The Court today issued a long, complex decision in the closely watched cases dealing with President Obama’s signature healthcare reform legislation. Oyez is working to assemble a simplified summary of the conclusion, but most provisions, including the controversial Individual Mandate, were upheld.
The Court doesn’t allow live broadcasts of its proceedings, and it won’t release the audio recordings of tomorrow’s opinion announcements until October, but you can still get play-by-play coverage of the Court’s decisions from our friends at SCOTUSblog, who will be live-blogging the Court’s session tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM EDT.
The Court today announced that the final session of the 2011 term will be this Thursday, June 28. This almost certainly means the Court will rule then on the closely watched cases involving President Obama’s signature healthcare reform legislation.
The Supreme Court today rejected most of the state of Arizona’s controversial immigration enforcement law as unconstitutionally infringing on the Federal government’s powers. While most of the law was struck down, one provision, which allows state law enforcement personell to inquire about immigration status where there is reasonable suspicion that an individual might be in the country illegally, was upheld, at least for now.
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.
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.