DOJ petitions Supreme Court to take up DACA lawsuits, issue final ruling

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The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has declined to hear a case regarding the legality of Obama-era Net Neutrality rules-putting an end to a lengthy legal battle by declining to hear USTelecom's appeal.

Cases challenging the administration's attempts to end protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children are now pending before the Second, Ninth, and D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

But the California-based appeals court is more likely to rule against Trump than the more conservative Supreme Court, one factor in the Justice Department's decision to seek the high court's review now. The Federal Communications Commission under President Donald Trump has rolled back the rules, but the industry also wanted to wipe the court ruling off the books. The high court doesn't typically take cases before federal appeals courts rule on them.

That is the lead case that the Administration appealed to the Justices on Monday.

The reason Big Cable persisted in that challenge - even after the rules were struck down by Pai's FCC - is because it fears the decision will act as a legal precedent against the new rules when yet another lawsuit is heard.

Driver was huffing before Wis. crash that killed 4
Sokup said the crash happened before a Treu's pickup went over a hill and, he said, there were no blind spots. But to his credit, the 21-year-old came back later and turned himself in to the police.

Today's Supreme Court decision is good news for supporters of net neutrality because it means that the DC Circuit court's "previous decision upholding both the FCC's classification of broadband as a telecommunications service, and its rules prohibiting broadband providers from blocking or degrading Internet content, remains in place", senior counsel John Bergmayer of consumer advocacy group Public Knowledge said. "To protect this institution from being implicated in the Trump administration's electoral ploy, the Supreme Court should reject the administration's request".

"The administration's repeated and unjustified efforts to subject Dreamers to deportation are nothing but cruel, and there is no justification for circumventing appellate court review", Tom Jawetz, vice president of immigration policy at the Center for America Progress Action Fund, said in a statement following the filing.

The decision to close it down was made in September last year, but the government decided that it would "phase out" the program after six months - that is, by March 5 of this year - in order to give Congress an opportunity to consider authorizing DACA and making it legal. The change fits with the deregulatory stance of the Trump administration. Instead, lower courts are examining how the government chose to wind it down.

Lyle Denniston has been writing about the Supreme Court since 1958.