For the last quarter century, the American public’s approval of the Supreme Court has been consistently high and generally more stable than approval ratings of the other branches of the Federal government. However, a Pew Research survey has detected a steady decline in the Court’s favorability that cuts across political party lines.
Prof. Hank Perritt of the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law discusses the Federalism issues at stake in Arizona v. United States, the final oral argument of the Supreme Court’s 2011 term.
The Court this week will hear the the final arguments of the 2011 Term. The last argument, on Wednesday, will be in Arizona v. United States, the widely watched challenge to Arizona’s controversial immigration law.
The Court is expected to issue opinions on all pending cases by late June.
New cases are already being docketed for the 2012 Term, which will open in October.
Prof. Carolyn Shapiro of the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law reviews the Supreme Court’s decision.
The final question the Court will address in its review of the Affordable Care Act is whether the law’s expansion of Medicaid is a valid exercise of Congress’ power under the Spending Clause.
The third question the Court will hear in its review of the Affordable Care Act concerns whether the individual mandate provision is legally severable from the rest of the law. Prof. Steve Heyman provides a primer on the question.
We’ve put together a special feature focused on the Supreme Court’s review of the Affordable Care Act. The page contains background information on the cases and the justices, as well as videos, in plain English, that explain the issues the Court will review.
Update: We’ve posted the audio and transcript of the first of the four arguments. Check it out!
Prof. Chris Seaman of the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law highlights the issues involved in Astrue v. Capato, which will be heard by the Supreme Court on Monday, March 19, 2012.
The Supreme Court’s review of the Affordable Care Act cases arose out of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. There, a divided three judge panel struck down the most contentious portions of the law.
As a preview of the upcoming arguments before the Supreme Court, Oyez has collected and transcribed the arguments in the Eleventh Circuit, which you can listen to below.
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