Curtain Rises on New Term for Conservative SCOTUS
The new term begins Oct. 2, 2023
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is set to open its new nine-month term on Monday featuring cases that will test how far its 6-3 conservative majority is willing to steer American law in a rightward direction.
The justices kick off the term with arguments scheduled for 10 a.m. in a case from Iowa involving the sentencing of a non-violent drug offender. Among the 34 cases the court already has agreed to hear this term are major ones involving gun rights, the power of federal agencies, social media regulation, OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy settlement, the legality of Republican-drawn electoral districts and more.
The conservative justices have shown assertiveness in major rulings in the past two years. The court has ended its recognition of a constitutional right to abortion, expanded gun rights, restricted federal agency powers, rejected affirmative action in college admissions and broadened religious rights.
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