U.S. Supreme Court

Blockbuster Rulings Still to Come

The U.S. Supreme Court has yet to issue rulings in 23 cases in its final month of the term.

By the time the court breaks for the summer, its final tally of decisions is expected to stand at 71, a modern record-low, the National Law Journal reports.

The low numbers may repeat themselves next year. So far the court has agreed to hear only 17 cases for next term, compared to 25 cases granted in May 2004.

Still to come is a decision in a closely watched case that asks whether public school officials can promote integration by using race as a factor to assign students to schools.

The Los Angeles Times says other pending cases:

–Challenge a law barring corporate money to buy broadcast ads before an election.

–Seek standing for taxpayers to challenge President Bush’s faith-based initiatives.

–Ask whether a student had a constitutional right to hold up a sign reading “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” at a school-sponsored event.

–Seek overtimepay and a minimum wage for home-care workers.

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