David Letterman highlights ten things you didn’t know about the Court.
Update: The Daily Beast chimes in with 11 real facts you probably didn’t know about the Court.
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.
Oyez’s summary of the decision spells out exactly which provisions of the law the Court concluded were invalid.
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court held that the sentencing of two fourteen-year-old boys to life without parole violated the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.
While the world awaits the Court’s ruling in The Affordable Care Act Cases with bated breath, Jeffrey Toobin takes a fascinating look at the behind the scenes wrangling during the Court’s review of Citizens United v. FEC. While reading Toobin’s piece, one wonders what’s going on now, as the Court reviews yet another landmark case.
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.