The Supreme Court has scheduled three decision days to release the results of 21 cases yet to be announced for this term, including Obamacare and the Arizona Immigration law case. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says we can expect some narrowly divided decisions coming:
With a wry smile, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg laid waste Friday to all those rumors about the fate of the Affordable Care Act in the Supreme Court.Decisions could be announced today, Thursday June 21, or next Monday June 25. It's going to be a newsworthy 8 days.
“Those who know don’t talk. And those who talk don’t know,” she quipped Friday night at a conference hosted by the American Constitution Society at the Capital Hilton.
Ginsburg said she was responding to a "steady stream of rumors and fifth-hand accounts" about the court's deliberations on the law.
Careful not to tip her hand on the court’s ruling — expected in the next two weeks — Ginsburg described the oral arguments in the case as unprecedented for the number of “press conferences, prayer circles, protests and counterprotests” that occurred on the courthouse steps.
Although she offered no insight into the tightly held decisions of her colleagues, Ginsburg did indicate that many of the court’s decisions over the next two weeks — which are also expected to include an FCC indecency ruling — might be close.
The 21 remaining decisions, she said, were “many of the most controversial cases” that the court reviewed this term.
“It is likely that the sharp disagreement rate will go up next week and the week after,” she said.
By the way, for anyone who assumes all decisions will be 5-4 with the same people lining up on each side, Erick Erickson provides this via Twitter:
Today's far right SCOTUS brought us a majority opinion with Sotomayor, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Kagan.I'm still thinking Obamacare will go 6-3 against the law. We'll see.
Today's far right SCOTUS also brought an opinion with Alito, Roberts, Kennedy, Breyer, and Thomas in the majority.
Today's far right Supreme Court also went 8 to 1 in favor of property owners against the government with Sotomayor the lone dissent.