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Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Glimpse at Some Upcoming Supreme Court Cases



Here is a sampling of what is at stake in the new U.S. Supreme Court term, which begins tomorrow. 
  • Privacy and the Police (can a roommate waive your 4th Amendment right to protect your residence against illegal search and seizure?)
  • Abortion 1 (can people who don't have business at a reproductive health care facility - most often abortion protesters - be kept from congregating within a buffer zone around the facility?)
  • Abortion 2 (how far can states go in restricting abortions by enacting laws ostensibly directed at making abortions safer?)
  • Campaign Finance (should billionaires be allowed to give massive dollar donations to single candidates, which would leave those candidates extremely grateful to those large donors?)
  • Housing Discrimination (In the case of Mt. Holly NJ, the court will be asked to rule on disparate racial impact in housing)
  • Affirmative Action (the court will consider whether states can ban consideration of race in university admission)
  • The Future of Unions (a case which could decide the future of neutrality agreements where employers agree to remain neutral on a union attempt to organize its workforce)
  • Clean Air (a decision on whether the federal Environmental Protection Agency regulates downwind pollution too much and doesn't defer enough to states to solve the problem)

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