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The Supreme Court this week will once more assemble for a brand new time period and pundits and politicians are already handicapping the circumstances. This time period, nevertheless, has extra drama and pressure as Democrats name for packing the court docket with an on the spot liberal majority and others assault its members in anticipation of opinions which have but to be written. 

The actuality is summed up in one among my favourite tales about Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes when he was on a visit to Washington. Holmes forgot his ticket however the practice conductor reassured him, “Do not worry about your ticket. We all know who you are. When you get to your destination, you can find it and just mail it to us.” Holmes responded, “My dear man, the problem is not my ticket. The problem is, where am I going?”

The identical query is being posed concerning the court docket as an entire. Last time period was marked extra by unanimous choices than sharply divided justices breaking alongside neat ideological strains. However, this time period has some “matinee cases” that would ship transformative rulings. Here are 4 such circumstances to observe.


Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

Perhaps probably the most mentioned case of the time period is that of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. 

While the media and politicians have been decrying the current Texas abortion legislation and misrepresenting the court docket’s order in that case, the true and rapid risk to Roe v. Wade  (and Planned Parenthood v. Casey) was already sitting on the docket like a ticking bomb set for a Dec. 1 argument.