The U.S. Supreme Court's new term -- which will open on the traditional first Monday in October -- already offers controversial challenges involving abortion, affirmative action, punitive damages and global warming. The "headline" cases reflect the influence of Justice Anthony Kennedy and promise to add significantly to the emerging portrait of the newly constituted Roberts Court. The divisive issues will likely test the chief justice's consensus-building efforts, according to Court watchers.
New Supreme Court Term Promises Early Drama
The National Law Journal
September 18, 2006