The should be handed down this month…..
Some of them….
As the Supreme Court rounds the final weeks of the term it has yet to decide an unusually high number of cases including disputes over abortion, gun rights, religious liberty, immigration and the environment — issues that deeply divide the public and exacerbate the ideological split on the 6-3 conservative-liberal court.
The court’s oldest outstanding case is New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, a Second Amendment dispute. The conservative majority at argument in November signaled it was ready to rule that most people have a constitutional right to carry a handgun outside the home, casting doubt on a state law that requires a special justification to get a permit.
Also on tap is the term’s marquee case on abortion rights out of Mississippi, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
A May 2 leak of a draft opinion striking down the court’s landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade followed argument in December when the court’s conservatives suggested they are poised to roll back abortion rights and uphold Mississippi’s ban after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
While abortion and guns capture the most public attention, there are other cases on the docket that in any other term would be the ones making headlines. A pending environmental dispute in West Virginia v. EPA could upend the agency’s ability to deal with climate change. The justices at argument in February delivered a mixed response to Republican-led states and coal companies seeking to bar EPA from issuing a sweeping plan to reduce power plant emissions.
The justices are also considering other cases that could hamstring administrative agencies, which touch almost every aspect of American life, further protections for religious groups, and force the Biden administration to reinstate a Trump-era rule requiring would-be immigrants to stay outside the US while their cases are reviewed. The court at the April argument in Biden v. Texas questioned President Joe Biden’s effort to rescind the so-called “remain in Mexico” policy.
There are other disputes on the emergency, or shadow, docket that weren’t argued but also are due to be decided….