The Supreme Court term leaned more to the right but found some consensus
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court’s tenure, conducted amid the unprecedented disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic, included consensus notes among the nine judges after the Tory majority was enlarged in October.
But the term, which ended this week, also saw the newly enlarged Conservative majority prevail in several major decisions, favoring state sovereignty over allegations of discrimination against minority voters, anonymity of non-profit donors. profit on government auditors and corporate defendants on class action plaintiffs, among others.
The Conservative wing was divided over the extent and speed of changes in the interpretation of the law, however, with Chief Justice John Roberts, often followed by the two most recent judges, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, pointing out sometimes a drag on their colleagues Clarence. Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch.
âI think it’s still Roberts Court,â said Vikram Amar, dean of law at the University of Illinois. The triumvirate led by the chief justice often seems to decide “how many laws are made and in which direction they go,” Amar said.
It was evident on Friday, when despite the objection of some more conservative judges, the court refused to revisit historical precedents, notably New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, a 1964 ruling offering broad media protection; and Kelo v. New London, a 2005 ruling granting authorities broad discretion to condemn private property for public purposes when fair compensation is paid.