Waiting for one decision in the final week of the Supreme Court’s term can be stressful enough. Chances for a mixed or messy opinion seem to escalate, and early assumptions about how the case will be decided go out the window, as lawyers envision justices arm-wrestling over the final outcome. But Walter Dellinger, chair of the appellate practice at O’Melveny & Myers, has three decisions to look forward to this week — nearly half of the seven cases left to decide. And two of them — District of Columbia v. Heller and Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker are almost certainly destined for landmark status.
“It is a very strange feeling,” Dellinger said Monday morning after the Court issued three non-Dellinger-related rulings. “It’s something of a train wreck when it’s one case. I don’t quite know how it works if you have two come down the same day. Or three.” The Court will sit again on Wednesday and possibly one other day before wrapping up for the term.
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