The Supreme Court handed a liberal California court several devastating blows reversing legislation pushing back against with the court’s 6-3 conservative majority.
The San Francisco-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit had only one of its 16 cases left standing that were addressed by the Supreme Court. The only case left unchanged was one stating some of the NCAA’s player compensation regulations violated anti-trust laws.
As the Washington Examiner reported, “Both conservatives and liberals agreed the 9th Circuit was playing by a different set of rules.”
The changes follow the addition of three Supreme Court Justices during former President Donald Trump’s four years in office.
Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed in 2017. Brett Kavanaugh followed in October 2018.
In October 2020, Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett, who was confirmed after much controversy following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg during the final months of his term.
Many Democrats pushed to wait until after the election for the nomination of a new justice. Republicans confirmed Trump’s nomination of Barrett less than two weeks before the presidential election.
The Supreme Court has reversed many of the California 9th Circuit’s policies, but there are many cases it did not hear that continue to push progressive policies in the Golden State. The upcoming recall election of Gavin Newsom may give California voters the opportunity to do something about it.