A divided Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Thursday that federal courts can't rein in politicians who draw political maps to entrench a partisan advantage, a decision that will influence the redrawing of congressional districts after the 2020 census.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative, sided with the court's liberal justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elana Kagan in blocking the citizenship question.
"The partisan gerrymanders in these cases deprived citizens of the most fundamental of their constitutional rights: the rights to participate equally in the political process, to join with others to advance political beliefs, and to choose their political representatives", Kagan wrote.
Challenges to congressional maps could also still be filed in state courts.
"Of all the times to abandon the Court's duty to declare the law, this was not the one", she wrote.
The divided court said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross's explanation - that the citizenship question would help the Justice Department enforce the Voting Rights Act - couldn't be squared with the evidence about its motivations. But he said federal courts are the wrong place to settle these disputes.
"The Court's erroneous decision in this case is bad enough, as it unjustifiably interferes with the 2020 census".
Another Census Bureau questionnaire includes a citizenship question: the American Community Survey, which is more frequent than the 10-year census but goes to a smaller group of people making it statistically less accurate.
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Gorsuch wrote for himself and three fellow conservatives that it should have been easy for the justices to "say goodbye to Auer v. Robbins".
"Today, five Supreme Court Justices turned their backs on hundreds of thousands of people in Maryland and North Carolina stripped of their voice in Washington by power-hungry politicians", Karen Hobert Flynn, president of Common Cause, said in a statement.
Businesses also rely on census data to make critical strategic decisions, including where to invest capital. He was an expert in drawing electoral district boundaries that maximize Republican chances of winning congressional elections. But challengers say new evidence shows the citizenship question is part of a larger Republican effort to expand political power.
The market will eventually decide whether goods and services bearing trademarks with profane words will be big sellers, said trademark attorney Doug Lipstone of the law firm Weinberg Gonser LLP.
While the USPTO urged the Court to consider the "disparaging" and "scandalous" provisions of the Lanham Act as separate issues, the Court said the provisions of the law banning "scandalous" marks was just as much a violation of the constitution.