2 Things to Look for on the January 2021 SCOTUS Calendar

2 Things to Look for on the January 2021 SCOTUS Calendar

(RepublicanDaily.org) – Since the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court, there’s now a 6-3 conservative majority on the bench. Commentators will be keeping a close eye on upcoming cases to see how this affects the direction the court takes.

The case of Pham vs. Guzman Chavez is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 11. The matter at hand relates to illegal immigration. Specifically, the court will have to decide whether foreign nationals in the custody of ICE should undergo a bond hearing during the application process for protection from persecution. The court will decide this on the basis of the wording of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

BP P.L.C. v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore will come before SCOTUS on January 13. It deals with a suit taken by the city of Baltimore which seeks to blame the defendant (an oil company) for climate change, and the resultant harm to Baltimore and its people. The Supreme Court will rule on a question of whether the case should take place in federal or state court, rather than the fundamental issue of the case.

SCOTUS may also hear election-related cases in January, or following months, though this has yet to be confirmed.

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