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Second judge blocks new Trump immigration order

October 18, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

For the second time in the span of one day, President Trump’s latest attempt to bar entry to the U.S. by foreign nationals from Muslim nations has been blocked by a federal court. Late Monday night, a Maryland judge imposed a nationwide order against enforcement.

New Trump immigration order blocked

October 17, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

President Trump’s third attempt to put strict new limits on immigration from Mideast nations – like the first two – ran into trouble in federal court on Tuesday, with a judge in Hawaii blocking it from going into full effect at midnight.

Justices won’t clarify military tribunal powers

October 16, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Sending another strong signal that the troubled military commission system at Guantanamo Bay won’t be second-guessed by the Supreme Court, the Justices on Monday turned down an attempt to head off a major trial of a high-profile terrorism case. 

Justice Byron White: A retrospective

October 16, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

On October 16, 1962, Justice Byron R. White joined the Supreme Court as one of two appointments made by President John F. Kennedy. In 2012, Constitution Daily contributor Lyle Denniston wrote a retrospective about White's Supreme Court career, which he have reprinted here.

Trump team opens a defense of new immigration limits

October 12, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Opening its defense in court of the third version of the Trump Administration’s curbs on immigration, government lawyers on Thursday argued that a wide-ranging new study of the issue severs any link to prior anti-Muslim statements by the President or his aides.

Supreme Court ends one of two Trump immigration cases

October 11, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Declaring that it was taking no position on the legality of President Trump’s now-replaced order curbing entry into the U.S. of foreign nationals from six Mideast nations, the Supreme Court on Tuesday evening dismissed an Administration appeal on that question.

Supreme Court bypasses big Guantanamo case

October 10, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Nine years after its last major ruling on the rights of detainees at the Guantanamo military prison, the Supreme Court refused on Monday to return to that abiding constitutional controversy.

New constitutional tests on birth control begin

October 7, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Almost 17 months after the Supreme Court sent platoons of lawyers off on what turned out to be a failed mission to work out the nationwide controversy over women’s access to birth control, the newly deepened controversy returned to the federal courts on Friday.

A major gun control case comes to an end

October 6, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Fearing that an appeal to the Supreme Court could bring a nationwide ruling against gun control, officials of the local government in the nation’s capital have abandoned the defense of a strict law limiting the right to carry a concealed handgun outside the home.

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A difficult new question on Trump and immigration

October 5, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The opposing sides in the historic controversy over President Trump’s limits on foreign travelers’ entry into the U.S. handed the Supreme Court on Thursday a difficult new question: will the defeats the Administration already suffered in this fight in lower courts remain, or be wiped off the books?

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