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Supreme Court decisions provide window into how this court operates

U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. (file)
U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. (file)

This interview originally aired on "In the Moment" on SDPB Radio.

The U.S. Supreme Court has dropped several major decisions in the past few weeks, including Monday's ruling on former Donald Trump's immunity.

Mike Thompson, J.D., joins us for a look at what we've learned much about how this court operates, including how they weigh stare decisis. That's the idea of precedent, or standing by what has been decided.

We also look at how the court has overturned some legal decisions of the past to create laws that it says make sense for today.

Thompson is a professor of criminal justice at the University of Sioux Falls.

He discusses the Security and Exchange as it intersects with the 7th Amendment and the importance of the word "otherwise" in deciding how to prosecute people who allegedly obstructed Congress during the Jan. 6 riots.

Lori Walsh is the host and senior producer of In the Moment.
Ellen Koester is a producer of In the Moment, SDPB's daily news and culture broadcast.