Supreme Court’s new term could see landmark rulings on abortion, guns and vouchers

Supreme Court's new term could see landmark rulings on abortion, guns and vouchers

Robert Alexander (CNN) — For the first time in more than a year, the Supreme Court will convene in its crimson velvet-lined majestic chamber Monday to begin a new term and hear some of the most divisive issues of the day at a time when the Court’s institutional legitimacy is under attack and the majority of the public doesn’t approve of the job the justices are doing. In the coming months the nine — six appointed by Republican presidents and three by Democrats — will tackle abortion, the Second Amendment, religious liberty and perhaps even affirmative action, all the while fending off calls from liberal interest groups to change the court’s makeup. Several of the justices have even begun an unusual campaign in recent weeks to convince the public that they are not — as Justice Amy Coney Barrett said — “political hacks,” but are simply divided by their judicial philosophies. The public appearances come as a deeply divided court, in a late summer order, allowed a Texas six-week abortion ban go into effect, rendering 50-year-old Supreme Court precedent a dead letter in the country’s second largest state and raising questions about whether the court is poised to gut Roe v. Wade. In an appearance on Thursday, Justice Samuel Alito rejected criticism concerning how the justices dealt with the dispute that came up on its emergency docket, sometimes referred to as the “shadow docket.” Alito took particular aim at those who use the term “shadow docket,” which he said […]

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