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With the start of the October Term 2014 less than two weeks away, coverage of the Court focuses on looking ahead at the Court’s caseload.  In USA Today, Richard Wolf previews three cases on the Court’s docket that “will bring the delicate issue of religion back to the court chamber, along with questions about politics, public safety and Middle East peace.”  The AARP Foundation Litigation has released its preview of the upcoming Term, focusing on merits cases and cert. petitions that could affect Americans over the age of fifty, while at ThinkProgress Ian Millhiser and Nicole Flatow preview “six major cases the justices will consider this term, as well as a short list of issues they stand a good chance of taking up before the term is over.”


  • Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services (via the Arizona Daily Star) previews Reed v. Town of Gilbert, in which the Court will consider a church’s challenge to an Arizona town’s regulations that restrict the size and location of its signs.
  • At Cornerstone, the blog of the Berkley Center’s Religious Freedom Restoration Project, Leslie Griffin criticizes the Court’s decisions in Thomas v. Review Board and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, arguing that in such cases the Court “mistakenly endorsed a cost-free, government-subsidized First Amendment.”
  • At Hamilton and Griffin on Rights, Erwin Chemerinsky explains why he wrote his most recent book, The Case Against the Supreme Court.
  • At the blog of the National Conference of State Legislatures, Lisa Soronen discusses the amicus brief filed by the State and Local Legal Center in Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation, in which the Court will consider “whether a state discriminates against rail carriers in violation of federal law even when rail carriers pay less in total state taxes than motor carriers.”

Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Wednesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Sep. 24, 2014, 9:13 AM),