Magazine August 10, 2020, Issue

Roberts Rules

Chief Justice John Roberts (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
The Court finds in its own favor

The legal commentator Josh Blackman called it the Supreme Court’s “blue June.” The Court ruled that discrimination against sexual minorities was illegal, nullified restrictions on abortion in Louisiana, and held that some of President Trump’s changes to immigration enforcement had been improperly implemented. Responses from conservatives, many of whom had previously been exulting over the supposed transformation of the federal courts by President Donald Trump and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, ranged from disappointment to apoplexy.

Conservatives were more pleased by the decisions at the term’s end. The Court said that state scholarship programs for children at private schools had to

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Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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