Supreme Court Postpones Oral Arguments For First Time Since Spanish Flu In 1918


The Supreme Court just took the unprecedented step of postponing oral arguments for its March session.

One of the cases up was a major case involving President Trump’s financial records.  The Dems have been relentless in their efforts to damage Trump and they think Trump’s taxes will finally give them a smocking gun. Believe me, Trump pays people too much money to mess up his tax returns.

Remember, six of the nine justices are age 65 or older putting them in a high-risk group from coronavirus.

From The Hill: A court spokeswoman said the move was “in keeping with public health precautions” in response to the outbreak, which has infected 18 people in Washington, D.C., and more than 3,800 nationwide.

“The court will examine the options for rescheduling those cases in due course in light of the developing circumstances,” the spokeswoman said.

The postponement affects six days of oral arguments slated for late March and April 1, including a March 31 dispute involving efforts by House Democrats and New York state prosecutors to obtain years of Trump’s financial records and tax returns.

The court in a statement said that the postponement of argument sessions in light of public health concerns is not unprecedented.

“The Court postponed scheduled arguments for October 1918 in response to the Spanish flu epidemic,” it said. “The Court also shortened its argument calendars in August 1793 and August 1798 in response to yellow fever outbreaks.”

The Supreme Court building remains open for official business, including the justices’ regularly scheduled March 20 conference. Some justices participate in that conference remotely by telephone, a spokeswoman said. The building remains closed to the public indefinitely.

“The court is expanding remote working capabilities to reduce the number of employees in the building, consistent with public health guidance,” the spokeswoman said.

From USA Today:

The justices will hold their regularly scheduled private conference Friday, but some of them may participate by phone, the court said. That likely will include Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who turned 87 on Sunday and has had four bouts of cancer during the past two decades.

Also postponed:

A major test of the separation of church and state in a case concerning the right of religious schools to fire teachers despite employment discrimination laws.

A copyright battle over Google’s use of Oracle’s Java programming language to create Android, the world’s most popular mobile software.

The high court holds oral arguments in two-week sittings that begin in early October and extend through April. The next ones scheduled would begin on April 20. Among them:

Cases from Washington State and Colorado on whether the 538 members of the Electoral College must vote for their states’ winning candidates.

An effort by the Trump administration to let employers and universities with religious or moral objections deny women insurance coverage for contraceptives.


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