Supreme Court wrapping up final week of term
UPDATED 5:34 PM PT – Wednesday, June 30, 2021
The Supreme Court’s term is wrapping up with only a few decisions left to be released. The Supreme Court has issued rulings on eminent domain, evictions and illegal immigration during its last week of the term.
In the case of PennEast Pipeline Co. V. New Jersey, a split five to four decision ruled the federal government could allow pipelines to seize public land so they could build their projects. This decision comes after the state of New Jersey sued the Pennsylvania-based PennEast Pipeline Company in 2019 for attempting to build a 116-mile pipeline from Pennsylvania to the Garden State.
Chief Justice John Roberts penned the majority opinion, arguing Congress gave pipelines the power to invoke eminent domain when they amended the Natural Gas Act in 1947. The PennEast Pipeline Company hailed the decision, claiming their project would immensely benefit consumers.
— PennEast Pipeline (@PennEast) June 29, 2021
In another case, a split five to four decision in Alabama Association of Realtors V. Department of Health and Human Services resulted in the denial of an emergency request from landlords to lift the nationwide eviction moratorium.
This comes after a federal judge in Washington, D.C. ruled that the moratorium was “legally unstoppable.” Roberts argued the CDC is expected to only keep the order in place through July. He also added this should give Congress enough time to dish out adequate assistance to renters.
Finally, in Johnson V. Guzman Chavez, the Supreme Court ruled six to three that some illegal immigrants are not entitled to a bond hearing while they’re being processed by the government.
It specifically affects illegal immigrants who were deported and detained again upon re-entry and who said they would face torture or persecution if returned to their home countries. Previously, a federal court sided with the immigrants, but the high court agreed to take up the case after the Trump administration contested that ruling.
The court will issue all remaining opinions on the last day of the term this Thursday.