Recent SCOTUS Decisions Amending U.S. Law

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Following another landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court on Monday in less than a week, legal scholars said the court was changing the course of the country’s legal system. The court is now leaning conservative with a 6-3 majority. Legal experts said the justices are interpreting the Constitution very differently than in the past. The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a high school coach who was fired for praying on the field after the game, a matter of separation of church and state. “This current Supreme Court emphasizes the rights of the individual to engage in their preferred religious practices rather than the societal rights and benefits of a strong separation between church and state,” said the professor at the University of Baltimore Law School. Michele Gilman said. Gilman said it was the latest in a series of groundbreaking High Court rulings after it ruled on gun rights last week and overturned Roe v. Wade. She said the court usually delays the publication of important opinions until the end of the term, but the opinions change a lot of precedents. “I think a lot of constitutional law scholars are concerned about this very strict originalist twist that the court is taking on the idea that the Constitution was frozen in time at the date of its enactment,” Gilman said. The term ends this weekend and a few more decisions are expected by then. On the Stay in Mexico immigration policy and a ruling on EPA power, Gilman expects more upheaval. “I think for conservatives they see an open door to make more of their favorite policy changes and on the other hand for progressives it’s very concerning that the Supreme Court, which has long been seen as a protector of the civil or human rights, no longer plays that role,” she said. Gilman said the court was doing things differently than in the past. She said she feared it would add to so many political turmoil in the country.” Normally we look to the judiciary to be the calmest and most stable branch of government and with these opinions that have come out in the past few days, those assumptions have really been shattered and we we’re seeing as much destabilization from the Supreme Court as we are political branches and that’s a lot for American society to deal with right now,” Gilman said. A new judge, Ketanji Brown Jackson, will be sworn in before the next term, but she’s replacing another Democrat in the field, so that won’t change the balance of power.

Following another landmark decision by the US Supreme Court on Monday in less than a week, legal scholars said the court was changing the course of the legal system in the country.

The court is now leaning conservative with a 6-3 majority. Legal experts said the judges are interpreting the Constitution very differently than in the past.

The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a high school coach who was fired for praying on the field after the game, a matter of separation of church and state.

“This current Supreme Court emphasizes the rights of the individual to engage in their preferred religious practices rather than the societal rights and benefits of a strong separation between church and state,” said the professor at the University of Baltimore Law School. said Michele Gilman.

Gilman said it was the latest in a series of groundbreaking High Court rulings after it ruled on gun rights last week and overturned Roe v. Wade. She said the court usually delays the publication of important opinions until the end of the term, but the opinions change a lot of precedents.

“I think a lot of constitutional law scholars are concerned about this very strict originalist twist that the court is taking on the idea that the Constitution was frozen in time at the date of its enactment,” Gilman said.

The term ends this weekend and a few more decisions are expected by then.

On the Stay in Mexico immigration policy and a ruling on EPA power, Gilman expects more upheaval.

“I think for conservatives they see an open door to make more of their favorite policy changes and on the other hand for progressives it’s very concerning that the Supreme Court, which has long been seen as a protector of the civil or human rights, no longer plays that role,” she said.

Gilman said the court is doing things differently than in the past. She said she feared it would add to so much political unrest in the country.

“Normally we rely on the judiciary to be the calmest and most stable branch of government and with these opinions that have been given in recent days, those assumptions have really been shattered and we are seeing just as much destabilization of Supreme Court as we are political branches and that’s a lot for American society to deal with right now,” Gilman said.

A new judge, Ketanji Brown Jackson, will be sworn in before the next term, but she’s replacing another Democrat on the court, so it won’t change the balance of power.

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