Supreme Court Affirms Arizona In Part, Strikes Down In Part
So I've been sitting here poolside in Cabo, madly catching up on all the Ricochet I missed during my trip down here and refreshing Twitter constantly for updates on whether the Supreme Court ruling on health care was coming out today.
(Side notes: Mosquitoes are intense in the hours before sunrise. Intense. I'm apparently in a backyard that is very conducive to bird romance. And I dreamt all last night that the Obamacare ruling came out today.)
But the Obamacare ruling did not come out today. I find it absolutely hilarious how the Court is waiting to release the opinion. Who says these justices don't have a sense of humor? And given who wrote the other opinions, many SCOTUS observers say that it looks like Chief Justice Roberts will be writing the opinion on health care. We did get some interesting decisions, however. And on any other day, they would be pretty significant.
Justice Kagan wrote majority opinion in 5-4 ruling holding that the Eighth Amendment forbids sentencing juvenile offenders to life imprisonment without parole.
The court reaffirmed its 2-year-old decision allowing corporations to spend funds to advocate for or against electoral issues. The justices struck down a Montana law limiting corporate campaign spending.
And for the third case, Arizona, here's how the Wall Street Journal puts it:
The Supreme Court upheld a key part of Arizona's tough-immigration law but struck down others as intrusions on federal sovereignty, in a ruling that gave both sides something to cheer in advance of November elections where immigration is a major issue.
The court backed a section of the Arizona state law that calls for police to check the immigration status of people they stop.
That section was one of four at issue before the high court. The others make it a crime for immigrants without work permits to seek employment; make it a crime for immigrants to fail to carry registration documents, and authorize the police to arrest any immigrant they believe has committed a deportable offense. Those other three provisions were struck down.
I don't know if that ruling gives both sides something to cheer about or both sides something to be upset about.
But either way, a big day in decisions from the Supreme Court.