Supreme Court takes ‘go-slow’ approach on divisive issues as the rest of Washington reels

Supreme Court takes 'go-slow' approach on divisive issues as the rest of Washington reels

WASHINGTON – A blockbuster abortion case is apparently on hold. A series of gun rights challenges never made it to the lineup. High-profile questions posed by Donald Trump’s presidency are beginning to fade into irrelevance. As the Supreme Court returns to work Friday after a three-week recess and crosses the midpoint of its term, the cases on deck are far from the type that would give the new 6-3 conservative majority a chance to assert itself in the nation’s most divisive controversies. By design or by luck, the court’s nine justices are so far steering clear of hostile political debates at a time when the rest of Washington is still reeling from the fallout from the November election, including a second Trump impeachment trial that brought to the fore images of Americans storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Chief Justice John Roberts , nominated by President George W. Bush in 2005, has long sought to maneuver the court around similar partisan tensions. That above-politics approach sometimes drew the ire of Trump, who castigated the high court as “incompetent and weak” for failing to buy into his baseless claims of election fraud. Even as the court is increasingly taking incoming from the Trump wing of the Republican Party, progressives are leaning hard on President Joe Biden to increase the number of justices as a way to blunt the impact Trump’s of nominees, end lifetime appointments and impose a more rigorous code of judicial ethics. "It does seem that the […]

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