The Supreme Court on Thursday added five new cases to its calendar for the term that begins next week, including a challenge to federal election law brought by Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.
Cruz’s challenge involves rules on the reimbursement of a candidate for federal office who lends him his campaign money. By law, a campaign can reimburse the candidate up to $ 250,000 with the money collected after the election.
Cruz maintains that the current rules discourage candidates from lending money to their campaigns in violation of the Constitution. A panel of three judges unanimously sided with Cruz, and the Biden administration asked the court to take up the case.
Cruz, a former Supreme Court clerk, loaned his campaign $ 260,000 during his 2018 re-election bid when he defeated Beto O’Rourke. Cruz was eventually reimbursed, except for $ 10,000. The express purpose of the loan was to challenge the law.
The court also agreed to hear the appeal of the heirs of a German Jewish woman and a Jewish organization in San Diego in their quest to recover a valuable painting of Camille Pissarro that was originally taken by the Nazis and which now hangs in an art museum in Madrid.
In another case, judges will consider a Christian organization’s plea to have its flag displayed on a flag pole at Boston City Hall.
The high court has been on summer vacation since early July. When he begins his new term on Monday, judges will hear arguments in their marble courtroom for the first time in more than a year and a half, although the public is not allowed to attend. Judges heard arguments over the phone due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Live audio of the arguments will continue to be available to the public until at least December, the court said, although one change is that members of the public will be able to go directly to the court’s website to hear it at the court. instead of needing to find via the media.
On Friday, the court will hold a swearing-in ceremony for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, which was confirmed in October 2000 following the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The ceremony was delayed due to the pandemic.