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Supreme Court | A high court conference leaves religious-liberty litigants hanging
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 10/06/07, 12:00 am

The U.S. Supreme Court on Sept. 25 left in limbo thousands of litigants, attorneys, and court-watchers when it issued the unusual results of a "mega-conference" held the day before.

As is customary heading into the new term that begins Oct. 1, the nine justices had pow-wowed over a lengthy case list, the summer-recess accumulation of "petitions for certiorari" or "cert"-requests for high-court review. Uncustomary was the court's near-complete post-conference silence on a significant slate of cases involving religious liberty and social issues.

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Order in the court

Supreme Court | Chief Justice Roberts signals a desire for narrow rulings with large majorities, but a slew of new cases may put such collegiality to the test
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 6/17/06, 12:00 am

While the past several weeks haven't yielded many Supreme Court decisions on hot-button social issues, two developments within one week's time may signal the gelling of new personalities-and judicial philosophies-on the nation's highest court.

On June 5, the justices agreed to take up two cases that could end the use of racial preferences in public schools. And on May 30, the court issued its first ideologically aligned 5-4 decision since Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito joined the court.

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The Roberts effect?

Supreme Court | Some believe new chief justice John Roberts is ushering in a new era of collegiality on the Supreme Court
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 3/14/06, 12:00 am

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