Ask Away Blog: Supreme Court Verdicts to Watch for This Year

Supreme Court Verdicts to Watch for This Year

Thursday, May 28, 2020

 



The efforts of local court systems and judges like Judge Mike Tawil help keep order and justice within your local community. The Supreme Court, with its presidential appointments, hear cases from all across the country, often issuing a final verdict in highly charged disputes that have already wound through local and state court systems. The most recent cases to be heard have garnered attention for issues of LGBT rights within the workplace, the potential deportation of undocumented immigrants, and the reach of Second Amendment rights. There is a docket full of explosive cases to be heard this year, with the following being some of the most anticipated awaiting verdicts.

Obtaining Trump’s Financial Records

There have been several efforts by New York state prosecutors and House Democrats to get their hands on several years of President Trump’s tax returns. Trump’s accounting firm has been issued a subpoena for records, as well as Capital One and Deutsche Bank. Trump has struggled to retain privacy in this area, fighting to prevent disclosure. This has made him the first president in U.S. history to avoid revealing this information. The Supreme Court is expected to come to a decision in this matter by early summer.

Scholarships and Religious Schools

Church-state issues are continually brought before the Supreme Court, with the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue being one of the earliest cases brought in 2020. The Montana Supreme Court invalidated a scholarship program that was deemed to be out-of-compliance with a Montana constitutional provision that prohibits state tax dollars from funding sectarian school. Several parents brought the suit looking to solve whether or not the ruling violated the religion or equal protection clause found the U.S. Constitution.

Abortion Law in Louisiana

The additions of more conservative Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh should see a potential shift from past rulings concerning abortion rights. On the docket is a challenge to a Louisiana law that gives abortion-performing doctors the right to admit patients into local hospitals. Most hospital facilities deny admitting privileges when the physician does not supply a steady stream of patients to the institution. This case will be the first to be heard concerning the hot topic of abortion since Trump’s new appointees have taken the bench.

Discrimination Suits and Religious Exemptions

The Supreme Court is hearing another case on religious liberty, with the justices having to weight in on whether two Catholic schools can be exempt from employment discrimination suits that are being brought by former teachers at the institutions. The schools are claiming ministerial exception, which is a First Amendment principle that prohibits lawsuits from workers that are considered “ministers.” The former teachers are claiming their work was indeed religious but not ministerial, leading the case to the Supreme Court for ruling over safeguards for free expression of religion and the legal protection of workers.

The Supreme Court is the highest court in the land, deciding some of the most contentious and divisive cases in the country. Keep an eye on the rulings that are read this year, as these become groundbreaking and pivotal in deciding American liberties.

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