Drawing unusual attention to itself just three weeks before Election Day, the Supreme Court on Tuesday added fresh hot-button issues to its docket, from Ten Commandments displays and prisoners' religious freedom to property rights. Two Ten Commandments cases are likely to draw the most controversy, as dozens of lower courts have split on the issue, called "one of the most confusing areas of church-state law." The high court has not addressed the topic in more than 20 years.
Supreme Court Takes Up Ten Commandments, Property Issues
October 13, 2004