Supreme Court’s conservative majority tackles hot-button culture war issues

Supreme Court's conservative majority tackles hot-button culture war issues

Last Sunday, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts was the only member of the Supreme Court to attend the annual Red Mass at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in downtown Washington, D.C., invoking the protection and inspiration of the Holy Spirit upon all those engaged in the administration of justice. Pity the rest were not there: They are going to need all the inspiration and protection they can get this term. This will be the first full term since Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett joined the bench. And the court is meeting in person now: When they heard oral arguments in the courtroom Oct. 4, it was the first time since COVID-19 turned their sessions to virtual ones 19 months ago. Anyone who has done a Zoom panel knows there is a world of difference between meeting in person and meeting virtually. Only Justice Brett Kavanaugh attended virtually, due to a COVID diagnosis. Justice Sonia Sotomayor gets a thumbs up for wearing a mask. One of the first items of business represented a small victory for organized labor. In Baisley v. International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers , the court declined to review a 5 th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that upheld a private sector union’s right to collect a fee from a non-union member who benefited from the union’s representation in contract negotiations and enforcement. The employee tried to invoke the same kinds of First Amendment arguments in Janus v. AFSCME that did result in the […]

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