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Jimmy Hoover

Jimmy Hoover

Jimmy Hoover covers the Supreme Court for The National Law Journal. He can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @JimmyHooverDC. 

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April 22, 2024 | National Law Journal

Supreme Court Takes Up 'Ghost Gun' Appeal From Biden Administration

The justices' decision to review the case comes as they also weigh the administration's appeals in defense of laws and regulations against "bump stocks" and suspected domestic abusers owning guns.

By Jimmy Hoover

4 minute read

April 22, 2024 | National Law Journal

Justices to Examine Meaning of 'Prevailing Party' in Attorney Fees Disputes

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether a party "must obtain a ruling that conclusively decides the merits in its favor," rather than just a preliminary injunction, to obtain attorney fees in a civil rights suit.

By Jimmy Hoover

4 minute read

April 22, 2024 | National Law Journal

Supreme Court Appears Wary of Challenge to Anti-Camping Laws Aimed at Homeless

"Municipalities have competing priorities," said Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. "Why would you think that these nine people [on the Supreme Court] are the best people to judge and weigh those policy judgments?"

By Jimmy Hoover

8 minute read

April 22, 2024 | Supreme Court Brief

America's Homeless Crisis Reaches Supreme Court

The case is serving as a microcosm of the national debate over how to respond to homelessness.

By Jimmy Hoover

6 minute read

April 18, 2024 | National Law Journal

Justices Agree the 'Shadow Docket' Needs Fixing—But Not How

"There used to be a time when we had a good chunk of a summer break," Justice Sonia Sotomayor said. "Not anymore. The emergency calendar is busy almost on a weekly basis."

By Jimmy Hoover

7 minute read

April 18, 2024 | Supreme Court Brief

More Than A Mouthful: Justices Keep Invoking This Latin Phrase

"General, I'm sure you've had a chance to read our opinion released Friday in the Bissonnette case," Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. told U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar. "It was unanimous. It was very short."

By Jimmy Hoover

5 minute read

April 17, 2024 | National Law Journal

Supreme Court Lowers Bar for Title VII Discrimination Claims

"To make out a Title VII discrimination claim, a transferee must show some harm respecting an identifiable term or condition of employment," Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court. "What the transferee does not have to show, according to the relevant text, is that the harm incurred was 'significant.'"

By Jimmy Hoover

7 minute read

April 17, 2024 | Supreme Court Brief

Justices Avoid the Big Question in Texas Takings Case

"It would be imprudent to decide that question without satisfying ourselves of the premise that there is no cause of action," Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the court.

By Jimmy Hoover

5 minute read

April 16, 2024 | National Law Journal

Supreme Court Appears Skeptical of Obstruction Charge for Jan. 6 Defendants

"There have been many violent protests that have interfered with proceedings," Justice Clarence Thomas said. "Has the government applied this provision to other protests in the past and has this been the government's position throughout the lifespan of the statute?"

By Jimmy Hoover

7 minute read

April 16, 2024 | National Law Journal

Divided Supreme Court Rules for Veteran Seeking Enhanced GI Bill Benefits

"The bottom line is this: Veterans who separately accrue benefits under both the Montgomery and Post-9/11 GI Bills are entitled to both benefits," Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson wrote for the majority.

By Jimmy Hoover

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