Monday, October 07, 2013
Courts - Today is the First Monday in October
Nina Totenberg of NPR has this report this morning. A sample:
It is the opening of a new term.David G. Savage of the LA Times has a long story headed: n new term, Supreme Court may steer to right on key social issues: The Supreme Court's conservative bloc has a clear chance to shift the law to the right on abortion, contraception, religion and campaign funding." It begins:
The docket this year has nothing quite as riveting as last year's same-sex-marriage cases, or the challenge to President Obama's health care overhaul from the term before. But once again, the court is facing hot-button social issues and questions of presidential and congressional power.
Moreover, in a half-dozen cases the court's current conservative majority could well overturn long-established legal precedents.
"It can really knock ... the few legs out of prior, more liberal precedents," says Supreme Court advocate Tom Goldstein, "across an array of incredibly important issues like abortion and religion and civil rights law."
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court term that opens Monday gives the court's conservative bloc a clear opportunity to shift the law to the right on touchstone social issues such as abortion, contraception and religion, as well as the political controversy over campaign funding.From the NY Times, an editorial run-down of the "precedents at risk" this term.
If the justices on the right agree among themselves, they could free wealthy donors to give far more to candidates and parties and clear the way for exclusively Christian prayers at local government events.
In other cases due to be heard this fall, the justices are likely to uphold state bans on college affirmative action and block most housing bias claims that allege an unfair impact on blacks and Latinos.
They may also give states more authority to restrict and regulate abortion.
Finally, from the Washington Post Sunday Magazine, a long feature by Robert Barnes on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
[More] "Supreme Court Has Deep Docket in Its New Term," from Adam Liptak of the NY Times.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 7, 2013 08:23 AM
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