Familiar, divisive social issues on Supreme Court agenda

By the time the next president is inaugurated, Justice Stephen Breyer will be 78; Scalia and Kennedy will be 80, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be 83. They referred to 1922 when Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote that while baseball was an “exhibition” involving money, it was a mostly local affair and not part of the nation’s flow of interstate commerce.


“Mr. Baumgartner is doing well, rebuilding his life and, again, apologizes to the community for the difficulties he has caused”, Bosch said Monday. He has consistently supported an individual’s right to bear arms. Since Fisher did not qualify for the program, she applied with other applicants, a few of whom were entitled to racial preferences. “That’s all that happened in the United States”. Somewhere in his Wisconsin lair, Scott Walker has achieved his first erection since ending his shorter-than-a-Kardashian-marriage Presidential campaign last month.

Never mind that Roberts actually dissented in the same-sex marriage case. Even former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush hesitated when asked whether he agreed with Cruz. And Gov. Mike Huckabee said that he would require anyone he appointed to oppose all abortions and to see religious freedom as the first of all rights.

The new term’s biggest rulings will land in June, as the 2016 presidential campaign enters its final stretch, and they will help shape the political debate. The issues all appeal to Kennedy’s conservative side, but he does not always share the zeal for dramatic change that his colleagues on the right might pursue.

The best explanation of court’s desire to take the case is that it is in a phase of trying to clarify what it considers important questions of relations between the US courts and foreign governments. The court has provided little guidance on what that term means.

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association has the potential to deal yet another blow to already-battered public sector unions by determining whether or not all employees have to pay dues to an organization that engages in political activities.

There is a strong likelihood that the court will revisit the abortion question, as well as the issue of birth control coverage under Obamacare. “The worry is, does what goes around come around”, said Tom Goldstein, Supreme Court advocate and publisher of SCOTUSblog, “and the writing on the wall sure seems to up there that has got the left scared – bejesus!”

Evenwel concerns the Constitution’s “one person, one vote” principle. There also remains the challenge over drawing electoral districts in Texas, which could affect representation of immigrant-heavy urban areas. The court should be deciding whether to hear those cases in the coming weeks or months. There is also the ongoing battle to strip labor unions that represent government workers of their right to collect fees from non-union employees who benefit from the unions’ work in collective bargaining. Their lawyers argued that they believed they were making trades based on legitimate research. Otherwise they would become free riders on the backs of those who do pay.

Sach’s case raises issues of “exceptional importance to sovereign debt enforcement litigation”, NML said in court papers.


Of the cases, the Supreme Court is likely to hear the first major abortion case in almost a decade, a case that will examine the constitutionality of Texas’ strict abortion regulations, which have reduced the number of abortion clinics in the state to almost single digits. The challengers say the current restrictions are more focused on shutting down clinics than on ensuring women’s health.

Mark Wilson