WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the 2022- 2023 term, the Supreme Court issued rulings on free speech, the environment, student loans, redistricting and more.
One of the most closely watched cases was about President Biden’s student loan relief plan. The president campaigned on forgiving at least ten to 20 thousand dollars worth in federal student loans, but the Court ruled the Department of Education lacked the authority under the HEROES Act to rewrite the statute to the extent of canceling 430 billion of student loan principle. The ruling is seen as a huge loss for the administration.
Also about higher education, the Court said universities using affirmative action in their admissions process was unconstitutional. While the Court’s more liberal justices dissented arguing it rolls back decades of precedent and momentous progress, the majority ruled that affirmative action violates the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment.
The Court also released a decision on a closely watched redistricting case that would’ve shaped the way federal elections are held. Justices ruled that state courts can curtail the actions of their legislatures when it comes to federal redistricting and elections.
Just before the Court took their summer break, the Court agreed to weigh whether people accused of domestic violence have a right to own firearms. This case is expected to test the scope of recently expanded gun rights.