In its 5-4 judgment, the Supreme Court confronts religious groups in a dispute over Covid-19 restrictions in New York

The case contrasts the latest religious groups with city and state officials who want to stop the spread of Covid-19 and sheds light on Amy Coney Barrett’s influence in court. This occurs as Covid-19-related cases increase across the country.

In the late-night verdict, Barrett sided with the Conservatives in the debate, while Chief Justice John Roberts joined the three Liberal judges as a dissenting opinion. The verdict underscores Barrett’s impact on the bench, reflecting the right move of the Court.

Last spring and summer, when Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg was still alive, the court split 5-4 in similar cases, with Roberts and most Liberals standing by the houses of prayer. Barrett was confirmed in October to replace Ginsburg.

The disputed order issued before midnight on Thanksgiving contained separate opinions and disputed languages.