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June 22 2015 8:25 AM

Amicus: The Storm Before the Storm

With just over a week left in its term, the Supreme Court is beginning to rain down decisions.

The Justices of the US Supreme Court.
The Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court sit for their official photograph on Oct. 8, 2010, at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

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Listen to Episode 21 of Slate’s Amicus:

On this week’s episode, Dahlia is joined by fellow Supreme Court watcher Garrett Epps of the Atlantic. Together, they peel back the layers of last week’s slew of decisions from the court, including Kerry v. Din; Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc.; Reed v. Town of Gilbert; Brumfield v. Cain; and Davis v. Ayala.* Taken together, the concurring and dissenting opinions in these cases reveal some surprising things about where the justices stand on the issues on the eve of the term’s two biggest decisions.


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This week’s excerpts from the Supreme Court’s public sessions were provided by Oyez, a free law project at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, part of the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Podcast production by Tony Field.

*Correction, June 22, 2015: Due to a production error, this post originally misstated when the court decided the cases discussed in the episode. It was the week of June 15, not the week of June 22.

Dahlia Lithwick writes about the courts and the law for Slate and hosts the podcast Amicus.