The Supreme Court’s conservatives cook up a stew of abortion, guns, religion and more

The Supreme Court's conservatives cook up a stew of abortion, guns, religion and more

Abortion, guns and religion are among the cases on the Supreme Court’s docket this term, which begins Monday. For the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, Monday marks the first time nearly all of them will gather together in the courtroom since the lockdown a year and a half ago. But if some of the justices greet the new term with great anticipation for a new conservative legal era, others likely are facing the term with dread. The docket for this term is a humdinger, with major cases involving the biggest social issues of the day: abortion, guns, separation of church and state, and potentially affirmative action in higher education. “It seems like every few years, we say we’re going to see radical conservative takeover of the Supreme Court in American law,” says Tom Goldstein, publisher of SCOTUSblog. But this time, he adds, “We really mean it. ” As Goldstein observes, the court has changed composition, with the addition of three Trump appointees; it has six really solid conservative members, and it has decided to put on the docket, “front and center, massive social issues that it has ducked in the past because it couldn’t get five solid conservative votes to change the law. And now it looks like it may be time.” The issues before the court are not a haphazard collection. Rather, they were deliberately selected by the court’s new conservative supermajority, with an eye to chipping away, hacking away, or outright overruling nearly 50 years worth […]

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