Thursday, June 20, 2013

Supreme Court Gearing Up For Landmark Decisions

The Supreme Court again passed on the opportunity to hand down several highly anticipated decisions today which were argued during the Fall Term.  Typically any cases that were heard during the fall term will be issued before the end of June.  The Court issues its decisions on Mondays and Thursdays, leaving just Monday the 24th and Thursday the 27th in order to hand down the following:

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION - The Court will decide Fisher v. University of Texas which will decide whether state colleges and universities can consider race as one of several admissions criteria (we have written on this case HERE and HERE).

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE - The Court will decide Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor.  Hollingsworth will decide the fundamental issue of whether states can ban same-sex marriage.  Windsor will decide whether the federal DOMA law which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples is constitutional. (we have written on these two cases HERE and HERE).

VOTING RIGHTS ACT - The Court will decide Shelby County v. Holder which will decide whether the "preclearance" section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 -- a section which requires certain states with a history of racially biased voting laws to seek permission from the federal government before they can change their voting laws -- is constitutional.  (we have written about this case HERE).

Care to give us your predictions on these 4 landmark cases?

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