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The 5 biggest cases the US Supreme Court could soon decide

From abortion to guns to former President Trump's claims of absolute immunity, here's a look at some of the biggest cases set to be decided soon.
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Posted at 6:44 AM, May 09, 2024

We've heard the oral arguments. Now the waiting game begins at the U.S. Supreme Court as justices start issuing decisions on some consequential cases that impact everything from abortion to guns to how your town addresses homelessness.

Here's a look at some of the biggest cases that could soon be decided.

The future of mifepristone

Referred to by some as the "abortion pill," the drug last year was used in more than 6 in 10 of abortions performed in the United States. But a group of anti-abortion doctors claims the drug is unsafe and that the FDA incorrectly approved the drug for certain uses in recent years, like allowing it to be mailed.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration claims it is safe. But if the drug is restricted by the high court, providers may soon have to use other drugs for medication abortions

People march through downtown Amarillo to protest a lawsuit to ban the abortion drug mifepristone.

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Supreme Court appears skeptical of abortion pill challenge

Stephanie Liebergen
4:56 AM, Mar 26, 2024

Will a bump stock ban stay in place?

Former President Trump banned bump stocks after the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas. They're used to modify semiautomatic guns to speed up the firing mechanism, turning them into machine gun-like devices.

Will the high court keep the ban in place? Or will justices find it violates the Second Amendment?

A bump stock

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Supreme Court reviewing arguments regarding legality of bump stocks

John Mone
6:08 PM, Feb 28, 2024

Social media crackdown

Justices heard multiple cases this term about whether social media companies can block or censure content posted on their platforms.

One case looks at whether the Biden administration has the right to ask social media sites to take down posts they believe to be fake or problematic. How the court rules could impact what you see or don't see online.

The Supreme Court is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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Supreme Court hearing social media misinformation case

Scripps News Staff
8:08 AM, Mar 18, 2024

Homeless rights

Can cities relocate homeless encampments? What rights do those without housing have?

The forthcoming opinion from justices could drastically impact what your city can do to address places occupied by the unhoused.

Tents at a homeless encampment in Florida.

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The future of homeless encampments at the center of US Supreme Court case

Scripps News Tampa
1:06 PM, May 05, 2024

Presidential immunity

Does former President Trump have any immunity from the charges he is facing for the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riots?

The timing of the Supreme Court's decision may impact if the former president will face a federal trial before Election Day, or if the case is thrown out.

The artist sketch depicts former President Donald Trump's attorney John Sauer, far right, speaking before the Supreme Court.

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Supreme Court grills attorneys on Trump's presidential immunity claim

Daniel Lathrop
7:49 AM, Apr 25, 2024

Alison LaCroix is a law professor at the University of Chicago and she says the high court has the chance to change a lot in our country in the coming weeks. However, she ranks the presidential immunity case as the biggest one to watch.

"That could impact democracy, definitely," she said. "If they [justices] said absolute immunity, that would potentially bar [former] President Trump from federal cases and potentially state criminal prosecutions."