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Hearings to consider President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are set to begin October 12. The move, which comes just a few weeks before the November 3 general election, is raising controversy. 

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For the first time since 1996, the Supreme Court of the United States is issuing decisions in July. The coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement of oral arguments in ten cases. 

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Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court made two historic decisions: First, they ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay, lesbian and transgender employees from discrimination based on sex. Then, the court blocked the Trump administration’s plan to dismantle an Obama-era program that has protected 700,000 “DREAMers” from deportation.

Response To SCOTUS Ruling On Colorado Baker Case

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The United States Supreme Court ruled on the case of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, citing acknowledging the same-sex union violated his religious belief. 

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Longtime Idaho attorney Allen Derr passed away in Boise Monday. He was a founding member of the Idaho Press Club and a champion of equal rights. He may be best remembered for a 1971 U.S. Supreme Court case involving Sally Reed of Boise.  Her son had committed suicide a few years earlier. 

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Allen Derr, an Idaho lawyer who won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling to bolster anti-discrimination protections for women, died Monday in Boise. He was 85.

On Nov. 22, 1971, the Supreme Court justices issued their Reed vs. Reed decision, holding states cannot discriminate against people because of their gender. It marked a departure from the era when courts often excluded women from full participation in important civil affairs.

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Idaho and 25 other states challenge the country's health care law in the U.S. Supreme Court this week. The justices will hear challenges on three parts of the law but the biggest question facing the justices is whether the government can force people to purchase private health insurance.

Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson says a ruling in favor of the individual mandate would greatly expand federal power. He questioned, “If they can do that, what can’t they do under the commerce clause?”