In its first sitting with nine justices on board, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday granted certiorari in no new cases and gave no resolution to closely watched cases involving abortion, religious freedom and mandatory bar association membership.

Those aspects of the court’s weekly orders list may reflect, at least in part, the fact that new Justice Brett Kavanaugh “took no part in the consideration or decision of the motions or petitions appearing on this order list,” as stated in an asterisk on the order list. It is not uncommon for the court’s second orders list of the term to report no new cert grants.

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