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Court rules for South Carolina Republicans in dispute over congressional map

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In a 6-3 vote on ideological lines on Thursday, the justices threw out a lower court ruling that a congressional district in South Carolina was drawn with an unconstitutional focus on race. The opinion by Justice Samuel Alito clears the way for the state to use the map – which, Alito said, was drawn for political reasons, to create a more Republican district, rather than based on the race of voters. The opinion also sets a high bar for plaintiffs to meet in future racial gerrymandering cases.

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The justices ruled in Alexander v. South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP on Thursday. (J Main via Shutterstock)


Restrictions on gender-affirming medical care – and assault weapons

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A regular round-up of “relisted” petitions. This week: The justices will consider the constitutionality of state restrictions on gender-affirming medical care, the constitutionality of state prohibitions on assault weapons, the need for specificity under Clean Water Act permits, whether  the prohibition on “honest services fraud” is void for vagueness, and a Texas capital case.


Justices turn down parents’ challenge to school support plans for trans students

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The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge brought by three parents to guidelines put in place by a Maryland county outside of Washington, D.C. to create support plans for transgender students without requiring knowledge or consent from students’ parents. The court did not add any cases to its 2024-25 docket.


Arizona’s life-without-parole sentencing scheme for youths

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A weekly look at new and notable petitions seeking Supreme Court review. This week: In 2012 the court barred mandatory life sentences for youths. Lonnie Bassett now ask the justices to consider whether an Arizona sentencing law violates that precedent for youths convicted of first-degree murder because the state separately abolished parole for all homicides.

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