New Supreme Court Term Opens Today

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new Supreme Court term opens Monday with eyes on its leader, the junior justice, the oldest and the man in the middle as abortion, race and other familiar issues resurface.

President Bush’s two conservative appointees, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, give opponents of abortion and affirmative action reason to hope the high court will move in their direction. It was only a few years ago that a different mix of justices seemingly settled some of these questions in high-profile cases.

The outcome of new challenges to a type of late-term abortion, called partial-birth abortion by opponents, and the use of race in assigning students to public schools will “tell us a little bit about the soul of the Roberts court,” said Steven Shapiro, national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

US Supreme Court 2006-2007 Case List

 

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