The United States Supreme Court on Monday issued a slew of rulings regarding cases already before the court, many of which involved former President Donald Trump, and the arguments it will hear in the next term.
Cases the court, which has a Conservative 6-3 majority, decided to dismiss or hear go throughout the former president’s tenure.
A defamation lawsuit brought by an alleged former lover, along with sweeping immigration, abortion and election challenges, were all in court on Monday.
Trump tax return
The court allowed New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance to obtain tax returns and other financial records in connection with a criminal investigation, a blow to the former president’s quest to withhold details of his finances.
Judges without comment dismissed Trump’s request to stay an Oct. 7 lower court ruling ordering the longtime accounting firm of former Republican President Mazars USA to comply with a subpoena to hand over the documents to a major jury called by Vance.
“The work continues,” Vance said in a statement released after the court action.
Pennsylvania election challenge
The court declined to hear a Republican challenge to a lower court ruling that extended the deadline for receiving ballots by mail in the electoral battlefield state of Pennsylvania where President Joe Biden defeated Trump.
Judges dismissed appeals from the Pennsylvania Republican Party and Republican members of the state legislature over the state’s highest court ruling that ordered officials to count mail-in ballots that were postmarked on polling day and received up to three days later.
BREAKING: The Supreme Court has dismissed Trump’s election challenge in Pennsylvania as moot. pic.twitter.com/6LTvvuMG52
– Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) February 22, 2021
Trump repeated unsubstantiated allegations of the electoral fraud that cost him the election until Jan.6, when a far-right mob stormed the U.S. Capitol to prevent a joint session of Congress from certifying the election. victory for Biden. Trump was impeached and acquitted for inciting a riot.
Three Tory judges, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, opposed the decision not to reconsider the case.
Biden won the state by more than 80,000 votes. The dispute only involved 9,428 out of 6.9 million ballots cast in the state. The Supreme Court had previously rejected a Republican demand to block the lower court’s decision.
The court rejected a proposal by adult film actress Stormy Daniels to restart her libel case against Trump over a Twitter post accusing him of “fraud” after he described being threatened for going public with her account of a sexual relationship with him.
By closing the case, the judges left in place lower court decisions dismissing his action. The San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for the United States last year agreed with a Los Angeles-based federal judge who ruled in 2018 that Trump’s comments were not defamatory and were protected by the United States Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of expression.
Defamation cases are hard to win in the United States because of the First Amendment.
Court set to rule on the legality of a government regulation implemented under Trump that prevents health clinics from receiving federal family planning funds if they provide Abortion referrals.
Judges will hear appeals in cases in which 21 states, including Oregon, California and New York, the city of Baltimore and organizations such as the American Medical Association and Planned Parenthood, have challenged the 2019 settlement issued by the Department of Health and Social Services.
Critics have called the Trump regulation a ‘gag rule’ because they argue it prevents medical professionals from providing abortion counseling if a clinic receives family planning funds under Title X of the law of 1970 on public health services.
The rule also requires physical separation at all facilities that receive federal funding and also provide abortions.
The judges also agreed to review the legality of one of former President Donald Trump’s strict immigration rules that bans immigrants. deemed probable to demand government benefits to obtain legal permanent residence.
Trump’s tough stance on any immigration was a hallmark of his presidency. The litigation, filed in federal courts in New York and Illinois, examines which immigrants would be eligible for lawful permanent residence, known as a “green card.” US immigration law has long required that officials exclude those who may become a “public office” from permanent residence.
The court will consider an appeal the Trump administration filed against a lower court ruling that found the rule likely violated federal immigration and administrative law by impermissibly expanding the definition of who counts as a “public office” and dramatically increasing the number of people who would. be rejected for residency.
Biden has promised a definite turnaround in Trump’s policy. The president has already pushed for immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented migrants.