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Monday, June 16, 2014

Courts - "Key decisions loom as Supreme Court session nears end"

That is the headline to David G. Savage's June 14th LA Times story. The story begins:

The Supreme Court heads into the last two weeks of its annual term Monday seemingly poised to hand down a series of decisions that will come as defeats to President Obama and victories for foes of abortion.

Already this year, the court has bolstered the rights of big campaign donors and upheld Christian prayers at public meetings.

The themes of free speech and religious freedom are likely to be heard, and two other cases involve adapting the law to fast-developing technology. Another case could deal a major blow to public employees unions.

Savage then discusses the upcoming decisions, using the following headings:Jess Bravin of the $$ WSJ has a story with a similar, but slightly shorter list that begins:
The dog days are over at the Supreme Court.

Insiders—including justices—have been known to call the workaday cases before the court the “dogs,” setting the necessary rulings on bankruptcy, attorneys’ fees and procedural matters apart from major holdings that can drive social and economic shifts in U.S. society. With two weeks left before the end of the court’s current term, the dogs have all been released, leaving in the final push 17 cases involving such issues as the privacy of cellphone data, religious exemptions from the Affordable Care Act, and the president’s recess-appointment power.

The court is scheduled to end its 2013-2014 term by Monday June 30 and is likely to have four or more days of decision announcements with rulings on Mondays and Thursdays.

Hobby Lobby is the focus of this long NPR article by Julie Rovner. It begins:
One of the most watched issues before the Supreme Court this term may turn on the question of religious freedom. But it will also likely determine how women will be able to access a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – one seeking to guarantee no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance plans.

The justices' ruling on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp v. Sebelius, two cases that are being considered together, is expected by the end of this month. The court will decide whether those companies, and potentially all other for-profit companies, must abide by the so-called contraceptive mandate.

Here is a long list of earlier ILB entries on the contraception mandate.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 16, 2014 08:15 AM
Posted to Courts in general