A Short-Handed U.S. Supreme Court Considers Juror Prejudice
WGBH - 10/03/2016
The first Monday in October is opening day for the United States Supreme Court’s new term. Unlike years past, there are few high-profile cases on the Court’s calendar, such as same-sex marriage, abortion rights or affirmative action. The docket is relatively sparse: both in terms of the raw number of cases and their content. Why? The most likely explanation is the lingering vacancy on the bench produced by Justice Scalia’s death. The Court is presumably (and understandably) reluctant to tackle the most pressing issues of the day until it’s back up to full strength. With only eight justices, there’s a real risk of many split, four-four decisions and, with them, the prospect of sending an uncertain message to the lower courts.