It’s Opening Day for the Supreme Court. An eight-member court begins the 2020-21 term by hearing oral arguments (via telephone) in two cases: Carney v. Adams, a First Amendment case about whether Delaware can choose its state judges based on party affiliation, and Texas v. New Mexico, a dispute about water rights along the Pecos River. SCOTUSblog’s preview of Carney is here, and our preview of Texas v. New Mexico is here. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans plan to proceed quickly with the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to take the seat formerly held by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but the coronavirus outbreak among several Republican senators adds new complications to that plan.
Other term previews of note:
- Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal writes that the court reconvenes amid political rancor over the Barrett nomination.
- Richard Wolf of USA writes that the court begins a new term “as both a divisive issue in the presidential election and the potential arbiter of it.”
- SCOTUS OA, which provides empirical analysis of oral arguments, looks ahead to the new term.
- The George Washington Law Review’s Supreme Court blog, On the Docket, previews the October arguments.
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