SCOTUS: No Life Without Parole for Juveniles, Citizens United Trumps Montana Election Law, S.B. 1070 Largely Dead; No Obamacare Ruling (Yet)


Another Monday in June, another nail-biter waiting for the Supreme Court of the United States to rule on the biggest cases of the year.

It seems, so far, that the Supreme Court will not rule today on Obamacare (a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act). Though, being secretive SCOTUS, they could change their minds and release something momentarily.

SCOTUS did release rulings on three important cases, though. The A.P. is reporting that the high court ruled life without the possibility of parole is not possible for juveniles.

Also, a big Citizen’s United case: MSNBC reports that, “The Supreme Court has overturned a Montana state law which banned independent political spending by corporations. The decision reversed a ruling by the Montana Supreme Court which had upheld the 1912 law.”

As for S.B. 1070, the most anticipated released today: Brian Lehrer is reporting on WNYC a mixed result (which is being read on the bench right now). Reuters is calling it a blow to Obama, while the A.P. is saying the law is largely being thrown out. Lehrer says that the ability for local cops to check your immigration status seems to be upheld. Noteworthy: Lehrer says Chief Justice John Roberts joined the liberals (minus the recused Justice Elena Kagan) in tossing out much of the law.

We’ll update as we learn more.

Update, 10:35: Lehrer says much of S.B. 1070 has been thrown out, a surprising victory (just based upon the way Paul Clement cleaned Solicitor General Donald Verilli’s clock before the high court) for the Obama administration. But Lehrer says the actual part of the law which dealt with officers wanting to see your papers was something the court decided could not be litigated in this case.

SCOTUSblog says that, “On net, the #SB1070 decision is a significant win for the Obama Administration. It got almost everything it wanted.”

Think Progress describes it like so:

The Supreme Court just announced that parts of Arizona’s harsh immigration law, SB 1070, are preempted by federal immigration law. Significantly, however, the justices did also held that it was “improper for the lower courts to enjoin Section 2(B), which requires police officers to check the legal status of anyone arrested for any crime before they can be released.”

Without a ruling on Obamacare, it means SCOTUS is milking the drama for all it is worth and will release the decision on Thursday, the last day of the term.