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Supreme Court could rule on Trump immunity, social media, Jan. 6 on Wednesday

The nation's highest court will release a new batch of decisions Wednesday.
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Posted at 8:40 AM, Jun 24, 2024

The Supreme Court is nearing the end of its 2023-24 term, but a number of cases remain unresolved.

On Wednesday, more opinions are expected to come down from the high court.

Among some major rulings to watch for include those focused on social media, Jan. 6 and former President Donald Trump’s immunity.

On Friday, the Supreme Court released five decisions, including one to uphold a federal ban on domestic abusers owning guns.

Here are some major cases awaiting a decision:

Trump immunity

Does Trump have presidential immunity from some of the charges he is facing? The Supreme Court could agree, impacting presidents past, present and future for years to come.

Justices could also say that he doesn't and agree with lower court rulings that state no person is above the law.

Social media

There are multiple social media cases before the Supreme Court.

In one case, the high court will weigh how the First Amendment free speech protections apply to social media sites. The case stems from state laws passed in Florida and Texas intended to protect conservative viewpoints.

The Supreme Court’s decision could fundamentally change how the internet operates.

Jan. 6 insurrection

A former Pennsylvania police officer is challenging some of the obstruction charges that he and other Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection participants face.

If the Supreme Court throws out those charges, it would impact hundreds of Americans facing similar ones — including, potentially, Trump.

Future of government rulemaking

The Supreme Court could also deal a blow to the executive branch and the rules agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency issue. Right now, the Chevron doctrine gives great deference to agencies themselves to interpret ambiguous laws and issue rules.