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Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provisions Of Arizona Immigration Law
The United States Supreme Court invalidated three of four challenged provisions of Arizona's controversial immigration law. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion.
The part of the law that was upheld was the part of the law that asked police to check the immigration status of those stopped for another violation.
According to SCOTUSblog, which is live blogging, the court said "it is not clear whether application of this provision will interfere with immigration law."
That means the court is open to further challenges once that part of the law is implemented. But the basic outline of the decision is the federal government can challenge state laws that interfere with its duties on immigration laws.
Our Original Post Continues:
The calendar is winding down on June, so today is one of the last days this term the Supreme Court is expected to hand down decisions.
That means that what we've told you for the past three Mondays applies again today:
"We could hear as soon as this morning how the Supreme Court rules on the most-anticipated issue of the year: the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act — better known as the health care overhaul enacted in 2010 with the support of President Obama and his fellow Democrats over the opposition of Republicans."
The Supreme Court usually starts issuing opinions at about 10 a.m. ET. The court hands reporters and visitors in the court hard copies of its decisions, then very shortly after will post the decision on its website. We will, of course, be watching.
SCOTUSblog will be live blogging and they are very quick to move the news.
The high court is also expected to make a couple of other important decisions. One of is American Tradition Partnership Inc. v. Bullock — otherwise known as "the Montana case" — in which the Supreme Court could decide to revisit its Citizens United decision, which as NPR's David Welna explained "gave corporations the green light to spend unlimited amounts in political campaigns."
Also on deck: A decision on the constitutionality of Arizona's immigration law. The big question, writes The Wall Street Journal, is whether the challenged provision is "an intrusion on federal sovereignty."
Update at 10:25 a.m. ET. No More Decisions:
SCOTUSblog reports that we are not expecting any new decisions this morning.
Update at 10:16 a.m. ET. Mixed Decision In Immigration Case:
SCOTUSblog reports: "Arizona v. US has been decided. The Ninth Circuit is reversed in part and affirmed in part."
Justice Kennedy wrote the opinion. "Most of the key provisions are invalidated," SCOTUSblog reports.
Update at 10:10 a.m. ET. Alito Reading From Bench:
Justice Samuel Alito is reading his dissent in the juveniles case from the bench — still more decisions coming.
Update at 10:06 a.m. ET. No Life In Prison For Juveniles:
The AP just moved this alert:
"Supreme Court rules out life in prison without possibility of parole for juveniles under 18."
SCOTUS Blog reports the vote was 5-4 with Justice Kagan writing the majority opinion.
Here's the decision.
Update at 10:00 a.m. ET. Montana Case Reversed:
The Supreme Court has decided not revisit its decision on Citizens United, summarily reversing the Montana case 5 to 4, SCOTUSblog and the AP report.
The AP adds:
"By a 5-4 vote, the court's conservative justices said the decision in the Citizens United case in 2010 applies to state campaign finance laws and guarantees corporate and labor union interests the right to spend freely to advocate for or against candidates for state and local offices."
Update at 9:56 a.m. ET. Minutes To Go:
The court is incredibly prompt, so look for decisions to start trickling in shortly after 10.
"Lyle: Heading into the adjoining room for the releases of the day. Orders will come within seconds after 10, and the first opinion will come almost immediately after the orders. The five-minutes-before-sitting buzzer has just sounded in the Court's hallways. The Justices are in the robing room now, we assume."
Remember decisions come in reverse seniority order, meaning Chief Justice John Roberts, who is expected to write very important decisions, comes up last.
Also Rebecca Berg of the New York Times tweets this picture of the scene outside the high court
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