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First, Abortion. Next, Integration and Campaign Cash?

Posted Apr 23, 2007 8:35 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The New York Times talked to U.S. Supreme Court pundits who are debating how far Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s replacement will move the court to the right.

Justice Samuel A. Alito was in the majority in last week’s decision upholding a law banning so-called partial birth abortions. O’Connor had voted to overturn a similar law seven years ago.

All eyes are on two upcoming cases, the Times reports. One is a challenge to a school-choice plan that takes race into account to maintain a racial balance. Another challenges restrictions on campaign TV ads.

“O’Connor was the swing vote in so many cases, especially in high-profile areas like affirmative action, campaign finance and separation of church and state,” Erwin Chemerinsky, a professor at Duke law school, told the Times. “Sam Alito is likely to bring about a change in all of those areas.”

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