letter stating that transgender should be allowed for students, which institutions they prefer. If the Trump management, the teaching, the school district continues with its policy. There are only four judges take to decide to hear the case, nor the court, with five conservatives in their ranks — did not feel the case warranted your attention.

The case was Hernandez v. Mesa, where the family of a 15-year-old Mexican boy tried to complain, a U.S. Border Patrol agent in relation to a fatal cross-border shooting. The Fifth circuit had held that Agent Mesa was protected by qualified immunity, and could therefore not be taken to court. The Supreme Court is now listening to sue arguments from both sides before deciding whether the Hernandez-should be allowed to family.


Another case, decided, was, on Tuesday, Home Depot v. Jackson, with a 5-4 decision, where the usually conservative justice Clarence Thomas sided with his liberal colleagues. This decision favors the Home Depot customer who sued in state court by Citibank, N. A. in a debt collection case, only for the customer to file a counter-claim with Home Depot as a defendant, claiming unfair trade practices. Home Depot tries to move the case to Federal court and the Supreme court sided with the customer to say that, because Home Depot was not a defendant in the first lawsuit, you are not allowed to do that.

While the issue of the Home Depot may not be the case, one that usually comes to mind when it comes to in which conservatives and liberals are at odds, it was the latest in a series of recent 5-4 decisions, where a lone one-sided conservative with liberal.


Last week, from gorsuch of the liberal contingent in the affirmation, joined a Native American hunting rights. A week ago, Kavanaugh, the lone conservative was allowed in a 5-4 decision, it’s Apple in front of a legal dispute over the pricing in the app store.

Finally, in another case, presented on Tuesday a mix of judges on the same page. Chief Justice Roberts wrote the opinion in Nieves v. Bartlett, and came by conservative Alito, and Kavanaugh, along with liberals Breyer and Kagan. This case established that, if there is evidence that a police officer someone on something having arrested you said, it is a violation of the First amendment, if there are still some other probable cause for the arrest. The conservatives and Thomas from gorsuch part of the voice, as well as the liberal Ginsburg with a liberal justice Sotomayor, a full letter of dissent.

The Supreme court has still to be decided high-profile cases, including one dealing with a citizenship question on the 2020 census, and on the question of whether a war can monument remain in the Form of a cross, on public property. Time, not preconceived notions of the court, will tell you how to play this.

Fox News’ Bill Mears contributed to this report.

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