U.S. Supreme Court Makes Unusual 6-3 Split in Overtime Pay and Death Penalty Decisions

The US Supreme Court split its usual conservative-liberal divide with two decisions on Wednesday, one determining who qualifies for overtime pay and the other concerning Arizona's refusal to apply a SC precedent in death penalty jury instructions. In the overtime case, Justice Elena Kagan ruled that Michael Hewitt was entitled to time and a half for hours worked beyond 40 hours a week as he received daily payments rather than salaries which would be defined as 'fixed compensation regularly paid'. Kagan cited potential impact of depriving lower-income workers of this protection, noting that rules date back to 1940s. The decision was supported by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, Amy Coney Barrett and Ketanji Brown Jackson. Dissenting were Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch. Read More >>>Unlikely alliances in Supreme Court opinions on overtime, death penalty : NPR