Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Supreme Court: What's Ahead

As we approach the month of June, there are 22 cases remaining for decision by the United States Supreme Court before the Court takes its summer recess.

The cases touch a wide range of interests and concerns, from whether the current Iraqi government has sovereign immunity for the acts of Saddam Hussein, to the continued viability of the Voting Rights Act, to the Right of Confrontation in criminal cases. 

It will be particularly interesting to learn how Justice Souter votes on each case, and to then consider how his proposed successor Judge Sotomayor would have voted had she been sitting on the case instead of Justice Souter. This may provide an early indication of the short term effect, if any, her appointment will have on the Court. 

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