At their conference today, the justices of the Supreme Court are considering which of several cases challenging restrictions on same-sex marriage the Court will review, setting the stage for what will likely be the most watched, and potentially most influential, decision this term. SCOTUSblog has an excellent overview of the cases the Court is considering, and the different questions each presents.
An announcement of which cases are granted could come today, or the Court will make the announcement along with its regular orders list Monday morning.
The Court on Friday agreed to review the Voting Rights Act, a landmark piece of legislation originally passed during the civil rights era. The Court will focus on whether a core provision of the act, requiring certain states with a history of racial discrimination to submit any changes in election laws to the Federal government for review, exceeds Congress’ authority.
Oyez has posted audio recordings and transcripts of the opinion announcements from the bench for every case in the 2011 term. The collection includes the announcements and dissents from the bench in the momentous cases involving the Affordable Care Act and the Arizona immigration law.
The Court will release the audio recording of the arguments in yesterday’s widely followed affirmative action case on Friday. Below, Profs. Carolyn Shapiro and Sheldon Nahmod discuss the arguments made by each side in this case.
Profs. Carolyn Shapiro and Sheldon Nahmod discuss this widely anticipated affirmative action case. You can also review documents and listen to the lower court oral arguments in this case here. Additionally, Prof. Nahmod has also previously blogged about affirmative action.