Expect Another Dramatic Supreme Court Term
Posted at noon on Oct. 3
USA Today looks at some of the major cases already on the Supreme Court’s calendar for the term that begins on October 7.
“Most of the high-profile cases on the 2013 term’s docket fall into one of two categories: Lower courts sided either with liberal activists or federal agencies. They include: A challenge to the Federal Election Commission’s limit on how much donors can contribute over two years to candidates, parties and political action committees… A defense by Michigan’s Republican attorney general of the state’s 2006 constitutional amendment banning affirmative-action policies at state universities.”
“The Greece, N.Y., town board’s defense of its policy allowing local clergy to deliver prayers at town board meetings… A challenge by abortion opponents to a Massachusetts law setting up 35-foot buffer zones around reproductive health clinics that perform abortions… A defense by Oklahoma Republican officials of a state law that has the effect of blocking most medical abortions.”
Erwin Chemerinsky: “If this brief cross-section of the current docket is any indication, the country is in for another term loaded with important cases that touch on vital issues.”