WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) — The Supreme Court is near the end of its term with decisions pending on numerous cases, including significant legal questions on presidential immunity, abortion access and social media content.

The court heard 61 cases this term, and 14 remain unresolved as of June 21.

There are opinions expected on June 26, according to the court's website.

The court does not announce in advance which cases it has ruled on.

While the U.S. Supreme Court's annual term begins in early October, the court is normally in recess starting in late June until the new term begins. There are currently no calendar entries for the court for July through September.

Here’s a look at some of the major cases that remained on the court's docket in mid-June, with updates on rulings that were issued since. 

Presidential Immunity Claim

 

Former president Donald Trump is arguing that former presidents are immune from prosecution for official acts they took in office and that the indictment he faces on charges of election interference must be dismissed.

The Supreme Court has previously ruled that former presidents can’t be sued in civil cases for what they did in office, but it has never weighed in on criminal immunity.

Even if the court rules he can be held liable, Trump’s trial on this case in Washington, D.C., is not expected to happen before the November election.

Jan. 6, 2021

 

A former Pennsylvania police officer is challenging the validity of obstruction charges brought against hundreds of people who took part in the violent assault on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Trump faces the same charge of obstructing an official proceeding.

The issue is whether a law meant to discourage tampering with documents sought in investigations can be used against the Capitol rioters.

Abortion pill

 

Abortion opponents are trying to make it harder for pregnant women to obtain medication abortions. They want the Supreme Court to roll back changes made by the FDA that have made it easier to obtain mifepristone, one of the two drugs used in nearly two-thirds of abortions in the United States last year. Those include eliminating the need for in-person visits and allowing the drug to be mailed.

Most Republican-led states have severely restricted or banned abortion since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022. The high court’s decision in this case will affect abortion even in states where it remains legal.

Emergency abortion

 

Another abortion case on the docket this year involves whether doctors can provide that medical procedure in emergencies in states that banned abortion after the court overturned Roe v. Wade.

In a case out of Idaho, the Biden administration says abortions must be allowed in emergencies where a woman’s health is at serious risk.

The state argues that its strict abortion ban does allow abortions to save a woman’s life, and doesn’t need to expand exceptions for health risks.

Gun Possession and Domestic Violence

 

The justices are weighing whether to uphold a federal law that seeks to protect domestic violence victims by keeping guns away from the people alleged to have abused them.

An appeals court struck down a law that prohibits people under domestic violence restraining orders from possessing firearms. That court found that the law violated the 2nd Amendment right to “keep and bear arms” following the Supreme Court’s 2022 ruling that expanded gun rights and changed how courts are supposed to evaluate gun restrictions.

Homeless Encampments

 

The most significant Supreme Court case in decades on homelessness involves whether people can be banned from sleeping outdoors when shelter space is lacking.

A San Francisco-based appeals court decision said that amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

Leaders from California and across the West say that the ruling makes it harder for them to handle homeless encampments that encroach on sidewalks and other public places.

Bump Stock Accessories

 

The Trump administration banned bump stocks, a gun accessory that allows rapid fire like a machine gun, after they were used in a deadly mass shooting.

The ban is being challenged by a Texas gun shop owner who says the Justice Department was wrong to reverse course and declare them illegal machine guns after the 2017 Las Vegas massacre.

The Biden administration argues banning them after the shooting that left 60 people dead was the right call.

Social Media Content

 

Three cases remain unresolved at the intersection of social media and government.

Two cases involve social media laws in Texas and Florida that would limit how Facebook, TikTok, X, YouTube and other social media platforms regulate content posted by their users.

While the details vary, both laws aimed to address conservative complaints that the social media companies were liberal-leaning and censored users based on their viewpoints, especially on the political right.

In the third case, Republican-led states are suing the Biden administration over how far the federal government can go to combat controversial social media posts on topics including COVID-19 and election security. A federal appeals court sided with the states in finding that administration officials unconstitutionally coerced the platforms to limit conservative points of view.

Purdue Pharma Settlement

 

The Supreme Court controls the fate of a nationwide settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma that would allocate billions of dollars to combat the opioid epidemic, but also provide a legal shield for members of the Sackler family who own the company.

The settlement has been on hold since last summer after the Supreme Court agreed to weigh in.

Other Cases Settled

 

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