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Four Decisions were passed down on Monday

The Supreme Court has delivered decisions on four of the cases that it heard this term. The cases are Washington v. United States, Sveen v. Melin, Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, and China Agritech, Inc. v. Resh.

In Washington v. United States, tribal fishing rights in the state of Washington were brought before the court. The court upheld a lower court decision that the state of Washington would have to fix the culvert system under its roads to allow for the safe migration of salmon.

In Sveen v. Melin the Court ruled 8-1 in favor of upholding a Minnesota law that states that if a couple gets divorced, and then one of the individuals dies, the ex-spouse cannot collect any life insurance as a benefactor.

Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute was a case that looked at an Ohio law that involved the practice of removing voters from the state’s voter rolls if they do not go to the polls, and then do not respond to a notice. The court ruled 5-4 in favor of upholding the law as constitutional.

Lastly, China Agritech, Inc. v. Resh dealt with whether or not an individual could bring a class action suit after a period of limited time as set by the American Pipe tolling rule. The court unanimously upheld the rule

Sources: Supremecourt.gov, Oyez.org, constitutioncenter.org
As the Lord Leads, pray with us:
  • For the Justices of the Supreme Court to have wisdom as they continue to deliberate on cases. 
  • For lower federal courts to work towards justice for all.
  • For those affected by these rulings to work hard to obey them.