The US Supreme Court opened its new term on Monday with a water-rights dispute between Mississippi and Tennessee, which would be a politically charged term, until Mississippi went to judges in December to argue that Roe v. Wade should turn over.
The state will defend its law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy before the court’s six-judge conservative majority in its first full term, confirming Justice Amy Connie Barrett several weeks after the court’s previous term began .
The stakes in the Mississippi abortion case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, are “absolutely huge,” said Professor Carolyn Shapiro, co-director of the Chicago-Kent College of Law Institute in the United States Supreme Court.
The court is widely expected to uphold the 15-week abortion ban, and such a decision would drastically curtail abortion rights, without formally calling Mississippi to reverse row and 1992 decisions. As confirmed by Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey.
“Something more incremental in this case could also be quite dramatic,” Shapiro said.
Arguments in Dobbs will come a month after the court will challenge New York state’s gun laws on who can obtain a concealed carry permit in the state. New York State Rifle and Pistol Association Inc. Bruen will be the first time the court has weighed in on the scope of the Second Amendment since a decision almost a decade ago that states cannot ban handguns used for self-defense. House.
The term case may extend right outside the home, and affect other states with similarly restrictive gun control laws.
Judges are also set to decide whether to restore the death sentence of Boston Marathon bomber Djokhar Tsarnaev and whether Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas broke campaign finance laws that he made for his 2018 campaign. How to repay the loans
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Meanwhile, the justices await the US solicitor general’s view on whether to take up a case challenging Harvard’s affirmative action admissions policy, saying the school discriminates against Asian applicants. The challenge, if successful, could end race-conscious entry into higher education altogether. cry v. Like reversing Wade, outlawing affirmative action is a goal the conservative movement has tried and failed to achieve since the 1970s.
But President Donald Trump’s three appointments to the Supreme Court have brought both goals closer to reach than ever before.
Still, according to Gallup, the new term begins with the court’s public approval at 40%, the lowest since the organization began tracking such rates in 2000.
United States Supreme Court building in Washington, DC (official file photo)
Justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito and Amy Connie Barrett have defended the court in recent weeks against those accusing its conservative majority of practicing partisan politics.
“Our job is clear: just do the work,” Alito said in a speech at Notre Dame Law School last week. “And I am confident that this is what the court will do in the coming term and in the years to come.”
Yet Shapiro said judges aren’t just calling the balls and attacking the most contested cases.
“I would prefer they talk less about ‘we are not partisan hacks’ and talk more honestly about how this is a job that involves a lot of discretion,” Shapiro said.