The U.S. Supreme Court has postponed this month's arguments due to concerns about coronavirus – and the delay is likely to impact some important cases.
OneNewsNow spoke with Elizabeth Slattery, a legal fellow for The Heritage Foundation, who explains those cases of concern.
"One case deals with a church-run school's ability to terminate teachers and take advantage of something called the ministerial exception, which prevents courts from ruling on discrimination suits raised by employees who are considered ministers of churches," says Slattery, speaking on behalf of the center-right think tank based in Washington, DC.
She acknowledges while that may not sound like the most exciting case, it's very important for any employer that is run by a church or other religious organization.
"Another set of cases that are pretty important involve the effort of the House of Representatives to subpoena President Trump's financial records," Slattery continues. "There are two cases involving congressional subpoenas, and then a third case involving a state grand jury subpoena out of New York."
These cases, according to Slattery, are the most time-sensitive of all the oral arguments that were scheduled to take place from March 23-31.
"Obviously, the grand jury would like to be able to enforce the subpoena as well as the congressional committees would like to enforce their subpoenas against the president to get his tax returns," she adds.
As for the high court's decision to postpone arguments, Slattery says it's rare, but it has happened at times in the Court's history.