The courts are busy today, state and federal. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled this morning that President Obama overreached his authority in his use of making temporary appointments to high level government jobs. Separation of Powers was the winner here.
The justices said in their first-ever consideration of the Constitution’s recess appointments clause that Congress gets to decide when it is in recess and that there was no recess when Obama acted. The president said he made the appointments in the face of Republican refusal to allow the NLRB to function. The decision was 9-0
Also, in the second and last ruling announcement by the SCOTUS today, the justices ruled in McCullen v. Coakley that the Massachusetts law limiting outside access to abortion clinics by protestors was illegal and violated the demonstrators freedom of speech guaranteed by the first amendment. The Massachusetts law set up a protest free zone. Decision was also 9-0
There are several other SCOTUS rulings expected which are of interest to many that are in the controversial realm. But these two are it for today. Stay tuned.