The U.S. Supreme Court has handed down several major rulings this month, and none of them have been favorable to Democrats.
However, a bombshell story out of the nation’s highest court this week reveals that one justice has recused herself from a case over potential bias.
The Supreme Court announced will take up a Colorado court case regarding the electoral college.
The Washington Examiner reported on Tuesday that liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor is stepping down from her duties on the case.
The question before the court is if electors, or those who ultimately cast the Electoral College votes, are mandated to cast those votes for the candidate who won the popular vote.
Both Baca’s sister and brother-in-law lived for a time at Sotomayor’s residence in New York.
While her absence from the Colorado case does create the potential for a 4-4 tie, the same issues are at stake in a similar case from Washington, meaning that the matter will be resolved one way or another.
“The justice believes that her impartiality might reasonably be questioned due to her friendship with respondent Polly Baca,” Supreme Court Clerk Scott Harris wrote in a statement.
“The initial conflict check conducted in Justice Sotomayor’s Chambers did not identify this potential conflict,” she continued.
Sotomayor was at the center of another recusal controversy last month when Trump publicly accused both she and liberal Justice Ruth Ginsburg of bias, demanding that both step back from certain cases.
Last month, Trump came out swinging after Sotomayor accused her conservative colleagues of being politically biased towards the president.
Soon after her comments scorched across social media, the president sounded off on Twitter and said both Sotomayor and Ginsburg are the ones who are biased and should recuse themselves from any cases involving his administration over their past comments.
….on all Trump, or Trump related, matters! While “elections have consequences”, I only ask for fairness, especially when it comes to decisions made by the United States Supreme Court!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2020
This all began when Sotomayor, who was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2009, issued a blistering dissent after a ruling in the case of Wolf v. Cook County.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing the Trump administration to enforce its “public charge” immigration restriction, lifting a pair of preliminary injunctions issued by federal judges.
The “Public Charge” rule states that legal immigrants are less likely to secure permanent residency in the U.S. if they have used any forms of welfare in the past, such as food stamps or other taxpayer-funded housing programs.
The rule, announced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in August, defines a “public charge” as an immigrant who received one or more designated benefits for more than 12 months within a 36-month period.
The 5-4 split vote divided the court’s conservatives and liberals, and Sotomayor took a take a cheap shot at her conservative colleagues.
She wrote in her dissent, “It is hard to say what is more troubling: that the Government would seek this extraordinary relief seemingly as a matter of course, or that the Court would grant it.”
In his tweet above, the president also brought up the time Ginsburg called him a “faker” during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Ginsburg told CNN at the time that Trump has “no consistency about him. He says whatever comes to his head at the moment.”
She apologized shortly thereafter, but the comment served as another reminder that she’s a staunch liberal who appears to have a bias against the president.