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  • Out of concern for the health and safety of the public and Supreme Court employees, the Supreme Court Building will be closed to the public until further notice. The Building will remain open for official business. Please see all COVID-19 announcements here.
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Recent Decisions


July 09, 2020
         
Sharp v. Murphy (17-1107) (Per Curiam)
The judgment of the Tenth Circuit is affirmed for the reasons stated in McGirt v. Oklahoma, 591 U. S. ___.

         
McGirt v. Oklahoma (18-9526)
Land in Northeastern Oklahoma reserved for the Creek Nation since the 19th century remains “Indian country” for purposes of the Major Crimes Act, which places certain crimes under federal jurisdiction if they were committed by “[a]ny Indian” within “the Indian country.” 18 U. S. C. §1153(a).

         
Trump v. Mazars USA, LLP (19-715)
The courts below did not take adequate account of the significant separation of powers concerns implicated by congressional subpoenas for the President’s information.

         
Trump v. Vance (19-635)
Article II and the Supremacy Clause do not categorically preclude, or require a heightened standard for, the issuance of a state criminal subpoena to a sitting President.



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Did You Know...

Two Oaths Required


After a Supreme Court nominee is confirmed by the Senate, the new Justice takes two oaths. The first legislative act approved by Congress in 1789 was the Oath of Office. This Constitutional Oath is taken by all federal employees who swear to support and defend the Constitution. The second oath Justices take is the Judicial Oath during which they swear to administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich. This oath was established under the Judiciary Act of 1789. There are no rules about who must administer the oath, however; typically, these oaths are administered by a senior Justice, a Judge or a clerk of Court. One of the most unique places the oath was taken was the Sprague Hotel in Colorado when Harlan Fiske Stone became Chief Justice while on vacation.

For more information about the Oaths of Office taken by the Chief Justices, click here.

 

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Harlan Fiske Stone (right) being sworn-in as Chief Justice, July 3, 1941. Stone took both oaths in his cottage at the Sprague Hotel before Wayne H. Hackett, the United States Commissioner for Rocky Mountain National Park. Abner Sprague, owner of the hotel, is standing in the background. Stone’s first duty as Chief Justice was to lead the nation in a special Fourth of July reading of the Pledge of Allegiance that was broadcast live from outside the park’s Stanley Hotel.
Harlan Fiske Stone (right) being sworn-in as Chief Justice, July 3, 1941. Stone took both oaths in his cottage at the Sprague Hotel before Wayne H. Hackett, the United States Commissioner for Rocky Mountain National Park. Abner Sprague, owner of the hotel, stands in the background. Stone’s first public duty as Chief Justice was to lead the nation in a special Fourth of July reading of the Pledge of Allegiance broadcast live from the park.
Photograph by Charley Humberger, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States
Click on the arrows or dots to see Chief Justice Stone’s Judicial Oath.
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Chief Justice Stone’s Judicial Oath, hand-typed by staff at Rocky Mountain National Park.<br />
Chief Justice Stone’s Judicial Oath, hand-typed by staff at Rocky Mountain National Park.
Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Click on the arrows or dots to see Harlan Fiske Stone being sworn-in as Chief Justice.
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