(ConservativeInsider.org) – The Supreme Court began its term on Monday, October 5, moving forward with an empty seat on the bench. President Donald Trump’s nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, is likely to be confirmed this month, but she cannot vote on cases heard before her confirmation. This could allow for some 4-4 ties on landmark cases.
The Supreme Court chooses which cases to add to its docket every year. This year, five major cases already accepted could influence:
- The fate of Obamacare
- Reinstatement of Arizona voting restrictions
- LGBT non-discrimination protections and religious liberty
- The structure of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)
- The House Democrat’s request for Grand Jury information from Robert Mueller’s Russia probe
These are not the only cases before the court. The first hearing of the term centers on bipartisanship in Delaware’s judicial branch, a topic of interest given a likely 6-3 Conservative lean on the nation’s high court:
With the ideological balance on the court at the forefront of people’s minds, it’s perhaps fitting that the 1st argument this term is about a provision in the Delaware constitution that seeks to ensure bipartisanship in the state’s courts. By @AHoweBlogger https://t.co/yJOgC8v9QV
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) October 4, 2020
As the Supreme Court moves forward with its virtual oral arguments, it’ll hear cases that could decide future presidential elections and our nation’s understanding of freedom. Americans must trust that each justice’s decision will serve our nation’s best interests by fairly interpreting our Constitution and our laws.
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