The U.S. Supreme Court finished up its oral arguments last week with a flourish of highly charged cases. Now begins the rush to rule on those anxiously awaited decisions before the term ends, around July 1.

The justices are entering a heavy-duty period in which they will produce decisions in roughly 43 percent of their cases in the next two months. The justices maintain their informal tradition of issuing a large number of rulings in two of the term’s nine months and saving for last some of the most difficult questions. The high court took 80 cases for argument but dismissed four and issued a 4-4 per curiam opinion in one; 34 cases are pending.

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