Nov 25, 2019

Supreme Court denies subject of "Serial" podcast new trial

The Supreme Court said Monday it would not review the case of Adnan Syed, whose conviction for a 1999 murder was scrutinized on the first season of the popular podcast "Serial," NPR reports.

The big picture: Syed's attorneys claimed the lawyer in his original case failed to call a witness who said she could provide him with an alibi at the time he was alleged to have murdered his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. Lawyers had petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn a ruling from the Maryland Court of Appeals, which had denied Syed a new trial. Syed is serving a life sentence in prison.

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Supreme Court grants emergency stay blocking subpoena for Trump tax returns

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The Supreme Court on Monday granted an emergency stay blocking Congress from enforcing a subpoena for President Trump's financial records, which a lower court had upheld in October.

Why it matters: The court didn't explain its reasoning, but the decision makes it likely that it will take up the case. For now, Trump's longtime accounting firm Mazars USA will not be forced to turn over Trump's tax returns to House Democrats investigating the president.

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Supreme Court to decide on release of Trump’s financial records

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The Supreme Court agreed on Friday to take on three cases involving President Trump's finances to determine whether he can block the release of his records.

Why it matters: The court's ruling could give the American public a look at the president's finances after he has gone to great lengths to keep them under wraps.

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Supreme Court temporarily blocks House subpoena for Trump's tax returns

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The Supreme Court on Monday issued an administrative stay blocking House Democrats' subpoena for President Trump's tax returns until both sides can file the necessary legal papers.

Why it matters: The lower court order compelling Trump's longtime accounting firm Mazars USA to turn over the president's financial records will be delayed until the Supreme Court decides whether to take up Trump's appeal. Trump has requested that the Supreme Court protect his financial records from both House investigators and the Manhattan district attorney's office, which is conducting a criminal investigation.