Supreme Court Makes Final Decisions of Current Term

Supreme Court Makes Final Decisions of Current Term

( – Every year, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) publishes the Court’s opinions on many cases in June and early July, often leaving some of the most anticipated ones until the end of the term. The trend continued in 2021, with the final two originating from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. They are:

Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta, Attorney General of California (merged with one brought by the Thomas More Law Center) regarding disclosure of major donors to charities.


Brnovich, Attorney General of Arizona, et al. v. Democratic National Committee [DNC] et al. (together with Arizona Republican Party et al. v. Democratic National Committee et al.) both of which were challenges to the voting laws of the state.

In the California case, the charities involved claimed that the state requirement demanding  they file government forms including the names of major donors would prevent people from donating. They argued that this violated the First Amendment right to freedom of association and provided evidence that the state’s promise to keep the names confidential was nonsense due to the number of times names had been publicized by mistake. In a 6-3 decision written by Justice Samuel Alito, the court agreed.

In Arizona, the original complaints from the DNC argued that the law unfairly affected the “American Indian, Hispanic, and African-American citizens” of the state. Specifically, they attacked the provisions about disregarding votes cast in the wrong precincts and how and by whom mail-in ballots may be collected.

The first line of Chief Justice John Roberts’ majority opinion made it obvious where the ruling was headed, saying, “Arizona law generally makes it very easy to vote.” After detailing §2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and referencing several precedents established by SCOTUS in the past, Roberts penned the final decision in favor of the state.

These two rulings closed out the 2021 session of the court with the Arizona decision causing the Liberals to return to their calls to pack the court. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) blatantly tweeted, “we must expand the Supreme Court.” Representative Mondaire Jones (D-NY) echoed the sentiment on his own Twitter account and predicted a failure to do so quickly would mean “we will no longer have a democracy to protect.” Of course, America’s form of government is a Democratic-Republic, not a democracy — but hey, everybody makes mistakes.

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