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A Powerful Chief And Unexpected Splits: 6 Takeaways From The Supreme Court Term

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| From abortion to religion and immigration, the recent court term featured just about every flashpoint in American law. Here are the highlights, including the influence of Chief Justice John Roberts.

Supreme Court Rules That About Half Of Oklahoma Is Indian Land


"Today we are asked whether the land these treaties promised remains an Indian reservation. ... Because Congress has not said otherwise, we hold the government to its word," wrote Justice Gorsuch.

Transcripts Of Police Body Cams Show Floyd Pleaded 20 Times That He Couldn't Breathe


Filed as part of a motion to dismiss charges against one of the officers, the transcripts also appear to show an officer expressing concern about Floyd's well-being in the moments before his death.

Supreme Court Carves Out Religious Exception To Fair Employment Laws


The decision was 7-2, with Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissenting.

Supreme Court Prohibits Mobile Phone Robocalls To Collect Federal Debt


Federal debt collectors were granted an exception from the general robocall ban in 2015. The high court ruled that Congress can't favor some speech over others.

Court Rules Dakota Access Pipeline Must Be Emptied For Now


A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to produce a full environmental review. Until then, oil must stop flowing through the controversial pipeline.

Supreme Court Rules State 'Faithless Elector' Laws Constitutional


The decision could directly affect the election, which will take place in November amid a pandemic and a partial economic collapse.

Federal Prosecutors Discussed 'Burying' Evidence In Troubled New York Case


The government acknowledged problems with sharing evidence with the defense, but prosecutors argue the missteps were inadvertent, not malicious. A judge is assessing the matter.

New Idaho Laws Target Transgender Residents


Transgender people in Idaho say two new state laws are aimed at making their lives much harder. One involves changing the sex listed on birth certificates. The other affects trans athletes.