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Supreme Court's run out of excuses to avoid controversial issues

January 24, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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In the aftermath of a divisive election, a riot at the US Capitol and the unprecedented final days of the Trump administration, the Supreme Court kept many controversial issues in a holding pattern of sorts, sticking to Chief Justice John Roberts' objective of keeping his branch of government out of the political spotlight.

(CNN)In the aftermath of a divisive election, a riot at the US Capitol and the unprecedented final days of the Trump administration, the Supreme Court kept many controversial issues in a holding pattern of sorts, sticking to Chief Justice John Roberts' objective of keeping his branch of government out of the political spotlight.

But now Trump is an ordinary citizen, the Biden administration is in place and the justices are expected as soon as Monday to begin to act on a mound of lingering issues they have been sitting upon, including abortion and the question of former President Donald Trump's tax returns.

But in the cases that most grab the public's attention down the road, including abortion, immigration, affirmative action and voting rights, the conservatives are likely to unite and treat the Biden administration very differently than they did the Trump administration.

All the way back in October, Trump's personal lawyers came to the court with an emergency request: they asked the justices to temporarily block a lower court decision that allows Trump's tax returns to go to the Manhattan district attorney while the legal challenge plays out.

The justices sent the case back to the lower courts so that the President's lawyers could make more targeted objections regarding the scope of the requests.

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