Supreme Court makes sudden change to its schedule - no decision for Trump yet

 June 28, 2024

A surprise change in the Supreme Court schedule has political pundits on pins and needles, waiting for what the nation's high court will decide in a number of high profile cases. According to a report by Newsweek, the Supreme Court has decided that this session will continue into July.

The court has been pushing out opinions on their pending cases for days, and it was expected that by month's end the nine justices would recess their regular session for summer.

The Supreme Court is now down to its last cases of the term, and the most pressing matter on the docket concerns the president's immunity.

The verdict in the two federal cases against Trump rests on the court's decision. One case concerns his alleged attempts to falsify 2020 election results, while the other concerns his handling of confidential documents after leaving the White House.

The Schedule

However, in addition to already adding additional opinion days last week, they have added another day for Monday, as was reflected by the calendar on their website.

The court's next session will begin in October of this year, and the session typically ends in late June or early July.

Pundits in the courtroom had speculated about the change in schedule due to the fact that Chief Justice John Roberts did not do something at the end of the court session on Thursday morning that would have signaled an end.

Pundits' Take

"Court concludes without the Chief Justice announcing that tomorrow will be the final day of opinions. That means we're likely to have another opinion day next week," Kimberly Robinson, Supreme Court reporter for Bloomberg Law, wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

Professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Steve Vladeck, made a comment as well:

"At the end of today's #SCOTUS session, the Chief Justice did not say that tomorrow is the last day, which means that it won't be. In other words, we are definitely going into next week. "

Lydia Wheeler, a Supreme Court reporter at Bloomberg Law, wrote that she believes Monday is "likely not the last day. The chief usually announces the last day of opinions from the bench and he didn't do that."

Recent Decisions

On Thursday, the Supreme Court issued a number of significant decisions, one of which was the overturning of the Purdue Pharma opioid settlement.

The court rejected a multibillion-dollar bankruptcy plan for Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, in a 5-4 decision. The court determined that the settlement, which included legal protections for the Sackler family, which controlled the company, was inappropriate.

In a separate case, the court granted emergency abortions to Idaho hospitals while legal proceedings regarding a near-total abortion prohibition in the state are ongoing, in a 6-3 decision.

The court also prevented the EPA from enforcing a plan to regulate air quality in a 5-4 decision. This conclusion was made after the EPA had invalidated the air-quality initiatives of over 20 states. Some states are currently appealing the decision.

More Opinions

The judgment by the court to reject the use of internal courts by the SEC to resolve certain enforcement disputes was 6-3, with the court stating that this practice violates the right to a jury trial.

At the same time, the court has not made a decision regarding former President Donald Trump's request for presidential immunity.

In an effort to have the four federal criminal charges against him dropped, Trump argued that because he was still in office at the time of the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, his actions were immune from prosecution.

Accusations of political bias came along with Trump's plea of "not guilty."

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