The court will finally deliver decisions on several key cases that have been tabled.
The United States Supreme Court’s October term began on Monday, and will be one of the most eventful Supreme Court terms in modern history. The court is expected to deliver rulings on several landmark cases.
The last two terms have seen a relatively quiet for the Supreme Court, with many landmark cases being put on hold as the court remained deadlocked following the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
But now that Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has been confirmed to the court, the Supreme Court will take up several landmark case that have been on hold for months now.
Politico reported that people should expect this court term to “pack the punch of two to three normal Supreme Court terms.”
The court will hear cases dealing with a range of issues, including gerrymandering districts in Wisconsin, union dues, the Fourth Amendment, Ohio’s effort to purge its voter rolls, and possibly President Trump’s travel bans.
The case of Gill v. Whitford will probably have the biggest impact of any of the cases that the court is expected to make a ruling on.
McClatchy reported on the case:
“In Gill v. Whitford, the high court will examine what constitutes partisan gerrymandering in redistricting, the once-a-decade re-drawing of legislative boundaries to reflect demographic changes revealed in the census.”
“With redistricting looming as the 2020 census nears, statehouses nationwide will be watching the case for guidance on how to create electoral maps that pass legal muster while retaining the legislative advantage of the majority party.”
Another important case to watch this term will be Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, as Politico reported:
“In Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, the court confronts Ohio’s effort to purge its voter rolls of voters who have not voted in recent elections. Ohio says it’s doing reasonable housekeeping, and the Randolph Institute says Ohio’s Republican secretary of state is deliberately rescinding the registrations of voters from demographic groups who lean Democratic, in violation of two federal statutes protecting the right to vote.”
But the biggest thing to watch during this Supreme Court term isn’t even a case, but whether this October term will be Justice Anthony Kennedy’s final term.
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