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January 12, 2022

Liberal Supreme Court Justice Under Fire for COVID-19 Misinformation


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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor received criticism after falsely claiming that there are 100,000 children in the U.S. hospitalized with COVID-19 “in serious condition.”

Sotomayor, appointed by former President Barack Obama, also claimed that omicron is “just as deadly” as the delta variant for the unvaccinated.

“Omicron is as deadly as delta and causes as much serious disease in the unvaccinated as delta did,” the justice said during a hearing on President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate. “The numbers—look at the hospitalization rates going up. We have more infected people today than we did a year ago in January. We have hospitals that are almost at full capacity with people severely ill on ventilators. We have over 100,000 children, which we’ve never had before, in serious condition, and many on ventilators.”

According to HHS data, as of January 8, there are roughly 5,000 children hospitalized, either with suspected covid or a confirmed laboratory test. This figure includes patients in observation beds. “So Sotomayor’s number is at least 20 times higher than reality, even before you determine how many are in ‘serious condition,'” The Washington Post reported.

According to CDC data, there have been less than 100,000 — 82,843 to be exact — hospital admissions of children with confirmed covid since August 1, 2020.

There is data to support that the rate of pediatric admissions is rising, with a caveat. Earlier this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported a sharp increase in pediatric cases — but some children are hospitalized for another reason (i.e., a broken arm) and then test positive for covid through screenings at the hospital.

People quickly took notice of Sotomayor’s false information, with some saying it was “terrifying” to realize a Supreme Court justice could be so misinformed.

“It’s actually terrifying that a Supreme Court justice can be so misinformed. The emperor has no clothes,” Christina Pushaw tweeted.

More inaccurate info from the bench

Meanwhile, Clinton appointed Justice Stephen Breyer false claimed there were 750 million new cases of covid in the U.S. on Thursday.

“750 million new cases yesterday, or close to that, is a lot. I don’t mean to be facetious,” Breyer said.

The actual number was closer to 750,000. On Thursday, the U.S. recorded 786,824 new cases, according to the Daily Mail.


Liberal Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor under fire for overstating that 100,000 children are currently hospitalized with COVID and ‘many are on ventilators’ while Stephen Breyer says there have been 750 MILLION cases

December 2, 2021

Supreme Court Poised to Uphold Mississippi’s Abortion Law

The Supreme Court appeared to uphold a Mississippi law that would ban virtually all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, marking a dramatic turn from the previous 50 years of rulings.

A majority of the court’s justices indicated they were prepared to uphold the measure and discard the court’s previous standard that prevented states from implementing abortion bans before a fetus becomes viable — usually about 24 weeks into a pregnancy.

Several justices cautioned that the court would appear to be a political entity if it overturned a precedent that’s been in place for decades.

“It is particularly important to show that what we do in overturning a case is grounded in principle and not social pressure,” Justice Stephen Breyer said.

The conservative members of the bench suggested they were prepared to overturn Roe v. Wade because it was wrongly decided.

“Can’t a decision be overruled because it was wrong when it was decided?” Justice Samuel Alito asked.


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November 7, 2021

Supreme Court declines to hear case involving transgender rights, Catholic hospital

The Supreme Court declined to hear a case involving transgender rights, leaving in place a lower court’s decision against a Catholic hospital that wouldn’t allow a transgender man to have a hysterectomy there.

In California, Mercy San Juan Medical Center disallowed the procedure because it was an “elective sterilzation” that violated the hospital’s ethical and religious views.

Three days later, the patient, Evan Minton, got the procedure and a different hospital. He sued under a state law that bans discrimination. A trial court agreed with the hospital that a three-day delay in the surgery didn’t result in a denial of “full and equal” access to health care. Later, an appeals court reversed that ruling.

Though the Supreme Court declined to hear the case, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch said they would have heard it.

The decision is the latest victory for transgender rights groups. In June, the high court declined a Virginia school board’s appeal to reinstate its transgender bathroom ban.


Supreme Court won’t hear case involving transgender rights

November 3, 2021

Supreme Court rejects latest challenge to vaccine mandate

The Supreme Court rejected a bid from Maine health care workers to block a vaccine mandate on religious grounds. The statewide order, announced in August by Gov. Janet Mills (D), applies to employees at hospitals, nursing homes, and other health facilities.

Justices Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito dissented with the remainder of the high court.

“Healthcare workers who have served on the front line of a pandemic for the last 18 months are now being fired and their practices shuttered,” Gorsuch wrote, along with the other two dissenters. “All for adhering to their constitutionally protected religious beliefs. Their plight is worthy of our attention. I would grant relief.”

The Christian group Liberty Counsel brought the lawsuit, saying it represented roughly 2,000 employees who opposed the mandate on a religious basis.


Supreme Court rejects Maine health workers’ challenge to vaccine mandate

October 5, 2021

Missouri governor denies clemency to death row inmate, ignoring requests from lawmakers, pope

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson denied clemency for death row inmate Ernest Johnson, ignoring pleas for mercy from federal lawmakers, thousands of petition signers, and the pope.

Johnson was convicted of killing three convenience store employees during a 1994 robbery. His death by injection is scheduled for 6 pm on Tuesday.

Johnson’s attorney, Jeremy Weis, argued that his execution would violate the Eighth Amendment, which prohibits executing intellectually disabled people. Weis said multiple tests have shown that Johnson has the intellectual capacity of a child. He also was born with fetal alcohol syndrome, and in 2008, he lost about 20 percent of his brain tissue to the removal of a benign tumor.

A representative of Pope Francis wrote Parson a letter last week, saying the pope “wishes to place before you the simple fact of Mr. Johnson’s humanity and the sacredness of all human life.”

Courts reviewed Johnson’s case a few times. His second death sentence came in 2003 after the US Supreme Court found that executing the mentally ill was unconstitutionally cruel. Then, in 2006, the Missouri Supreme Court tossed out the previous death sentence and sentenced Johnson for a third time.

Weis on Monday requested a stay of execution from the US Supreme Court.


Missouri governor denies clemency to death row inmate

September 21, 2021

Supreme Court to hear case that could overturn Roe v. Wade

The Supreme Court announced that it would hear a case regarding a Mississippi abortion law on Dec. 1, marking one of the most notable cases that may lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Roe v. Wade is a landmark Supreme Court case from 1973 which legalized abortion nationwide before viability, which can occur at about 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act allows abortion after 15 weeks “only in medical emergencies or for severe fetal abnormality” and makes no exception for rape or incest. Doctors who violate the law will have their medical licenses suspended or revoked. Though the state law passed in 2018, two federal courts blocked it.

“The conclusion that abortion is a constitutional right has no basis in text, structure, history, or tradition,” Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch (R) wrote in a July brief to the Supreme Court.

A district court blocked the law, a decision upheld by a federal appeals court.

“States may regulate abortion procedures prior to viability so long as they do not ban abortions,” said a panel of US Circuit Court of Appeals judges in December 2019.


Supreme Court to hear restrictive Mississippi abortion law on December 1

September 3, 2021

Supreme Court declines to block Texas abortion law in blow to pro-choice advocates

A divided Supreme Court declined to block a Texas law that outlaws abortion in the state after six weeks of pregnancy. The justices came to the decision in a 5-4 split.

If successful, the request from abortion rights advocates would have put the law on hold during litigation.

The majority said that “procedural issues related to the unusual private enforcement mechanism the law sets up undermined the argument for blocking the statute at this preliminary stage,” according to Politico.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the high court’s three liberals in dissent.


Supreme Court declines to block Texas abortion law

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