In a new case, the Supreme Court has ruled that the federal government can’t legally ban state judges from watching the work of other judges and prosecutors.
The decision, issued in April, found that state judges can’t be forced to watch the work and opinions of federal prosecutors, even if those judges happen to be appointed by Democratic presidents.
The ruling means that judges will continue to be able to watch federal prosecutors work, even though President Donald Trump has promised to end judicial watchdogs.
The Supreme Court ruling was based on a decision by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado, in February.
In a separate case, U.S. District Judge Brett Kavanaugh of New York City, who is now in his second term, also has ruled against state and local officials in their efforts to block his appointment to a federal judge position.
“The First Amendment gives judges wide latitude to decide what they will and will not watch, and that is exactly what the Court is upholding today,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in her opinion.
“The Court finds that the government has a compelling interest in protecting the public interest in ensuring that the judiciary can be effective and impartial in all matters.”
The 4th District Court of Appeal upheld the decision, saying it was not an unconstitutional exercise of power.
But the Supreme Courts decision does not apply to the Trump administration’s efforts to end watchdogs, which the justices wrote could be used to “limit the ability of other federal officials to conduct their work.”
The Supreme court ruling applies to the federal courts in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, California, which are run by Democratic mayors and governors.
The Trump administration has said it intends to overturn the decision and the 4-4 decision will likely be appealed to the Supreme Supreme Court.
The decision has a chance of being affirmed.
A Justice Department official told Polygon that the agency does not comment on pending litigation.
The 4th Court said that it did not have any comments on the case.
The 5th Circuit, in San Francisco’s Marin County, has also argued that the Trump Administration has a right to end state and county watchdogs and has asked the Supreme the 5th to rule on that request.