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Court seems unwilling to embrace broad version of “independent state legislature” theory

 at 5:22 p.m.

During an argument in Moore v. Harper that lasted nearly three hours, the justices probed the authority of state courts to supervise state legislatures’ decisions about how to run federal elections.

Sketch of a man in spectacles and black suit arguing before a full bench. Justices Gorsuch, Sotomayor, Kavanaugh and Jackson all gesture with their hands.

David Thompson argues for North Carolina Republican legislators in Moore v. Harper. (William Hennessy)


Federal ban on inducing unlawful immigration for financial gain may get another Supreme Court test

 at 3:58 p.m.

A regular round-up of “relisted” petitions. This week: A First Amendment challenge to a federal immigration law and a dispute over consecutive criminal sentencing.


Justices debate bankruptcy treatment of debts incurred by fraud

 at 11:57 p.m.

In Bartenwerfer v. Buckley, the court scrutinized purportedly “careless” drafting of the Bankruptcy Code — but seemed destined to land on a plain-text reading of a key provision.


Conservative justices poised to side with web designer who opposes same-sex marriage

 at 7:18 p.m.

In 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, the court appeared ready to rule that a Colorado designer is entitled to exemption from a state law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.