Friday, October 03, 2014

FIRST MONDAY IN OCTOBER - Start of the U.S. Supreme Court Docket

"Justices add cases on housing discrimination, political contributions" PBS NewsHour 10/2/2014


JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  The nine Supreme Court justices met today to discuss some of the cases they will consider when their fall term begins on Monday.  It’s expected to be another consequential term, as the court weight issues around workplace dress codes, housing discrimination, campaign contribution rules, and more.

It’s also possible that the court will hear a potentially landmark case on same-sex marriage.

To walk us through it all, we are joined now, as we so often are, by Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal.

Hello, Marcia.

MARCIA COYLE, The National Law Journal:  Hi, Judy.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  So, a busy day at the court.  You were there.  Tell us what happened.

MARCIA COYLE:  Well, the justices today added 11 cases to the 37 they have already agreed to decide in the new term, which, as you said, opens next week.

Those 11 cases are important and interesting in a sense because they are culled from hundreds of petitions that are filed with the court during the summer months.  And, as you also pointed out, there was high anticipation today that the justices might do something on seven same-sex marriage petitions from five states that are waiting.  They did nothing, but that take — take nothing from that.  They may act later in the term.

"Should Justice Ginsburg retire?  Debating term limits for the Supreme Court" PBS NewsHour 10/2/2014

aka 'Getting Rid of Justices Conservatives Don't Like'


SUMMARY:  When justices are named to the Supreme Court, they hold that seat for life.  Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 81, the oldest sitting justice and a powerful voice on the bench.  Jeffrey Brown gets views from Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California-Irvine and Jeffrey Rosen of George Washington University on the political ramifications of a retirement, and the idea of Supreme Court term limits.

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