U.S. Supreme Court

Jackson pushes back at GOP critics, defends record

By Mary Clare Jalonick and Mark Sherman

Facing Republican senators’ pointed questions, Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson is forcefully defending her record as a federal judge. She’s telling senators she will rule “from a position of neutrality” if she is confirmed as the first Black woman on the high court.

Supreme Court hears arguments over coronavirus vaccine mandates

The fate of President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine and testing mandate for workers in health care and large businesses is now in the hands of the justices at the nation’s highest court. The Supreme Court heard arguments from federal lawyers and attorneys representing a coalition of Republican-led states, including South Carolina, that are pushing back on the requirement. The Biden administration argues the mandate will keep Americans safe, even as the COVID-19 omicron variant surge continues.

Barrett concerned about public perception of Supreme Court

By Piper Hudspeth Blackburn

Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett expressed concerns Sunday that the public may increasingly see the court as a partisan institution. Justices must be “hyper vigilant to make sure they’re not letting personal biases creep into their decisions, since judges are people, too,” Barrett said at a lecture hosted by the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center.