An appeals court on Tuesday rejected the government’s argument that a program promising special status and work permits to some illegal immigrants should be allowed to move forward while the underlying legal case is litigated.
Nebraska and Oklahoma say marijuana laws in neighboring Colorado are causing harm to their states and want the US Supreme Court to intervene. On Monday, court showed interest in the case by asking the Obama administration for a brief.
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a capital punishment case involving Oklahoma’s use of lethal injection drugs. At issue is whether the first drug prevents pain by rendering the prisoner unconscious.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is the perceived swing vote in the gay marriage case argued Tuesday. Based on his questions, it appears the justice may be reluctant to embrace a sweeping constitutional holding.
On Friday, government lawyers will ask the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to allow the president's executive action on immigration to move forward while a legal challenge filed by 26 states works its way through the courts.