The Court in 2014
It’s officially 2014 and it’s likely to be another interesting year for the Supreme Court. Out of the dozens of cases that the Court has already heard since the beginning of the year’s session in October, three that have stood out include McCutcheon v. FEC, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, and Town of Greece v. Galloway. Although the Court has already heard oral arguments in these cases, decisions likely will not be released until this spring. In McCutcheon v. FEC, the Supreme Court must assess the aggregate limits of campaign contributions and whether such limits violate the First Amendment. In Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, the Court must determine whether Michigan’s state constitution amendments that prohibit racial preferences in college admissions are a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. Lastly, in Town of Greece v. Galloway, the Supreme Court must decide whether town policymaking sessions are constitutional if they begin with a religious prayer. Several intriguing oral arguments are scheduled to be heard within the coming months. These include NLRB v. Noel Canning, in which the Court must determine whether Barack Obama’s appointments to the National Labor Relations Board while the Senate was in brief recess are constitutional. Additionally, in McCullen v. Coakley, the Court will decide whether a buffer zone around an abortion clinic is a violation of the protesters’ freedom of speech. We at TeenJury will keep you posted on each of these cases.
What 2014 Supreme Court decision are you most excited for?