by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Scratch the Masterpiece Cake case off her list. But Melissa Quinn of the Washington Examiner highlights other important cases that the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to resolve before wrapping up its work this month.
Gill v. Whitford and Benisek v. Lamone
For more than 10 years, the justices have declined to weigh in on partisan gerrymandering cases. But that drought ended this term, when the Supreme Court considered two cases that questioned whether two voting maps were drawn to entrench the political party in power in violation of voters’ constitutional rights. …
… Janus v. AFSCME
For the second time in two years, the Supreme Court considered whether labor unions can require non-members to pay fees that fund collective bargaining negotiations. …
… Carpenter v. United States
In this blockbuster Fourth Amendment case, the justices were tasked with examining whether the government needs a warrant to seize cell phone records, including location information. …
… Trump v. Hawaii
The court closed out its argument calendar for the year with a blockbuster case challenging the third iteration of President Trump’s travel ban.
The president’s executive order restricted travel to the U.S. from seven countries that the Trump administration said posed terrorism risks.