Today, June 28, 2010, marks the last day of the 2009-10 session of the Supreme Court of the United States. This day will mark a number of historical events
, not only in terms of the cases to be handed down.
Getting the "non-law" stuff out of the way:
- Martin D. Ginsburg, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's husband, died last night
at the age of 78. Justice Ginsburg will not be attending today's proceedings.
- Justice John Paul Stevens takes the bench for the last time
, as he is retiring this year. Stevens will likely write the Bilski
- In an interesting coincidence, Elena Kagan begins her confirmation hearings
, expected to last for at least a few days.
Even without those changes, this would be a big day for the court, as it has saved four potentially major opinions for last. These are:
- McDonald v. Chicago
on the incorporation
of the Second Amendment
, has already been handed down (opinion
). Analysis is presumably to follow, but the gist is that the Second Amendment does apply to the states.
- Bilski v. Kappos
, which could potentially invalidate the very concept of the "business method
- Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
, a challenge to parts of Sarbanes-Oxley
- Christian Legal Society v. Martinez
, on freedom of association.
Feel free to update with links to opinions and analysis as they appear.
Here we go...