SCOTUS Watch Continues

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
June 20 2013 10:33 AM

SCOTUS Will Keep Us Waiting on the Landmark Cases For at Least a Few More Days

And the wait continues. The Supreme Court handed down a trio of decisions today, but none were the Big Three (affirmative action, voting rights, and gay marriage). The high court's next scheduled day of action is Monday.

The always-awesome SCOTUSBlog breaks down the three decisions that did come down this morning:

In Descamps v. United States, the Court made it harder for the government to use the facts of a prior conviction to enhance a federal criminal sentence.

In American Express v. Italian Colors, the Court held that if you have a contract with a business in which you agree to arbitrate a dispute but it says you can't get together with other plaintiffs in a "class action," that contract will be enforced, even if it may be too expensive for you to pursue your own claim given what you might win.

And in U.S. Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society, the Court held that a government policy which requires organizations to explicitly oppose prostitution and sex trafficking to get money for HIV and AIDs programs overseas violates the First Amendment.

The court will announce its next batch of opinions on Monday at 10 a.m., although it's possible that we'll have to wait a few days longer for some or all of the Big Three.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 



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