Justice Clarence Thomas asks the first question and other highlights from opening day at the Supreme Court

Justice Clarence Thomas asks the first question and other highlights from opening day at the Supreme Court

(CNN)The Supreme Court — for the first time in more than a year — returned to its majestic courtroom on Monday to begin a new blockbuster term that will include a major Second Amendment dispute and a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade. The justices are taking the bench at a fraught time. Polls show that public confidence in the court is at an all-time low , and the justices find themselves at the center of the political spotlight after a 5-4 court allowed a Texas six-week abortion ban to take effect last month, rendering Roe v. Wade a dead letter, for now, in the country’s second largest state. While the cases argued Monday were not major ones, it was a noteworthy first day for the justices . Here are some highlights from day 1: It’s now Thomas’ court and term Justice Clarence Thomas — who has rarely posed questions in the courtroom for years — asked the first question in both argued cases. The move signals that Thomas has in many ways emerged as the court’s conservative leader. In the areas of abortion and gun rights, he has long maintained that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and that the court was treating the Second Amendment as a disfavored right. Now, over the next months, the new conservative court will hear disputes in both areas with Thomas likely playing a strong role in shaping draft opinions that fly between chambers. Thomas is now the longest serving member, and […]

Click here to view original web page at Justice Clarence Thomas asks the first question and other highlights from opening day at the Supreme Court

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.